On September 28, the 2nd Chengdu International Forum on Precision Medicine, co-hosted by the Chengdu Municipal People’s Government and Sichuan University(SCU), was held in Huaxi Campus of SCU. More than 500 scientists, medical scientists and government officials, including the Nobel Laureate in medicine and some academicians from China and USA as well as other countries and regions, attended this two-day forum. The forum was themed "The Present and Future of Precision Medicine".
Academician Wei Yuquan, the Vice-president of SCU, presided over the opening ceremony. Tian Rong, the Deputy Mayor of Chengdu, Prof. Li Hong, the Executive Vice-president of Sichuan University, and Mr. Arnout Jacobs, the Director of Natural Scientific Research in greater China region, delivered speeches separately in the opening ceremony.
On the sideline of this forum, 16 international top-level experts and scholars in the field of precision medicine presented academic reports. Jack M. Szostak, the Nobel Laureate in medicine, academician of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States and professor of chemistry and chemical biology in Harvard University, Wang Cunyu, academician of U.S. Institute of Medicine and dean of Oral Biology and Medicine Department of the School of Dentistry, UCLA, Sherman M. Weissman, academician of National Academy of Sciences of the United States, lifetime professor of the Genetics Department of Yale School of Medicine and Sterling professor of genetics& medicine, Alan Garen, academician of National Academy of Sciences of the United States and American Academy of Arts and Sciences as well as the lifetime professor of Yale University, Zhang Zhiyuan, academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering and distinguished professor of Shanghai Jiaotong University, Chen Fen’er, academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering, professor of Fudan University and distinguished professor of SCU, Xiao Zhixiong, distinguished expert of the national "Thousand Talents Program" and dean of the College of Life Science of SCU and Li Weimin, the director of West China Hospital of SCU, etc, held special discussions on R&D, practice and innovation relating to the status quo and development trend of precision medicine.
Springer Nature is the academic media partner of this forum. According to a report on Nature, an international authoritative journal, a team led by Prof. Lu You of West China Hospital of SCU is expected to carry out a first-ever test in the world by applying CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technique into human body. Arnout Jacobs, the Director of Natural Scientific Research in greater China region, noted that, since the 1st Chengdu International Forum on Precision Medicine was held in SCU last June, China's precision medicine has developed quickly. The 2nd forum could further strengthen the academic and technical exchanges on precision medicine, and provide an international exchange platform to promote the development of precision medicine, he added.
This academic event was also one of important academic activities during the 120thFounding Anniversary of SCU. By virtue of this opportunity, SCU would speed up its pace to create a first-class university and continue to develop modern medicine industry, so as to make greater contributions to the construction of “Healthy China” and the improvement of health and well-being of the human beings.