The International Conference on Traditional Medicine, Educational Exhibition and Trade Fair (TradMed) 2017 will be held from next Thursday (23rd Nov.) to Saturday (25th) at Water’s Edge Hotel, Battaramulla.
This event will be inaugurated under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena and Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne.
Co-Chair of the Conference and Trade Fair, Prof. Ranil de Silva said that the International Symposium on Traditional and Complimentary Medicine, Educational Exhibition and Trade Fair, organized by the Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Ministry in collaboration with the World Health Organization and University of Sri Jayewardenepura, has made an effort to amalgamate the Sri Lankan Traditional and Indigenous Medicine (IM) with Science and Technology.
The event aims to explore through an interdisciplinary approach the potential of Sri Lankan Traditional Medicine (TM) to cater to the rising demands for holistic medicine, by integrating the Medical Sciences, basic sciences and other disciplines with Sri Lankan TM, with an overall objective to “share the expertise and novelties in evidence based practices of TM in disease prevention, diagnosis and management; to develop safe, effective, quality and standardized products using modern science and technology, as well as the diagnostic tools and bio-medical information systems in TM whilst instrumentalizing science through private- public partnerships, and novel product development,” Prof. de Silva said.
The event will be attended by over 40 eminent international speakers, entrepreneurs and business investors from USA, UK, Australia, Singapore, Japan, China, India, South Korea, Netherlands, Iran, Nigeria and Thailand – Harvard Medical School, USA, AIST and Japan (7th Innovation Center Worldwide).
Over 300 abstracts – international and national – representing over 50 scientific and industrial national institutions, assures high level of participation of the audience. The speakers will address a wide range of disciplines including TM/IM, Medical Sciences, basic sciences, nanotechnology and molecular sciences, he said.
The conference will also address the novel approaches in the healthcare industry including genomics, personalized medicine, and nano drug delivering. November 25th WHO Ministerial Level, Colombo declaration will be signed with the presence of International Regional Health Ministers. The signing of the MOU will be between the Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine and the Ministry of AYUSH, India, delegations and higher officials from India, Nepal, Bhutan, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Indonesia, Maldives, Thailand and Myanmar. Over 40 International Exhibitors will be at the Trade Fair, he said.
The trade fair will showcase 120 stalls distributed among international and national business community engaged in the fields related to traditional/herbal medicine, nutraceuticals and functional foods.
Further, the trade fair will facilitate Business to Business (B2B) and Business to Academic (B2A) interactions providing a common platform to discuss, communicate on Private-Public Partnerships leading to novel product development through cutting-edge research linking industry and academia, he said.
Furthermore, the event will conclude with the signing of the “Colombo Declaration”; a Ministerial level commitment of the participating countries to implement the evidentiary outcomes of the Symposium strengthening private-public partnerships and academic collaborations between the countries, he said.
Prior to the TradMed International 2017, Sri Lanka, the International Symposium on Traditional Medicine, Educational Exhibition and Trade Fair 2017, Pre-Symposium Work Shop – Bridging Biotechnology and Traditional Medicine – A Multidisciplinary Approach will be held at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura on November 22 at the University premises.
There will be a session on double doctorate, Masters, MPhil, Ph.D. opportunities with China, Australia and Europe, he added.