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Leicester academic plays key role in international workshop

A University of Leicester academic has been selected as the UK co-ordinator for an international biomolecular sciences workshop.

Dr David Heery, of the Department of Biochemistry, and Professor Yongfeng Shang
of Beijing University will co-organise and chair the workshop in Beijing in March 2004.

The event has been organised under the International Networking for Young Scientists scheme, a British Council-funded initiative launched last year.

The theme of the Meeting is Genome Analysis and Biomolecular Sciences and will convene at Beijing and Tsinghua Universities. The workshop will showcase research from leading young scientists in China and the universities of Leicester, Cambridge, Manchester, Imperial College, Institute of Cancer Research, Cancer Research UK and the Sanger Institute.

Among the UK participants, the University of Leicester will be represented by Dr Heery (Department of Biochemistry) and Professor Ed Louis (Department of Genetics).

Dr Heery, who is a Wellcome Senior Fellow, said: "The aim of the INYS scheme is to foster interactions and research collaborations between young scientists in the UK and overseas countries. The itinerary for this event will include site visits to the major biological research institutes in Beijing. The Department of Biochemistry hosted a similar visit to UK research centres by a team of Chinese scientists in March 2003."

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