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Pitt Hosts Fourth Annual University of Pittsburgh-Tsinghua University Joint Symposium

Focus on Platform Technologies in Biomedical Research

WHAT: Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, will hold their fourth annual joint symposium, which will focus on platform technologies in drug discovery, epigenetics, stem cell therapies, neuroscience and medical devices, as well as Big Data efforts. The event includes a poster session featuring the work of the current class of Tsinghua visiting research scholars.
WHY: In a collaboration that began in 2011, up to 45 medical and graduate students from Tsinghua University come to Pittsburgh for a two-year training program in biomedical research. The symposium is intended to build relationships and educate each site about the other’s work and is held in alternating years at each university.
WHO: Speakers at the two-day event include:
  • Arthur S. Levine, M.D., senior vice chancellor for the health sciences and John and Gertrude Petersen Dean of Medicine, Pitt
  • Bai Lu, Ph.D., professor and executive vice dean, School of Medicine, Tsinghua
  • D. Lansing Taylor, Ph.D., Allegheny Foundation Professor of Computational and Systems Biology, and director, Drug Discovery Institute, Pitt 
  • Haitao Li, Ph.D., associate professor of epigenetics and of structural biology, Tsinghua
  • Lei Yang, Ph.D., assistant professor of developmental biology, Pitt
  • Bo Hong, Ph.D., associate dean and principal investigator, Tsinghua
  • Gregory Cooper, Ph.D., professor and vice chair of biomedical informatics, and director, Center for Causal Modeling and Discovery, Pitt
  • William Wagner, Ph.D., professor of surgery, and director of the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, Pitt
  • 8 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., Thursday, April 9, 2015
  • 9 a.m. to noon, Friday, April 10, 2015
WHERE: Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center, 100 Lytton Ave., Oakland
Media wishing to attend should contact Anita Srikameswaran at or 412-578-9193 for more information. 

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