Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences Oxford Institute is China’s first medical sciences institute in the UK hosted by University of Oxford, a collaboration between the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences (CAMS) and the University. The institute builds on the CAMS Oxford International Centre for Translational Immunology (CTI), established in 2013 under the direction of our esteemed colleagues Professor Xuetao Cao from China and Professor Tao Dong from Oxford University, and will expand and develop existing successful collaborations between the two organisations and countries. Combining the strengths of both partners - the Institute will deliver outstanding science and help to develop innovative medicines to tackle infectious diseases and cancer.

Background

Doorway in ChinaThe existing CTI was established after researchers in the Medical Sciences Division at Oxford and collaborators in China recognised the potential for exchange of ideas and resources in the field of human immunology. The CTI offers many opportunities for co-operation and exchange, including Oxford-based DPhil scholarships for outstanding students from China and seed funding for research projects. Since the establishment of the CTI, senior representatives from the partner institutions have worked to strengthen the collaboration, culminating in 2016 in a new Institute proposed by Ms Bin Li, Chairman of Health and family planning China and Professor Louise Richardson, Vice Chancellor of the University of Oxford. The President of CAMS and the Medical Sciences Division in Oxford subsequently signed a letter of intent in December 2016. In December 2017, Professor Xuetao Cao and Professor Bell signed the official agreement cementing the establishment of the Institute witnessed by Madam Liu during her visit to Oxford in December 2017.

Goals of the Institute

Radcliffe Camera viewThe Institute provides an opportunity for collaborations between researchers in Oxford and China, that aims to lead to medical advances which benefits both countries. Its research encompasses a number of key areas including the development of novel immunotherapies and vaccine strategies against cancer and infectious disease, structural biology to understand the behaviour of key molecules in disease, haematology, Chinese medicine. The Institute also provides researchers from across the Medical Science Division at Oxford with centralised resources, encouraging interaction between them and with Institute researchers. Alongside the Institute in Oxford, China has established a central lab to facilitate exchange and collaboration with Oxford researchers. Training continues to be an important part of the Institute, which attracts and trains the next generation of clinical scientists from the UK, China and around the world.