Institute of Microcirculation

The Institute of Microcirculation at CAMS and PUMC was founded and named a National Key Laboratory in 1984. It has five research divisions with 30 faculty and staff members. Its advisory board is made up of eight invited scientists from China and abroad. The institute’s scientific focus is on the clinical and experimental investigation of the mechanisms behind microcirculatory disturbances in major diseases and malignant tumors. In 2000, the State Planning Commission of China funded the construction of a building (named the International Standards Scientific Building) to house the institute on the CAMS and PUMC main campus. In 2011, the International Center for Microvascular Medicine, was founded at the institute.

The institute is equipped with advanced experimental facilities, including an intravital microscopy system incorporating digital image processing and analysis for in vivo and in vitromicrocirculatory observation, a time-lapse video recording system for long-term dynamic analysis of endothelial and myocardial cell behavior, and asystem for clinical microcirculatory examination. New equipment is constantly being added to support the institute’s research.

Institute scientists regularly receive major funding through grants from the National Foundation of Knowledge Innovation, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the National Ministry of Science and Technology, CAMS and PUMC, and other agencies.A successful long-term collaborative research effort between the institute and the Clinical Research Center at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden was started in 1988, and became an official “Sino-Swedish Science and Technology Cooperative Project” in 2002.

Institute scientists regularly receive major funding through grants from the National Foundation of Knowledge Innovation, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the National Ministry of Science and Technology, CAMS and PUMC, and other agencies.The institute’s director, Ruijuan Xiu, is the founder and president of the Asian Union of Microcirculation and the founder and past executive president of the Chinese Society of Microcirculation. She was a vice-president of CAMS and vice-chancellor of PUMC from 1985 to 1993. Xiu was also Editor-in-Chief of the Chinese Journal of Microcirculation and is a member of the editorial boards of five international journals. She was the first Asian woman to be named “Outstanding Woman Scientist” by the United Nations, receiving the prestigious Benjamin W. Zweifach Award at the 9th World Congress of Microcirculation in Paris in 2010 (Fig.3).Xiu has published 421 scientific papers in both English and Chinese.

The institute has received the National Award for Invention, the State Award for Science and Technology Progress, the Ministry of Public Health’s Award for Scientific Achievements, and many international academic awards. Twenty-nine doctoral students and 24 master’s students have received their degrees from the institute. The faculty and graduate students working at the institute look forward to making new strides in translational microvascular medicine and precision medicine. To encourage them, especially the young scientists, a Noble Prize corridor was set up in the institute to display posters of Noble Prize winning achievements.