A. Cooperation with Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC), USA:
FHCRC was founded in 1975, consisting of 2,300 scientists, doctors, and employees. FHCRC has three current staff members who won Nobel Prize (Thomas in 1990, Hartwell in 2001, and Buck in 2004), and is an international first-class research center. Chang-Gung University cooperative with FHCRC mainly in two topics: proteomics as a cancer biomarker (Cancer Biomarker Discovery Program), and universal cancer screening’s early biomarkers (Last Cohort Program). The President of Chang-Gung University Chia C Pao and the President of FHCRC, Lee Hartwell (also a Nobel Prize laureate in 2001), have signed the official cooperation memo and agreement in Seattle, WA, January 11, 2005. In the upcoming five years, staff members will make exchange visits and share the task platforms, as well as other practical research tasks. The two projects, for their significance and influence, have been enlisted in the agenda of important life sciences (Life Sciences Innovation Forum) of Asian and Pacific Economic Cooperation Conference in 2004, and, in the same year, have also been included in the projects of Human Proteomics Organization (HUPO; equivalent of the Human Genome Organization). Chang-Gung University, by means of the liaison research with FHCRC, has initiated the participating in the global research organizations.
B. Cooperation with the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), France:
The cooperation focuses on the research of carcinogenesis. The research institution is a part of World Health Organization (WHO), founded in 1965, located in Lyon, France, and jointly supported by Germany, France, Italy, UK, and . For the cooperation between our centers and the institution, in addition to the topics on carcinogenesis, we will also build up teamwork in epidemiology and other biomedical fields. The collaboration with them does not only have practical advantages in cancer research, but also we can make the best use of their strengths to plan the research group of “infection medicine” step by step.
C. Chang-Gung Bioinformatics Center does not only have long-term supports for medical, biotechnological, and educational research, but also actively join the international collaborative projects. The ongoing or complete cooperation projects include:
1. Salmonella enterica serovar Choleraesuis Genome Project; Cooperating institution: Bejing Genomics Institute, P.R. China; Results: Nucleic Acids Res. 2005 Mar 21; 33(5):1690-8.
2. Trichomonas Genome Sequencing Project; Cooperating institution: The Institute of Genomic Research (TIGR), USA; Results: ongoing;
3. Trichomonas Expressed Sequenced Tag Project; Cooperating institution: Charles University, Czech; University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, TX, USA Results: ongoing.