University to strengthen links with China and Hong Kong

A senior member of staff from Robert Gordon University (RGU), Aberdeen, will embark on a trip to Hong Kong and China this week to strengthen collaboration between the university and the countries’ health research programmes.

Professor Cherry Wainwright, Director of the university’s Institute for Health and Welfare Research (IHWR), will depart for Hong Kong on Sunday 20 November, before attending a PhD recruitment event in Beijing four days later. 

During her stay in Hong Kong, Professor Wainwright will visit two local universities, firstly to discuss collaboration with the School of Biomedical Sciences at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK).  While there, she and her colleague, Dr Sarah Walsh, will also deliver seminars on RGU’s model of interdisciplinary research and their own work on novel receptors in coronary heart disease.

Professor Wainwright will also visit both CUHK’s Nethersole School of Nursing and the University of Hong Kong’s School of Pharmacology & Pharmacy to discuss the potential of developing links and facilitating staff and student exchange opportunities. 

From Friday 25 to Sunday 27 November, Professor Wainwright will attend the PhD China Workshop – an event organised annually for overseas universities and research schools to present their PhD programs and network with the top Chinese postgraduate and PhD students.

During the course of the three-day workshop, she will interview a selection of candidates with a view to offering funded research positions within the IHWR’s Graduate School which has been established to provide an excellent academic, multidisciplinary environment for MSc, MRES and PhD students plus Professional Doctorates.

Positioned at the forefront of inter-disciplinary research, the IHWR focuses its activities on addressing major issues around the diagnosis and prevention of illness, and the treatment, care and welfare of patients. Researchers within the Institute are currently carrying out pioneering cross-disciplinary work in areas including diabetes, heart disease, chronic back pain and bereavement.

Professor Wainwright’s own research interests - which she will present on during her tour - lie within the exploration of cardiovascular disease, how normal physiological mechanisms are altered in cardiovascular pathology and the identification of novel therapeutic targets for the treatment and prevention of these diseases.

Looking ahead to her tour, Professor Wainwright said: “We are very keen as an institute to further develop our international collaborations. The tour will enable us to do this both in terms of engaging in discussions with fellow research bodies and also by inviting top quality research students to carry out their work at the university.

“From the collaborations we already have in place in the region, it is clear that there is great synergy of research interest between us, particularly in disciplines such as biomedicine, pharmacy, nursing education and patient care. As such, I’m very much looking forward to moving these discussions forward and meeting this top fleet of research students.” 


Notes to editors

  • Further information about the PhD China Workshop can be found at

Andrew Youngson
Communications Officer | Faculty of Health and Social Care
Robert Gordon University
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Tel: 01224 262389