The 5th Annual Meeting of Good Practice in Traditional Chinese Medicine (GP-TCM) Research Association was held in Hong Kong Baptist University on 9 August, 2016. In this meeting, Prof. Pengfei Tu (Department of Nature Medicines, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Peking University) was awarded for the “Outstanding Contribution in TCM Analysis & Quality Standards” prize from the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies (WFCMS), in recognition of his contributions to promote standard elaboration and industry development of TCM.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) serves as an important part of medication in China, and has made a significant contribution to human health in the long history. However, several aspects remain unclear for the widely used TCM, including bioactive components, relevance between chemistry and efficacy, and systematic quality control. Prof. Tu and his team carried out series of researches to solve these problems. Based on the therapeutic effect-related bioactive components, they established novel techniques and methods to comprehensively evaluate the quality of TCM. These methods were successfully applied in industrial practices to control the quality of raw materials, prepared slices, and TCM formulations. These researches improved the quality control level for TCM, and thus accelerated the development of TCM standardization and related industry. Tu and his team had made a significant contribution in fundamental researches, quality standards, new drug development and industrialization for popularly used TCM such as Cistanches Herba and Carthami Flos. Particularly, the widespread cultivation of Cistanches Herba in Xinjiang Province obtained significant success in ecologic, economic and social aspects. It not only preserved the precious species, but also improved the environment of the desert, promoted the economics for the minority areas, increased the income of farmers and herdsmen, and contributed to the stability of local society. Based on these contributions, Prof. Tu and the team had won the Second-class National Prize for Progress in Science and Technology, and two First-class Science and Technology Achievement Awards of University Natural Science/Scientific Progress, respectively, from Ministry of Education. In the meantime, Prof. Tu served as the chairman of Specialty Committee for Crude Drugs and Prepared Slices in the 9th and 10th Chinese Pharmacopoeia Commission. As such he energetically promoted the development of TCM standards.
This prize was award by the TCM Pharmaceutical Analysis Specialty Committee of WFCMS, each year to a scientist who made a significant contribution in this filed. Prof. Tu attended the meeting and was invited to give the plenary lecture.
Department of Nature Medicines, Xue Qiao
15 August 2016