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WMU won the Gold Prize for Outstanding Academic Contribution at the International Medicine and Innovation Cooperation Forum (SCO)

The International Medical Innovation and Cooperation Forum (China-Shanghai Cooperation Organization) was held in Fangchenggang, Guangxi, from May 26 to May 28,2019. Wang Liangxing, vice president of WMU, was invited to the forum and received by Shen Yueyue, vice chair of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress and president of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Good-Neighborly Friendship and Cooperation Committee. He also took group photos with many Chinese and foreign officials and experts. The Excellent Organization Award and the Outstanding Academic Contribution Award of the International Medicine and Innovation Cooperation Forum (SCO) were presented at the meeting. Our team of the School of Ophthalmology & Optometry and Eye hospital led by Prof. Qu Jia won the Gold Prize for Outstanding Academic Contribution. The relevant people in charge of the International Affairs Office and the School of Ophthalmology & Optometry and Eye hospital were also invited to participate in the forum.

Cui Li, vice president of the SCO Good-Neighborly Friendship and Cooperation Committee, presented the award to the ophthalmology & optometry team of WMU

This is the first time that the SCO has organized a forum for international medical innovation and cooperation. Nearly 1,000 government officials, specialists, scholars and representatives of enterprises from 21 countries and organizations such as member states, observer states and dialogue partners of the SCO participated in the opening ceremony. With the themes of “Health, Cooperation, Innovation and Sharing”, the forum consisted of 5 sub-forums, namely, Public Safety and Emergency Rescue, Medical and Health Policy, Orthopedics, Chronic Disease Prevention and Treatment, and Intelligent Medicine. Chen Hao, vice president of the School of Ophthalmology & Optometry and Eye hospital of WMU, gave a report entitled "Prevention and Control of Children and Adolescents' Myopia in China" at the Chronic Disease Prevention and Treatment sub-forum, which drew considerable interest and was highly regarded by Chinese and foreign experts and representatives.

The team of the School of Ophthalmology & Optometry and Eye hospital led by Prof. Qu Jia has established the “China Model” of higher education of ophthalmology medicine and the first Eye hospital in China integrating diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases and correction of visual function, which made a major contribution to the development of the education and diagnosis and treatment model of ophthalmology medicine. At present, the Eye Hospital has built its own six–in-one integrated eye system of medical care, education, research, industrial translation, public welfare and mission advocating. There are many national and provincial research platforms, such as the National Clinical Medicine Research Center, National Key Laboratory, National Engineering and Technology Research Center, the Engineering Research Center for Myopia Prevention, Control and Treatment of the Ministry of Education, and the Optical Research Center of the National Health Commission. It ranks No.1 in scientific and technological output in 2018 Science and Technology Evaluation Matrics (the former China’s Most Influential Medical Institutions Ranking) in ophthalmology, and has held the highest position in 2018 Nature Index’s ranking among Chinese eye hospitals. The Hospital took the lead in establishing a nationwide alliance of ophthalmology and optometry. Nearly 2,000 institutions from 18 provinces, cities and autonomous regions have joined the alliance. The Hospital, committed to creating China's "Silicon Valley" in the field of eye health, has innovated and developed the model of “China Eye Valley - Wenzhou International Innovation Complex of Ophthalmology and Optometry”, which will play an important role in promoting industrial ecological construction, industrial upgrading and regional agglomeration of China's vision industry.

In recent years, WMU has given full play to our advantages of medical disciplines, actively participated in and promoted cooperation and exchanges with SCO member states, and carried out projects in medical professionals training, national health examination and scientific research projects. In the past three years, WMU has undertaken three batches of training courses for Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan and Georgia, and set up the Wenzhou Training Center of the SCO International Judicial Exchanges and Cooperation Training Base in 2018.