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The 4th Annual CTI Symposium was held in Oxford on 9th December 2016. The Symposium was hosted by the University of Oxford at the Nuffield Department of Medicine Research Building. The purpose of the symposium is to bring scientist from the Oxford and China collaboration together.

There were nine delegates from the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences (CAMS) and ten attendees from Oxford present at the symposium. It was a small but informative Symposium with talks being given by members of the delegation.

The symposium began with a welcome meal featuring delicious local cuisine. Professor Xuetao Cao, the current CAMS president, gave a riveting speech on the work that the CTI has already done, and his hopes for the future of the collaboration.

The first day of the symposium started with opening speechesfrom Professor Xuetao Cao, Professor Vincenzo Cerundolo and Mr Darren Nash from the Nuffield Department of Medicine. After these positive and informative opening talks, we were privileged to have Professor Sir Andrew McMichael (also from the Nuffield Department of Medicine) and Professor Xuetao Cao present keynote speeches, which gave us an insight into the amazing results the CTI has been able to achieve. The keynote speeches were truly a highlight of this year’s symposium. After the opening and keynote speakers it was a full day of presentations from some of the top researchers in China, including delegates from CAMS as well as leading academics from the University of Oxford. The second day started with the remaining presentations followed by the inspiring closing speech of Professor Tao Dong, who began her research career in China and who is now at the University of Oxford.