Precision Medicine Symposium Promotes Collaboration on Scientific Research between Mainland China and Macao
        The Precision Medicine Symposium, jointly hosted by the Macao Science and Technology Development Fund (FDCT) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), was held in the Macao Science Center on June 26. Guests present at the opening ceremony included Ma Chi Ngai, President of the Administrative Committee of the FDCT; Yang Junlin, Director of the NSFC’s Office for Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan Affairs; Kuok Cheong U, Deputy Director of the Health Bureau of Macao and Director of Centro Hospitalar Conde de São Januário; Xu Jun, Deputy Director of the Economic Affairs Department of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Macao SAR; Rui Martins, Vice Rector (global affairs) of the University of Macao (UM); Jiang Zhihong, Vice President of the Macau University of Science and Technology; Deng Chuxia, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) at UM; and Ma Hok Cheung, Director of Kiang Wu Hospital. The hosts wished that through this two-day symposium, opportunities for discussing and strengthening the cooperative network would be provided for professionals, scholars, and specialists from mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macao, so that they could jointly explore the latest developments, technological transfers, and clinical applications of precision medicine and its relevant categories.
        In his speech, Ma Chi Ngai said that the symposium was launched in 2016, after the FDCT and the NSFC signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on cooperation and exchange in science and technology. According to the MOU, both parties agreed to jointly hold a symposium every year, in mainland China and Macao alternately, in order to provide a platform for scholars from both regions to exchange ideas on scientific and technological issues of common concern and to explore opportunities for collaborative research. Current medical technology is capable of providing personalized diagnoses and treatment plans matching individual pathological features on the molecular level for patients diagnosed with complex and multi-formed diseases such as tumors. Precision medicine can improve the quality of clinical treatment and reduce the cost; it is the future goal of the healthcare industry. The Macao government has listed precision medicine as a field of science and technology for prioritized development. The symposium hopefully would enable scholars from three regions to discuss relevant issues and share their research results as well as new ideas, in order to bring about new developments in the field of precision medicine.
        Yang Junlin said that with the rapid development of biological medicine and information technology, great attention has been paid to precision medicine, which is based on personalized medicine and which relies on the inter-disciplinary application of genomic sequencing, biological information technology, and big data science. He also hoped that this symposium would facilitate the cooperation between scholars from mainland China and Macao on the front line research of precision medicine.
        Deng Chuxia pointed out that by identifying driver mutations in cancer with precision medicine, people could understand their main categories, incidence rate, molecular characteristics, etc., which would enable effective personalized treatment plans to be made. In addition, Macao has a high cancer mortality rate, but its current research on cancer is relatively inadequate. Therefore, it is urgent that Macao undertake complete and in-depth research on cancer.
        During the two-day symposium, scholars were invited to give five thematic lectures and 36 sub-forum academic reports.

Excerpted from the report of Macau Daily News, A06, June 27, 2019,

The Opening Ceremony of Precision Medicine Symposium

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