Cardiovascular diseases, they represent 45 percent of the deaths in China and 27 per cent in Chile, It is one of the initial focus of the collaboration agreement and established joint research last November 6 between the Centre for advanced chronic diseases (ACCDiS ) and the Institute of animal models (IAM) Wuhan University.

The strategic alliance, signed in the city of Wuhan by the director of ACCDiS and academic faculties of chemical and pharmaceutical sciences and medicine of the University of Chile, Dr. Sergio Lavandero, and the director of the Institute of animal models and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine of Wuhan University, doctor Li Hongliang, It is intended to promote research by both centres of excellence and generate knowledge for global impact.

With respect to the link by both entities will, Professor Lavandero explained that the interest of the Chinese institution is part of a "strategy of internationalization, which so far had not produced an collaboration with centres in Latin America. For this reason, for them it is very attractive and strategic long-term to develop this partnership, particularly because we have the same interests in relation to cardiovascular disease research, cancer and metabolic diseases, and in particular the fatty liver disease. For us, in both, It is the first time that Chile has a relationship with China in the area of biomedicine and chronic diseases".

ACCDiS director stressed the similarities of the two centres in relation to the study of cardiovascular disease and cancer as the two main causes of death in both countries. “First we have a vision and a common mission about what we want to be as centers and what we do, particularly in the study of cellular metabolism as a basis for these diseases we call chronic diseases”. In addition, added, "they are experiencing, like us, a growing rise in obesity, diabetes mellitus and hypertension. Also have many patients stem and a high consumption of salt. These interests in common with respect to the diseases we study, Add the fact that both are interested in studying them from the perspective of knowing the molecular basis of diseases and from those bases how to try to prevent them and develop therapeutic alternatives.

Scope of the Convention

On the scope of the Convention, Professor Lavandero said that in a first stage the collaboration will focus on the “realization of joint research, Exchange of material and valuable information for our respective research. In this framework, We want to deal initially with cardiac metabolism conducting research both in Chile and in China, exchanging scientific information and key animal models”.

Future, said, “We want to expand it to other areas. We need to think the way to create the conditions to promote the mobility of students and Chilean researchers. We must strive to have this kind of ambassadors who can serve as a bridge between the centers, that is the key, especially thinking about young people who are, since they are those who have the Mission of turning this into a permanent reality”. In this sense, said, “I think this is looking toward the future. We must look at China as an actor on the global scientific and technological future and our universities should have a clear strategy associated with meaning and it will mean this country. It strikes me mightily the bet that is making the Chinese State in scientific research, because they are clear that there is no technological development without scientific research. These are the views that we should learn and imitate in Chile”.

Collaboration and joint research agreement signed by both centers was signed within the framework of the strategy of scientific and technological cooperation, 2017-2019 established on 17 January this year by Minister of science and technology of the Republic in Santiago People of China, WAN Gang, and the director of the National Commission for scientific and technological research of Chile, Christian Nicolai. This framework agreement, Action Plan 2017-2019, defines the main lines of scientific and technological cooperation between the two countries.

La alianza estratégica fue firmada por el director de ACCDiS, doctor Sergio Lavandero, y el director del Instituto de Modelos Animales de la Universidad de Wuhan, doctor Hongliang Li.

The strategic alliance was signed by the director of ACCDiS, Dr. Sergio Lavandero, and the director of the Institute of animal models of the Wuhan University, doctor Li Hongliang.

Durante su visita a China, el doctor Lavandero conoció las instalaciones de la Universidad de Wuhan e interactuó con investigadores y estudiantes del Instituto de Modelos Animales.

During his visit to China, the laundry-room doctor met the facilities of Wuhan University and interacted with researchers and students of the Institute of animal models.

Este Centro de Excelencia es de igual o mayor estándar de calidad que los que conocemos en Estados Unidos, Europa o Japón, señaló el doctor Lavandero.

“This centre of excellence is of equal or higher quality standard than those who they know in United States, Europe or Japan”, said the doctor Lavandero.

El acuerdo estará focalizado inicialmente en el desarrollo de investigación conjunta en metabolismo cardiaco para posteriormente abordar otros áreas de interés común.

The agreement will be initially focused on the development of joint research in cardiac metabolism to later address other areas of common interest.

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