ZJU establishes new School of Brain Science and Brain Medicine

On December 27, 2019, Zhejiang University has established a new School of Brain Science and Brain Medicine, which will serve as an important unit for a suite of academic programs, research, innovation, outreach and extension activities focused on finding answers to the complex problems about brain.

“Research into brain science has become a strategic priority all over the world and will surely become essential to the future development of our country. In this era marked by great development, great adjustments and great changes, our university made a major decision to develop brain science and brain medicine on the basis of strategic foresight, which will also become a crucial growth pole for top-notch and high-caliber development in the future. Meanwhile, the time has ripened for our university to develop a remarkable disciplinary ecology for brain science and brain medicine on all accounts,” said REN Shaobo, secretary of the Communist Party Committee of Zhejiang University.

PEI Gang, Fellow of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, lauded the work of Zhejiang University in brain science research. He expressed his appreciation of the university’s resolution to take the lead in setting up a school for brain science and brain medicine nationwide.

“The domain of brain science calls for an inclusive mind to realize the fusion of different disciplines. It also needs to attach importance to education so as to attract more youngsters to engage. I hope that Zhejiang University will play a more pivotal role in the Brain Science and Brain-Like Intelligence Technology, which is more commonly known as the China Brain Project,” said PEI Gang.

DUAN Shumin, Fellow of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, was appointed as the inaugurating dean of the School of Brain Science and Brain Medicine.

There are two undergraduate programs-neurobiology and neuropsychology-in the School of Brian Science and Brain Medicine. As China’s first institute for teaching, scientific research and clinical research in the domain of brain science and brain medicine, the School will be committed to creating a major interdisciplinary research platform for brain science, thereby acting as a magnet for world-class talents and cultivating top-notch innovative talents.

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