[Xinhua]Joint Lab for Tuberculosis Set up in Zhuhai - THE FIFTH AFFILIATED HOSPITAL,SUN YAT-SEN UNIVERSITY


[Xinhua]Joint Lab for Tuberculosis Set up in Zhuhai

Source: Guangzhou, April 19 (Xinhua)

On the morning of April 19, the Joint Lab for Tuberculosis (TB), advocated by the Fifth Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU) and Institution for Tuberculosis Control and Prevention of Sun Yat-sen University, Outpatient Service for Tuberculosis Control as well as Outpatient Service for Multidrug-resistant Tuberculosis (MDR-TB) of Zhuhai City was inaugurated in the Building of Infectious Diseases Treatment, along with the signing ceremony of special-post professors, who are Pearl River Scholars and included in the Thousand Talents Plan.


Tuberculosis is an infectious disease caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis and it is mainly spread through the respiratory tract. Authoritative sources show that China is the country with the second largest number of people suffering from TB. Therefore, establishing a self-innovative TB research institution and addressing the issues of TB prevention and control meet the strategic demand of “improving people’s health and building an innovative nation.”


According to Shan Hong, the president of the Hospital, basic TB research is one of the major research directions in the Key Laboratory of Tropical Disease Control of Ministry of Education operated by SYSU, and it attracts scientists from a range of academic subjects and fields, who have made previous achievements through interdisciplinary and positive cooperation and have issued nearly 100 papers in international mainstream journals on immunology and microbiology. This research project is also funded by Special Projects for Major Infectious Diseases of the Twelfth Five-year Plan, the National Natural Science Foundation of China and other projects, with a total sum of 35 million yuan and four patents licensed.


Li Li, director of the Zhuhai Bureau of Health and Family Planning, delivered a speech during the ceremony. He expressed his hope that with the strong research capabilities of the SYSU Institution, through substantial cooperation, we can jointly establish a leading domestic R&D laboratory and improve the prevention and control of infectious diseases in Zhuhai. He also empathized that fostering and attracting talents is the top priority for developing Zhuhai’s medical and health services and that hiring special-post professors is a new effort which shows the Fifth Affiliated Hospital of SYSU is exploring ways to bring in talents, which should be recommended.