The 8th International Congress on Collateral Disease Theory Held in Beijing
The 8th International Congress on Collateral Disease Theory, co-hosted by Academic Division of Medicine and Health, CAE, China Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine (CATCM), Chinese Medical Association and China Society of Integrated Traditional and Western Medicine, was held in the Beijing International Convention Center, Beijing, from February 17 to 19, 2012. Wang Guoqiang, Vice Minister of Health, attended the congress and delivered a speech. The congress was attended by a total of nearly 2,000 people, including CAE Members Chen Haozhu, Gao Runlin, Hao Xishan, Wu Yiling, Yang Shengli, Yu Jinming, Zhang Boli and Zhang Yun, CAS Members Chen Kaixian and Chen Keji, experts and scholars specialized in the theory study as well as application of collateral diseases from the USA, South Korea, Japan, Hongkong and Macao of China. Prof. John Longhurt from California University, USA, made a keynote speech entitled “Evolving Role and Knowledge of Traditional Chinese Medicine in the USA”.
Collateral disease theory is an applied theory of traditional Chinese medicine that is of unique guiding value for curing cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases, cancer, diabetic complications and other refractory diseases. With the joint efforts of experts from home and abroad who have devoted themselves to researches on collateral disease theory as well as its application over the past 20 years, collateral disease theory has undergone rapid development and become the common concern and research focus for the whole medical community in recent years.
The 8th International Congress on Collateral Disease Theory is a grand international academic event held with the background of collateral disease theory attracting more and more attention of the whole medical community. The congress lasted two days, covering “Themed Academic Exchanges” and seven sub-forums, namely, , “Coronary Artery Disease and Interventional Forum”, “Arrhythmia Forum”, “Heart Failure Forum”, “Brain Vascular Diseases Forum”, “Diabetics Forum”, “Tumor Forum”, as well as “Flu and Respiratory Diseases Forum”. Participating specialists made full use of these platforms, displaying and sharing latest findings and achievements from basic and clinical researches under the guidance of collateral disease theory.
This congress well demonstrated significant achievements and important progress made in collateral disease theory related studies, helped to strengthen academic exchanges between the domestic and foreign medical community, and enhanced the international impacts of both the collateral disease theory and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which would, very hopefully, play an important role in promoting the development of this medical field. (By Zhao Xilu, March 2012; translated by Liu Chang)