Harvard Chan School and SAHZU announce the launch of a bilateral exchange program in clinical research

The Harvard T.H. The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Zhejiang Univeristy School for Medicine (SAHZU) located in Hangzhou, China announced today the start of an international program of clinical research to improve the research capabilities of both institutions and to create a multiyear program of clinical education.

The announcement of the joint program was made at SAHZU’s 10 th annual Cross-Strait Hospital CEO Forum, and Global Healthcare Leader Forum.

The most urgent health issues require collaboration across borders. Through this innovative exchange program, we’re proud to help Zhejiang University advance their work.”

Michelle Williams, Harvard Chan School dean

Williams stated that Harvard Chan has a long tradition of working with colleagues from around the globe to build local capacity for clinical research and public health leadership. “In particular we have enjoyed decades of intensive interaction with China through programs like the China Health Partnership that supports research on the financing and delivery of health care. The new exchange program with Zheijang will enable us to reach out to more Chinese practitioners and will enhance cross-cultural connections essential for the advancement of the global health security agenda.

The initial program will consist of four components:

Annual forum of SAHZU

Harvard Chan faculty will be taking part in this conference for Chinese doctors and researchers. In the past, it attracted over 700,000 online viewers. Harvard Chan faculty will present cases studies of their research and discuss the latest innovations in medical technology.

Course customised in methods of clinical research

A one-week course in clinical research methods will be offered. It will focus on the design and validity of clinical trials as well as the statistical analysis of clinical trials and reporting on clinical research in major medical journals. The Harvard Chan faculty will teach the course twice per year in person at SAHZU starting in spring 2022. Some SAHZU colleagues who have completed the course will be participating in future courses as teaching fellows.

Master of science program in Clinical Epidemiology and Clinical Research

The program, which runs for two years, will be focused on research methods for clinical medicine and clinical epidemiology. The students, mostly physicians in their early years will be spending four weeks at Harvard Chan in Boston. They will then conduct a clinical research study under the supervision of Harvard Chan experts. Five positions annually will be open to SAHZU doctors and researchers.

Professorships as visiting professors

The program will enable a SAHZU visiting professor to be fully involved in research conducted onsite at the Harvard Chan School and train on the development of collaborative research projects.

“We’re excited about this possibility to collaborate closely with our colleagues at SAHZU to build capacity in clinical research and epidemiology in the eastern region of China. This kind of collaboration is essential for improving public health across the world,” said Albert Hofman, Stephen B. Kay Family Professor of Public Health and Clinical Epidemiology at Harvard Chan School, chair of the Department of Epidemiology, and director of the new Global Educational Collaborative in Clinical Research in collaboration with SAHZU.

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