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U-M Medical School creates joint institute with Peking University
Date:10/4/2010

Ann Arbor, Mich. The University of Michigan Medical School will establish a joint institute with the Peking University Health Science Center in a unique effort to promote research that can lead to breakthroughs in pulmonary, cardiovascular and liver diseases.

The joint institute will feature collaborative research efforts, exchanges of faculty, medical residents, fellows and other researchers, and completion of large-scale clinical trials.

"Our Medical School mission is clear. We are dedicated to education and research for the people of the state of Michigan and beyond," says Joseph Kolars, M.D., Senior Associate Dean for Education and Global Initiatives.

"This is evidence of the University of Michigan Medical School's intention to have a global impact on the way physicians are trained, and to be leaders in cutting-edge research that can solve the medical problems of our world."

The joint institute will be launched on Oct. 12 in an opening ceremony at the Biomedical Sciences Research Building on the Medical School campus. Leadership from both universities will sign the agreement during a reception that begins at 1:30 p.m. The first joint symposium will be held to facilitate the discussion on the joint research projects.

The joint institute will focus on research into pulmonary, cardiovascular and liver diseases, all areas of mutual interest at U-M and Peking University. The joint institute will involve faculty at both institutions collaborating on projects on an equal basis not just sharing data.

The institute will provide infrastructures to optimize the mechanism to support joint projects, including human subjects protection, tissue repositories and biomedical informatics, as well as research on science of collaboration.

Both U-M Medical School and Peking University Health Science Center have committed to provide $7 million each to fund the initiative.

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Contact: Mary F. Masson
mfmasson@umich.edu
734-764-2220
University of Michigan Health System
Source:Eurekalert

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