University develops unique bridge for British-Chinese biomedical education

A groundbreaking initiative to promote collaboration between China and the United Kingdom in the field of Biomedical science is being launched by the University at a conference taking place from 20 to 24 February.

The conference will provide a forum for scientists from Leicester and China to share recent advances in Genetics in Biomedical research – from understanding the mechanisms of human diseases to drug discovery and novel clinical therapies.

The conference will also provide networking opportunities to those attending, and is expected to result in collaborations between experts at Leicester and those from China. Partnerships formed at this event will underpin future industry-academia interactions between both countries in the Biomedical sector.

After the meeting the project coordinator Dr Yan Huang (pictured) will develop continuing professional development (CPD) courses for the Chinese biomedical sector at the University. Recently Dr Huang won a University of Leicester Prospect Fund award to kick-start this project.

With its expertise in genetics, Leicester is in a good position to help China to improve its skills in this area. Two short courses will be developed for Chinese Biomedical undergraduates and academics, both lasting two to three weeks in the summer vacation. In addition there will be another, longer course for academics, lasting six months to one year.