Visit from one of China’s top medical schools


Professor Xuetao Cao (centre right), President of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical College with representatives from the University and MDHS including (second from L - R) Professors Ian Everall, Geoff McColl, Fabienne Mackay, Ian van Driel, Doris Young, Dick Strugnell, and Ms Alison Langley

The Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences (MDHS) recently welcomed a senior delegation from the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences (CAMS) and Peking Union Medical College (PUMC) led by President Professor Xuetao Cao.

The visit, Professor Cao’s first to the University, coincided with the International Congress of Immunology held in Melbourne from 21 - 26 August, at which Professor Cao was a plenary speaker, and follows several senior visits to CAMS/PUMC by senior leadership from The University of Melbourne and the Faculty of MDHS over the last number of years.

During the visit the parties highlighted and committed to strengthening the deep connections between the two institutions in areas of research including cancer, infection and immunity, translational medicine, and mental health.

The visit also included site visits to the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity and the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI).

PUMC is widely regarded as one of the top medical schools in China and is a key partner of the Faculty of MDHS with collaboration in a wide range of fields. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed with the Melbourne Medical School in 2013 to facilitate research collaborations and student exchange in medical disciplines including medical education.