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Dr Qihe Xu is Director, King’s Centre for Integrative Chinese Medicine, Senior Lecturer in Renal Medicine, and Faculty member of the Department of Inflammation Biology, School of Immunology & Microbial Sciences and the Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics.

With around 100 peer-reviewed publications and an H-index of 27, Dr Xu is a renal scientist dedicated to innovation in understanding kidney health and disease and in developing novel therapies, through an integrative Chinese medicine approach, namely by integrating technologies, resources and wisdoms from conventional medicine, modern pharmaceutical science and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).

Between 2009 and 2012, Dr Xu was the leading scientist of the EU’s first Coordination Action dedicated to TCM research under the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme. In 2012, he and his colleagues founded the GP-TCM Research Association, an international society and a UK-based charity dedicated to promoting good practices in TCM research. In recognition of his outstanding contributions to TCM research in the international arena, Dr Xu was awarded the Qihuang International Prize, China Association of Chinese Medicine, in 2020.