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Cancer symposium highlights partnership between WSU and Fudan University in Shanghai
A delegation of researchers from Shanghai Medical College at Fudan University visited Wayne State to share discoveries and research updates in the cancer field during the second “Colloquium in Precision and Translational Medicine - Genetic and Epigenetic Modulation of Cancer.”
Sponsored by the Division of Research and Office of International Programs (OIP), and organized by Dr. Juri Gelovani of the College of Engineering, Professor Terrence Monks of the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and Professor Shijie Sheng of the School of Medicine, the colloquium was the second joint event for the two universities, with Fudan having hosted the first in 2015. Since then, several Wayne State leaders have visited Fudan to continue expanding the relationship.
In 2016 the Fudan-Wayne State Alliance for Stem Cell Translational Research Laboratory was created at Fudan. Through the jointly run lab, technology developed at the two universities is used to expand the value and implementation of health research breakthroughs around the world.
“Partnerships like this one with Fudan exponentially increase the value of what we do,” Provost Keith Whitfield said. “Bringing together the experience and brainpower of some of the best minds in science today is how we learn and discover. It’s how we change the world.
“I am struck by the possibilities of what we can create together. I believe we can take the expertise that we have and expand it to other programs and disciplines in the health sciences.”
Both WSU and Fudan are comprehensive, urban-serving research universities with successful broad-based research and education programs in the sciences, humanities and medicine, according to Steve Lanier, vice president for research.
“We share a commitment to international collaboration and engagement,” Lanier said. “Science provides the bonds of connectivity across different cultures and I imagine that this collaboration on cancer is just the beginning of a very important partnership.”
The Fudan partnership is one of more than 150 partnerships and agreements managed annually by OIP, which leads Wayne Sate’s global engagement by creating opportunities that foster international education and research and provides resources that support the expansion of the university’s global agenda.
The colloquium included presentations from Professor Fei Chen of pharmaceutical sciences in the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and the Center for Urban Responses to Environmental Stressors at Wayne State; Professor Qing-Sheng Mi of dermatology and internal medicine at Henry Ford Hospital; and Associate Professor Yubin Ge and Assistant Professor Benjamin Kidder from the department of oncology at Wayne State’s School of Medicine; and Professor Fei Lan of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences, Professor Wenqiang Yu, deputy director of the Institute of Genomics and Epi-genomics, and Professor Pengyuan Yang, executive deputy director of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences, all of Fudan University.
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