On 1 November, researchers from Sydney and Shanghai met at Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine for the 11th annual Sino-Australian Research Symposium. The symposium focused on the topic of 'Environment and Genetic Factors in Health and Diseases'.
Professor Jianrong Shi, Vice General Secretary of Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, opened the Symposium, where 13 experts from the two institutions presented on a range of topics relating to environment and genetic factors in health and diseases, such as physical activity and Type 2 diabetes, genetic factors in cardiovascular disease, and gut microbiota and the immune response.
Professor Arthur Conigrave, Head of School and Dean of Sydney Medical School, provided an overview of our long established relationship with Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine across a wide range of activities including collaborations in medical and public health education and research, student exchanges, joint PhD supervision, winter school programs and the annual joint research symposia.
Examples of recent research collaborations include:
Several researchers from the University of Sydney, including scientists and a doctoral student, were able to take part in the Symposium, which is a recognised as a key annual event in the University of Sydney’s relationship with China.
The 2019 Sino-Australian Research Symposium will take place in Sydney. The topic is still being confirmed, though potential topics include neuro-sciences and paediatrics.