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University hosts landmark medical and science symposium


18 August 2009

Prof. Bruce Robinson, Dean of Medicine, and Prof. Nicholas King, Academic Head of the relationship with Shanghai Jiao Tong University, present Prof. Chen Guoqiang, Vice-Dean Shanghai Jiao Tong School of Medicine, Honorary Professorship.
Prof. Bruce Robinson, Dean of Medicine, and Prof. Nicholas King, Academic Head of the relationship with Shanghai Jiao Tong University, present Prof. Chen Guoqiang, Vice-Dean Shanghai Jiao Tong School of Medicine, Honorary Professorship.

The University's of Sydney and Shanghai Jiao Tong joined forces for the second annual Sino-Australian symposium on Active Compounds, Molecular Imaging and Clinical Trials.

From the 12-14th August experts gathered at the University of Sydney from the faculties of Medicine, Pharmacy, Health Sciences, Science, Nursing and Midwifery. Among the topics of discussion were the potential of molecular imaging, the efficiency and effectiveness of anti-cancer drugs and the evolution of clinical trials both in Australia and China.

"The University of Sydney has been honored to host the 2nd Sino-Australian symposium with our close colleagues at Shanghai Jiao Tong University," said Dean of Medicine, Professor Bruce Robinson from the University of Sydney.

"The past three years witnessed a profound collaboration between Shanghai Jiao Tong University and the University of Sydney Schools of Medicine in the aspects of student exchange, faculty training, scientific collaboration and curriculum reform," said Zhu Zhenggang , Dean of Medicine and Vice-President of Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

"This year, our selected researchers not only presented their exciting research results but also make a contribution in the collaboration between our two universities."

"I hope this year's symposium will serve as a new opportunity to enhance the collaboration and make a promotion in the exchange between our two universities."

Participating in the symposium was a Shanghai delegation of 26 established and early career researchers and PhD candidates at the end of their candidature. The University of Sydney delegation was made up of 22 researchers and PhD candidates.

At the symposium opening, Professor Chen Guoqiang, Vice-Dean of the Shanghai Jiao Tong School of Medicine was awarded an honorary professorship.

"The annual joint Sino- Australian symposium is just one example of the active collaborations we have with this prestigious Chinese University," says Ms Louise Freckleton, Manager of International relations with China for the Faculty of Medicine's Office for Global health.

"Our sturdy relationship ranges over students and staff exchange, the co-training of PhD students, and the exchange of information and expertise on medical curriculum."

Following the 1st Sino-Australian Symposium last year two active research collaborations were founded. The 2nd Symposia looks to have generated a further 6 research collaborations.

"We hope that these forthcoming collaborations will further bind our two universities together through research that works towards improving the health and wellbeing of the people both in Australia and China," said Professor David Day, Dean of Faculty of Science at the University of Sydney.

Planning for a 3rd Sino-Australian Symposium is already underway and will be held in Shanghai in 2010 and the theme will be 'Translational medicine'.


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