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Minister Chen Zhu receives honorary degreeMinister of Health of China Receives University of Minnesota Honorary Degree

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.

美国明尼苏达大学授予中国卫生部长陈竺荣誉博士学位

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。

陈竺先生获得的科学荣誉博士学位是明尼苏达大学的最高荣誉之一,以表彰他在白血病研究领域和中国医疗体制改革领域做出的杰出成就。明尼苏达大学校长Eric Kaler博士于2012年10月8日在位于密西西比河畔的历史悠久的校长府邸举办了荣誉学位授予仪式,并邀请明尼苏达州政界和医疗学术界知名人士参加了之后的庆祝晚宴,中国驻芝加哥总领事杨国强及教育组领事也专门出席了此次活动。陈部长是国际上公认的医学和健康领域专家,他的科研主要集中于急性早幼粒细胞白血病(APL)。这是一度被公认为无药可救的致命癌症,但陈竺及其科研伙伴成功地将传统中药的砷剂与西药结合起来的治疗,大大提高了该病患者的生存率,使过去高致命的疾病变成了高度可治愈的疾病。此外,明尼苏达大学也高度认可陈部长领导的中国医疗体系改革进程以及针对全民医疗保险、基本医疗保险和公共卫生体制改善方面的努力。陈竺部长参加了明尼苏达大学医学院的学术圆桌讨论,并在梅奥礼堂发表了题为“我的旅程-从实验室到临床治疗和中国医疗改革”。

陈竺部长的访问恰逢正值中国传统中秋佳节,所以明尼苏达大学中国学生学者联谊会盛情邀请他作为特别嘉宾参加在圣保罗校区学生活动中心举办的中秋晚会。陈部长兴致勃勃地品尝了月饼,观看了中国文化和舞蹈表演,并上台讲话祝贺明州华人中秋快乐。他还与大家分享了自己20世纪80年代在法国的留学经历。近千名中国学生和学者对陈竺部长的来访感受到欢欣鼓舞。

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。

最后,陈竺部长还专程接见了同期来访明尼苏达州的河南省政府卫生代表团。河南省副省长王铁与明尼苏达大学荷美尔研究院和美国梅奥医学中心(位于明尼苏达州)签署了国际伙伴合作备忘录,期待进一步促进国际范围内的科研协作和医疗交流。河南省卫生厅厅长刘学周、荷美尔研究院院长董子刚博士、明尼苏达州议员伯特女士、中国驻芝加哥总领事杨国强及梅奥医学中心相关负责人等参加了签字仪式。陈竺部长也期望中国医疗各界能够加强与明尼苏达州医疗卫生领域的合作。