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Dr. Michael Fetters won’t be attending this year’s Joint Institute Symposium in Ann Arbor.
But he has a good excuse.
This October will find the U-M Professor of Family Medicine in China midway through a Fulbright research project, the roots of which can be traced back to the 2014 Symposium and an encounter with a Peking University Health Science Center (PUHSC) colleague, Dr. Yali Cong.
“I had been thinking about submitting a Fulbright proposal for a while, but attending the Symposium and meeting Dr. Cong helped me crystalize my idea for the proposal,” said Dr. Fetters. “I realized that we shared a common interest in the way different cultures approach medical decision making.”
Dr. Cong is Dean of PUHSC’s Department of Medical Humanities and a professor of medical ethics. She and Dr. Fetters developed a plan to examine Chinese physicians’ attitudes about approaches to disclosing cancer and cancer decision making. The proposal garnered Dr. Fetters a 2016 Fulbright Distinguished Chair award in Social Sciences, one of Fulbright’s most prestigious honors. Beginning late summer, he will spend five months at PUHSC, teaching a mixed-methods research course and working with Dr. Cong on their joint research project.
“If I’d not attended the Symposium, it’s fair to say that the proposal would’ve been much, much different,” Dr. Fetters said. “You never know who you will meet at these events and what ideas it might spark.”
This year marks the sixth annual U-M PUHSC JI Symposium, an opportunity for current partners to showcase their research to JI colleagues, as well as a chance to meet new collaborators for future projects. The event takes place Oct. 12-14 in Ann Arbor and registration is now open.
On this year’s schedule are keynote addresses from UMHS Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs Marschall Runge, MD, and PUHSC President Qi-Min Zhan, MD, as well as panel discussions, a poster presentation and more. Faculty members from medical school as well as other health-related schools are welcome to attend (e.g., Public Health, Pharmacy, Bioengineering, and Nursing).
The Joint Institute (JI) for Translational and Clinical Research is touted as a successful institutional partnership in a paper recently published in Academic Medicine.
The article, written by leaders of the JI and e-published ahead of a future print edition of the journal, highlights best practices, lessons and significant outcomes to emerge from the University of Michigan Health Systems’ partnership with Peking University Health Science Center. Detailed are the leadership and governance models for the partnership.
“Institution-level collaborative partnerships across cultures are not without their challenges … including differences in governance structures, funding mechanisms … and intellectual property laws,” write the paper’s eight authors, led by Dr. Joseph Kolars, MD, U-M Senior Associate Dean for Education and Global Initiatives. “One of the foundational aspects of the JI is that all decisions are made jointly … with a clear understanding that all decisions, including the dispersion of funds, will be agreed upon by both institutions.”
That approach, according the authors, has proven effective. Since established in 2010, the JI has funded 25 joint research projects involving more than 100,000 patients in both the U.S. and China. Those projects have produced 13 peer-reviewed publications and counting. In addition to research funding provided through the JI by the partner universities, principal investigators in various projects have secured more than $3 million in extramural funding. The partnership appears on track for long-term sustainability.
“We are optimistic about the future of the JI because this model has been deemed valuable by the presidents of both institutions and has gained wide support among faculty,” the authors note. “We aim to position investigators to compete successfully for funding opportunities within China and the United States and to advance … our mutual understanding of health and diseases that affect the populations of both countries.”
View the abstract and download a full copy of the report here.
Finally, we remind you of the upcoming 6th Annual Joint Institute Symposium, which will take place in Ann Arbor, Michigan October 12-14, 2016. Details are still emerging, but please put this on your calendars. Read the Arpil 2016 Newsletter here.
renewed for another five years, which means that JI started its phase II in October and will continue through 2020.
In this issue, you will find a report from the JI Executive Board, a synopsis of the milestones for the first five years, and highlights from the symposium. In addition, we share some recent education and training news of UM and PUHSC students. As we move into 2016, a call for new proposals will be announced in January. Read the December 2015 Newsletter here.
In this issue, we announce the newly funded JI investigative teams and projects. We also share with you some of the research and educational exchanges between PUHSC and UMMS that have taken place over the past few months. In addition, we highlight the activities of the Acute Aortic Dissection (AAD) project and provide updates on other research programs. Finally, we are pleased to share information about President Schlissel’s recent visit to PUHSC. Read the September 2015 Newsletter here.