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CDA President Welzl at Imperial College and King’s College London

Vienna/London, 25 January 2023 – 17:30 CET/ 4:30 pm BST

On his first official visit to a non-EU European country after the end of the pandemic CDA President Welzl followed invitations to four of the world’s leading universities in the United Kingdom: University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, Imperial College and King’s College London ranking fourth, seventh, twenty-third and fourty-eigth in the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) of 2022 also called Shanghai-ranking. This visit to the leading British universities also underlines the notion of a global scientific community being dedicated to evidence-based reasoning with a strong resilience to the external shocks of societal and political turmoil these days. On Wednesday 25 January, the first day of the visit, Alexander G. Welzl met with Professor Daqing Ma, MD, PhD, FRCA, MAE (Department of Surgery & Cancer, Faculty of Medicine) at Imperial College London and afterwards moved to a meeting with Dr. Richard Siow (School of Cardiovascular Medicine & Sciences, Faculty of Medicine) at King’s College London. With both colleagues current advances in life-sciences and medicine as well as potential fields of collaboration where in the focus of the talks.

In addition to his research as BOC Chair and Head of Anaesthesia of the Division of Anaesthetics, Pain Medicine & Intensive Care at the Department of Surgery & Cancer in Imperial College London’s Faculty of Medicine and in the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital Professor Daqing Ma is also the Executive Vice-President in the Standing Management Committee of the Association of British Chinese Professors (ABCP). In June 2022 CDA and ABCP jointly organised a high-level Sino-European webinar on ‘Concepts for Health Care of the Future’. At the occasion of this meeting Professor Daqing Ma and CDA President Welzl underlined their mutual interest to deepen their relationship also formally with regard to further collaborations between CDA and ABCP.

King’s College London’s Bush House

In the following meeting at King’s College London President Welzl met with Dr. Richard Siow, a former Vice-Dean (International) of Faculty of Medicine at King’s College, reader at School of Cardiovascular Medicine & Sciences at King's and a member of the Strategic Advisory Board of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Longevity at the British Parliament. Apart from these commitments Dr. Siow is also Director of Ageing Research at King's (ARK) and Visiting Senior Academic at University of Oxford’s Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics. ARK is a cross-faculty multidisciplinary consortium of investigators as well as a leading industry-academic R&D hub for personalised and preventive diagnostics, prognostics and therapeutics. The bilateral talks focused on main questions of ageing research, the use of AI in the context of longevity and WHO’s systemic approach of health promoting hospitals. Against this backdrop CDA President Welzl and Dr. Siow explored areas of mutual interest and potential collaboration.


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