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Celebrating Dr Wu Lien-Teh’s 140th Birthday: Tea Party at Penang Institute

                   

10th March 2019 marked the 140th birthday anniversary for Dr Wu Lien-Teh, the eminent son of Penang! The Dr Wu Lien-Teh Society, Penang led by Dato’ (Dr) Anwar Fazal, organized a casual tea party with members and friends of the Society at Penang Institute. Dr Wu’s bronze stature has been relocated to the Wu Lien-Teh corner in Penang Institute, with a hut built from recycled materials. It was a great afternoon gathering among friends, exchanging ideas and plans for future activities in promoting this legendary figure! While his scientific contribution were overwhelming, much of his works for social justice requires attention and revitalization!

The Dr Wu Lien-Teh Research Awards at Annual Malaysian National Conference for Clinical Research 2015-2018

In collaboration with the Clinical Research Centre (CRC) Network from the Ministry of Health, the inaugural Dr Wu Lien-Teh Research Awards were established and incorporated into the annual National Conference for Clinical Research in 2015. This initiative is to honour Dr. Wu’s work and to inspire the new and future generations to conduct research matters to mankind. The awards worth a total of RM 2350.00 annually and will continue for five years. There are two components to the Awards, the Young Investigators Award and the Research Poster Award.

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From TV Documentary, Symposium, Giant Wall Mural Painting, First Day Covers to Inflight Magazine, everyone is talking about Dr. Wu Lien-Teh

From 8TV Channel Malaysia: Footprints in History  (9 March 2018)

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GEORGE TOWN: The local mural art scene now has an extra attraction along Madras Lane here, where the historical Hu Yew Seah buildings are located.

Depicting the legendary Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore and the Penangite plague fighter Dr Wu Lien-Teh, the mural adorns the facade of SJK(C) Hu Yew Seah – one of the four buildings.

Measuring 12m in height and 18cm wide, the colourful mural commemorates the legacy of the two men, who helped lay the foundation for the buildings.

Alison Chong, the great-grandniece of Dr Wu and vice-president of the Dr Wu Lien-Teh Society, was among those who attended the launching ceremony on Saturday.

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“I find that the use of colours really brings him to life.

“Hopefully, when tourists come to take photographs of the mural, they will also learn more about their legacy,” she said.

The launch of the mural, which took artist Gabriel Pitcher about 80 hours to complete, also coincided with Dr Wu’s 129th birth anniversary.

“It was difficult as the only reference photographs of them were in black and white,” said Pitcher.

School vice-president Tan Hun Chin said he wanted to have the mural painted after learning from Think City chairman Datuk Dr Anwar Fazal that the men had laid the first two foundation stones for SJK(C) Hu Yew Seah.

Dr Anwar said Tagore and Dr Wu were kindred spirits in the fight against colonialism and had championed indigenous cultures.

“Tagore, as an Indian, fought for cultures to retain their identities despite being colonised by foreign powers.

“Dr Wu battled the opium trade and racial discrimination.

“That is why Tagore was asked to lay the foundation stone for one of the Hu Yew Seah buildings in 1927 and Dr Wu did the same for the next one about a year later,” he said.

Founded in 1914, Hu Yew Seah – also known as the League of Helping Hands – was originally set up to give Chinese education to the Straits Chinese (Baba Nyonya).

Tagore, the first Asian to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913, helped shape the thoughts of world leaders with his poems and writing while Dr Wu was celebrated as the “Plague Fighter” after saving masses in north-eastern China from a pneumonic plague in 1910.

Dr Wu was also the first Malayan nominee for the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1935.

Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/03/12/hu-yew-seah-honours-legendary-poet-and-doctor/#RF4oVd5WtKuYgozB.99

The 4th Dr. Wu Lien-Teh Memorial Lecture on “Virology in the Jungle: Pay Attention to What Matters to Local Communities” by Professor Mary Jane Cardosa, Founder and Chief Scientific Officer, Sentinext Therapeutics

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Lecture Programme

Date: 10th March 2018 (Saturday)

Venue: Penang Institute, 10, Jalan Brown, 10350 George Town, Penang Institute

15.30pm Registration of participants and speakers
15.45pm Arrival of distinguished guests
16.00pm Welcome by Dato’ (Dr.) Anwar Fazal, President of the Dr. Wu Lien-Teh Society
16.10pm Speech by Dato’ Dr. Ooi Kee Beng, Director of the Penang Institute
16.20pm The 4th Dr. Wu Lien-Teh Memorial Lecture on “Virology in the Jungle: Pay Attention to What Matters to Local Communities” by Professor Mary Jane Cardosa, Founder and Chief Scientific Officer, Sentinext TherapeuticsModerator: Dr. Hor Chee Peng, Secretary-General, Dr. Wu Lien-Teh Society
17.30pm Closing remarks by Dato’ (Dr.) Anwar Fazal, President of the Dr. Wu Lien-Teh Society
17.40pm Adjourn for light refreshments 

Please register your participation by 2nd March 2018 via google form (preferred) (https://goo.gl/forms/EMnFeuqjAx4NOpFE3)

OR email the following details to cheepengh@yahoo.com (participant names, telephone number, email address, organization)

Deadline for registration: 5th March 2018

Admission to the Annual Public Lecture is free. Light refreshments will be provided.

 

Mural paintings to commemorate Dr. Wu Lien-Teh and Rabindranath Tagore

Mural paintings to commemorate Dr. Wu Lien-Teh and Rabindranath Tagore

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These murals are to commemorate the contributions of Dr Wu Lien-Teh and Rabindranath Tagore – two prominent figures who were responsible for the establishment of Hu Yew Seah Association in Penang.

Hu Yew Seah Association runs a Chinese-language kindergarten, Tadika Hu Yew Seah, and the Hu Yew Seah Board of Managers operates the Chinese vernacular primary school, SJK(C) Hu Yew Seah, which is aligned with the original objective of the association as an institution of learning.

The painting of the commemorative murals of Dr. Wu Lien-Teh and Rabindranath Tagore was spearheaded by the Hu Yew Seah Association in collaboration with Think City, Wu Lien-Teh society, Penang Gandhi Peace Centre, Ming Art and CanCan Public Art.

The suggested size of the painting is 20′ x 10′. The figures of these two men will be painted on the wall of the main building of SJK(C) Hu Yew Seah.

“Rabindranath Tagore, the first Asian who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, laid the first foundation stone of Hu Yew Seah building on 14 August 1927 during one of his voyages to Malaysia.

“Dr. Wu Lien-Teh, the internationally-renowned “Plague Fighter” who stopped the Manchurian pneumonic plague and brought modern medicine to China, laid the second foundation stone on 25 December 1938,” said Datuk Dr. Anwar Fazal who’s Think City Sdn. Bhd chairman.

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The Dr. Wu Lien-Teh Commemorative Global Symposium 23 & 24 July 2016

The Dr. Wu Lien-Teh Commemorative Global Symposium 23 & 24 July, 2016

Speech by Chief Minister of Penang, YAB Tuan Lim Guan Eng  

At The Opening Ceremony of the Dr Wu Lien-Teh Commemorative Global Symposium on 23rd July 2016 

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Penang is proud to be the home state of numerous historical greats of the country, namely P Ramlee, Malaysia’s greatest filmmaker, Loh Boon Siew, the pioneer in the automotive industry in Malaysia, Yeap Chor Ee, the banking magnate and last but not least, Dr Wu Lien-Teh, the internationally acclaimed doctor and plague fighter.

Ladies and gentleman,

Dr Wu Lien-Teh was a highly respected epidemiologist and doctor. His unyielding passion and determination as doctor together with strong perseverance have remained an inspiration for generations. His life story and heroic achievement had made all of us proud.

During his early career in Penang in early 1900’s, he was an enthusiastic activist in a myriad of contemporary social issues, ranging from advocating elementary education for girls, forming debating and literary clubs, to writing articles in newspaper calling for abolition of gambling and spirit farms. He established the Anti-Opium Association in Penang and organized the first Anti-Opium Conference in Straits Settlement to advocate banning of opium trade at times.

He was later invited to China, where he fought a challenging battle of the Machurian plague. His formulation of public health policies and institution of control measures were met with violent resistance. These measures were compulsory hospitalization of plague victims, contacts isolation, homes disinfection and people were encouraged to wear the “Dr Wu’s mask” which were uncommon practice at times in China.

He also conducted the first ever mass cremation of corpses in Chinese history which strongly against the tenets of Confucianism that venerated filial piety and ancestor worship in the past. This had led to not only saving thousands of lives by halting the epidemics.

Becoming world-famous for his outstanding achievement had never affected his innate modesty. He returned to Malaya during the turbulence time of Second World War, and continued to practice medicine in Ipoh until the ripe age of 80, before retiring in Penang.

The Dr Wu Lien-The Society was initiated in 2012 as a result of a Penang Story Lecture on Dr Wu which was organized by Think City, Penang Heritage Trust and the Old Frees Association. Led by the Founding President, Dato’ Anwar Fazal, together with support from representatives from the Old Frees Association, Penang Medical College, Harbin Medical University, Penang Institute, Penang Heritage Trust, as well as Think City and Penang Global Tourism, this initiative aims to promote this Penang-born legendary figure and to inspire the present and future generations. Since its inception, the Society has now grown its network to include several reputable institutions namely, the Malaysian National Clinical Research Centre Networks, United Nation University- International Institute for Global Health and the newly established Wu Lien-Teh Institute in Harbin, China.

Ladies and gentlemen,

The State government has been keen to support initiatives of the Society since the first Commemorative Symposium in 2014 through this 2nd Commemorative Global Symposium at Penang Institute, and the dinner tonight at the St Giles Wembley Hotel.

I am pleased to be here to witness the ceremony of signing of Memorandum of Understanding between the Society and United Nations University, International Institute for Global Health. The MOU addresses collaborative joint hosting of an annual public lecture on topic of contemporary global health importance, named as “The Dr Wu Lien-Teh Lecture”, from selecting a distinguished speaker to organizing the event. Additionally, both parties may collaborate on other initiatives related to global health importance.

It is also my pleasure to launch the first reprint of 1000 copies of the pictorial book of “Memories of Dr Wu Lien-Teh, Plague Fighter” in Penang by local publisher, Areca Books. The first edition was printed in Singapore in 1995 and out of stock. This current project received generous funding supports from Dato’ Cheah Cheng Hye, a Penang-born successful entrepreneur in Hong Kong, together with supports from the Dr Wu’s families and the Society.

The relocation and placement of Dr Wu Lien-Teh bust at Penang Institute signifies the recognition by the State Government for Dr Wu’s altruism and extra-ordinary contributions in making a difference for all.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Today, we are all here together to celebrate and honour the life of a Penang-born medical scientist who set the standard for generations of doctors to follow, and who nearly brought back a prestigious Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. It is great to see a reunion of more than 30 of the family members attending this event, including the 93-year old granddaugther, Madame Tai Ai Luen. I am very confident that Dr Wu Lien-Teh Society will continue to promote the legacy of this Penang-born iconic legend. I am proud to announce the opening of the Dr Wu Lien-Teh Commemorative Global Symposium and wish you a fruitful meeting among all of you.

Dr. Wu Lien-Teh Statue at Penang Institute

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Wu Family Reunion in Penang 2016
Wu Family Reunion in Penang 2016
visit to Dr. Wu Lien Teh's Parents tombs at Mt. Erskine
visit to Dr. Wu Lien Teh’s Parents tombs at Mt. Erskine
State Dinner at St. Giles Wembley Hotel
State Dinner at St. Giles Wembley Hotel

 

Chinese Medical Association: Commemorating 100th Anniversary of CMA Founding by Dr. Wu Lien-Teh “纪念中华医学会百年华诞–中华医学会、北京大学人民医院联合举办“伍连德专题报告会”

source: http://www.cma.org.cn/index/xhdt/2015217/1424151250704_1.html

纪念中华医学会百年华诞–中华医学会、北京大学人民医院联合举办“伍连德专题报告会”

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Prof Cheng Guangsheng
Prof Cheng Guangsheng

(中华医学信息导报记者 雍伟哲) 2月15日,中华医学会和北京大学人民医院在北京联合举办了“伍连德专题报告会”。今年适逢中华医学会成立100周年,学会决定开展一系列活动加以纪念,本次报告会就是系列活动之一。全国人大常委会副委员长、中华医学会会长陈竺院士,中华医学会领导班子成员和干部职工代表,中华医学会各专科分会的主任委员、秘书长以及来自北京医学会、北京大学人民医院的医务界代表200余人参加报告会。原中国微生物学会秘书长、中国微生物学发展史研究专家程光胜教授,我国著名免疫学家和医学教育家、原中华医学会副会长、原《中华医学杂志》总编辑、浙江大学医学院名誉院长巴德年院士,中华医学会肝病学分会委员兼秘书、青年委员会副主任委员,北京大学肝病研究所副所长、北京市丙型肝炎及肝病免疫治疗重点实验室副主任陈红松研究员在大会上作报告。

伍连德博士(1879—1960),字星联,祖籍广东,1879年3月10日出生在今马来西亚槟城(槟榔屿)。伍连德是杰出的中国近现代医学家,公共卫生学家,预防医学家,中国检疫、防疫事业的先驱。他是中华医学会的奠基人之一,曾任中华医学会第二、三任会长,《中华医学杂志》总编辑,并为推动学会的发展不遗余力。1910年末,东北肺鼠疫大流行,引发严重公共卫生危机,伍连德临危受命,担任全权总医官,深入疫区领导抗疫工作并仅历时4个月时间即扑灭疫情。他创造了我国现代医学史上的多个“第一”:第一位剑桥大学华人医学博士;实施中国医生第一次现代医学意义上的人体解剖;在世界上第一个提出了肺鼠疫的概念;1911年主持召开中国政府承担的第一次国际学术会议——万国鼠疫研究会议;主持中国政府承担的第一次国际学术会议;在他竭力提倡和推动下,中国收回了海港检疫的主权,创建了中国第一个海港检疫所;撰写了第一部英文版的中国医学史;是第一位成为诺贝尔奖候选人的华人。伍连德还是著名的医学教育家和社会活动家,是北京协和医学院及北京协和医院的主要筹办者,创建了北京中央医院(今北京大学人民医院前身)、东北陆军总医院(今解放军202医院前身)、哈尔滨医学专门学校(哈尔滨医科大学前身)等医疗和医学教育机构。

陈竺会长在报告会上致词说,1915年2月5日,伍连德、颜福庆、刁信德等21人在上海集会,宣告中华医学会成立。虽然成立当日留下的史料非常有限,但这丝毫不影响1915年2月5日对医学会广大会员的重要意义,因为正是从这天起奠基者们开启了中华医学会与人民福祉、国家前途同呼吸、共命运的世纪历程。而开启这一历程最重要的代表人物之一就是伍连德博士。他开创了中国现代医学史上众多第一,梁启超先生回顾晚清到民国50年历史时曾说:“科学输入垂50年,国中能以学者资格与世界相见者,伍星联博士一人而已!” 在伍连德的身上,充分体现了那一代中国优秀知识分子对国家、对民众、对事业的担当、奉献和情怀。

陈竺指出,今天中华医学会正处在一个重大的发展转折关头,面临着重大的机遇和挑战。我们要像创会先贤伍连德先生那样,自立自强,奋发有为,勇于并善于克服前进道路上的一切困难。我们举办这样一次报告会,就是为了回顾伍连德先生矢志保护国民健康、追求国家富强、凝聚业界力量的不平凡人生,缅怀他为我国公共卫生、医学教育、医院建设、医学科学交流和中华医学会建设事业所做出的卓越贡献,学习、弘扬他身上伟大的爱国主义精神、人道主义精神、科学求实精神和开拓进取精神。这是中华医学会乃至中国医学界的宝贵精神财富,直到一个世纪后的今天仍然焕发着历史的光辉,鼓舞并激励我们为了人民的利益坚定不移地推进卫生改革和发展事业,直至成功走出一条有中国特色的卫生发展道路,用“健康梦”助力“中国梦”,为在中国共产党领导下实现中华民族伟大复兴的“两个一百年”目标,做出不愧于时代和历史的贡献。

程光胜教授在大会报告中,以翔实的史料和珍贵的图片介绍了伍连德对中国医学发展的贡献。程光胜教授是伍连德自传《鼠疫斗士》的翻译者,20余年来倾力搜寻、整理有关伍连德的资料,访问伍连德的亲属、故人。他在报告中回顾了伍连德的生平以及伍连德在创办和发展中华医学会、东北抗疫、收回我国海港检疫主权、创建中国现代医院和现代医学教育、为中国医学史研究奠基等事业中的卓越贡献。报告通过娓娓道来的讲述和一帧帧历史图片,将听者带回到遥远的晚清、民国时代,令听者仿佛身历东北抗击鼠疫的惨烈和悲壮、中国现代医学和教育事业起步的艰辛和不挠、一代医学先贤为谋求中国医学事业自强自立的勇毅和执着。报告将伍连德的精神遗产总结为4点:爱国主义落实到行动,奉献精神讲求效率,科学求实 ,独立思考。

巴德年院士做了题为“伍连德的医学教育思想及其影响与启迪”的报告。报告介绍了伍连德博士在支持创建北京协和医学院、主持创立哈尔滨医学专门学校等医学教育机构中的经历,以及伍连德在这个过程中体现的医学教育思想,如他对公共卫生与预防医学教育的倡导与身体力行,充分反映了“大医学”和“大医学教育”的思想。在1926年9月伍连德创办哈尔滨医学专门学校时,他为这个学校提出来“慎思明辩,笃学慎行,明辨是非,德才兼备”的校训,并且十分重视英语教学。通过总结伍连德医学教育思想及其影响与启迪,巴德年院士认为医学集科学之真、人文之善、艺术之美为一体,因此应当教育医学生养成一颗人文的心,练就一个科学的头脑,拥有宽阔正确的世界观,还要有一双温暖、灵巧、勤奋的手。各位老师永远要做学生的良师益友,做学生的生活楷模。所有的大学都应该把意志品质、能力潜力、团队精神和健全体魄作为大学教育和教学的主旋律。

陈红松研究员在报告中介绍了伍连德博士创立北京中央医院(今北京大学人民医院前身)的过程。陈红松介绍说,中央医院是伍连德先生创办的20多所医院中的第一所,是由中国人自己筹资建设和管理的第一所西医综合医院。在建院过程中,伍连德亲力亲为,不辞辛苦,多方筹款,争取政府支持,在医院的建筑格局上坚持“构法期适中国之用”的原则。伍连德为医院的建设倾注心血,他曾撰文《北京中央医院之缘起及规划》,刊于《中华医学杂志》(1916年1—2卷),详细介绍了医院的筹建过程、设计理念、建筑规划。在文章最后伍连德提出了对医院的希冀:“……种种设备,期臻尽美尽善,以副模范名实。吾国各界热心公益者,颇不乏人,由京提倡于先,则各人士必克接踵于后,庶几医学昌明,可与列强并架矣。” 其中体现了伍连德在中国建立世界一流医院的梦想。在医院建成之后,伍连德等立下石碑,镌刻上“本仁恕博爱之怀 ,导聪明精微之智,敦廉洁醇良之行”的碑文,充分体现了医学的精神,今天已经成为北京大学人民医院的院训。

陈竺会长的致辞和三位专家的精彩报告,赢得了与会者阵阵热烈的掌声。大家在不长的时间里,全方位地深入了解到伍连德这位中国医学先驱、中华医学会创始人的医者人生和他谋求人民健康、促进祖国医学事业发展的赤子情怀。而更重要的,是能够将以伍连德为代表的医学先贤的爱国、爱民、敬业、奋斗、开拓的精神继承发展,发扬光大。随着本次报告会的圆满召开,中华医学会2015年纪念百年诞辰的系列活动还将陆续展开。

Wu Lien-Teh and China’s First Medical Research Institute

Dr. Wu Lien-Teh and China’s First Medical Research Institute:
The North Manchurian Plague Prevention Service, 1912–1931
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Commemorating the international medical legacy of Penang-born Dr. Wu Lien-Teh

Time & Date: 4pm, Sunday, 1 June 2014
Venue: Penang Heritage Trust, 26 Lebuh Gereja (Church Street)

Speaker: David Luesink, Ph.D. (University of British Columbia)
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Pittsburgh

Co-organised by Penang Heritage Trust and Dr. Wu Lien-Teh Society
Supported by Penang Medical College and Ren i Tang

Abstract
The north Manchurian plague of 1910 to 1911 is one of modern China’s most well-known medical events. Extensively celebrated in Chinese and English popular and scholarly literature, Wu Lien-teh and his small team of scientists effectively protected Qing (1910–1911) and Republican Chinese sovereignty at a time when China was extremely weak internationally. But protecting sovereignty with medical science does not constitute the whole story, nor should the story end in 1911. After successfully stopping plague in North China, Wu Lien-teh hosted an international conference in Harbin, which had been the epicenter of the plague, to demonstrate his success to leading bacteriologists from all imperialist powers with an interest in commerce, sovereignty, and the spread of disease in Northeast Asia, including Russia, Japan, Britain, France and the United States. Consolidating the growing international prestige of the plague research in Harbin, Wu Lien-teh established China’s first medical research institute. At a time when medical research institutes of this type were relatively new, this institute conducted important, if controversial, research on plague and its vectors of infection. This presentation will refocus attention away from the headlines of 1910–1911 and onto the daily work of scientists and some of the controversies they solved and created over several decades.

About the speaker
David Luesink is visiting assistant Professor in East Asian History at the University of Pittsburgh. He was awarded a Luce Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship at Indiana University in Indianapolis, and before that obtained his PhD from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. As a History Department doctoral student David Luesink was awarded two prizes for 2009–2010, namely, the Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation Dissertation Fellowship administered by the Canadian Association of Asian Studies; and the Academia Sinica (Taipei, Taiwan) Pre-Dissertation Fellowship, Institute for Modern History. He is the author of a chapter published in an edited volume: ‘The History of Chinese Medicine: Empires, Transnationalism and Medicine in China, 1908–1937,’ in Iris Borowy, Uneasy Encounters: The Politics of Medicine and Health in China 1900–1937 (Frankfurt, New York, Oxford: Peter Lang, 2009), 149–176.

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Plaque Fighter Dr Wu Lien-teh International Conference and Exhibition – Singapore

伍连德国际研讨会暨展览
Plaque Fighter Dr Wu Lien-teh
International Conference and Exhibition.Conference in English and Chinese.Date: Apr 5, 2014 Saturday
Time: 9am to 6pm
Venue: Level 2, Ballroom,
Chui Huay Lim Club.醉花林俱乐部
。No 190 Keng Lee RoadWeek-Long Exhibition

Date:Saturday 5 to Saturday 12 April 2014
Time: 10am-6pm
Venue: Level 4, Chui Huay Lim Club
No 190 Keng Lee Road.