On December 18, 2020, the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences officially released the list of additional members of academic departments of the Academic Advisory Committee of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences in 2020, and 28 outstanding experts were appointed. Li Xiaokun, academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and president of WMU, was selected as a member of the department of pharmaceutical sciences.
In order to implement General Secretary Xi Jinping’s instructions of “striving to build the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences into a core base of China's medical science and technology innovation system”, the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences set up the Academic Advisory Committee in August 2019. Experts with outstanding achievements and high reputation in medical sciences and public health were invited to serve as members, providing strategic consultation and intellectual support for the construction of the national medical science and technology innovation system and core base, and the development of the country’s medical and health undertakings.
Responsibilities of the Academic Advisory Committee: to study and put forward suggestions on major issues in the development of national medical and health cause, especially doubt and difficulties in the construction of the national medical science and technology innovation system and core base; to give advice for major issues of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences such as the medical and health science and technology innovation project, talent team construction and development planning; to be entrusted to organize academic cooperation and exchange activities at home and abroad; to complete various tasks decided by the Academic Advisory Committee and the Academic Advisory Executive Committee.
The Academic Advisory Committee consists of six academic departments covering the main medical and health scientific and technological fields including Clinical Medicine Department, Stomatology Department, Basic Medicine and Biology Department, Pharmaceutical Sciences Department, Health and Environment Department, and Biomedical Engineering and Information Department.
Selection and appointment of members of academic departments: In 2019 the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences appointed a total of 199 medical and health experts as inaugural members of the Academic Advisory Committee, including 191 academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering, and eight first-tier professors of Peking Union Medical College. After the first batch of members were selected, new members of academic departments are to be nominated and selected by them and appointed by the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences. The selection and appointment of new members are conducted once every two years and in even years.