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International collaboration recognised

07 October 2011

Wen Jiang webProfessor Wen Jiang with three of the Capital Medical Research Fellows

A pioneering partnership between Cardiff and Capital Medical University in China which aims to find new approaches to detecting and treating cancer has been shortlisted for a major higher education award.

Times Higher Education named Cardiff as one of six finalists in the ‘International Collaboration’ category of their annual awards.

The partnership pools the research expertise and knowledge within both institutions with the aim of making real progress in tackling a global issue – breast cancer.

Research fellows from Capital Medical work alongside the School of Medicine’s Professor Wen Jiang, originally from China’s Shandong province and one of the world’s leading cancer researchers, and eminent breast cancer surgeon Professor Robert Mansel. They benefit from Cardiff’s international reputation for cancer research and quickly establish themselves as research leaders in their subject area. Having immersed themselves in Cardiff’s pioneering academic environment they return to China as accomplished clinicians and medical researchers.

To date, the partnership projects have discovered new biomarkers for not only breast cancer but for prostate and kidney cancer. These markers have been independently validated in the UK and China for their long term clinical relevance to the patients.

The collaboration has also attracted the support of Albert Hung, the Hong Kong-based entrepreneur and philanthropist who is funding the second phase of this partnership which will see 20 more Chinese scholars coming to Cardiff over the next four years.

Professor Paul Morgan, Dean of the School of Medicine said: "This is a truly outstanding example of international collaboration fully deserving of the nomination for a Times Higher Education Award. The Chinese fellows benefit enormously from immersion in a leading clinical cancer research group here in Cardiff and take back new knowledge, skills and ways of thinking to their home institutions. We benefit in the short term by having some of the finest young minds in Chinese medicine working here and in the long term by building enduring bridges between our institutions."

The Times Higher Awards recognise the ground-breaking work undertaken by UK higher education institutions. The winners will be announced in a ceremony on 24 November 2011.

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