President Schlissel explores UMHS-PUHSC Joint Institute during China trip

July 16, 2015  //  FOUND IN: Announcements, Strategy & Leadership,

During his recent trip to China, U-M President Mark S. Schlissel, M.D., Ph.D., experienced firsthand a unique partnership between the U-M Health System and Peking University Health Science Center (PUHSC).

In 2010, the UMHS and PUHSC launched the Joint Institute (JI) for Translational and Clinical Research with a goal to catalyze pilot projects on diseases of interest to both countries with outcomes that could attract extramural funding and have meaningful impact in terms of publications and eventually changes in policy, care standards and population health.

On July 7, President Schlissel received an overview of the JI’s cardiovascular, liver/GI, pulmonary and renal research programs, and toured clinical facilities and research laboratories at the PUHSC Third Hospital.

In addition to President Schlissel, other U-M-affiliated visitors to PUHSC in July included Barbara Ackley, assistant vice president for development; James P. Holloway, Ph.D., Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and vice provost for global and engaged education; S. Jack Hu, Ph.D., the J. Reid and Polly Anderson Professor of Manufacturing Technology and U-M’s interim vice president for research; Amy Huang, M.D., M.H.S.A., director for China programs for Global REACH and adjunct clinical assistant professor of internal medicine; Joseph C. Kolars, M.D., Josiah Macy, Jr., Professor of Health Professions Education, and senior associate dean for education and global initiatives; Richard Rogel, U-M graduate, benefactor, and special advisor to the U-M and the JI; Debing Su, Mandarin content producer for Michigan News; Zhong Wang, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of cardiac surgery; and medical students Jeremy Balch, Mary Guan and Jiaxin Huang.