Extending Sino-Austrian cooperation in Lymphedema Therapy

The Zhejiang Cancer Hospital in Hangzhou held a seminar together with Lohmann & Rauscher 

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Photo: Georg Votava explains European health care management

25 June 2016 – At the opening ceremony of the two days seminar on lymphedema therapy, organized by the Zhejiang Cancer Hospital in Hangzhou, the general manager of Lohmann & Rauscher China, Mr. Georg Votava, and expert on wound management, Dr. Thomas Eberlein, explained the European university course “complex decongestive therapy” and gave insight into the health care system in Austria. The education and training seminar was attended by medical doctors, nurses and researchers from Chinese hospitals. Within the network of the Institute for technology-based Education in Health, Management and Social Service International (IHM), which combines several Austrian and European ministries, as well as Austrian and international research institutes and universities of applied sciences, Lohmann & Rauscher work together with Chinese partners to establish vocational training courses such as “lymphedema therapist” and “train the trainer” in China. OSTA delivered greetings to the audience.

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TCM Joint Research Projects selected for funding

The 3rd phase of Sino-Austrian cooperation on Traditional Chinese Medicine starts

6 May 2016 – Nine joint research projects in the field of “Quality assessment, as well as metabolic, immune related, and neuromodulatory effects of acupuncture and Chinese herbs” were selected for three years (2016-2019) to be funded by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research (BMWFW) and the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences (CACMS), in the framework of the cooperation between the Eurasia-Pacific Uninet (EPU) and CACMS. Prof. Dr. Rudolf Bauer from the TCM Research Center Graz of University of Graz coordinates the projects, which involve ten Chinese universities and research institutes and principal investigators from seven Austrian universities.

The TCM Research Cluster Austria and the Sino-Austrian Collaborating Centre for Chinese Medicine have already performed joint research projects on “TCM and Age-related diseases” (2008-2011) and on “Prevention and early intervention of chronic diseases by TCM” (2013-2015).

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Cooperation on Lymphology launched in Shanghai

Taking steps towards a joint Lymphedema Therapist vocational training program

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Photo: Helmut Spitzl at the opening ceremony at Longhua Hospital of Shanghai University of TCM

On 19 April 2016, the acting director of OSTA, Helmut Spitzl, represented the Austrian Embassy at the opening ceremony for a cooperation between the Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (SHUTCM) and the Longhua Hospital of SHUTCM with Lohmann & Rauscher and the Institute for technology-based Education in Health, Management and social Services International (IHM). The cooperation aims at establishing a joint “Lymphedema Therapist” vocational training program. In Austria, the University of Applied Sciences FH Joanneum cooperates with IHM, Lohmann & Rauscher and the Center for Lymphology at the LKH Hospital Wolfsberg on complex decongestive therapy. The SHUTCM is one of China’s oldest and highest ranking universities for Traditional Chinese Medicine.

In 2008, the first phase of the TCM Research Cluster Austria, an interdisciplinary TCM research platform of Austrian universities based on a Memorandum between the Eurasia-Pacific Uninet and the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, was launched. Ever since, TCM has become an increasingly important topic in Sino-Austrian cooperation.

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2016 Call for Applications on Scientific and Technological Cooperation (WTZ) launched

Supporting Sino-Austrian researchers’ mobility since 1985

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Researchers carrying out non-profit-orientated bilateral research projects at Austrian higher education and research institutions and companies can apply through this programme for mobility funding of up to 10,000 Euro for a period of two years. Prioritized fields of research are low carbon technology, environmental technology, new materials, renewable energy, agricultural research and health research including TCM. The programme for Scientific and Technological Cooperation (Wissenschaftlich-Technische Zusammenarbeit WTZ) is financed by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy (BMWFW) and the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology.

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Sino-Austrian Cooperation on TCM 2015

The Joint Research Project of TCM Research Clusters Austria is led by University of Graz

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Photo: Final meeting of the second project phase in Beijing

From 16 to 17 October 2015, a seminar of the Sino-Austrian Cooperation Project on TCM 2015 – within the framework of the cooperation between the Eurasia-Pacific Uninet (EPU) and the Chinese Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences – took place in Beijing. The final meeting of the second phase of the Joint Research Project between Karl-Franzens-University Graz and the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences was held parallel. The third project phase is going to start in January 2016.

On behalf of the BMWFW the Acting Director of OSTA Mr Helmut Spitzl gave an opening speech at the seminar. He confirmed the importance of TCM and appreciated the support of the EPU and the Chinese Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences for the Sino-Austrian cooperation.

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