UCL School of Pharmacy


Frank Fish Memorial Lecture

09 October 2015, 3:20 pm

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On Thursday, 15 October 2015 the fourth Frank Fish Memorial Lecture entitled 'Potential and challenge of traditional Chinese medicine to meet unmet clinical needs' will be given by Professor Tommy (Yung-Chi) Cheng from Yale University. We are delighted that one of the world's leading experts in pharmacology focusing on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) will give this year's lecture.

Professor Cheng is Henry Bronson Professor of Pharmacology and the Chairman of the  Consortium for the Globalization of Chinese Medicine (CGCM), a network of world-leading universities with an interest in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). In his research he is interested in studying the functional roles and properties of virus-specific proteins in order to design selective antiviral compounds and in exploring the mechanisms of drug resistance development, with a special emphasis on the processes involved in DNA topoisomerase, targeting drugs and nucleoside analogs.

He is particularly well known for his work on PHY906, a TCM preparation composed of four medicinal plants (Scutellaria baicalensis Geori, Glycyrrhiza uralensis Fisch, Paeonia lactiflora Pall and Ziziphus jujube Mill). A combination of these four botanical drugs has been used continuously in TCM for over 1800 years for treating gastrointestinal problems including diarrhoea, nausea, cramps and vomiting.

Further information: The Professor Frank Fish Memorial Award lectures  have been generously funded by Professor Fish's family. Professor Frank Fish was well known in the field of pharmacognosy and phytochemistry, and was Dean at the School of Pharmacy from 1978 - 1988.