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NIAID Research in China

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Summary of Past and Present NIAID-Funded Research

For several years, NIAID has had a robust intramural and extramural relationship with China focused on biomedical research and training. Many of the research grants with China involve HIV/AIDS, other sexually transmitted diseases, SARS, parasitic diseases (e.g., malaria and schistosomiasis), dengue fever, and influenza. In 2006, about 135 visiting scientists from China were working as collaborators and trainees in NIAID intramural laboratories.

NIAID has a full-time medical officer assigned to Beijing to manage and oversee the NIAID-supported Comprehensive International Program of Research on AIDS with the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention and to facilitate other NIAID research projects, including avian influenza studies. NIAID also supports Centers for AIDS Research activities in China. NIAID, through a contract awarded to one of the Centers of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee, is collaborating with Hong Kong University/China, Indonesia, and Thailand on basic research activities regarding avian influenza. Chinese research institutions continue to be key partners and collaborators in addressing growing global health concerns related to emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, such as avian influenza and multidrug-resistant and extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis.

Highlights

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Visit by Chinese Vice Premier and the U.S. China Ebola Symposium, June 24, 2015, Bethesda, Maryland, USA

U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services Sylvia Burwell, Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong, and Commissioner Minister Li Bin of China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission met to recommit to the partnership between the two countries and highlighted strong responses to global health challenges such as the H7N9 influenza and Ebola outbreaks. Director of the Chinese Center for Disease Control Wang Yu and Director of the U.S. National Institutes of Health Francis Collins also participated in the U.S.-China Symposium on Ebola, Research, and Global Health Security held at NIH.

“Advancement in Scientific Understanding of Avian Influenza and MERS as Emerging Respiratory Threat to Public Health in Asia and Beyond - From Viral Evolution to Animal and Human Hosts,” March 9-10, 2015, Beijing, China

The goal of this workshop was to share the scientific findings by leading influenza researchers. In addition, the scientists hoped that the knowledge learned in disease transmission, treatment, and control can be shared and applied to future response to emerging respiratory infections, including MERS, SARS, and avian influenza.

U.S.-Japan CMSP/EID Conference, January 25-29, 2015, Taipei, Taiwan

This workshop focused on viral infectious diseases of importance in the Pacific Rim region as well as current global threats and outbreaks. The goals for this conference included sharing current research findings and fostering existing and potential international research collaborations that engage investigators and institutions in the Asia-Pacific region and the United States. Participants included researchers, government and public health officials, and representatives from academic and other public and private institutions.

U.S.-China Collaborative Biomedical Research Program

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Last Updated March 17, 2016