Music and science strengthen US-China relations

October 2010 | Volume 9, Issue 5 

Dr Francis Collins and China health minister Chen Zhu stand side by side, smiling for camera, each holding a gift

NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins exchanged gifts with Chinese
Minister of Health Chen Zhu during his visit to Beijing.

NIH Director Dr. Francis S. Collins entertained China’s scientific community during his recent visit to Beijing, in addition to leading discussions on ways to strengthen the already robust research collaborations between the two countries. Collins had talks with China’s health minister Chen Zhu about how to foster substantive cooperation to promote innovation and strategic medical research. Collins also signed an agreement with China’s National Natural Science Foundation to strengthen research collaborations. After the official meetings, Collins serenaded a group of scientists with a guitar loaned to him for the occasion.

Fogarty director, Dr. Roger I. Glass, also participated in the events and had the opportunity to meet with a number of Chinese alumni and current participants in the Center’s clinical research fellowship program.

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