CAMS-NIAID Conference on Infection and Immunity Successfully Held


To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the foundation of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, and to actively promote exchanges and cooperation with world-class medical research institutions, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences (CAMS) and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) of the US National Institutes of Health, co-hosted the CAMS-NIAID Conference on Infection and Immunity on September 11-12, 2016 in Beijing. CAMS President Xuetao Cao and Dr. Hugh Auchincloss, NIAID Executive Deputy Director gave welcome speeches at the meeting on behalf of their respective institution. 

The conference invited 13 professors from US prestigious research institutions and universities, such as the US NIAID, Stanford University, Yale University, University of Washington, University of Pennsylvania, University of Wisconsin, Harvard University, and Massachusetts General Hospital, as well as 13 Chinese professors from national-celebrated institutions, including Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, Institut Pasteur of Shanghai Chinese Academy of Sciences, Tsinghua University, China University of Science and Technology, Tongji University and Beijing Tongren Hospital. These scholars gave insightful presentations and conducted scholarly exchanges on the latest development and cutting-edge researches in the fields such as infection, allergy and genetic disease immunology. During the conference, CAMS professional representatives and the US expert delegation held discussions on the content and form of further cooperation and exchanges and had fruitful outcomes that laid the foundation for the cooperation in a broader scope.


Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences actively promotes strategic international development, focusing on leading cutting-edge medical research. Infection and immunity is an important field of medicine and life science research, not only concerning infectious diseases, but also about chronic non-communicable diseases, such as cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and autoimmune diseases among others, which draw many theoretical and clinical researches in the international biomedical research community. China and the United States have made remarkable achievements and breakthroughs in leading the study of infection and immunity. CAMS and NIAID have a long history of cooperation in the field of medicine, dating back to the early 1970s with joint researches that achieved fruitful results in esophageal cancer, cervical cancer, HIV and emerging diseases. This conference was significant in expanding and deepening Sino-US exchanges in the field of medical and health sciences, as well as in promoting and facilitating cooperation among national medical research institutions.


(text by CAMS/PUMC Science and Technology Management Division/ photo by Jiayao Li)