The University of Minnesota Academic Health Center (AHC) and the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region Center for Disease Prevention and Control (Guangxi CDC) signed an Agreement for Cooperation and Exchange in March 2015 to broaden the scope of their collaboration.
Guangxi CDC is the provincial center for disease prevention and control for Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in southern China. Based in the provincial capital, Nanning, it directs and supports a network of municipal and county CDCs throughout the autonomous region of 55 million people. Guangxi CDC employees 500 staff and has 24 research divisions and laboratories focusing on human parasitology, immunology, food safety and environmental health, and different bacterial, viral, infectious and chronic diseases. It also has a HIV/AIDS clinic to provide testing, counseling, and treatment.
AHC Global Health Seed Grants: Research in Guangxi, China
In 2016, Global Health Seed Grants for research in Guangxi, China were awarded to forge new collaborative research efforts between the University of Minnesota and Guangxi CDC while paving the way for increased student engagement in research.
To foster collaboration and enhance bilateral exchange, Guangxi CDC is sending two visiting scholars to the AHC during the summer of 2017.
Shujia Liang is the Deputy Director of the Institute of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control at Guangxi CDC and holds a master's degree in microbiology from Guangxi University, Nanning, China. She has studied the human immunodeficiency virus extensively in the past 15 years. She will be a visiting scholar at the Institute of Molecular Virology, working with Louis Mansky.
Chao Wang works at Guangxi CDC as a researcher, focusing on viral hepatitis and holds a PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology from Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan, China. She will be a visiting scholar at the Division of Gastroenterology Hepatology and Nutrition in the Department of Medicine at the Medical School, working with Guisheng Song.