Professor Bian Zhaoxiang sheds light on the wisdoms and development of Chinese medicine


卞兆祥教授於就職講座上暢談中醫藥的傳統智慧與發展

The guests of honour at the lecture: (from left) Mr Cheng Yan-kee, Professor Bian Zhaoxiang, Mr Patrick Tsang, Professor Roland Chin and Dean of HKBU School of Chinese Medicine Professor Lyu Aiping


就職講座主禮嘉賓:(左起)鄭恩基先生、卞兆祥教授、曾啟智中醫師、錢大康教授和浸大中醫藥學院院長呂愛平教授

Date: 13 Mar 2018 (Tuesday)

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HKBU Endowed Chair Professor Bian Zhaoxiang shares insights on traditional Chinese Medicine at inaugural lecture

浸大冠名講座教授卞兆祥教授主持就職講座 暢談中醫之魂:科學還是人文?

Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) bestowed Endowed Chairs 2017 upon three prominent scholars at HKBU in recognition of their outstanding academic accomplishments. Professor Bian Zhaoxiang, Associate Vice-President (Chinese Medicine Development) of HKBU, who was awarded the title of Tsang Shiu Tim Endowed Chair of Chinese Medicine Clinical Studies, spoke on “Traditional Chinese Medicine: Science or Art?” at an inaugural lecture yesterday (12 March).

The guests of honour who attended the lecture included the representative of Tsang Shiu Tim Charitable Foundation Mr Patrick Tsang Kai-chi, Chairman of the Council and the Court of HKBU Mr Cheng Yan-kee, and President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Roland Chin.
   
Speaking at the lecture, Professor Bian elaborated on the global development of Chinese medicine to explain how Chinese medicine is becoming increasingly important around the world. Professor Bian said that the study of Chinese medicine is mainly based on its theory and practical experiences. It is a scientific study of how a person’s health condition reacts to the transformation pattern of a disease as well as its treatment process, medication, rehabilitative and healthcare measures. It is also an integration of science, humanities and art. He said he considers the core value of Chinese medicine clinical study is its safety and effectiveness while its development counts on its inheritance, research and innovation.

Professor Bian pointed out that Chinese medicine emphasises a holistic approach—a human being is connected with nature and the surroundings as a complete unity. He said that the soul of Chinese medicine is its principle of syndrome differentiation and explained the concept and importance of preventing a disease before it develops. Professor Bian expressed his hopes for the community to uphold a positive attitude towards the philosophical thinking and practical experiences of Chinese medicine and put greater focus on ways to further enhance its clinical efficacy as well as its rehabilitative and healthcare value so as to promote the development of Chinese medicine and its contribution to the world of medicine.

Professor Bian Zhaoxiang is Associate Vice-President (Chinese Medicine Development), Chair Professor and Director of the Clinical Division, School of Chinese Medicine of HKBU. He has played a seminal role in the development of research on Chinese medicine treatment of gastrointestinal (GI) diseases. His research team has been granted a US patent for the discovery of a natural compound “Pd-Ib” which could effectively alleviate acute ulcerative colitis. Professor Bian has 52 patents to his name. He has presented over 300 papers in journals, books and conferences, and received a host of national accolades including second prize in the National Science and Technology Advancement Award of China.

An Endowed Chair is among the highest honours to be bestowed upon prominent academics at HKBU in recognition of their accomplishments. The University launched the Endowed Chairs Scheme in 2006 with the aim of strengthening HKBU’s research capacity, extending the frontiers of knowledge and nurturing upcoming talents and leaders for society. The Scheme also provides opportunities for donors to partner with the University in advancing groundbreaking research and academic excellence in their chosen disciplines for the betterment of humankind.

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香港浸會大學早前向三位傑出教授頒授2017冠名講座教授席,表揚他們的傑出成就。獲頒授「曾肇添中醫藥臨床研究講座教授」榮銜的協理副校長(中醫藥發展)卞兆祥教授於昨日(3月12日)舉行的就職講座上,暢談「中醫之魂,科學還是人文?」,分享他在中醫藥專業上的真知灼見。

出席就職講座的主禮嘉賓包括曾肇添慈善基金代表曾啟智中醫師、香港浸會大學校董會暨諮議會主席鄭恩基先生和校長錢大康教授。
       
卞教授於講座上從中醫的全球發展層面,剖析中醫藥愈趨重要的國際地位。他解釋,中醫藥學是以中醫藥理論與實踐經驗為主體、研究人體生命活動中健康與疾病轉化規律、診斷、治療、康復及其預防保健的科學,是科學與人文等的融合。他認為,中醫臨床醫療核心講求安全性和有效度,而其發展在於傳承、研究和創新。

卞教授指出,中醫強調整體觀,即人體內部組織、人與自然、人與社會均應當視為一個在不同層面有高度統一性的有機整體,而辨證論治則是中醫診療的靈魂;他又詳述中醫治未病的概念及其重要性。他希望大眾能正確對待中醫藥的哲學思維與實踐經驗,重點在於進一步提高臨床療效、康復、保健的實用價值,並開展中醫藥的臨床及其臨床基礎研究,傳承與發展中醫藥,為世界醫學作出貢獻。

卞兆祥教授為研究中醫藥治療胃腸病的專家,現任香港浸會大學協理副校長(中醫藥發展)、中醫藥學院臨床部主任及講座教授。卞教授對中醫藥治療胃腸病的臨床研究作出了不少開拓性的貢獻,他的團隊發現一種名為「Pd-Ib」的天然化合物,能顯著緩解潰瘍性結腸炎所引起的身體不適,該研究已獲得美國專利。此外,他亦擁有52項專利,於學術期刊、著作、會議上發表逾300篇論文,曾獲國家科技進步二等獎等多個科研奬項。

冠名講座教授席是浸大授予校內傑出學者的其中一項最崇高榮譽,以表彰他們的傑出貢獻。浸大於2006年起推出冠名講座教授席計劃,旨在加強浸大的研究實力,開拓各知識領域,啟迪後學並為社會培育英才。該計劃亦有助捐資者與浸大結為夥伴,襄助其選擇範疇的教研發展,造福社群。

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