On November 12, the World Young Scientist Summit International Forum on Comprehensive Health Care 2022 was held in Wenzhou Medical University. Representatives of academicians, experts, scholars, youth scientists, and entrepreneurs at home and abroad gathered by the Oujiang River either online or offline to discuss the innovations and development of the health care industry empowered by “digital intelligence”.
Zhang Biyong, member of the leading Party member’s Group of the Ministry of Science and Technology and president of Science and Technology, Si Jianmin, deputy director of the standing committee of Zhejiang Provincial People’s Congress and chairman of Zhejiang Association for Science and Technology, and Zhang Zhenfeng, deputy secretary of CPC Wenzhou Municipal Committee and mayor of Wenzhou, delivered opening remarks. Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering Zhong Nanshan gave a video speech. Ge Yiping, director of the standing committee of Wenzhou Municipal People’s Congress, and Tang Xiaoshu, deputy director of the Department of Education of Zhejiang Province, participated in the forum. Lyu Yijun, secretary of the Party committee of WMU, moderated the addressing session, and Li Xiaokun, academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and president of WMU, made a welcome speech.
With the theme of “Revolution and Opportunities of the Comprehensive Health Care Industry in the Age of AI”, this forum carried out in-depth discussions on the opportunities and challenges brought by the application of artificial intelligence, big data, Internet of Things, and internet technology in new drug research and development, medical services and comprehensive health care industry. At the forum, Prof. Michael Levitt, 2013 Nobel laureate in Chemistry, Prof. Edvard Moser, 2014 Nobel laureate in Physiology or Medicine, Prof. Ardem Patapoutian, 2021 Nobel laureate in Physiology or Medicine, Prof. Richard Horton, member of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences and editor-in-chief of The Lancet, and other experts gave keynote lectures on their research fields either online or offline. Academicians of CAS and CAE and famous experts, including Fan Daiming, Zheng Shusen, Deng Zixin, Zheng Yuguo, Ye Zhizhen, and Luo Qingming, attended the forum. Besides, the launching ceremony of the National Engineering Research Center for Growth Factor Drugs and Protein Preparations was held at the forum.
Zhang Biyong pointed out that the report to the 20th National Congress of CPC further proposed that “we must give strategic priority to ensuring the people’s health and improve the policy on health promotion” and made a comprehensive plan for "advancing the Healthy China Initiative". This forum, themed “Revolution and Opportunities of the Comprehensive Health Care Industry in the Age of AI”, was timely and relevant. In the process of addressing human health issues, we must find answers in science and seek motivation through innovation. Moreover, he expected that we took this forum as an opportunity to further carry forward the spirit of scientists, guide and support the youth, and contribute more wisdom and solutions to the development of public health and the construction of a global community of health for all.
Si Jianmin noted that holding the summit in Wenzhou strengthened the close contact between Zhejiang province and the international science and technology community and gathered the consensus and joint force of the world’s outstanding youth scientists. He hoped that the forum could contribute to the joint building of a global medical academic network for exchanging wisdom, the cultivation of talents with international vision and advanced technology, the improvement of an environment conducive to the flow of innovative factors such as talents, technology, and capital, and the development of a digitized and intelligent health care industry.
Zhang Zhenfeng said that in recent years, Wenzhou has synergized Zhejiang’s construction of the three scientific innovation highlands, make full use of the superimposed advantages of scientific research, high-level innovation platforms, policies, and other resources, and laid emphasis on cultivating the life and health industry as one of the five strategic emerging industries of the city. He hoped that this forum could appeal to more innovative talents, venture capital, and leading enterprises in the field of AI to understand Wenzhou, favor Wenzhou, and join Wenzhou for innovation, entrepreneurship, and a shared future.
Zhong Nanshan pointed out in his video address that, currently, artificial intelligence has exerted a profound impact on the comprehensive health care industry and promoted reforms and innovations in the health care industry, making it possible to provide accompanying, equal, and suitable health care services for everyone. Accordingly, he encouraged all the young scientists to grasp the global development trend of AI, uphold fundamental principles and break new ground to demonstrate the young scholars’ commitment to the nation in the new era, and illuminate the reality with the light of tireless pursuit and exploration.
(Lyu Yijun is presiding over the addressing session.)
(Li Xiaokun is giving a welcome speech.)
Subsequently, the launching ceremony of the National Engineering Research Center for Growth Factor Drugs and Protein Preparations was held. The construction of this center was led by WMU and approved by the National Development and Reform Commission in the first half of this year. The center will collaborate with local governments, relevant universities, research institutes, and upstream and downstream enterprises of the industry chain to build a collaborative innovation mechanism and jointly foster the independent innovation and rapid development of growth factor drugs and protein preparations in our country.
Prof. Michael Levitt, 2013 Nobel laureate in Chemistry, revealed the underlying causes of global warming through various statistical models. In order to reduce the damage caused by the climate change crisis, he proposed shifting the energy consumption model, such as further development of new energy, agriculture transition, and transport economy transition.
Prof. Edvard Moser, 2014 Nobel laureate in Physiology or Medicine, shared his latest research in brain science. He believed that brain science would achieve a breakthrough in the near future and help humans understand themselves better.
Prof. Ardem Patapoutian, 2021 Nobel laureate in Physiology or Medicine, presented his team’s research on “discovering receptors for temperature and touch”. The team has delved into the mechanisms of cold, heat, and mechanical stimuli triggering nerve impulses and the understanding of how humans perceive and adapt to external stimuli.
Prof. Qin Chuan, director of Medical Laboratory Animal Research Institute of Peking Union Medical College Hospital, introduced the achievements of her team who had been focusing on applying the system of comparative medical technology and the method of transplanting human disease cells to animals for experiments.
Prof. Richard Horton, member of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences and editor-in-chief of The Lancet, reviewed the experience all countries and the international health community learned in the past three years of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and called on countries to form cross-regional and cross-country coordination mechanisms.
Last but not least, in the Summit Dialogue part, Academician Fan Daiming, Academician Deng Zixin, Academician Zheng Yuguo, Academician Li Xiaokun, Academician Luo Qingming, Director of Medical Laboratory Animal Research Institute of Peking Union Medical College Hospital Qin Chuan, Chairman of Mabpharm Ltd. Guo Yajun, Chairman of China Fiance Strategies Investment Holding Limited Simon Hua, and Partner of Fortune Venture Capital Co. Ltd Dou Yong, discussed on “opportunities and challenges brought by artificial intelligence to the medical industry”.
It is reported that there were five sub-forums and four satellite meetings under the International Forum on Comprehensive Health Care 2022, focusing on the future development and academic frontier innovation practice in various branches of life and health.
Text translated by Wu Zehan and reviewed by Sun You.