MINNEAPOLIS — China is on the fast track to health reform thanks in large part to the efforts of their pioneering Minister of Health: internationally-renowned hematologist-oncologist Chen Zhu, M.D., Ph.D.
Minister Chen will deliver the keynote address at a symposium at the University of Minnesota on Oct. 8, 2012 from noon to 1 p.m. The entire program runs from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Mayo Memorial Auditorium of the University of Minnesota Medical School.
“From bench to bedside to healthcare reform: My personal perspective,” will focus on translating basic science into patient care and expanding patient care through effective health policy. Chen will also receive an honorary doctorate from University President Eric Kaler and the University of Minnesota Medical School.
Minister Chen is an accomplished leukemia researcher. He was the first to use the synergistic cancer targeting therapy and he developed the first successful model in the treatment of acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL). His work on APL turned this once fatal form of cancer into a curable disease.
Over the last three years, China has worked to transform healthcare by incorporating nearly universal coverage of basic health insurance, expanding coverage for essential drugs and increasing access to basic public health services.
Minister Chen is a renowned scientist who has conducted breakthrough research into the treatment of leukemia. He has brought this passion into his work as Minister of Health, pledging to bring universal coverage to all children facing catastrophic illness in China.
As the United States wrestles with its own questions about the future of health care reform, the man many credit with pushing China’s health system forward is coming to the University of Minnesota. He will discuss how China has made such progress, and how other countries can benefit from lessons China learned along the way.
For a complete schedule and list of moderators and panelists, visit z.umn.edu/chen. Admission is free and lunch will be provided.
The minister’s visit is sponsored by the University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center, Medical School, School of Public Health, College of Science and Engineering, China Center and the Association of Minnesota Chinese Physicians.