The 2018 Lancet-CAMS Health Conference Held Successfully


On October 27 and 28, 2018, the 2018 Lancet-CAMS Health Conference, co-hosted by CAMS and The Lancet, was held in Beijing. The meeting brought together nearly 400 experts and representatives from home and abroad including Chen Wang, Vice President of the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE) and President of CAMS & PUMC; Dr. Philippe Terheggen, Managing Director for Journals at Elsevier; Dr. Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet; Prof. Lincoln Chen, President of China Medical Board (CMB) of the US; Prof. Wei Wang, President of Tongji Hospital affiliated to Tongji Medical College of Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST); Academician Junbo Ge, Professor of Zhongshan Hospital affiliated to Fudan University and Director of Shanghai Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases; Prof. Jun Zhang, Vice President of Xinhua Hospital affiliated to Shanghai Jiaotong University Medical College; and Guoen Liu, Professor of the National School of Development at Peking University. Also attending the meeting were Dr. Bill Summerskill, Senior Executive Editor of The Lancet, Dr. Hui Wang, Executive Editor of The Lancet in Asia, Dr. Emma Grainger, Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet Respiratory Medicine, and Dr. Audrey Ceschia, Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet Public Health. Academician Chen Wang, Dr. Richard Horton, and Prof. Lincoln Chen made welcoming remarks, respectively.




At the meeting, top scientists specializing in the medical research of various disciplines at home and abroad as well as nearly 400 experts from seven countries and regions conducted in-depth discussions on issues such as respiratory diseases, primary-level healthcare, maternal and child health, healthy aging, non-communicable diseases, mental health, and affordability and accessibility of medical and health services. These areas are the focuses of medical research by Chinese scientists and scholars, the most active topics for Chinese authors to contribute to The Lancet, and the research direction to which The Lancet has given top priority.




The meeting took multiple forms such as keynote speeches, thematic reports, and interactive round-table discussions, by which representatives of experts held in-depth exchanges and discussions on hotspot and challenging issues in the field of medical research. Prof. Chen Wang, Senior specialist in complicated and critical respiratory system diseases, Vice President of the CAE, President of CAMS & PUMC, delivered a keynote speech on China’s training system for resident physicians. Prof. Wei Wang, President of Tongji Hospital affiliated to Tongji Medical College of HUST, presented the research results on the current situation of smoking and Tobacco control in China, with the full text of his paper published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine recently.




The Lancet is among the world’s oldest and most influential medical journals. It is well-known for its high impact factors and original innovative research articles and critical articles. The Lancet has focused on the development of China’s medical and health undertakings, making outstanding efforts and contributions to medical exchanges between China and the UK.




Established in 1956, CAMS is China’s national medical sciences center and comprehensive medical sciences institute, implementing the unified administrative system with PUMC. It has 18 research institutes and six clinical hospitals, specializing in scientific research and teaching. General Secretary Xi Jinping's important instructions in his congratulatory letter to the 60th anniversary of the CAMS have clearly defined the historic mission and strategic positioning of the CAMS in China's national innovation system for medical science and technology. Facing the new cycle of sixty years and opening the new century, CAMS & PUMC will implement the spirit of General Secretary Xi Jinping’s important instructions, persist in adopting an opening-up approach to building itself and the national innovation system for medical sciences. We need to build a complete modern medical discipline system at PUMC to promote educational reform and carry out the “4 + 4” eight-year medical education program for students with a multidisciplinary background in China. We need to bring in talents from all over the world to build CAMS’s academician system. We need to stimulate vitality of innovation and build the tenure track system in PUMC. We need to strengthen support, shoulder responsibilities, ensure that measures for the reform are put in place, speed up the construction of the core base of China's national innovation system for medical sciences and technology, and strive to become an advanced ideological source and a strong power source for the development of China's health undertakings, so as to make due contributions to building a great modern socialist country and realizing the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.




The meeting has demonstrated the important progress of China’s medical sciences in discipline development and theoretical innovation in recent years. The international platform for medical exchanges built by the conference has displayed and promoted the progress and academic achievements of Chinese medical scientists in international high-level medical research and created more opportunities for international cooperation between Chinese and foreign experts and scholars. The conference will definitely allow the cooperation between The Lancet and China’s medical and healthcare institutions to yield more achievements and make an important contribution to widening the road of health reform with Chinese characteristics and realizing the strategic goal of “Healthy China.”





(News Center)