The International Academic Advisory Committee of the Center of Systems Medicine & Suzhou Institute of Systems Medicine were held

2016-11-07

The third meeting of the first International Academic Advisory Committee of the Center of Systems Medicine & Suzhou Institute of Systems Medicine ("Institute of Systems Medicine") was held on November 2, 2016 in China National Convention Center, Beijing. The meeting was co-chaired by Prof. Zhu Chen, co-chairman of the Academic Advisory Committee and Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Prof. David Baltimore, a Nobel laureate and Academician of the American Academy of Sciences. Members of the Academic Advisory Committee, including Prof. Xuetao Cao, Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering and president of the CAMS and PUMC, Prof. Depei Liu, Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering and professor at the Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, CAMS, Prof. Barry Bloom, Academician of the American Academy of Sciences and professor at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Prof. Jeff Miller, Academician of the American Academy of Sciences and professor at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Prof. Robert Modlin, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and Prof. Xiaofan Wang, Duke University, attended the meeting. Some principal investigators, including Prof. Genhong Cheng of the Institute of Systems Medicine, sat in on the meeting.


 


At the meeting, Academician Zhu Chen fully affirmed the development of the Institute of Systems Medicine and recognized that the establishment of the institute was an effort made in response to the 2020 Healthy China initiative and had important strategic significance. Prof. Baltimore focused about the main development direction of the Institute and put forward a strategic vision for its development in the field of cancer immunotherapy.


President Xuetao Cao congratulated the young researchers and scientists for their achievements in the past year and thanked the members of the Academic Advisory Committee for their long-term support. He said he was confident that the implementation of Medical and Health Science and Technology Innovation Project would bring a historic opportunity to the CAMS, including the Institute of Systems Medicine. President Xuetao Cao stressed that the Institute of Systems Medicine should focus on key areas, strengthen the recruitment of outstanding young talents and first-class scientists, and step up its cooperation with the business community for the translation of medical research results. Academician Depei Liu suggested that it should develop a more detailed recruitment program and set out specific team building goals. Speaking of how to accumulate both clinical and research experiences, Professor Robert Modlin suggested that the UCLA should send its physicians to receive training at the Institute of Systems Medicine.


Prof. Genhong Cheng gave a speech on achievements and future directions of the Institute, emphasizing that, in addition to rapid development and positioning for the future, the Institute also attached great importance to team building, including sources of students and training of postdoctoral fellows. Members of the Committee exchanged views on basic research, cooperation in translational medicine, team building, and other topics and engaged research fellows present at the meeting in the discussion.


 


(Center of Systems Medicine & Suzhou Institute of Systems Medicine)