Cooperative Exchange with Greece
Johns Hopkins Medicine, America’s premier medical institution, and Greece’s top-ranking University of Patras have embarked on a groundbreaking collaboration to cooperate on medical research. The formal agreement, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two institutions, was signed in April 2008 at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, and was championed by Mr. John G. Rangos Sr., longtime benefactor of JHM who sits on its board of visitors. This collaboration was the first of its kind for Johns Hopkins in Europe, and a great honor for Greece. It signifies JHM’s commitment to service, and sets a standard of excellence in medical education, biomedical research, and clinical care for mankind.
The MOU specifies six objectives: exchange of faculty, students and staff; brief visits of teaching, scientific and research staff related to specific studies and lectures; development of undergraduate and postgraduate student training; administrative staff exchanges geared to evaluation and improvement of curricula; initiation of joint research programs in areas of mutual interest; and cooperation in cultural and athletic events.
Ancient Oracles Meet Modern Colossus
“The most exciting part of this for me was the Greek aspect. Here you have Greece – where the oracles of Western medicine began, all the way back to the Hippocratic Oath – coming together with Johns Hopkins, a colossus of the modern medical world. I was just thrilled to see both Greek and American genius interface like that,” Mr. Rangos said. Dr. Myron Weisfeldt, chairman of the JHM’s Department of Medicine, agreed: “This is a tremendous opportunity and great honor for John Hopkins Medicine to share new ideas with such an outstanding university as that of Patras,” he said.