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Even as it sets its sights on leading the United States into a new era in medicine,
the Woodruff Health Sciences Center (WHSC) is moving beyond those ambitious borders to forge a groundbreaking partnership with the leading health sciences center in China.
     In October, officials from Emory and WHSC signed a memorandum of understanding with counterparts at Peking University Health Sciences Center (PUHSC) in Beijing. Researchers from both centers will collaborate on a number of long-term projects related to genetics and cancer.
     The WHSC actually has a long history with Peking University. Professor Qi-de Han, dean of PUHSC, once served a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Pharmacology at Emory School of Medicine and has subsequently returned for three months out of each year to conduct joint research in the lab of Emory pharmacologist Kenneth Minneman.
     Peking University Professor Zhu Li also has collaborated for many years with investigators at Emory and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on research related to the epidemiology of birth defects.
     Emory geneticists Joseph Cubells and Michael Zwick are planning to work with Li and his colleagues to collect large numbers of DNA samples in China. The data will allow them to study genetic differences in susceptibility to infectious diseases, birth defects, and mental illness.



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