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New partnership fosters broad scientific exchange with major Chinese university, hospital
Date:8/9/2010

DALLAS Aug. 9, 2010 UT Southwestern Medical Center has entered into an academic and scientific partnership with Sun Yat-sen University and its First Affiliated Hospital in Guangzhou, China. The first international institutional affiliation for UT Southwestern and a first step in implementing the global health initiative that is one of the medical center's current strategic priorities, the partnership was developed to promote joint scientific research, educational, and training activities.

Signed in July, the agreement initially will bring exceptional junior scholars from Sun Yat-sen University to UT Southwestern for postdoctoral research training, supported by the Chinese institution. The partnership will subsequently expand to include exchange programs for medical students, residents and faculty.

While there have been several individual interactions with Sun Yat-sen University in recent years, this is the first institutional affiliation agreement of such a broad scope with a prominent foreign academic medical center.

"This academic and scientific partnership will create new opportunities for an international exchange of educational experiences for students, postdoctoral trainees and faculty of both institutions, while also creating new opportunities for broader research and clinical collaborations," said UT Southwestern President Dr. Daniel K. Podolsky, who signed the agreement during a trip to China with several faculty members.

"First Affiliated Hospital is one of the largest hospitals in China and offers a rich resource for collaboration in clinical and translational research," Dr. Podolsky said.

Dr. Jay Schneider, assistant professor of internal medicine, said the collaborative agreement is the result of months of collegial negotiations between the two institutions. The discussions started about two years ago when Dr. Peter Igarashi, chief of nephrology at UT Southwestern, and Dr. Xin Jin "Joseph" Zhou,
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Contact: Kristen Holland Shear
kristen.hollandshear@utsouthwestern.edu
214-648-3404
UT Southwestern Medical Center
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