休士顿德克萨斯大学湘雅杰出青年学者培养计划组织学术座谈会

Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Mini-symposium of Xiangya Outstanding Young Scholar Program Held in University of Texas Medical School at Houston

      On Saturday December 14th 2013, the Xiangya Hospital delegation led by Dr. Hong Sun (孙 虹), president of Xiangya Hospital, Dr. Guanghua Lei (雷光华), Vice President of Xiangya Hospital and Dr. Chuanchang Li(李传昶), Director of Xiangya Hospital Aging Center, visited the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and attended a mini-symposium and welcome dinner party held by Dr. Yang Xia (Class of 86), Dr. Rodney E. Kellems and students of the Xiangya Outstanding Young Scholars Program.
The mini-symposium started with a warm welcome from Dr. Kellems, chairman of the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology department in UTHSC-Houston Medical School. Dr. Kellems also gave a brief but comprehensive introduction about the Texas Medical Center, the six schools of UTHSC-Houston and the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department. Following Dr. Kellems, Dr. Zhongxing Liao (Class of 77), professor and clinical medical director of the Radiation Oncology department in the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, made a panoramic introduction about the MD Anderson Cancer Center with detailed statistical data. Then Dr. Xiang Tao (Class of 80), vice president of the Xiangya Overseas Alumni Association (XYOAA), introduced the XYOAA and its activities in the Houston area, especially the support to the Xiangya Outstanding Young Scholars Program.

      Dr. Yang Xia, a professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department in UTHSC-Houston Medical School and director of XiangYa Outstanding Young Scholar Program, gave an impressive report about current, present and future of the Xiangya Outstanding Young Scholars Program.  The program was initiated between Xiangya School of Medicine and the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston in 2006. So far, about more than 10 Xiangya students and young scholars received or are receiving trainings in biomedical research in Dr. Xia’s lab at UTHSC-Houston. Five of them have finished their studies and research with great achievement in both publications and presentations. For example, their studies have been published in numerous high prestigious journals including Nature Medicine, Circulation, Circulation Research, Journal of American Society of Nephrology and Hypertension, etc.  Their works received numerous awards from national and international scientific meetings including Renal Council New Investigator Award, Outstanding Trainee Award, Alexander Wang Fellowship and Best Research Award, etc.  They are now working in hospitals including Xiangya Hospital, the Second Affiliated Hospital of Zhejiang University and Beijing Friendship Hospital. All of them are highly valued by the respective hospitals and receive extensive supports to conduct research. Some of them, such as Dr. Jiaming Wen, have successfully applied grants from both National and Provincial foundations.

      In addition to Dr. Xia’s report, the delegation also heard from five Xiangya students about their current research projects and various training experiences in Dr. Xia’s lab. These students are Kaiqi Sun (Class of 2007), Hong Liu (Class of 2004), Renna Luo (Class of 2008, master), Cheng Zhao (Class of 2003) and Xia Hu (Class of 2003). They made short but impressive presentations about their research projects, training experiences and achievements, and future plans. The effectiveness of their training in Dr. Xia’s lab was strongly manifested by various awards they received in local and international meetings.  Also, they extended sincere gratitude to Dr. Xia, Dr. Kellems, leaders in Xiangya School of Medicine and three affiliated hospitals, and the XYOAA for great support while they lived and studied in Houston.

      The welcome dinner party was held at the home of Dr. Xia and Dr. Kellems. During the evening President Hong Sun, Dr. Xia and Dr. Liao further discussed the long- and short-term goals of the Xiangya Outstanding Young Scholars Program and also the extension of the program to include clinical oncology training at MD Anderson Cancer Center. President Sun proposed a toast to express his great satisfaction with the program and sincere appreciation to Dr. Xia and Dr. Kellems for their efforts on behalf of the program. It is expected that with the combined efforts from leaders in Xiangya, UTHSC-Houston, MD Anderson Cancer Center and XYOAA, the Xiangya Outstanding Young Scholars Program will continue benefiting more and more talented Xiangya students and scholars and contribute to the overall improvements of clinical care and research in Xiangya, in China and in the United States. (report from XYOAA Houston Chapter)