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October 27, 2008

SickKids hosts joint symposium with Shanghai Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology

Toronto – Advancing its partnership with the Shanghai Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology (SIBCB), one of China 's leading life science research institutes, SickKids hosted the first in a series of international symposia. On October 20 th TheToronto-Shanghai Joint Symposium on Stem Cell and Systems Biology , organized in collaboration with the Department of Molecular Genetics and the Terrence Donnelly Center for Cellular & Biomolecular Research at the University of Toronto, featured presentations by six SIBCB scientists including Dr. Naihe Jing, Acting Director of SIBCB, and six Toronto researchers including Dr. Freda Miller and Dr. Steve Scherer from SickKids.

“SickKids is pleased to foster this important partnership with our colleagues at the SIBCB,” says Dr. Janet Rossant, SickKids Chief of Research. “The SIBCB has a record of success and a culture of collaboration that blends well with SickKids' research environment. Knowledge translation and cooperation will enable our scientific communities to make important strides in stem cell research for the benefit of all.”

Last November a delegation from Toronto including Dr. Janet Rossant, Dr. Chi-Chung Hui, Head of the Developmental & Stem Cell Biology program at SickKids and coordinator of the symposium, Dr. Howard Lipshitz, SickKids Senior Scientist in the Developmental & Stem Cell Biology program and Chair of the Department of Molecular Genetics, and Dr. Brenda Andrews, Director of the Terrence Donnelly Center for Cellular & Biomolecular Research, visited Shanghai and signed a memorandum of understanding on scientific exchange and collaboration with SIBCB.

The second joint symposium will be hosted by the SIBCB next November in Shanghai.