Zhang Ye is the training coordinator at the UNC-South China STD Research Training Center. In this blog post, she shares the goals of a partnership between UNC and Southern Medical University in China.
A 12-member delegation from UNC traveled to the Southern Medical University in Guangzhou, China, on Sept. 25, 2017. The delegation members included:
- Myron Cohen, MD, director of the UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases;
- J. Victor Garcia, PhD, professor of medicine at UNC;
- Irving Hoffman, PA, MPH, international director of UNC Project-Malawi;
- Ron Swanstrom, PhD, director of the UNC Center for AIDS Research;
- Michael Emch, PhD, professor of geography at UNC;
- Alex Duncan, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine at UNC;
- Arlene Seña, MD, MPH, associate professor of medicine at UNC;
- Joseph Tucker, MD, PhD, director of UNC Project-China;
- Weiming Tang, MD, PhD, assistant director of UNC Project-China;
- Kate Muessig, PhD, assistant professor of health behavior at UNC;
- Michael Moody, MD, assistant professor of immunology at Duke; and
- Bill Miller, MD, PhD, adjunct professor of medicine at UNC.
Southern Medical University (SMU) is a medicine-oriented multidisciplinary university emphasizing both research and teaching. SMU ranks the third among the independent, medical universities in China, and it is the only independent, medical university qualified to offer the eight-year program of clinical medicine. Since last year, the Guangdong Dermatology Hospital, where UNC Project-China is based, has become an affiliated hospital of Southern Medical University.
During their visit to the SMU, the delegation visited the university’s central laboratory as well as Nanfang Hospital’s Hepatitis Center and Department of Infectious Diseases. The main purpose of the meeting was to deepen the understanding between the two institutions; to develop and maintain a strong partnership with Dermatology Hospital of Southern Medical University; and to explore further cooperation in the fields of medicine and public health research, joint programs for the postgraduates, and exchange of undergraduates between UNC and Southern Medical University.
It was a scalding, hot day in Guangzhou when UNC professors visited SMU, with temperatures reaching beyond 100 degrees. But this did not stop the team from a productive series of discussions and strategic planning. During the meeting, the president of Southern Medical University, Yan-hong Yu, MD, PhD, expressed her hope to build friendly relationship and substantial research projects with UNC.