October 18, 2017

Still going, growing strong: Joint Institute celebrates seven years with Beijing Symposium

Established in 2010, the institute has generated 40 individual research projects, including collaborative work in substance abuse, emergency medicine, sports medicine and other areas

Joint Institute leaders

As the world gets smaller, Michigan Medicine’s place in it gets bigger. That’s thanks to partnerships like the one which recently took nearly 80 faculty abroad to meet with research collaborators in China.

The annual symposium of the Joint Institute between the University of Michigan Health System and Peking University Health Science Center (PUHSC) took place last month in Beijing. In addition to faculty collaborators across numerous departments, the three-day meeting was attended by organizational leaders like Marschall S. Runge, M.D., Ph.D., Michigan Medicine CEO and Medical School dean., and Carol R. Bradford, M.D., executive vice dean for academic affairs and Michigan Medicine chief academic officer.

The annual meeting alternates each year between Ann Arbor and Beijing, and this marked Drs. Runge and Bradford’s first visit to the PUHSC campus in Beijing.

“This is clearly a very unique partnership. I’ve never seen this kind of international collaboration at any of the institutions where I’ve had the privilege of being on faculty,” Runge said. “Attending this meeting, it’s easy to recognize the value. There’s a potential to improve health when our very best scientists work together.”