Joining forces on genetic research

The pioneering partnership between health experts in Manchester and Beijing, China, is advancing research into genomic medicine.

We believe that by working together, we can achieve more than we can alone, and we are certain this partnership is surely mutually beneficial, and we will achieve win-win by sharing each other’s unique advantages. 

Professor Weigang Fang / Vice President for PUHSC

Several years ago we took the step to partner with Peking University to deliver the Centre of Excellence in Genomic Medicine. The news that it will be helping hundreds of doctors across China access the latest genomic healthcare advances is a testament to the far-reaching wisdom of our vision. 

Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell / President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Manchester

Officially launched in 2013, the Manchester-Peking Health Alliance is a strategic collaboration between Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC) and Peking University Health Sciences Centre (PUHSC).

Our alliance has paved the way for large-scale research in genomic medicine looking at conditions such as cancer, blindness, inherited heart disorders and cleft lip and palate.

Genomics is the study of DNA sequencing and analyses the function and structure of complete sets of DNA within single cells. It is transforming health care using new technologies to personalise medicine, improve diagnosis and treat people based on their genetic make-up.

In 2016, our alliance resulted in the development of a formal postgraduate level training course in health care genomics specifically designed for practicing doctors in China.

In the UK, clinical genetics has been a recognised medical specialty for over three decades however in China, it was only formally agreed as a specialist area of medicine in 2016. This created a need for formal training for doctors, genetic counsellors and clinical scientists to equip them with the necessary knowledge and skills to deliver patient care in this rapidly expanding field.

The course comprises four modules: Human genetics and genomics; Common and rare inherited disease; Principles and practice of genetic counselling; and Workplace based genomic medicine practice.

Students enrolled on the course in Beijing are taught by clinical academics who themselves are experienced clinical geneticists, genetic counsellors, clinical and research scientists who also deliver clinical care in our internationally renowned integrated genomic medicine hospital service.