Beijing: A China-Canada joint research centre for child development and the study of Alzheimer`s disease will be built at a children`s hospital in southwest China, authorities said.
The centre to be built in Chongqing, will be jointly funded by the hospital and the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Canada with a total investment of over 30 million yuan (around $4.8 million), hospital director Li Tingyu told Xinhua.
The two sides signed an agreement Saturday on the building of the centre, which will be operational within two or three years.
According to the agreement, medical researchers at the centre will carry out research on diseases such as Down syndrome, Alzheimer`s, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, autism, and learning dysmnesia.
The centre will also serve as an exchange base for Chinese medical researchers to cooperate with their foreign peers, Li said.