CCHH: China Centre For Health And Humanity


Chinese medicine in the media this month

7 February 2020

TV, radio, podcasts, webinars...

‘A Very British History: The British Chinese’, BBC4, 19 February 2020, 21:00 GMT

This programme was first broadcast at 11pm on Monday 3 February on BBC1 (London region only). The main national broadcast is on BBC4 at 9pm on Wednesday 19 February. 

Dr Vivienne Lo (Director, UCL China Centre for Health and Humanity) was involved in the project funding, was first of the two named consultants, is an on-screen participant, and provided a lot of historical materials for the programme. It is the result of both her personal history as a food writer in a family of food writers and her work as a historian of food. The programme also draws on Heritage Lottery funded work with a Ming’Ai project where she is on the Steering committee of the British Chinese Workforce Heritage project 2013-16, and is a major contributor to interviews, text, exhibitions, events, lectures, etc.:

CrowdScience: BBC World Service, 7 February 2020, 20:32 GMT

Origins of Human Medicine - BBC Science Radio

Discussion about understanding the efficacy and use of medicines before ‘modern medicine’ with particular reference to China in the ancient world. This reflects the main research on the history of medicine in early China that Dr Lo has been doing for thirty years, both non-funded and extensively funded by Wellcome, the British Academy, etc.
This programme will be available in the form of a podcast.

Inaugural 2020 WHO EURO Culture and Health webinar ‘Complementary and Alternative Medicines in the "Biomedical World"’, University of York, 6 February 2020, 12:00–13:00 GMT.

Speakers: Hugh MacPherson (University of York), Vivienne Lo (UCL), Aditi Bana (WHO, Geneva)

The Culture and Health webinar series aims to engage a broad audience of policy-makers, academics and the public in cultural and historical approaches to global health.  It is a collaboration between the Division of Information, Evidence, Research and Innovation at WHO/Europe and the WHO collaborating centres at the University of York and the University of Exeter. The seminars (of one hour duration) are live-streamed with short presentations followed by a Q&A with questions taken from both the live audience and online audiences around the world.

Dr Lo's role is to talk about the relationship of history and contemporary medical care. Again this is her main research for the past thirty years, the subject of the Brill journal Asian Medicine of which she is founder editor, and a central theme of her extensive publications.

Upcoming WHO Culture and Health webinars 2020: