Thursday 13 November 2014


British Council’s Café Scientifique reveals secrets of Traditional Chinese Medicine with Dr Jennifer Wan

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been gaining popularity among the younger generation, however, many people still have little knowledge on this topic. Does TCM belong to art or science? How and which aspects of TCM theories, practices, methods and herbs can be put into Western Medicine (WM) practice and the development of modern medical science? How useful TCM is? The British Council will answer these questions at the Café Scientifique hosted by Dr Jennifer Wan, Associate Professor, Food and Nutritional Science Division, The School of Biological Sciences, The University of Hong Kong, on 26 November 2014

At the event, Dr Wan will explain the background of TCM, what it means within the language of modern science, and how and why TCM differs from WM. She will also explain the historical and philosophical backgrounds behind their derivation and initiate a discussion among the audience regarding whether it is absolutely essential to provide the scientific evidence and validations on the various aspects of TCM before putting TCM into WM practices.

Details of Café Scientifique – Is Traditional Chinese Medicine an Art or a Science?: 
Date: 26 November 2014 (Wednesday)
Time: 7.00 p.m. – 8.00 p.m. (doors open at 6.30 p.m.)
Location: Room 307, British Council, Supreme Court Road, Admiralty
Free admission. Registration is required at

As the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations, the British Council has been fostering partnerships between individuals and institutions in the UK and Hong Kong to share the benefits of science and create a wider public awareness of science and technology. Café Scientifique, one of the key science programmes organised by the British Council, aims to make science accessible to the public and to break down the perceived barriers between scientists and the public. To learn more about British Council’s Café Scientifique, please visit


Notes to Editor

Dr Jennifer Wan is an Associate Professor in the Food and Nutritional Science Division at The School of Biological Sciences at The University of Hong Kong. Her research areas include the role of dietary lipids in human health and have published work on the relationship of dietary lipids and cancer; with emphasis on omega 3 fatty acids, olive oil, fish oil and corn oil.

Although Dr Wan works as a nutritionist but her real passion has always been to promote research and development of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). She enrolled into the University of Traditional Chinese Medicine of Beijing in China and obtained her Medical degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2002. With her western science and mixed culture background and her different perspectives of philosophy, medicine and nutrition between the East and the West, Dr Wan has been able to promote the fundamental concepts of TCM in a scientific way through her research and teaching. She held the first international conference on TCM for the University of Hong Kong and has delivered TCM related talks both locally and internationally of topics.

About the British Council

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We work in more than 100 countries and our 7,000 staff – including 2,000 teachers – work with thousands of professionals and policy makers and millions of young people every year by teaching English, sharing the Arts and delivering education and society programmes. In Hong Kong, we have been doing this since 1948, giving people opportunities to learn, share and connect worldwide.

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