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  • 5th APRU Research Symposium on Ageing in Asia-Pacific: “Ageing populations affects every person from n
    5th APRU Research Symposium on Ageing in Asia-Pacific: “Ageing populations affects every person from n

    Renowned Ageing Researchers in the Asia-Pacific region met at University of Southern California (USC) Davis School of Gerontology from 14-17 September 2014 to discuss the rapid demographic changes and its impact among the Pacific Rim economies. USC’s Provost and Vice-President Academic Affairs Elizabeth Garrett welcomed all participants in Los Angeles and stressed that ageing populations and its impact is of concern to all of us. Ageing populations are a challenge for politics and the society in each Pacific Rim economy. According to UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) the Pacific region hosts with Japan the oldest population in the world. In addition the region also hosts with Hong Kong the population with the lowest number of people under the age of 14 according to data of the World Bank. Other Pacific economies are not far behind like Korea, Singapore and also China is ageing on a fast track.

  • 5th APRU Symposium on Brain and Mind Research in the Asia-Pacific held at Peking University
    5th APRU Symposium on Brain and Mind Research in the Asia-Pacific held at Peking University

    © by courtesy of Peking University

     The PKU-IDG/McGovern Institute for Brain Research at Peking University hosted the 5th APRU Symposium on Brain and Mind Research in the Asia-Pacific (BMAP 2014) from August 28th to 30th, 2014 at Peking University. The organization committee chaired by Prof. Shihui Han invited 4 keynote speakers and 3 workshops.

    Keynote speakers included Andreas Meyer-Lindenberg from University of Heidelberg, Germany, Keiji Tanaka from Riken Brain Science Institute, Japan, Yi Rao from Peking University, China, Shinobu Kitayama from University of Michigan, USA. The topics of keynote speeches and workshops covered multiple disciplines and topics such as neural mechanisms of mental disorders, cognitive genetics, and cultural neuroscience.

    Over 140 participants from China, USA, Germany, UK, New Zealand, and others submitted 87 abstracts. Presentations and discussions promoted communication and exchange of new ideas and methods of brain research and led to possible cooperation in future. Please find further information below.

  • APRU launches a virtual network for early career researchers
    APRU launches a virtual network for early career researchers

    APRU's newest initiative, Early Career Researchers (ECR) Network was launched at the 13th APRU Doctoral Students Conference (DSC) on 19 August 2014. APRU's Program Director for Global Leadership, Ms Cheryl Torrado gave an overview of the virtual network which aims to link early researchers and PhD students from multidisciplinary backgrounds to their peers, senior role models and potential research collaborators; and create a discussion platform on a vast range of topics and issues across different disciplines.

    DSC participants representing 19 leading research universities were invited to join the online community on LinkedIn. This is in line with APRU's effort on assisting doctoral students in building relationships outside the DSC.

    Interested faculty, researchers and doctoral students are invited to join the online community on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/groups/APRU-Early-Career-Researchers-Network-6665208?home&gid=6665208&trk=anet_ug_hm.

  • 2nd APRU-IRIDeS Multi-Hazards Summer School: towards the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reductio
    2nd APRU-IRIDeS Multi-Hazards Summer School: towards the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reductio

    The International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS) at Tohoku University was hosting the 2nd APRU-IRIDeS Multi-Hazards Summer School in Sendai from 22 to 25 July 2014. The summer school was titled: “Prepare for high-impact disasters: towards the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction”. The next UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (UNWCDRRR) will be held in Sendai in March 2015 to adopt a new global framework for action on disaster risk reduction.

    At the four day summer school the 34 participants from 15 universities among the Pacific Rim were discussing the multi-disciplinary approach of disaster science and got practical policy insights from the community level to the the global level.

  • APRU Global Health Program Newsletter Issue #3
  • IPAC (International Policy Advisory Committee)
    IPAC (International Policy Advisory Committee)

    APRU’s International Policy Advisory Committee met in Singapore 21-22 March chaired by Professor Lily Kong, Vice President, National University of Singapore and Professor Bill Lacy, Vice-Provost, UC Davis.

    IPAC consists of ten senior faculty members of APRU institutions who meet to evaluate APRU’s programs, take an overview of the total range of activities and their fit with the Strategic Framework and resources available, and advise on the planning cycle and future initiatives. The outcomes of this meeting are shared with all APRU Senior Staff to assist their engagement and also their preparation for the Annual Presidents’ Meeting.

    This was the last IPAC meeting for both co-chairs who move to new responsibilities in their respective universities. IPAC members and the APRU Secretariat expressed their gratitude for their leadership.

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