Visit from Peking University Health Science Center

On 9 August 2017, the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences (MDHS) welcomed a senior delegation from Peking University Health Science Center (PKUHSC), PR China, led by the Vice-President of Peking University and President of PKUHSC, Professor Qimin Zhan.

The visit, Professor Zhan’s first to Australia, included meetings with the leadership team of the Faculty, hosted by Professor Shitij Kapur, followed by visits to the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, and the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, showcasing the world-class research facilities within the Melbourne Biomedical Precinct.

During the visit the parties committed to strengthening the deep connections between the two institutions in the field of mental health, and further developing collaborative research in cancer, infection and immunity, and neuroscience.

Professor Zhan delivering a Special Public Lecture during the visit

Professor Zhan also delivered a Special Public Lecture, The Race to Precision Medicine, highlighting his leading research in cancer translational medicine, including molecular diagnosis and personalised therapy.

(L-R standing): Professor Lin Lu, Professor Shitij Kapur, Mr Guobin Huang, Professor Yun-Kwok Wing, (seated) Professor Qimin Zhan, Professor Geoff McColl, Dr Sandra Chan

A highlight of the visit included a signing ceremony for the renewal of a tripartite Memorandum of Understanding between the Faculty of MDHS, Peking University Institute of Mental Health and the Department of Psychiatry at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. This ceremony was hosted by the Faculty of MDHS and attended by the Acting Consul-General of the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Melbourne, Mr Guobin Huang (pictured above).

Dating back to 2006, the tripartite relationship aims to build mainland China’s health and mental health workforce to deliver appropriate community mental healthcare and rehabilitation. The program set up training centres in Beijing, Hong Kong and Melbourne to deliver a comprehensive, culturally and systematically appropriate training program in community mental health service.

The visit also coincided with Department of Psychiatry’s Annual Research Symposium held in collaboration with the Peking University Institute of Mental Health and the Department of Psychiatry at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Peking University is widely regarded as one of the top universities in China and is a key partner of the University of Melbourne with a long-standing formal relationship dating back three decades.