General Introduction to Scientific Research of GMU
Date: 2014-05-26

GMU consists of 13 research institutes, namely, Guangzhou Institute of Respiratory Diseases, Sino-French Hoffmann Institute, Guangzhou Institute of Snake Venom, Institute of Neuroscience, Institute for Chemical Carcinogenesis, Cancer Research Institute, Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Guangzhou Institute of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Guangzhou Institute of Cardiovascular Disease, Guangzhou Institute of Orthopedics, Urology Institute and Institute of Integrated Chinese and Western Medicine, Institute of Higher Education.


GMU is also home to Clinical Research Centre of Respiratory Diseases, Guangdong Research and Development Centre for Respiratory Medical Engineering Technology., Guangdong Ethics Research Centre and Guangdong Endoscope Surgical Research and Development Centre. Laboratory of Institute of Respiratory Diseases was built as a state key laboratory in 2007 and later passed the assessment in 2010. This rewrote the history that there was no state key laboratory among local universities in Guangdong Province before. Right now, GMU owns 1 state key laboratory, 1 key laboratory co-built by MOE and Guangdong Province, 6 key laboratories at provincial level, 16 key laboratories at municipal level and 1 municipal key research base of Humanities and Social Sciences.

                                                                   Institutes and Research Areas


Research  area

Guangzhou Institute of Respiratory Disease

1. severe respiratory communicative diseases (SARS, avian flu, swine flu,etc)  
2. asthma and chronic cough
3. chronic obstructive pulmonary disease(COPD)
4. lung cancer

Institute of Neuroscience

1. pathogenesis of epilepsy
2. learning and memory mechanism in fragile X syndrome
3. molecular alterations with reperfusion injury following cerebral ischemia.

Guangzhou Institute of Obstetric s& Gynecology

1. maternity emergency clinical and basic research
2. reproductive genetics and stem cell research
3. gynecological tumors clinical and basic research.

Guangzhou Institute of Snake Venom

1. pharmacology and toxicology of snake venom,
2. prevention and treatment of snakebite
3. preparation and application of anti-venom serum
4. scorpion venom and other biological toxins

Institute for Chemical Carcinogenesis

1. toxicology
2. molecular mechanisms of chemical carcinogenesis
3. cancer molecular epidemiology, risk assessment and prevention

Cancer Research Institute

1. mechanisms of resistance developed in chemotherapy for cancers and basic/clinical approaches to reverse the resistance
2. mechanisms of radiotherapy resistance and sensitization to cancers therapy for cancers based on the molecular detection and studies on mechanisms of its resistance
4. mechanisms of thermal sensitization to chemotherapy and radiotherapy for cancers and its clinical application

Guangzhou Institute of Orthopedics assisted arthroplasty
2.research and development of new implantation materials
3.development of internal fixation implants
4.development of new instrument in surgery
5. biomechanics of joint and development of personalized artificial joint
6. prevention of DVT and osteoporosis

Guangzhou Institute of Cardiovascular Disease

1.coronary artery disease and atherosclerosis
2.hypertension and endothelial function
3. research and development of new cardiovascular drug

Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences

1. to study theories and real problems concerning social sciences and social development
2. to explore the general rules of development and reform on teaching, learning, research and management as well as to propose specific measures

Sino-French Hoffmann Institute

1. Novel mechanism discovery of innate immunity;
2. Innate immunity and human diseases;
3. Therapeutics targeting innate immunity
4. mechanisms of protein modification and other aspects

Urology Institute

2. minimally invasive surgery
3. urinary tumor

Institute of Integrated Chinese and Western Medicine

1. research of anti-virus Chinese herbs
2. research of TCM therapy in respiratory diseases(asthma,COPD, pneumonia,chronic cough,etc)
3. research of TCM therapy in reproductive endocrine diseases(PCOS,infertility,etc)
4. research of TCM therapy in digestive diseases(CG,IBS,etc)

Institute of Higher Education

1. higher medical education
2. medical theories and practices



Guangzhou Institute of Respiratory Diseases (state key lab)


In 2007, the internal medicine (respiratory diseases) passed the assessment of national key disciplines organized by Ministry of Education and was re-elected as the national key discipline with the highest score among similar disciplines. In the same year, in the eighth round assessment of key disciplines in Guangdong Province, 7 category B disciplines of GMU were selected as key disciplines, which ranked top of similar universities. In 2010, respiratory internal medicine entered the national “key discipline of featured project”. Currently, GMU has 43 key disciplines of various types at different levels, including 1 national key discipline: internal medicine (respiratory diseases), 5 Guangdong provincial key disciplines: clinical medicine, general practice, pathology, pathophysiology, hygiene toxicology.


GMU is accreted to confer master’s degree in 5 Category A disciplines and 35 category B disciplines, doctoral degree in 1 Category A discipline. It also offers post-doctoral training in 1 Category A discipline (clinical medicine).Between 2006 and 2013, Guangzhou Medical University (GMU) has taken initiatives to encourage scientific research, which has led to remarkable outcomes and steady growth of overall scope of scientific research development. GMU has been granted funding for 1,000 scientific research projects above municipal level, including 322 Chinese National Natural Science Foundation projects.


GMU has received up to RMB 295, 000, 000 funding for scientific research from the government. Among 4,000 papers published, 141 were collected by SCI journals like Lancet and Nature. In 2008, one paper of GMU won highest votes to be one of the most outstanding papers of Lancet. Thirty-four scientific research outcomes won awards above municipal level, including 1 project at national level and 4 projects at provincial level. Besides, 32 patents have been authorized.


Professor Zhong Nanshan (Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering)

Papers published


GMU has carried out collaborative programmes and academic exchange with the following universities or research institutes: University of Strasbourg, Stanford University, California State University, Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University, New England Medical Centre, the National Centre for Toxicological Research, University of Western Brittany in France, Royal College of General Practitioners in United Kingdom, University of Edinburgh, University of Hong Kong, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Taiwan Chung Shan Medical University etc. A group of famous experts aboard were appointed as guest professors, honorary professors or adjunct professors.


Opening Ceremony of Sino-French Hoffmann Institute & The Second International Symposium on Innate Immunity

1st International Cough Conference

Innate Immunity Forum