Prof. Andrew M.L. Chan and Prof. Alfred S. L. Cheng of the School of Biomedical Sciences (SBS) together with Prof. Cho Chi-hin, Emeritus Professor of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and the former Associate Director (Research) of SBS visited Southwest Medical University (SWMU), Luzhou, Sichuan Province between 2 and 4 November 2018.
Prof. Chan and Prof. Cheng were invited as the guest speakers of the 2018 International Symposium of Cancer and Inflammation (Chinese version only), which was jointly organised by SWMU and Sichuan Pharmacological Society. Prof. Chan and Prof. Cheng delivered talks titled “Functional interaction between growth and inflammatory pathways in glioblastoma” and “Efficacy and mechanistic basis of combinatorial epigenetic immunotherapy”, respectively. During the visit, both of them also received the Visiting Professorship of SWMU bestowed by Prof. Guangyi Liu, SWMU’s Vice President. The SBS delegation was guided to tour the China (Sichuan) Pilot Free Trade Zone to learn the latest economic development of Sichuan Province before departure.
The visit has fostered the academic exchange and mutual understanding between CUHK and SWMU. We are looking forward to further academic exchange and research collaboration between SBS and SWMU in the near future.
Prof. Andrew Chan (Right) and Prof. Alfred Cheng (Left) received Visiting Professorship bestowed by Prof. Liu Guangyi (Middle), Vice President of SWMU
The opening remarks was given by Prof. Chan Wai-yee, Director of SBS, followed by welcoming addresses from Prof. Rocky S. Tuan, Vice-Chancellor and President of CUHK, Ms. Gong Haihua, Chief of Division of European Affairs, Bureau of International Cooperation, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and Prof. Schöler Hans, Director of Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine (MPI-MB), respectively. Sixteen delegates from the Max Planck Institutes, 20 delegates from the Guangzhou Institutes of Biomedicine and Health (GIBH), CAS, Principal Investigators from SBS and the Institute for Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine (iTERM), CUHK as well as academics from The University of Hong Kong and The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology participated in the event, and shared and exchanged their research findings and experiences in the areas of stem cell, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.
Before the start of sharing sessions, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) Signing Ceremony between SBS, MPI-MB and the Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research (MPI-HLR) was conducted. Under the witness of Prof. Rocky Tuan, Ms. Gong Haihua, Mr. David Schmidt, Deputy Consul General, German Consulate General Hong Kong, representatives of the respective signing parties including Prof. Schöler Hans, Prof. Chan Wai-yee and Prof. Thomas Braun, Co-Director of MPI-HLR signed the MoU. The signing of the MoU not only formed a sound foundation for pursuing academic and research collaborations with the two signing parties in the near future, but also signified an extension of the long term partnership between SBS and GIBH, CAS.