Ceremony marks launch of SJTU-Yale Immune-metabolic Research Center

Yale University and Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) launched the SJTU-Yale Immune-metabolic Research Center (SYIRC) at a ceremony at the SJTU School of Medicine on Sept. 11. The signers in attendance were Donald Filer, associate vice president for global strategy at Yale University, and Fan Jiang, vice-chancellor of Shanghai Jiao Tong Medical School (SJTUMS). Witnesses of the signing ceremony included Professor Bing Su, director of the SYIRC; Chancellor Chen Guoqing of SJTUMS; Deputy Dean Michael C. Crair of the Yale School of Medicine (YSM); and Richard A. Flavell, the Sterling Professor of Immunobiology at YSM and an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

The center will be led by Dr. Richard Flavell, Sterling Professor of Immunobiology at Yale School of Medicine, and an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and Dr. Bing Su, professor and chair of the Department of Immunology and Microbiology at SJTU School of Medicine. It will provide a platform for the two medical schools to exchange research ideas and resources, train students and postdocs, and hold joint research symposiums.

Yale and SJTU have a history of close partnership in other collaborations including the SJTU-Yale Biostatistics Center, co-directed by Yale professor Hongyu Zhao, which was established in 2014. SJTU also participates in the China Scholarship Council World Scholars BBS, a program that sends top SJTU graduates to Yale’s Biological and Biomedical Sciences Program. Additionally, the SJTU-Yale Joint Center for Health Policy was established in March 2018. 

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