Harvard University and The University of Western Australia have joined forces to publish an academic research paper on bone diseases and fractures in the prestigious journal Cytokine & Growth Factor Reviews.
The collaboration results from visit to UWA last year by Professor Vicki Rosen, from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, as part of an Australia-Harvard Fellowship Program.
Harvard ranks first in the world in the Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities, and UWA rose last year to the top 100 for the first time, WA's only university to do so.
Professor Rosen's research topics include the role of bone growth factors in bone and joint development and use in bone repair and regeneration in the adult skeleton.
In this paper, Professor Rosen and her co-authors examined how angiogenesis - the growth of new blood vessels - can help develop better treatment for bone diseases and fractures.
UWA Winthrop Professor Jiake Xu, co-author of this paper, said Professor Rosen's visit included meetings with UWA Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Johnson and Western Australian Institute for Medical Research (WAIMR) Director Professor Peter Klinken.
Professor Rosen also delivered several research seminars at UWA and discussed further collaboration with the University, including co-hosting graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, as well as collaborative research work in skeletal pathology and medicine.
UWA School of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Head Winthrop Professor Wendy Erber said that Professor Rosen's visit had set the stage for a fruitful future collaboration.
Her visit was co-hosted by Professor Xu and Associate Professor Hala Zreiqat, from the University of Sydney.