Upcoming Events

Through vibrant and diverse activities that represent all of the graduate divisions, professional schools, and the College of the University of Chicago, the Center in Beijing builds upon the University’s long-standing and growing engagement with Chinese scholars and institutions.  Programming at the Center in Beijing includes:

  • Conferences and workshops to promote the sharing of ideas among scholars, policy makers, and business leaders from China, the United States, and beyond
  • Lectures and events to engage scholars, alumni, and the public
  • Professional development programs for Chinese and regional executives, government officials, and practitioners
  • Student Programs for University of Chicago undergraduates including programs in East Asian Civilizations and intensive language studies, and a spring social sciences quarter in globalization and China’s development

Knee and shoulder injuries are more common in elite athletes than the general population, and a safe and early return to play places greater demands on the management of such injuries.  This conference will discuss the latest concepts and techniques in knee and shoulder surgery and rehabilitation for the elite athlete.  Both the University of Chicago and Peking University have both been leaders in the field of orthopaedic sports medicine and the treatment of elite athletes.  The co-directors of this conference, Professors Ho and Ao have collaborated to bring the very best and latest of sports medicine to Beijing.  As team physician for the China Women's National Volleyball team, Dr. Ho will use specific examples from experiences treating injured members of the 2016 Olympic gold medal team in Rio de Janeiro.  Head Coach Lang Ping will speak at the conference and offer her insights into the role that sports medicine played in her success over the course of her coaching career.  Dr. Ao is the well-known leader of sports medicine at the prestigious Peking University, will bring his experience with the many elite and Olympic athletes he has treated.  Dr. Shi, originally from Beijing and trained at Harvard University, is now Director of the Research and Shoulder and Elbow consultant for University of Chicago's sports medicine service and teams.  He consults and lectures in China and United States on a regular basis as an expert in shoulder surgery and research.

Center in Beijing Call for Proposals 2018-2019

All day
Through December 22, 2017

Oct. 21

The University of Chicago Center in Beijing welcomes proposals for collaborative conferences, workshops, research residencies, projects and other related activities for the 2018-2019 academic year.  Proposals are due December 22, 2017 for projects that plan to take place from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019.

Precision medicine has the potential to transform the future medical practice. For most mental disorders, currently there has been no precise biological tests or effective treatments. Success of precision medicine in psychiatry depends on our understanding of individual genetic makeup, symptoms, cognitive assessment, and environmental exposures. Recent breakthroughs in genome-wide association studies (GWAS) and large-scale sequencing projects in psychiatry yield hundreds of genetic risk loci, bringing forth enormous opportunities but also posting challenges for translating genetic findings into accurate disease biology and clinical interventions. A likely paradigm change of psychiatric genetic architecture from polygenic to omnigenic model as well as pleiotropy nature further amplify such challenges. A multidiscipline approach that can integrate data at multiple levels (e.g., genomics, molecular, cellular, physiological, brain imaging and other phenotypes) is highly needed. Moreover, it is also instrumental to embrace novel technologies for data collection (e.g., using mobile platform). This workshop covers a variety of topics related to psychiatry, ranging from smartphone-based omics profiling and phenotype collection in mental disorders, schizophrenia genetics, braining imaging, functional genomics and patient-specific induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) disease modeling. The main goals of the workshop are: to inform Chinese basic and clinical researchers in mental health about the forefront research approaches and progress on psychiatric genetics, genomics, disease modeling and phenotyping in the context of psychiatric precision medicine; to promote research collaboration and resource sharing between US and Chinese researchers in mental health.

UChicago Division of the Social Sciences Information Session

7:00–9:00 pm
University of Chicago Center in Beijing


An information session on the MA and PhD programs in the Division of the Social Sciences at the University of Chicago.

There was a global explosion of interest in human rights in the 1970s.  Americans at the time believed that they were leaders in this initiative.  But Americans did not get there first.  In fact, one might argue they got there last.  Focusing on the rise of new transnational forces that transformed the international order in the late twentieth century, Bradley explains why America lagged behind the rest of the world in the “imagination of human rights.”