Leeds-China Membrane Biology Initiative takes a further step
The UK-China Membrane Biology Initiative led by the University of Leeds recently celebrated its first birthday by successfully hosting the 2nd international symposium on “Membrane Biology: Structure, Signalling and Neuroscience” at the University of Leeds on May 7-8, 2008. Delegates from several of the partner institutions, including the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Peking University, Tsinghua University, Nankai University, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Hebei Medical University came to Leeds. During this exciting event the participants exchanged their research results and reviewed the progress of the initiative during the past year. The symposium included 15 scientific lectures and 16 poster presentations, and was followed by a cultural visit to York.
With more than 40 academic members working in the field, the Faculty of Biological Sciences at Leeds has the largest cluster of research groups in the UK working in the area of membrane- and neuro-biology. This array of expertise is perfectly complemented by its linkage with the largest and strongest groups in this research area in China, led by the State Key Laboratory of Biomembrane and Membrane Biotechnology, to which most of the participating Chinese Institutions belong. The partnership has so far proved to be both effective and mutually beneficial. For example, 9 short term research personnel exchanges have been carried out between the partners since the highly successful 1st joint symposium held at Peking University last May. The partnership has also led to several collateral activities in which the partners are involved, such as the organisation of and participation in various major international conferences.
Future plans agreed by the partners during the symposium include a 3rd joint symposium to be held in May 2009 in China, development of joint postgraduate student training programmes, and more research personnel exchanges to promote and enhance collaboration.
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