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Fox Chase Cancer Center Leader Tours China with Mayor Nutter
Fox Chase Cancer Center will be sharing its oncologic expertise with peers at Tianjin Medical University Cancer Institute and Hospital in Tianjin, China, thanks to an agreement signed in the Chinese port city on December 3.
Kurt Schwinghammer, PhD, Vice President of Research & Development Alliances at Fox Chase Cancer Center and head of Fox Chase International, was a member of a contingent of Philadelphia leaders in medicine, education, law, and the arts traveling with Mayor Michael Nutter to Tianjin — which, since 1980, has been a Sister City of Philadelphia.
Mayor Nutter's trip focused on encouraging international investment in Philadelphia and strengthening relationships between important local institutions and their counterparts in China. The trip also took the group about 70 miles northwest of Tianjin to Beijing, where Mayor Nutter, current president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, spoke on urban sustainability.
According to Dr. Schwinghammer, urban sustainability - the concept central to the Mayor's activities in China - is linked to Fox Chase's mission. "Cancer is now the leading cause of death in China, with lung cancer being at the top of the list. It is likely that there is a relationship between long-term exposure to air pollution and cancer," he explained.
The partnership forged in Tianjin is not the first of its kind for Fox Chase. Through Fox Chase International, the Center seeks to align the skills and resources of cancer research, diagnosis and treatment available at Fox Chase with the extraordinary growth of cancer treatment and diagnostic requirements in China and other nations. So far, Fox Chase has formed relationships with institutions in six cities in China and India.
Date Published: Thursday, December 27, 2012
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Temple's Dr. Steven R. Houser is New President-Elect of the American Heart Association
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Pennsylvania Health Secretary Visits Temple, Presents Commendation for Service Following the Amtrak Accident
Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy visited Temple University Hospital (TUH) on June 23rd to present Certificates of Recognition to Temple and other area hospitals for the care, dedication, and compassion they provided to victims of the May 12th Amtrak derailment. Temple Health clinicians and administrators, together with colleagues from hospitals across the region, gathered in TUH's Erny Auditorium to receive the honors.
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