The ITALIAN-CHINESE MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (ICMA)
The Italian-Chinese Medical Association (ICMA) was founded by Prof. Paolo Mantegazza (pharmacologist) supported by Prof. Edmondo Malan (surgeon) and Prof. Carlo Lorenzo Cazzullo (psichiatrist), on 26 March 1973. After a meeting in Beijing between the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, G. Medici, and the Prime Minister of the Peoples Republic of China, Zhou Enlai, Dr Bruno P. Pieroni took the initiative of creating ICMA.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Italy encouraged the idea and promoted the first official visit of the Italian delegation to Beijing. Prof. Paolo Mantegazza, the current Honoured President of the State University of Milan, was appointed President.
ICMA organized more than 50 missions of Italian medical delegations to China, and held seminars and roundtables concerning Western medicine and the possible integration between Western medicine and traditional Chinese medicine in Beijing, Shanghai, Urumchi and in other Chinese locations.
Under the aegis of ICMA, the Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine published the first Italian translation of the Manual of Acupuncture, and Prof. Elena Massarani, a chemical- pharmacologist researcher, published Herbs in China, the first panorama of Chinese herbs.
Nowadays, ICMA is lead by Prof. Umberto Solimene, President, supported by Dr Adriana Bazzi and Prof. Emilio Minelli, Vice Presidents. Dr Bruno Pieroni was the Secretary-General (he died in the 2013) and Prof. Elena Massarani is the Treasurer.
ICMA has received invitation to participate actively in the International Symposiums of Traditional Medicine . At the moment, ICMA has started several initiatives that will lead to work in synergy with the World Health Organization and to promote the exchange of delegations, in order to improve the integration between Western and traditional Chinese medicine.Closed contacts are with the FEMTEC (World Federation of Hydrotherapy) concerning the Integration of TCM and Thermal medicine.
The President, the Board of Directors and the members of the Italian-Chinese Medical Association participate with affection the deep sorrow of the family on the death of Prof. Paolo Mantegazza, AMIC Founder (1973) and President (1973-1995), renowned pharmacologist, Master of culture, promoter and supporter of a Medical Science open to cultural integrations.
Prof.Paolo Mantegazza for a long time was the Dean of the Medical School at State Milan University (Italy) and for 17 years was elected President of the same University.
Great personality with open mind and strategies, he has been one of most appreciated Presidents of the Italian Universities. With special Ministerial Decree he was appointed as "Rector Emeritus".
In loved memory: Umberto Solimene, Emilio Minelli, Adriana Bazzi, Giovanna Lin Xiaoying (Shanghai Municipal Administration)
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