Leicester Dean of Medicine leads pioneering project in China

Posted by ap507 at Mar 29, 2017 10:20 AM |
Leicester’s twin city benefits from expertise of University of Leicester academics

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 29 March 2017

An image from the launch event is available here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ql4xac4cx753793/AAB6TzUitTF1YKF-ByY1QmKVa?dl=0

A leading academic from the University of Leicester is part of an important initiative in China to tackle course innovation in colleges and universities.

Professor Philip Baker, Dean of Medicine and Pro-Vice-Chancellor at the University of Leicester attended the launch for Project 111 in Leicester’s twin city of Chongqing. He also Chaired sessions at one of the Project’s programmes - the International Collaborative Innovation Symposium of Maternal-Fetal Medicine which took place at the same time.

Project 111 aims to upgrade the scientific renewal and peers competition of Chinese universities by establishing innovation centers and gathering groups of first-class minds from around the world. It will bring in about 1,000 overseas talents from the top 100 universities and research institutes worldwide. These experts will team up with domestic research infrastructures alongside the creation of 100 subject innovation centers to be set up in universities.

Professor Baker leads a programme that will twin the expertise of pregnancy and obstetrics researchers across the world with their counterparts in China, with funding from the Chinese government. He heads a group of ten pregnancy researchers from around the world (Europe, North America, Asia, South America and Africa) as part of a 111 programme project with Chongqing Medical University. Funding is for six million RMB (approximately equivalent to £600,000) over five years.

The network offers the opportunity to work on a range of projects that will benefit from resources unique to China, such as building the largest cohort of twins to determine the true extent of genes compared with environmental factors.

Professor Baker is the Lead Overseas Applicant of the team which includes Professors David Olson (Alberta, Canada), Richard Saffery (Melbourne, Australia) and Mark Kilby (Birmingham, UK), as well as Tommy Mousa, also from the University of Leicester. Professor Baker will be coordinating each of the various projects with a partner in Chongqing.

Speaking after his return from China, Professor Baker said: “We are developing the most comprehensive pregnancy research centre in China. Collaboration with specialist centres from around the world will enable us investigate new treatment strategies – for China and for the rest of the world.”

Under Project 111, the Chinese government has funded 15 programmes, this programme being one of only two in medicine (the other in ophthalmology) and the only one in Western China. The University of Leicester-led network builds on a pregnancy research centre that Professor Baker established about five years ago in Chongqing – covering all facets of pregnancy research from molecular and cellular laboratory studies through to clinical trials.


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For more information, contact Professor Philip Baker at philip.baker@le.ac.uk

Image: Professor Baker is pictured standing (centre) at the launch event




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