The President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Professor Yongxiang Lu, visited the Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) this week for a high–level briefing about the latest developments in neuroscience research from QBI Director Professor Perry Bartlett.
Professor Lu said it was vital for his country to learn more about the brain if treatments were to be found for the estimated 14 million people suffering from mental illness in China today.
In a wide-ranging discussion, Professor Bartlett outlined how QBI scientists were studying ‘brain plasticity’ on a molecular level to pave the way for the development of new therapeutics.
After the presentation, Professor Lu and Professor Yongguan Zhu inspected QBI’s flow cytometry facilities.
The visit by the Director of the Chinese Academy of Sciences follows Professor Bartlett’s recent visit to China to formalise research collaborations with the Institute of Neuroscience in Shanghai.
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QUEENSLAND BRAIN INSTITUTE
The Queensland Brain Institute was formed in 2003 as part of the Queensland Government’s Smart State Initiative, building on a long history of neuroscience at The University of Queensland. QBI is dedicated to understanding the molecular basis of brain function and applying this knowledge to the development of new therapeutics to treat brain and mental health disorders.