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Prestigious Chinese appointment for Cardiff Professor

20 January 2011

Professor Ole Petersen, Director of the Cardiff School of Biosciences, has been appointed as Honorary Professor at Jinan National University (JNU) in Guangzhou, one of China’s 100 Key National Universities.

Professor Petersen CBE FRS, one of the most distinguished figures in international biomedical research, travelled to China to accept the appointment at a special award ceremony.

During the course of his visit, Cardiff’s Chinese links were further strengthened with the announcement that JNU will now annually send postgraduate research students to study at Cardiff School of Biosciences.

The students will study initially for Master of Research degrees, and later for doctorates. It is expected that there will be an annual intake of up to five postgraduate students from 2012. Jinan’s Medical College and Cardiff School of Biosciences will also begin working towards Joint Laboratory status.

Professor Petersen said: "I am confident that we shall have a very good and mutually profitable collaboration with JNU and look forward to receiving the first excellent students from JNU in Cardiff."

Professor Luo Huanmin, Executive Dean of the Medical College at JNU, said: "I believe that our collaboration will succeed and yield substantial results."

Professor Petersen also delivered a lecture at JNU on recent changes in assessment and funding for biomedical research in Europe and the UK. This was based on his experience as Chair of the European Research Council’s Starting Grant Panel for Physiology, Pathophysiology & Endocrinology, as well as his recent appointment as Chair of the Biological Sciences Panel for the UK government’s new assessment of research quality in UK universities.


Notes to Editors

Cardiff School of Biosciences

The Cardiff School of Biosciences is best known for the work of its former director, Professor Sir Martin Evans FRS, which was recognized by Sir Martin’s Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2007 (together with Mario Cappechi and Oliver Smithies) "for their discoveries of principles for introducing specific gene modifications in mice by the use of embryonic stem cells". Under its current director, Medical Research Council Professor Ole Petersen CBE FRS, who pioneered patch clamp single channel recordings in epithelial cells and discovered intracellular calcium tunnels in exocrine gland cells, the School provides a dynamic and stimulating research environment with impressive modern facilities and high-calibre research-active staff.
In the authoritative 2010 Annual World University Ranking (based on research strength and performance) compiled by Shanghai Jiao Tong University (, Life Sciences at Cardiff University is in the top 100 worldwide and in the top 10 in the UK .

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