The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine has signed a contract with highly respected French medical institutions to collaborate on research in medicine and biomedical sciences.
The contract was signed July 12 at the French embassy in Washington, D.C. The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine signed the contract with the University Pierre et Marie Curie of the Sorbonne Universités in Paris, the Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale and the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, according to an announcement.
Within the terms of the agreement, the universities will work together on research, determine new treatments and condict clinical testing. They will concentrate on opthamology, vision and neuroscience.
The agreement came about in part because Dr. José-Alain Sahel became the chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, director of the UPMC Eye Center, and the Eye and Ear Foundation Chair of Ophthalmology. He was linked to Paris because of his roles in starting and directing the Institut de la Vision in Paris and teaching at the Université Pierre-et-Marie-Curie of the Sorbonne Universités.