Key Disciplines
Research Orientation
The Center for Molecular Medicine is equipped with sophisticated experimental installations and first-class laboratories, including radioisotope laboratories and teaching labs for graduate students of medical molecular biology. It orients its research activities towards the fields of molecular oncobiology, molecular biology of infection and immunity, and molecular neurobiology. The Center’s focus on the commonly and frequently observed diseases in Fujian province has led to the discovery of the link between gastric cancer in Changle city and mutations of the p53 tumor-suppressor gene, making it the first research center in China to reveal the correlation between gastric cancer and mutations of the oncogene. Its discovery of the high prevalence of HPV DNA in esophageal cancer (60%) has provided the first new evidence of the relation between viral infection and the incidence of esophageal cancer, making possible the prevention and early diagnosis of the disease. The Center now ranks among other leading research institutes, at the national and international level, in studying the anti-amebic protozoa action of activated macrophages, in exploring the protective effect of ganglioside GMI on ethanol-induced damage to the nerve membrane, in developing the anti-ganglioside monoclonal antibody, and in studying the relation between thyroid function and ganglioside in the central nervous system development. Its study of the relation among 5-HT receptor, autism, and Alzheimer ’s disease has won twice the Award for the Highest Achievement from US National Institute of Mental Health. Its progress in studying the intelligence-promoting and anti-drug withdrawal effect of 5-HT receptor antagonist has made the agent a promising intelligence-promoting and anti-drug medication in clinical application.