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King's-PUHSC Joint Institute to unlock medical research

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An agreement signed today between King’s and Peking University Health Science Center (PUHSC) to establish a Joint Institute for Medical Research will unlock research opportunities in cancer, cardiovascular care, dentistry and mental health, and pave the way for academic research collaboration between two of the world’s most prestigious health schools.

Collaboration between the two institutions, both of which are regarded as at the forefront of medical education in the UK and China respectively, have been collaborating on a smaller scale for a number of years, including through longstanding links in nursing and midwifery and between King’s Dental Institute and PUHSC’s School of Stomatology in oral health. Most recently, joint symposia in cancer, led by Professors Arnie Purushotham and Richard Sullivan, and in 3D-printing and tissue engineering led by Professor Lucy Di Silvio, have strengthened ties between King’s and PUHSC.

The agreement was signed by King’s College London President & Principal Professor Ed Byrne AC and Vice-Principal International Dr Joanna Newman, and by PUHSC’s Executive Vice-President Prof Ke Yang, and Vice-President (Research and International Cooperation) Prof Weignan Fang.

“This Joint Institute for Medical Research represents an exciting new phase in the relationship between King’s and PUHSC and one that will help us address some of today’s major health questions,” said Professor Byrne, who is also a Visiting Professor at Peking University. “By investing together in this partnership, our two great institutions can open doors for impactful research and for training opportunities that will help create a generation of medical experts with global experience.”

Other topics have also been identified for exploration between King’s Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) and PUHSC, including dementia, led by King’s Professor Martin Prince, addiction studies following King’s involvement in the China Drug Abuse Symposium, and neuroimaging which will see possible new joint degree programmes developed.

“Peking University Health Science Center and King’s are both dedicated to pursuing excellence in our arenas,” said Professor Ke Yang, Executive Vice President of Peking University and Executive Vice President of PUHSC. “By sharing knowledge and vision with partners like King’s College London, we can achieve our shared goals as world-leading institutions. It is great to see the results from the efforts of both institutions and to see that some wonderful programmes are already starting well.”

The signing of the Memorandum of Agreement took place on the opening day of a joint summer research institute in cardiovascular care taking place at King’s London campuses with students and academics from King’s, PUHSC and Keio University.