On July 3, 2024, a delegation from the University of Madeira, Portugal, visited the Institute of Chinese Medical Sciences (ICMS) at the University of Macau to discuss potential collaborations. The delegation included Professor João Rodrigues, Director of the Madeira Chemistry Research Centre, and Professor Helena Tomás, Head of the Department of Chemistry.

The delegates were warmly received by Prof. Xin Chen, the Director of ICMS, and Prof. Jianbo Wan. Prof. Chen provided the guests with an overview of the progress and accomplishments of ICMS and the State Key Laboratory of Quality Research in Chinese Medicine (SKLQRCM). The delegation also visited the ICMS laboratories and core facilities, where they expressed appreciation for the institute’s modern and scientific approach to research and development of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), particularly in the areas of chemical analysis and quality evaluation.

At the University of Madeira, the research group led by Professor João Rodrigues focuses on the design, synthesis, and characterization of molecular materials, such as dendrimers/metallodendrimers, molecular wires, composites, nanoparticles, and polymers, with applications in optoelectronics and biomedicine.

During the visit, both parties had fruitful exchange of experiences and ideas in research, teaching, and learning. Both parties recognized the potential for mutual benefits and the opportunity to contribute to advancements in the field of medical sciences. They looked forward to future collaborations between the two institutions.