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Czechs to cooperate with Cambridge in Chinese medicine research

ČTK |
21 June 2016

Suzhou, China, June 20 (CTK) - Czech hospitals will extend their traditional Chinese medicine research and will start cooperating with Cambridge University experts in this field, according to a series of agreements signed at a meeting of health ministers from Central and Eastern Europe in China yesterday.
On the Czech part, a package of agreements were signed by representatives of Prague's Motol University Hospital and the east Bohemian Hradec Kralove University Hospital.
"We want to study various substances linked to Chinese medicine and their microbial or anti-microbial effect. This means we will enquire into whether some antibiotics can be replaced by these natural antibiotic substances," Hradec Kralove hospital director Roman Prymula told media.
Experts from the Hradec Kralove hospital will cooperate on the project with their counterparts from Cambridge, from the Shangai university and the Shuguang hospital.
"We are trying to return back to nature, seek substances that have natural effects, and use their combination as a replacement of selected antibiotics," Prymula said.
The Motol hospital signed two agreements.
The first one confirms the so far practiced exchange of experts. The Chinese are interested, for example, in paediatricians and outpatient specialists, of whom there are practically none in China, FNM director Miroslav Ludvik said.
The other agreement deals with the verification of effects the substances of traditional Chinese medicine have in neurology.
"It concerns new ways to treat the Alzheimer disease and possible effects in treating multiple sclerosis," Ludvik said.
The hospital will cooperate with the Cambridge University on the latter project,
Ludvik said Cambridge experts are interested in the projects because the university has a team focusing on the verification of the traditional Chinese medicine methods.
"The Chinese are extremely interested in exporting their traditional medicine, while we, on our part, are extremely interested in a stronger verification of its effects," Ludvik said.
The ceremonial opening of the health ministers' meeting was also attended by Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka at the close of his several-day visit to China.
In his speech, Sobotka mentioned health care as an important pillar of cooperation within the 16+1 platform.
This cooperation contributes to the constitution of an idea bridge between China and European countries, which enables to connect traditions and modern methods from the two parts of the world, Sobotka said.

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