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23 February 2006

Increased collaboration between some the best neuroscientists in Australia and China is likely to result from recent high-level discussions at The University of Queensland (UQ).

Increased collaboration between some the best neuroscientists in Australia and China is likely to result from recent high-level discussions at The University of Queensland (UQ).

The talks between science and industry representatives from the People’s Republic of China and Australian administrators were aimed at strengthening research ties between the two countries.

A delegation, which included the PRC Science Minister Professor Xu Guanhua, met with UQ Vice-Chancellor Professor John Hay and Directors of the University’s four research Institutes.

Director of the Queensland Brain Institute, Professor Perry Bartlett said China had an internationally recognised neuroscience centre in Shanghai.

“We are delighted to welcome the Minister for Science and Technology to Brisbane,” Professor Bartlett said.

“We would welcome any opportunity to develop closer links with Chinese neuroscientists, several of whom are already well known to researchers at the Queensland Brain Institute.”

Professor Xu Guanhua, who is also a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said his Government recognised neuroscience was a rapidly expanding discipline, which would benefit from increased scientific collaboration at the highest level.

As a result of the delegation’s visit, a representative from the Chinese Embassy in Canberra has offered to hold further talks with the Queensland Brain Institute about how to expand cooperative research in neuroscience.

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