uOttawa and Chinese Academy of Sciences launch innovative research centre

Posted on Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Many dignitaries took part in the signing ceremony.

The University of Ottawa and the Chinese Academy of Sciences Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica (SIMM) have established the Joint Research Centre on Systems and Personalized Pharmacology.

This first-of-a-kind research centre will build on the SIMM-uOttawa laboratory created in 2012, which has already led to joint publications, cross-training of students and professors, and symposia in Shanghai and Ottawa.

A memorandum of understanding on the new research centre was signed in Shanghai by uOttawa President Jacques Fremont, as well as colleagues from SIMM and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The centre will receive a substantial investment from the two institutions and create a wealth of educational and research opportunities for our scientists and students.

“Our visit to Shanghai successfully established more international opportunities for our students and professors, while strengthening our academic institution and those of our partners in China,” Frémont said.

SIMM Director Hualiang Jiang welcomed the “opening of a new era of our solid friendship.” Jian Ding, dean of the School of Pharmacy at the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, looked forward to the new opportunities for scientists and PhD students.

"We are honoured that a prestigious Institute of the renown Chinese Academy of Sciences partners with us in such a new and exciting venture. This is a clear testimony of our excellence in health research as well as the global reputation of our scientists " said Professor Mona Nemer, uOttawa Vice President Research. 

The centre’s activities are to include joint research on the medicinal properties of plants used in traditional Chinese medicine; cardiovascular, neurodegenerative and neuromuscular diseases; and the potential development of new medications for diseases such as Ebola, HIV and tuberculosis. The new centre will also create educational opportunities for our scientists and students through visiting programs, joint research training, and joint seminars and symposia.

“Health cooperation has long been part of the foundation of Canada-China relations,” said Weldon Epp, Canadian consul general in Shanghai. “This new joint research centre takes this cooperation to an important new level. Our congratulations to both partners.”

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