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 infections, 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.
U.S.-China Collaborative Biomedical Research Program
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Last Updated December 29, 2015