Final Program:




Modernization of Traditional Chinese Medicine –

Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine Research



Thursday May 14 - - - University of Graz, Aula, Universitätsplatz 3


14:00 – 14:45     Welcome & Opening


Univ.-Prof. Dr. Rudolf Bauer, Chairman of the Symposium,
Karl Franzens University Graz

Univ.-Prof. DI DDr. Gerhard Litscher, Chairman of the Symposium,
Medical University Graz

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Irmtraud Fischer, Vice Rector for Research and Continuing Education,
Karl Franzens University Graz

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Irmgard Theresia Lippe, Vice Rector for Research,
Medical University Graz

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Brigitte Winklehner, President of Eurasia-Pacific Uninet

Mag. Siegfried Nagl, Mayor of Graz, the capital of the Province of Styria

Mag. Franz Voves, Governor of Styria

Alois Stöger dipl., Federal Minister of Health




14:45 – 16:15     Opening Lectures


14:45 – 15:15     J. Van der Greef, Leiden (The Netherlands)
Systems science, the bridge between Chinese and Western medicine


15:15 – 15:45     R. Bauer, Graz (Austria)
Strategies for Modernization of Chinese herbal medicine at the TCM Research Center Graz


15:45 – 16:15     G. Litscher, Graz (Austria)
Modernization of acupuncture using high-tech methods at the TCM Research Center Graz



16:15                  Welcome Buffet (Stadt Graz)


17:00                  Guided City Tour







Friday May 15 - - - Hotel Paradies, Straßganger Straße 380b


Session 1:         9:00 – 10:30 Chair: R. Bauer (Austria), G. Litscher (Austria)


9:00 – 9:30         K. Chan, Wolverhampton (UK)
A personal view on the progress of modernisation in research and development (R & D) of
Traditional Chinese Medicines

9:30 – 10:00       W. Schwarz, Frankfurt (Germany)
Cellular aspects in acupuncture research

10:00 – 10:30     Y.C. Cheng, New Haven (USA)
The mechanism of PHY906, a Chinese medicine formula, reducing intestinal toxicity caused by
irinotecan, a potent anticancer drug



10:30 – 11:00     Coffee Break



Session 2:         11:00 – 12:30 Chair: Y.C. Cheng (USA), W. Schwarz (Germany)


11:00 – 11:30     D.A. Guo, Shanghai (China)
Application of proteomics in Traditional Chinese Medicine research

11:30 – 12:00     A.P. Lu, Beijing (China)
Immunomodulation of Coptidis Rhizoma and Fructus Evodiae combinations at different ratios
in the mice with dextran sulphate sodium induced ulcerative colitis

12:00 – 12:30     W.B. Zhang, Beijing (China)
Research on acupuncture and moxibustion within a Sino-Austrian cooperation


12:30 – 13:00     Lunch


13:00 – 14:00     Poster Session



Session 3:         14:00 – 15:40 Chair: D.A. Guo (China), D. Rindge (USA)


14:00 – 14:20     F. Bahr, Munich (Germany)
Avoidable errors doing placebo- or sham-acupuncture

14:20 – 14:50     C.W. Huck, Innsbruck (Austria)
Novel analytical tools for quality control in Traditional Chinese Medicine

14:50 – 15:20     F. Wallner, Vienna (Austria)
How to research Chinese Medicine by methods of Western science

15:20 – 15:40     N.S. Yang, Taipei (Taiwan)
Functional genomics of immuno-modulatory activities of medicinal plant extracts /
phytocompounds in human immune cells


15:40 – 16:00     Coffee Break




Session 4:         16:00 – 17:50 Chair: H. Stuppner (Austria), A.P. Lu (China)


16:00 – 16:30     G. Franz, Regensburg (Germany)
TCM-Herbal drugs: Quality monographs for the European Pharmacopoeia (EP)

16:30 – 17:00     H. Wagner, Munich (Germany)
Recommendations for the development and modernization of Traditional Medicine based
on a decade’s new research results

17:00 – 17:30     Y. Ma, Vienna (Austria)
Effects of a Traditional Chinese herbal medicine formula on postinfarct remodeling and
development of heart failure in a rat model


17:30 – 17:50     A. Dungl-Zauner, Gars am Kamp (Austria)
TCM-phytotherapy in osteoarthrosis of hip and knee




19:30                  Social evening event in the staterooms of Graz Burg (Bus transfer from Hotel Paradies zu Graz Burg at 18:45)




Saturday May 16 - - - Hotel Paradies, Straßganger Straße 380b


Session 5:         9:00 – 10:30 Chair: K. Chan (UK), L. Wang (Austria)


9:00 – 9:30         T. Efferth, Heidelberg (Germany)
Inhibition of P-glycoprotein at the blood brain barrier by phytochemicals derived from
Traditional Chinese Medicine

9:30 – 10:00       D. Rindge, Melbourne (USA)
Laser therapy and cost-effective cardiovascular care

10:00 – 10:30     W. Rausch, Vienna (Austria)
Neuroprotective studies on Chinese herbs and their active compounds


10:30 – 11:00     Coffee Break


Session 6:         11:00 – 12:50 Chair: H. Wagner (Germany), W.B. Zhang (China)


11:00 – 11:30     H. Stuppner, Innsbruck (Austria)
Pharmacophore-based screening for the successful identification of novel lead
compounds from Traditional Chinese Medicine

11:30 – 11:50     G. Ulrich-Merzenich, Bonn (Germany)
Development of new phytopharmaceuticals from traditional recipes with the

11:50 – 12:10     K.H. Park, Pusan (South Korea)
Cerebral circulation and Korean hand acupuncture therapy

12:10 – 12:30     L. Kabelitz, Vestenbergsgreuth (Germany)
Market opportunities for TCM products in Europe


12:30 – 12:50     A.H. Gilani, Karachi (Pakistan)
Synergistic and/or side-effects neutralizing combinations in herbal medicine



12:50                  Closing Remarks R. Bauer (Austria), G. Litscher (Austria)


                           End of the Symposium






Thu. May 14

Fri. May 15

Sat. May 16



Lectures –

Lectures –



Session 1

Session 5







Coffee Break

Coffee Break



Lectures –

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Session 2

Session 6



















Lectures –




Session 3



Opening Lectures





15:40 Coffee Break




Lectures –




Session 4
















Social Evening Event









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All correspondence concerning organization and Chinese herbal medicine research should be addressed to:


All correspondence concerning acupuncture research should be addressed to:

Prof. Dr. Rudolf Bauer
TCM Symposium

Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Department of Pharmacognosy

Karl-Franzens-University Graz

Universitätsplatz 4

8010 Graz, Austria
Tel.: +43-(0)316-380-8700
Fax: +43-(0)316-380-9860


Prof. DDr. Gerhard Litscher
TCM Research Center
Research Unit of Biomedical Engineering
in Anesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine
Medical University Graz
Auenbruggerplatz 29

8036 Graz, Austria
Tel.: +43-(0)316-385-3907
Fax: +43-(0)316-385-3908




Abstract submission:                                           March 15, 2009

Information on acceptance of abstract:                    April 1, 2009

Early registration:                                                 March 15, 2009

Cancellation with full refund:                                     April 1, 2009




University of Graz (May 14)

Universitaetsplatz 3

8010 Graz, Austria


Hotel Paradies (May 15 and 16)

Straßganger Straße 380 b

8054 Graz, Austria





The official language of the symposium will be English.




The organizers cordially invite you to participate in the Symposium “Modernization of TCM” (Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine Research) in Graz, Austria.


The Symposium will be organized by the TCM Research Center Graz, in collaboration with the Society for Medicinal Plant Research and the Eurasia Pacific Uninet, and will be supported by the Future Fonds Styria, and the Federal Ministries of Health and of Science and Research.


It will be held at the Karl-Franzens-University of Graz and at the Hotel Paradies from
May 14 – 16, 2009. Graz is Austria´s second largest city and also the capital of the province of Styria.


The organizers intend to gather experts and scientists in TCM research from all over the world and invite them to present their most recent research and describe current scientific trends. The two main topics will be research on acupuncture and research on Chinese herbal medicine, covering the aspects of quality control, synergistic activities, and systems biology. There will be invited lectures only; additional contributions are highly welcome as poster presentations.

The symposium will serve as an opportunity to present and discuss the state of the art of multidisciplinary approaches to TCM research, which can lead to modernization of TCM. The symposium will also be an excellent opportunity to create research networks.

We will do our best to create a perfect meeting atmosphere in the charming city of Graz.


Rudolf Bauer and Gerhard Litscher


Chairmen of the Congress


Scientific and Organizing Committee

Rudolf Bauer (chairman)

Gerhard Litscher (chairman)

Adelheid Brantner

Franz Bucar

Wolfgang Schühly

Lu Wang

Ute Widowitz



          Kelvin Chan / Wolverhampton, UK
Yung-Chi Cheng / New Haven, USA
Thomas Efferth / Heidelberg, Germany
Gerhard Franz / Regensburg, Germany
Dean Guo / Shanghai, China
Aiping Lu / Beijing, China
David Rindge / Melbourne, USA
Wolfgang Schwarz / Frankfurt, Germany
Jan Van Der Greef / Leiden, The Netherlands
Hildebert Wagner / Munich, Germany
Weibo Zhang / Beijing, China
Rudolf Bauer / Graz, Austria
Gerhard Litscher / Graz, Austria


Poster presentations

Besides invited lectures, contributions related to the topics of the conference (research in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine) are warmly welcomed as posters. Abstracts can be submitted by e-mail ( ) .

Posters can be displayed on May 15 and 16.

A poster session with the authors at their posters will be organized. Posters can be mounted already on May 14 at Hotel Paradies from 18.30 (6.30 pm).

Please prepare your abstract according to the instructions.

After the reviewing process, the presenting author will be notified about the final decision regarding the acceptance or rejection of the paper by April 1, 2009. The presenting author must register for the symposium before or at the same time submitting the abstract.


Instructions for the preparation of abstracts

All abstracts must be prepared according to the following instructions. Abstracts which do not comply with the guidelines listed below will be returned directly to the authors for correction before they can enter the reviewing process.

1.          The abstract must be written in English and should be checked by a native English speaker. The abstract should be brief and concise. Concerning style please refer to the example abstract.

2.          The abstract should have a size of 17.0 cm (width) x 12.0 cm (height), including figures, tables and references. The maximum length of the body text must not exceed 250 words (or 2000 characters including spaces).

3.          Please use Arial Narrow as font and single line spacing for the entire abstract.

4.          The title should be short and informative, with a maximum length of two lines. It should be written in bold letters, with a font size of 12 pt. Leave a blank line with font size 11 pt. between the title and the author(s).

5.          The name(s) of the author(s) should be written in italic letters, with a font size of 11 pt.; please underline the name of the presenting author. Do not leave any blank line between the author(s) and the name(s) of the institution(s).

6.          Type the name(s) of the institution(s), including the address for correspondence, city and country, in normal letters with a font size of 9 pt. Leave a blank line with font size of 11 pt. between the address(es) and the body text.

7.          The body text should be written with a font size of 11 pt.

8.          The abstract should be as substantial and concise as possible: the aim of work, the applied methods, the main results and a conclusion should be presented.

9.          References have to be numbered in the order of their appearance in the text [1,2,3..] [in normal letters]; arrange the list of references in this order at the end of the abstract. Please, keep the number of references to a minimum. Include a maximum of two authors, followed by the year, journal abbreviation, volume and pagination. The font size for the references should be 9 pt.


Abstract Layout

Abstract title (Arial Narrow/12 pt/bold/single line spacing/maximum 2 lines)
Title continued (if necessary)
[One empty line: 11 pt]
Author A1, Author B2, Author C1 (Arial Narrow/11 pt/italic/presenting author underlined)
Institution corresponding to author(s) 1, address, postal code, country; 2 Institution corresponding to
author(s) 2, address, postal code, country  (Arial Narrow/9 pt/italic/single line spacing)

[One empty line: 11 pt]
Text of the abstract including figures, tables and references [1,2,3,...]. (Arial narrow/11 pt/normal/single line spacing/left and right justification). Text of the abstract including figures, tables and references [1,2,3,...]. (Arial narrow/11 pt/normal/single line spacing/left and right justification). Text of the abstract including figures, tables and references [1,2,3,...]. (Arial narrow/11 pt/normal/single line spacing/left and right justification).

References: 1. Author, A. et al. (year) Journal abbreviation Volume:pagination. 2. Author B., Author C (year) Title of the Book. Publisher. Place of publication. 3. Author, D., Author, E. (year) Journal abbreviation Volume:pagination.  (Arial Narrow/9 pt/normal/single line spacing)

Abstract Submission – Deadline March 15, 2009

Please submit your abstract by e-mail ( ) by attaching a MS Word file. If your text includes Greek letters or symbols, MS Word approach should be used. The File Format should be either Microsoft Word (*.DOC) or Rich Text Format (*.RTF) only.





Thu. May 14

Fri. May 15

Sat. May 16


























Opening lectures

















Social Evening event




During the breaks coffee, tea, soft drinks and snacks will be available. Lunch will be served on Friday.


The scheduled time for invited lectures will be 30 min, please leave 5 min for discussion. For oral presentations the following equipment is available: PC, beamer, overhead.


Participants are responsible for mounting their posters and removing them. The organizers will provide the equipment needed. The size of the posters should be not more than 84 cm x 119 cm (DIN A0) or 33 inch x 47 inch, respectively (width x height).


Online registration will be open on the top of this page.

You can also register for the congress by filling in the registration form (top) and sending it to the Organizers.

In order to receive a confirmation of your registration, please make sure to indicate your e-mail address on the registration form.

Registration Fees


until March 15, 2009

from March 16, 2009

Full paying

190 €

240 €

Full paying (GA Member)

150 €

200 €


80 €

100 €


The registration fee of full paying delegates includes all scientific and educational activities, conference material, coffee breaks, and social evening event according to the program. There is no refund for unused evening event tickets. If you are not attending, you are cordially requested to return your ticket to the registration desk in order to allow students to participate free of charge.

The registration fee for student delegates includes all scientific and educational activities, conference material, coffee breaks, but not the social evening event. Tickets can be purchased separately or students can sign up for free returned tickets at the registration desk after arrival.

In order to claim the student discount, applicants must present a proof of full time enrolment at a degree-granting University or College. A photocopy of a current student ID or a letter from your departmental administration must be faxed to the Symposium Organizers.


Social Program

Evening Event including dinner May 15, 2009 *:                         50 €

*) included in full registration fee

Confirmation of Registration

Upon receipt of the registration form and the corresponding payment, the Organizing Secretariat will send a confirmation to the participant which will serve as an invoice and receipt. Please show this confirmation at the registration desk.


Certificate of Attendance

A certificate of attendance will be given to all registered participants during the symposium.



Registration and information desk opening hours:

Thursday,       May 14, 2009  12:00 - 17:00   at University of Graz. Main Building

Friday,             May 15, 2009    8:00 - 18:00   at Hotel Paradies

Saturday,         May 16, 2009    8:00 - 12:00   at Hotel Paradies



Payment should be made by Credit Transfer to University of Graz:


Bank Austria

Account Number:


500 955 006 05

12 000

IBAN: AT32 1200 0500 9550 0605

Swift Code = BIC: BKAUATWW

Please do not forget to indicate the payment reference “TCM 2009” and the name of the registered participant.

Please register online at the top of this page or complete the registration form  (top) and send it by fax or email to the following address:

TCM Symposium
Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Department of Pharmacognosy

Karl-Franzens-University Graz

Universitätsplatz 4
8010 Graz, Austria

Fax: +43-(0)316-380-9860


Cancellation policy

In case of cancellation, a written notification must be sent to the organizers. The amount of the refunded portion of the registration fees depends on the time of written notification:

Until April 1, 2009

full refund minus bank charges

April 1 - April 30, 2009

50% of fees paid

After April 30, 2009

no refund



Graz offers a number of nice hotels at a reasonable price. Hotel accommodation has to be organized by the delegates themselves.

Some rooms at reduced rates are available at the venue of the symposium under “TCM 2009” (special rate: € 82 single room per night incl. breakfast; € 63 double room per person and night incl. breakfast). Reservation of these rooms is necessary until April 15th, 2009.

Hotel Paradies
Straßganger Straße 380 b, A-8054 Graz

Tel.:     +43 (0)316/28-21-56
Fax.:    +43 (0)316/28-21-56-6

For other hotels, please contact the tourist office:



Arrival by car

Graz is located at the hub of central Europe’s road network. Venice, Munich and Budapest are all about four hours’ drive away.

Arrival by train

Train connections within Europe. From Salzburg, it is about 4 h, from Vienna 2.5 h by train. The main railway station is situated about 10 min from the city centre by tram.  

Arrival by air

Austrian Airlines, Lufthansa and other international carriers are serving Graz on a daily basis. The city centre can be reached from the airport by bus No 630 and 631 (one-way ticket € 1.90), train, or taxi (approx. 15 €).

Bus schedule:

Public transport in Graz



Participants are advised to make their own arrangements and to contact the Austrian Embassy in the residence country with respect to entering Austria as soon as possible.

For information see:  

If an invitation letter is required, please contact the symposium secretariat.


The weather in Graz at this time of the year is usually pleasant with an average daily maximum of about 20 – 25 degrees centigrade. However, it could be raining and the nights could still be a little bit chilly.




City of Graz (including interactive city map)                                              


University of Graz                                                                                        

Medical University of Graz                                                                   

Tourist office of Graz                                                                       




The congress organizers cannot be held responsible for any loss, theft, damage or injury to any person or property during the congress, whatever the cause may be. The liability of persons and enterprises providing means of transportation or other services, however, remains unaffected. The customer takes part at his own risk.

Photo credits: © Graz Tourismus, 3B Scientific, R. Bauer, G. Litscher








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