MAYOR NEWSOM ANNOUNCES NEW PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN UCSF AND PEKING
From the Mayor's Office of Communications
November 28, 2005
MOU creates a new entity called The Center of Excellence
in Quantitative Biomedical Research -- a collaborative venture
in this emerging field of life sciences research
BEIJING (November 28, 2005) - Mayor Newsom on Sunday announced
a groundbreaking new partnership between the University of California
San Francisco (UCSF) and Peking University in Beijing. This new
partnershipbetween UCSFs Institute of Quantitative Biology
(QB3) and Peking Universitys Center for Theoretical Biology
(CTB), promises to become a model for international collaboration
in the life sciences field.
The Mayor, Senator Dianne Feinstein and University of California
Regents George Marcus and Richard Blum presided over the signing
of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two universities
on Sunday at Peking University in Beijing. The MOU creates a
new entity called The Center of Excellence in Quantitative
Biomedical Research, which is a collaborative venture in
this emerging field of life sciences research. While both QB3
and CTB both already have excellent programs, the new Center of
Excellence will enhance each Institutes work by coupling
the strengths of both. The Center will facilitate the exchange
of students and faculty, co-sponsor symposia, seek funding for
joint projects, and will generally foster greater interaction
between UCSF and Peking University.
This is an example of two of the pre-eminent research universities
in the world coming together through a collaboration that will
benefit not only San Francisco and Beijing but, ultimately, the
entire word, said Mayor Gavin Newsom. The Center of
Excellence will no doubt lead to scientific breakthroughs in addressing
some of the worlds most challenging diseases.
I am proud that QB3 is forging new international collaborations
such as this, said UC Regent George Marcus. The Center
of Excellence is a model for the rest of the UC System and other
universities around the world to emulate.
Peking University provides a fine training environment
for superb young physical scientists, said Regis Kelly,
Director of QB3. QB3 can complement this training by providing
excellent facilities to carry out cutting-edge biomedical research.
Combining our talents opens up new horizons for both institutions.