School of Biomedical Sciences

Leeds-China collaboration in the
Systems Biology of Membrane Function

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Following the establishment of a Leeds-CAS (Chinese Academy of Sciences) Joint Laboratory in Plant Sciences last September, the onset of a new Leeds-China collaborative initiative in membrane and neurobiology was marked by a joint symposium on 'Membrane Biology: Structure, Signalling and Neuroscience', held at Beijing (Peking) University between May 18th and 20th, 2007.

small group photoDuring the symposium 24 speakers, 13 from China and 11 from Leeds, together with many other participants, exchanged their latest research data and ideas. The event also proved to be a highly successful platform at which the both sides discussed long term collaborative possibilities and plans. Many synergies were identified and future ventures proposed include a reciprocal second symposium to be held at Leeds in May 2008, a dedicated website to facilitate collaborative interactions, several short term exchanges of junior researchers, and a number of associated joint pilot research projects.

The core Chinese partner in this initiative is the State Key Laboratory of Biomembrane and Membrane Biotechnology, which comprises three linked laboratories from Beijing (Peking) University, Qinghua (Tsinghua) University and the CAS. These leading Chinese Institutions represent the strongest research groupings in China in the areas of membrane and neurobiology. It is the expectation and belief of all the participants that this newly forged relationship will greatly enhance both the research outputs and the international profiles of the both sides. The opening of the symposium was attended by distinguished guests from the British Embassy in Beijing and the CAS Bureau of International Relations, who leant their strong support to the venture.

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The initiative is supported by a BBSRC China Partnering Award and Leeds University International Collaboration grants.

Further information from:

Dr Bing Liu Tel: 0113 343 7567
Email: b.liu@leeds.ac.uk