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TGI China signs MOU with Guangdong General Hospital

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed between The George Institute, China (TGI China) and Guangdong General Hospital. On behalf of the respective parties, Professor Jiyan Chen, Director of Cardiovascular Department of Guangdong General Hospital, and Dr Maoyi Tian, Senior Research Fellow of TGI China, signed the MOU in acknowledgement of the importance of the cooperation.

With the aim of formalizing a collaboration in the areas of clinical cardiology research and training for the mutual benefit of their researchers and clinicians, and for the greater advancement of human health, there was a positive discussion about collaboration opportunities that build upon their respective strength and emerging opportunities.

“The George Institute, China embraces its 10th year in China in 2017 and celebrates a series of high-quality, high-impact, research projects especially in the area of cardiovascular disease, such as the Sleep Apnea Cardiovascular Endpoints Study (SAVE), Intensive Blood Pressure Reduction in Acute Cerebral Haemorrhage (INTERACT), Quality Evaluation of Stroke Care and Treatment in China study (QUEST), Head Position in Stroke Trial (HeadPost), and Clinical Pathways for Acute Coronary Syndromes in China (CPACS). Meanwhile, TGI China also accomplished community-based studies such as The China Rural Health Initiative (CRHI), Simplified Cardiovascular management study (SimCard) and The China Salt Substitute and Stroke Study (SSaSS), all in the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease,” said Dr Maoyi Tian. 

Professor Craig Anderson, Executive Director of TGI China was excited about the cooperation, saying:

“We look forward to cooperating with Guangdong General Hospital, undertaking high quality research, and identifying practical solutions that are central to improving the health of Chinese people.” 

Professor Jiyan Chen said, “We both share similar values and commitments to improving the lives of people around the world. We are excited about this opportunity and look forward to the cooperation.” 

Attendees for the signing ceremony included Dr Maoyi Tian, Senior Research Fellow of TGI China, Professor Jiyan Chen, Director of Cardiovascular Department of Guangdong General Hospital, Dr. Yong Liu from Cardiovascular Department of Guangdong General Hospital, and Associate Professor David Clifton from the University of Oxford. 

The two parties had an informative discussion about the cooperation details surrounding the MOU. 

The George Institute for Global Health is a medical research organization with centers in Australia, China, India and United Kingdom, with a mission to improve the lives of millions of people worldwide through innovative health research. The George Institute China is one of the four divisions of The George Institute for Global Health. The George Institute China specifically focuses on the health issues in China. Since its establishment in 2007, it has become a leading health research organization.

Guangdong General Hospital (“GGH” for short) was founded in 1946 and is one of the largest general hospitals in China. Guangdong Academy of Medical Sciences (“GAMS” for short) was set up in May 2008 to boost the clinical research of Guangdong province and merged with GGH. Affiliated with GAMS/GGH are Guangdong Cardiovascular Institute, Guangdong Geriatric Institute, Guangdong Mental Health Institute, Guangdong Eye Institute, Guangdong Lung Cancer Institute and Guangdong Neuroscience Institute. Moreover, the hospital has strong capacity in medical treatment, rehabilitation, teaching and doing research. GGH is one of the best non-university affiliated hospitals. In the past three years, 1183 government scientific projects have been undertaken by GGH, including 148 national projects; 499 clinical trials have been carried out, including 152 large international multi-center clinical trials. The hospital has a post-doctoral station, two doctoral disciplines of cardiac surgery and cardiology and four master disciplines: cardiac surgery, cardiology, pediatric cardiology and oncology. GAMS/GGH is the teaching hospital for more than eight universities. Moreover, over 1200 doctors from secondary or primary hospitals get training here every year. The teaching quality has received wide acclaim.