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Burnet's Yunnan ties enhanced

Associate Professor David Anderson

28 May, 2015

L-R: Associate Professor Bruce Loveland, Liu Shunkun, Ms Lisa Renkin, He Lianghui, Xiao Hai, He Yuanqian

Burnet Institute has hosted a delegation from the Yunnan government to discuss potential collaboration opportunities in this strategically important South West China province.

Mr He Lianghui, Director General of the Department of Commerce for Yunnan Province, outlined the unique positioning of Yunnan in reference to its geography, ethnic diversity, and public health challenges, as well as its strong track record in responding to these issues.

Mr He welcomed Burnet’s plan to establish a presence in the province, to contribute technical expertise and support to existing government efforts.

Ms Lisa Renkin, Head of Burnet’s China program, outlined the Institute’s significant history in Yunnan and presented plans to establish an office in Kunming city once funding has been secured.

Image: Associate Professor Bruce Loveland, He Lianghui and Liu Shunkun on a tour of the Burnet laboratories Image: Associate Professor Bruce Loveland, He Lianghui and Liu Shunkun on a tour of the Burnet laboratories

Associate Professor Mark Stoové, a member of the Institute’s China program team, also spoke to the delegation about his reflections from a recent visit to Kunming and discussed potential priority areas for collaboration.

The existing partnership with local experts at Kunming Medical University (KMU) was also discussed, including the current student and staff exchange program underway with KMU’s School of Public Health.

Burnet is pleased to welcome our next visiting student Ms Li Qi from Kunming to participate in a program of academic learning and site visits to local health services in June.

The Yunnan government delegation also toured Burnet’s research laboratories and observed first hand how basic science can contribute to tangible improvements in human health.

Burnet is grateful to the Victorian Government for facilitating this inbound delegation from the Yunnan Government.

Contact Details

For more information in relation to this news article, please contact:

Associate Professor David Anderson

Deputy Director (Partnerships), Burnet Institute; Co-Head, Global Health Diagnostics Development

Telephone

+61392822239

Email

[email protected]

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