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Tsinghua University Hosts First Symposium with Pitt Under New Biomedical Research Training Collaboration

PITTSBURGH, April 11, 2012 – Administrators and faculty from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine will travel to Tsinghua University School of Medicine in Beijing this month to participate in the first symposium hosted by the school as part of a unique collaborative education and research partnership between the two.

The Pittsburgh-Tsinghua Joint Symposium on Medical Sciences 2012 taking place April 21-22 is designed to build relationships and educate each site about the other’s work. The symposium will focus on drug discovery and development, advances in neurosciences, epigenetics in cancer diagnosis and treatment, immunology, infectious diseases and vaccine development, developmental biology and regenerative medicine, and structural biology and drug development.

“This symposium will give us the opportunity to discuss the latest medical research with experts at Tsinghua and tour their laboratories all while getting to know their medical students before they arrive on our campus later this year,” said Arthur S. Levine, M.D., senior vice chancellor for the health sciences and dean, School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh. “We strongly believe that the relationships we build with Tsinghua will enhance the training of world-class physicians and researchers.”

In May, Pitt and Tsinghua officials announced the new collaboration that will bring Chinese medical and graduate students to Pittsburgh for training in biomedical research. For each academic year beginning this fall, Tsinghua University will send between 25 and 45 students to Pitt for two years as visiting research scholars. They also will have opportunities to observe health care activities at UPMC, Pitt’s clinical partner. The students will already have completed three-and-a-half years of university education in China.  

The annual research symposium is a part of the program and will be held in alternating years at each university. 

Dubbed the “Chinese MIT” for its renowned science and engineering programs, Tsinghua University began 100 years ago as a preparatory school for students chosen to study in the United States. It has nearly 26,000 students and more than 7,000 faculty in 14 schools and 56 departments and is working to create a world-class medical school.

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