Dr Tai-Ping Fan

  • Studies: Angiogenesis and Traditional Medicine

    Dr. Tai-Ping Fan is Head of the Angiogenesis and Traditional Chinese Medicine Lab at the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Cambridge since 1986. He received his PhD in immunopharmacology from the University of London in 1982.  Being a member of the British Pharmacological Society, he is an Honorary Professor of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, and Secretary-General of the Good Practice in Traditional Chinese Medicine Research Association (GP-TCM RA; http://www.gp-tcm.org).

    Capitalizing on his experience in the pharmacology of chronic inflammation, Tai-Ping embarked on a quest to transform the art of TCM into a rigorous evidence-based science of healthcare and wellness. With an interdisciplinary approach, he and his collaborators have investigated the cellular and molecular mechanisms of angiogenesis. From clinically effective herbs (e.g. Panax ginseng, Angelica sinensis, Salvia miltiorrhiza), they use ‘omics to discover and optimize phytochemicals for prevention/treatment of diseases where there is excessive (e.g. cancer, atherosclerosis) or inadequate angiogenesis (e.g. myocardial infarct, chronic wound).

    He was the Founding Editor-in-Chief of ANGIOGENESIS (1997-2004), and a Deputy Coordinator of an FP7-funded Coordination Action – Good Practice in TCM Research in the Post-genomic Era (GP-TCM; 2009-2012). The overall aim of the project was to inform best practices and harmonize research of the safety and efficacy of TCM in EU Member States and China using a functional genomics approach. Specifically, he led a work package on the global regulation of botanical drugs and herbal products.

    In recognition of his contributions to the ethnopharmacology of medicinal plants, Science commissioned him to edit a 48-page Special Feature on Traditional Medicine in December 2014. This unique collection of perspectives will focus on recent advances and future trends in the standardization, safety, R&D and regulation of materia medica used in traditional medicine of different ethnic origins, as well as TCM theories, diagnosis and acupuncture.

    Website: www.phar.cam.ac.uk/research/fan