Speech of Opening of the Biophysics Laboratory of Chinese Medicine
Speech of Grand Opening of the Dr. Neher's Biophysics Laboratory of Chinese Medicine at the Macau University of Science and Technology
Ma Chi Ngai, Frederico
Distinguished Guest Professor of the Macau University of Science and Technology, Nobel Laureate Dr. Erwin Neher,
Distinguished Chancellor of the Macau University of Science and Technology,
Dr. Liu Chak Wan,
Distinguished Chairman of the University Council of the Macau University of Science
and Technology, Prof. Zhou Ligao
Distinguished President of the Macau University of Science and Technology,
Chair Professor Liu Liang,
Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentleman,
On behalf of the Macau Science and Technology Development Fund of the Macao Special Administrative Region (FDCT), I would like to express my hearty congratulations on the grand opening of the Dr. Neher's Biophysics Laboratory of Chinese Medicine at the Macau University of Science and Technology. In particular, I would like to welcome and thank Nobel Laureate, Dr. Erwin Neher, for bringing his research wisdom and the world-class technologies in biophysics to Macau. Together withthe experts coming from mainland China and worldwide, wegathered at Macau to witnessthe opening and congratulate the success of the laboratory.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been utilized in the China for over 2000 years, its contributions to human health with no doubt is influencing people not only in China but also worldwide. It is worth noting that the promotion and development of TCM has been documented in the 13th Five-Year Plan for Economic and Social Development of the People's Republic of China (the 13th Five-Year Plan). In the past decades, the Macao government has been actively supporting the research and development activities in TCM, as well as the establishment and advancement of the State Key Laboratory of Quality Research in Chinese Medicines Joint Operated at the Macau University of Science and Technology and University of Macau. The SKL has been very successful in establishing various TCM research platforms, generating remarkable research outcomes, making contributions to talent-nurturing, and supporting Macau's economic diversification with the support of Central Government and the Provincial Government of Guangdong, we are also developing the Guangdong-Macau TCM Industrial Park at the Heng Qin Island, which is located west to Macau, and the South to Zhuhai, China. This industrial park will serve as a bridge to facilitate Industry-Institution-Research collaboration.
Macao government has just launched the first 5-year strategic plan; one of the key strategies is to develop Macao as a Smart City, with the development of the Smart Health Care as one of the key component. We believe with the application of big data in health care field, TCM can be facilitated in smart health care.
Nobel Laureate, Dr. Erwin Neher, was awarded with the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicinein 1991 for his important novel discoveries on the function of the single ion channels in cells. Biophysics is an important cross-disciplinary subject. Dr. Neher is certainly a pioneer in linking up knowledge across different disciplines and fields. Now, he exerts hisvision further to pinpoint a new edge-leading direction, guiding us to apply modern biophysics technologies inTCM investigations. In fact, I believe that many of the pharmaceutical effects of Chinese Medicinal plants could be explained by the biophysics mechanisms behind. Under the great supervision byDr. Neher, andthe support bythe Macau University of Science and Technology, I believe that Dr. Neher's laboratory will create newcross-disciplinary opportunities for boththe East and the West,andreachnew heights in the development of TCM scientific research.
At last, I wish all the successes and fruitful outcomes to the opening of Dr. Neher's laboratory. Through this laboratory, more collaborative research activities will be initiated by Macau and could be promoted to the world in the future.
Thank you very much!