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

professor of pathology and internal medicine, organized a "sister" renal center with the Chinese university, sponsored by the International Society of Nephrology.

"Our Chinese counterparts have the resources to do very high-level science, and we can add to their knowledge base in very specific areas," said Dr. Schneider, a cardiologist who was part of the UT Southwestern delegation at the signing ceremony along with Drs. Podolsky, Zhou and Igarashi.

A faculty steering committee consisting of Drs. Schneider, Igarashi and Michael White, professor of cell biology, will coordinate the partnership, in concert with a new Office of Global Health, which is being formed as part of the University's strategic initiatives and which ultimately will oversee this program.

"First Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University has made efforts to develop patient registries and tissue and DNA biobanks that can be used for clinical and translational research," he said. "Combining these resources with our expertise provides a great opportunity for collaborative research and training of students and postdoctoral fellows."

Additional UT Southwestern faculty who took part in tours and discussions at Sun Yat-sen were Dr. Orson Moe, director of the Charles and Jane Pak Center for Mineral Metabolism and Clinical Research; Dr. Robert Toto, professor of internal medicine and clinical sciences; and Dr. Michel Baum, professor of pediatrics and internal medicine.

Initially, the agreement calls for UT Southwestern to host five to 10 Sun Yat-sen postdoctoral scholars a year.


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Contact: Kristen Holland Shear
kristen.hollandshear@utsouthwestern.edu
214-648-3404
UT Southwestern Medical Center
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