On October 14, 2019, Professors Steve Cummings and Deborah Grady from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) visited Peking Union Medical College Hospital (PUMCH) for academic exchanges and delivered a three-day face-to-face training course on clinical research. Dr. Zhang Shuyang, secretary of the Party Committee, Dr. Wu Wenming, vice president of the hospital, and Dr. Huang Hui, executive deputy director of the Scientific Research Office, were present at the welcoming ceremony. The hosts and guests exchanged their thoughts on the promotion of clinical research training programs, long-term cooperation, and future development.
PUMCH has carried out a series of in-depth cooperation with UCSF for a long period of time. The newly introduced online training courses provided by Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI) has been highly praised and warmly welcomed by staff members in PUMCH.
According to Dr. Zhang Shuyang, the CTSI online courses have become a featured training project in PUMCH. In the past few years, clinicians and researchers in PUMCH have systematically learned the clinical research methods via the CTSI project and improved their clinical research capabilities; as a result, a series of clinical research projects, centered by research teams in various disciplines, have been carried out, leading to the publication of a large number of high-profile articles. With the steady progress of the PUMCH Centennial Program, the Translational Medicine Building is about to be completed, and the hospital will further increase its investment in clinical research. “We welcome more USCF experts to give face-to-face lectures in our hospital,” Dr. Zhang Shuyang said. Dr. Wu Wenming exchanged ideas with two USCF experts on the specific cooperation projects and further cooperation plans.
During the event, Dr. Zhu Zhaohui, deputy director of the Scientific Research Office, Dr. Liu Peng, assistant director of the Medical Science Research Center, and Dr. Peng Junya, assistant director of the Medical Science Research Center introduced the history of clinical research in PUMCH, the registration systems of rare diseases in China, and the pancreatic cancer-related research, respetively. Clinicians from eight clinical departments including Department of Vascular Surgery and Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology reported on the ongoing research projects and invited two professors to give on-site comments and instructions.
Professors Cummings and Grady also delivered face-to-face courses on clinical research and article writing to staff members. The lectures covered topics including sample size and statistical power, innovations, and ethical issues in clinical research.
The three-day exchange activities further enhanced the partnership between two sides and enriched the training and development plans. “The CTSI training program and the further cooperation chances between UCSF and PUMCH will yield more high-quality clinical research achievements that will benefit clinical practice,” said Professors Cummings and Grady.