Kelvin Chan

Adjunct Professor, NICM Health Research Institute

Kelvin Chan is an Adjunct Professor at NICM Health Research Institute. He is also Visiting Research Professor at the Institute of Medicinal Plant Development in Beijing and JiNan University in Guangzhou, PR China as well as at the University of Wolverhampton (Natural Products Research), UK. Suzanne_Grant

He is a Chartered Biologist (UK), Clinical Pharmacologist (UK and USA) and Registered Pharmacist (UK). Professor Chan is a Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain; the Society of Biology, UK; the Royal Society of Medicine, UK and the American College of Clinical Pharmacology, USA.

Formerly, he was:

  • Founding Chair Professor in Pharmacy & Pharmacology, Head and then Director of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences at University of Wolverhampton, UK (2005 to 2009)
  • Chair Professor of Biomedical Sciences and Director of R&D at the Institute for the Advancement of Chinese Medicine, Hong Kong Baptist University (2000 - 2005)
  • Chair Professor of Biomedical Science and Research Director of the School of Pharmacy at the Liverpool Johns Moores University, also on secondment as Scientific Director of the Zayed Complex for Herbal Research & Traditional Medicine, Abu Dhabi, UAE (1997-2000)
  • Chair Professor of Pharmacy & Biomedical Science, Head of Pharmacy at Liverpool John Moores University Former Liverpool Polytechnic (1992-1997)
  • Senior Lecturer, then Reader in Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (1981-1992)
  • Visiting Professorships at the University of Liverpool (1992-2000), and Middlesex University (1997-2000) in the UK; Institute of Pharmacognosy & Pharmacy, University of Vienna, Austria (2003-2004); China Pharmaceutical University in Nanjing (1990-1992) and Shenyang Pharmaceutical University in Shenyang (1989-1992) in PR China.

Research focus

Adjunct Professor Chan's present research directions and interests focus towards the R&D of Chinese medicines and natural products using technology developed from systems biology, as well as evidence-based medicine in TCM practice. He has supervised and co-supervised 32 postgraduates (PhD and 8 MSc/MPhil) from orthodox medical and Chinese medical fields. He is currently supervising research students at both UWS and Sydney University.

Adjunct Professor Chan  has over 230 peer-reviewed full papers, and those published from the early 1990s are mainly related to mechanistic studies of interactions between herbal medicines and pharmaceuticals. His research directions and interests have since changed towards medicinal and pharmaceutical development of Chinese herbal medicines and natural products.

Awards and recognition

  • 2005 Fellow of Royal Society of Medicine
  • 1996 Conferred the DSc degree by the University of Birmingham, UK on the accumulative research outputs on the pharmacology of both Western and Chinese medicine
  • British Pharmaceutical Science Award by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain for my work on "Application of Pharmacokinetics in Drug Use"
  • 1995 Title of 'Life Fellow of 1995' when awarded the Churchill Fellowship on "Critical Assessment of Traditional Chinese Medicine in the Far East" by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, the first ever award given by the Trust to a non-UK related discipline
  • 1990 Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain
  • 1989 Fellow of Institute of Biology, now Biology Society
  • 1986 Fellow of American College of Clinical Pharmacology
  • 1982-3 British Pharmaceutical Conference Science Award for young scientist