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China and University of Otago collaborations celebrated and enhanced

Thursday 12 September 2019 9:56pm

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Collaboration ... the forum attendees in Queenstown last month.

Growing collaborations in brain research and the modernisation of traditional medicine were in the spotlight at an international forum in Queenstown last month.

More than 60 New Zealand and Chinese health scientists gathered at the forum, hosted by the New Zealand - China Non-Communicable Disease Research Collaboration Centre (NCD CRCC), with support from the China National Centre for Biotechnology Development, Brain Research New Zealand and the University of Otago School of Pharmacy.

"We’re building on a growing relationship of trust between the science communities of both our countries, for the long-term health benefits of people in New Zealand, China and world-wide."

NCD CRCC Director and University of Otago Professor Jim Mann says the event will help grow New Zealand-China research relationships.

“We’re building on a growing relationship of trust between the science communities of both our countries, for the long-term health benefits of people in New Zealand, China and world-wide.”

China’s Chengdu University of Traditional Medicine Associate Dean Professor Pei Jin says his university is famous for its work in natural product research.

“We focus on researching herbs, their chemicals and pharmacology, designing medicines for the market, but we want to improve our outcomes. We have begun a collaboration with New Zealand and found that the plants in our countries have common characteristics.”

University of Otago researchers will visit Chengdu University of TCM next month, Professor Jin says, with the establishing of undergraduate and postgraduate exchanges and research to be discussed.

“Our emphasis is on education and research, especially in the area of chronic diseases. Cooperation with New Zealand researchers has a good future.”