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Friday, February 10, 2006

GEM4, a new international research consortium, is formed

A new international research consortium, Global Enterprise of Micro-Mechanics and Molecular Medicine (GEM4), was established on October 12, 2005 in Cambridge, MA, aiming to create a global forum for the definition and exploration of grand challenges and scientific studies, for the cross-fertilization of ideas among engineers, life scientists and medical professionals, and for the development of novel educational tools.

The current member institutions of GEM4 include: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, National University of Singapore, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Harvard University, Institut Pasteur, Paris, France, Max-Planck Society, Germany, California Institute of Technology, University of California, San Diego, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Chulabhorn Research Institute, Thailand.

GEM4 presents a new paradigm in global interactions among leading institutions to work together seamlessly across the boundaries of science, engineering, technology, medicine, and public health. With a significant focus on cell and molecular biomechanics, and environmental health, in the context of select human diseases, GEM4 will launch international research projects on infectious diseases such as malaria, metastatic invasions of cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and the biomechanical origins of inflammation. GEM4 will also organize summers schools on cell and molecular biomechanics in medicine, and sponsor major international conferences on cancer research, infectious diseases, and cardiovascular disease.

The first summer school of Cell and Molecular Mechanics in BioMedicine will be held during August 7-18, 2006 in Boston, MA. For more information on GEM4 please visit


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