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Joint Symposium: UC San Diego and National Yang Ming University

San Diego, CA, April 3, 2008 -- The Second Joint Symposium between the National Yang Ming University (NYMU) of Taiwan and UC San Diego will be held at UCSD on April 9-11 at UCSD’s Department of Bioengineering. NYMU is one of the four universities that constitute the University System in Taiwan (UST). UST and Academia Sinica in Taiwan signed a Letter of Intent on an Exchange Program with UC San Diego Chancellor Marye Anne Fox on August 15, 2007, to engage in educational and research cooperation in fields to be agreed upon by the participating units at the cooperating institutions. Prior to the signing, NYMU invited 10 UC San Diego faculty to hold the first Bilateral Symposium at NYMU in Taipei, which was very successful.

The symposium this year will focus on Brain and Neuroscience, Stem Cells, Cell and Tissue Engineering, Viral and Cellular Membrane Proteins, and Genomics and Cancer. There will be 24 presentations, with 12 from each university. The topics have been matched to foster interactions and cross-fertilizations.

The speakers from UCSD include faculty members in Departments of Biology, Bioengineering, Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Medicine, NanoEngineering, Neuroscience, Ophthalmology, and Psychiatry, as well as those with appointments in the Moores Cancer Center, La Jolla Institute of Allergy and Immunology, San Diego Stem Cell Consortium, and the VA Hospital. The meeting is organized by the UCSD Engineering in Medicine Initiative, the Department of Bioengineering, and the Whitaker Institute of Biomedical Engineering at UC San Diego.

The Symposium to be held in the Fung Auditorium on the first floor of the Powell-Focht Bioengineering Hall, will start at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 9. The event concludes at noon Friday, April 11. Because of seating limitations, pre-register is suggested.


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