Topics A delegation of 8 J-PRIDE researchers visited Imperial College London, the University of Glasgow and the University of Oxford, in order to explore possibilities for Japan-UK collaborative research

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A delegation of 8 researchers from Japan, funded through the Japanese Initiative for Progress of Research on Infectious Disease for Global Epidemics (J-PRIDE), visited Imperial College London, the University of Glasgow and the University of Oxford between the 5th and 7th December, in order to explore possibilities for international research collaboration between Japan and the UK.
In accordance with the Memorandum of Cooperation signed by AMED and the UK Medical Research Council in February 2017, these visits were arranged by the AMED London Office and Division of Infectious Diseases with the specific purpose to develop concrete ideas for Japan-UK collaborative research projects.
The three institutions visited all receive support from the MRC for research activities related to infectious diseases, as well as hosting MRC Centres: the MRC Centre for Molecular Bacteriology and Infection at Imperial College, the MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research, and the MRC Human Immunology Unit at the University of Oxford.
During the visits, researchers from both sides first introduced themselves and their work, while also specifying the type of expertise and capability they would seek in a collaboration partner. Group discussions then aimed to identify possibilities for collaborative research, and one-to-one meetings were also arranged to further develop ideas for specific joint projects. The complementary research interests shared by the UK participants and the J-PRIDE group, and the fact that all were able to read the other participants’ profiles and publications in advance, enabled three days of very active discussions.
Whilst also following up on this activity, AMED will continue to hold other similar events in the future as part of its promotion of international research collaboration.

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Last updated 2018.1.11