Paul U. Unschuld has been named Founding Director of the new Horst-Goertz-Institute for the Theory, History, and Ethics of Chinese Life Sciences at Charité-Universitaetsmedizin Berlin in 2006. In 1976, his academic career started as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Behavioral Sciences with a joint appointment in the Department of International Health at the School of Hygiene and Public Health of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. In 1986 he accepted anoffer to become Director of the Research Institute for the History of Medicine at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet in Munich, Germany, where he stayed until his move to Berlin. He was a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Berlin 1998-1999 and vice-president of the German-Chinese Medical Association 1984-2004. In 2008 he was elected President of the International Society for the History of East Asian Science, Technology and Medicine. His research focusses on the comparative history of medicine and related life sciences in China and Europe, with a focus on the history of ideas. He has published numerous articles and monographs on selected topics from the history of Chinese medicine, pharmaceutics, and medical ethics. Among his recent publications are Huang Di Nei Jing Su Wen – Nature, Knowledge, Imagery in an Ancient Chinese Medical Text and, with H. Tessenow, Dictionary of the Huang Di Nei Jing Su Wen, both published by University of California Press. An English version of his “What is Medicine? Western and Eastern Approaches to Healing” is scheduled for publication by Univ. of California Press in 2009.