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The University of Minnesota’s China Center collaborated with the University’s Medical School, Masonic Cancer Center, School of Public Health, and College of Science and Engineering to host the visit and honorary doctorate conferral of China’s Minister of Health Chen Zhu in October. Various community groups, including the University’s Chinese Students and Scholars Association, the Association of Minnesota Chinese Physicians, the U.S.-China Healthcare Information Exchange, and executives from Medtronic, 3M, and United Health, also welcomed Minister Chen to Minnesota.
The University awarded Minister Chen an Honorary Doctorate of Science, one of the University’s highest honors, for his work in leukemia research and healthcare reform. University President Eric Kaler hosted the degree conferral ceremony and reception at his home at Eastcliff on October 8th. Minister Chen is internationally recognized in the fields of medical science and health policy. His scientific career has largely focused on acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL), which was once considered a fatal form of cancer but is now a curable disease thanks to Minister Chen’s work of targeted cancer therapy that successfully treats APL with all-trans retinoic acid and arsenic trioxide. In addition, Minister Chen was recognized by the University for his leadership in reforming China’s healthcare system, including his efforts in providing universal health coverage of basic health insurance and in expanding access to public health. He participated in roundtable discussions at the University’s Mayo Auditorium and gave the address, “From Bench to Bedside to Healthcare Reform: My Personal Perspective.”
Minister Chen’s visit coincided with one of the most important holidays for Chinese people, the Mid-Autumn Festival. He was able to celebrate this holiday with the University Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) at the St. Paul Campus Student Center where celebrations included eating moon cakes and Chinese musical and dance performances. Minister Chen was invited to give a short address where recalled his own study abroad experience in France in the 1980s. Students and scholars were delighted by the honor of having Minister Chen join their festivities.
The local healthcare community was able to interact with Minister Chen on two occasions, a lunch event on a Lake Minnetonka cruise at Bayview Event Center and a dinner reception. The Association of Minnesota Chinese Physicians and the U.S.-China Healthcare Information Exchange hosted these two events with Minister Chen as their special guest. In attendance were executives from Minnesota health and medical supply companies Medtronic, 3M, and United Health, among other attendees. He was introduced to Minnesota’s prominent and established medical device industry along with the state’s healthcare industry in general.
Minister Chen’s exposure to Minnesota’s healthcare industry was enhanced with the cultivation of an international partnership with the Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota-Mayo Clinic, and China’s Henan Province. The partnership will accelerate discoveries aimed for improving health worldwide and was developed by a chance meeting between Minister Chen’s delegation and Vice Governor Tie Wang from Henan Province’s delegation in Minnesota. The two Chinese groups met on campus, through coordination efforts by the China Center, and expressed strong interest from central and provincial levels in further collaboration with the Minnesota medical community in the future.
明尼苏达州双城地区2012年11月2日报道 – 通过明尼苏达大学中国中心、医学院、Masonic癌症中心、公共卫生学院、以及科学和工程学院的各方共同努力，美国明尼苏达大学于2012年10月正式授予中国卫生部长陈竺荣誉博士学位。 明尼苏达大学中国学生学者联谊会、明尼苏达州华裔医生协会、美中医疗信息交换协会、以及来自美敦力公司、3M公司United Health 公司等明尼苏达州医疗行业的高层管理人员也参加了陈竺部长明尼苏达州一行的接待工作。
在明尼苏达访问期间，陈竺部长与本地医疗卫生行业代表也进行了相互沟通。明尼苏达州华裔医生协会和美中医疗信息交换协会举办了Minnetonka Lake游船活动和明州医疗卫生社区欢迎晚宴，邀请了来自美敦力公司、3M公司、United Health公司的明尼苏达州医疗器械公司代表、明州华裔医生代表、明州华裔社区领袖、以及明尼苏达大学各学院的教授参加。通过这些面对面的交流，陈竺部长进一步了解到明尼苏达州的医疗服务架构以及明尼苏达州医疗卫生行业在国际学术界和商业界的杰出影响力。