UNC Delegation Visits Southern Medical University in China

From L to R: 1st Row: Ning Zhang, Dr. Yanhong Yu, Dr. Myron Cohen, Dr. Xiangsheng Chen, Dr. Bin Yang; 2nd Row: Dr. Jinjun Chen, Dr. Michael Emch; Dr. Arlene Seña, Dr. Kate Muessig, Dr. Heping Zheng; 3rd Row: Dr. Weiming Tang, Irving Hoffman, Dr. Ron Swanstrom, Dr. Shixing Tang, Dr. William Miller; 4th Row: Dr. Cheng Wang, Dr. Michael Moody, Dr. Joseph Duncan, Dr. Joseph Tucker, Ye Zhang.

From L to R: 1st Row: Ning Zhang, Dr. Yanhong Yu, Dr. Myron Cohen, Dr. Xiangsheng Chen, Dr. Bin Yang; 2nd Row: Dr. Jinjun Chen, Dr. Michael Emch; Dr. Arlene Seña, Dr. Kate Muessig, Dr. Heping Zheng; 3rd Row: Dr. Weiming Tang, Irving Hoffman, Dr. Ron Swanstrom, Dr. Shixing Tang, Dr. William Miller; 4th Row: Dr. Cheng Wang, Dr. Michael Moody, Dr. Joseph Duncan, Dr. Joseph Tucker, Ye Zhang.

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:

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.

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