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Medical links with China

24 June 2011

Medical links

A delegation of key University figures has returned from a major Chinese exhibition designed to explore new ways of collaborating with medical partners.

The Dean of Medicine, Professor Paul Morgan, led a University delegation to the Education Expo – China’s flagship event in Beijing which brings key education and medical organisations together to highlight opportunities for collaboration.

The University delegation, including Professor Wen G Jiang from the School of Medicine, also visited Capital Medical University (CMU), a long term partner of the University with strong links with the School of Medicine.

"Experience tells us that pooling research expertise and sharing knowledge can help us tackle some of the world’s key research challenges," said Professor Morgan, who led the delegation.

"Our existing links with Chinese universities also provide important opportunities for our medical students to visit and improve their medical and communication skills.

"The visit was also an opportunity to renew our links with existing partners and explore new opportunities for collaboration and joint working."

During the visit, Professor Morgan was presented with an International Consultant award by CMU in recognition of the collaboration and Professor Jiang also delivered a lecture to the International Convention of Collateral Diseases.

The University and CMU already enjoy an active collaboration programme. Supported by the China Medical Scholarship, more scholars are set to visit Cardiff over the coming years to work on a series of research collaborations and projects.

In October 2010, the University’s Vice-Chancellor, Dr David Grant was made an international adviser by CMU, the first person from the UK to be honoured in this way.

The only other recipients of this prestigious honour have been former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder and Professor Tomas Hökfelt, Professor Emeritus at Sweden’s Karolinska Institute.

The ceremony was held in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, attended by representatives of the British Embassy and the British Council in China.