German-Chinese Research Association for Traditional Chinese Medicine


Welcome to the homepage of the Sino-German Research Foundation for TCM.

Our Society aims at scientifically proving the biological effects and clinical efficacy of Chinese medicine as a basis for integration in the worldwide canonic teaching  of medicine.

Members from many countries have joined us on our way to creating an international and first class scientific network.

Our Executive Board and the representatives for various countries were chosen with care and  ambition.

Executive Board:

President: Johannes GRETEN

Chinese Vice-President: ZHAO Ling

German Vice-President: Gerhard LITSCHER

Further Executive Board Member: Sven SCHRÖDER

Treasurer/Secretary: Petra FRÖSCHEN

Regional representatives:

– From China:

   DING Guanghong

   SHEN Xueyong

   CHENG Xiaodong

– From Italy:

   Giovanna FRANCONI

– From Portugal:


– From Turkey:

  Hamdi DELATIOGLU     

In the last 2 1/2 years it has been difficult to meet in person due to the Covid pandemic. Nevertheless we have still been able to implant and realize scientific projects in universities. institutions  and cooperations including Shanghai university of TCM, Shanghai Research Center for Acupuncture and Meridians, Shanghai Qigong Institute, Shanghai Key Laboratory of Acupuncture Mechanism and Acupoiont Function, Fudan University, State Key Laboratory of Quality Research in Chinese Medicine, Macau University of Science and Technology, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg School of Chinese Medicine, Hamburg, Graz, Nightingale Hospital in Instanbul, and others. We were also successful in creating new research groups at the University of Heidelberg , the PIaget Institute in Portugal, and other places.

Our members in Rome, Istanbul and Shanghai were able to publish major textbooks and establish curricula for the education of TCM.

We hope that after this pandemic, we can put most of that into practice and hope that the year of the Tiger will allow us to move forward again with all our goals.

Events of our Research Association:

1st International Workshop on TCM in Shanghai, China, 2006

2nd International Workshop on TCM in Heidelberg, Germany, 14 October 2007

3rd International Workshop on TCM in Huangshan, China, 24 – 27 October 2008

4th International Workshop on TCM in Yale, USA, 30 April – 3 May 2010

5th International Workshop on TCM in Hamburg, Germany, 4 – 6 October 2011

6th International Workshop on TCM in Tianjin, China, 17 – 19 August 2012

7th International Workshop on TCM in Shanghai, China, 18 – 21 October 2013

8th International Workshop on TCM in Porto, Portugal, 03 – 05 October 2014 

9th International Workshop on TCM in Hangzhou, China, 22 – 24 May 2015

10th International Workshop on TCM in Porto, Portugal, 20 – 22 April 2018