The USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with King’s College, London University to encourage scholarly interaction, cultural interchange, co-operative research and other forms of academic collaboration, including possible student and staff exchanges between the Leonard Davis School and the Ageing Research at King’s (ARK) program.
The ARK program is a cross-faculty multidisciplinary consortium of investigators which brings together scholarship and research in ageing in several complementary areas. The ARK program includes all eight faculties at King’s and its Francis Crick Institute, a joint venture with University College London and Imperial College London.
Among its official international partners, ARK now lists the National University of Singapore; the Technical University of Dresden; the Karolinska Institute and Stockholm University; Keio University; Singapore Agency for Science, Technology and Research; Freie Universität Berlin; Charite Universitätsmedizin; Deutsche Institut für Ernährungsforschung; Harvard University and Harvard Medical School; and the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology.
The MOU between the Leonard Davis School and King’s was arranged through contacts between Professor Kelvin J. A. Davies, Vice Dean of of the USC Leonard Davis School, and Professor Richard C. M. Siow, Vice Dean, International, Faculty of Life Science and Medicine & Director of the ARK Program at King’s. Leonard Davis School Dean Pinchas Cohen, USC Vice President for Strategic & Global Initiatives Anthony Bailey, USC Associate Vice Provost for Global Engagement and Strategic and Global Initiatives Paulo Rodrigues, King’s Director of Global Engagement Dr. Tania Lima, King’s Vice President & Vice Principal for International Affairs Professor Funmi Olonisakin, King’s Executive Dean of the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine Professor Richard Trembath, King’s Director of the Analytical & Environmental Sciences Division Frank Kelly, and King’s Professor of Vascular Physiology Professor Giovanni Mann all played important roles in the creation of the MOU. Davies, who is a dual US/UK citizen, also holds a joint appointment as Honorary Distinguished Professor at King’s. Both Davies and USC Leonard Davis School University Professor Eileen Crimmins already have extensive ongoing research collaborations with several faculty members at King’s and hope to see these prosper and expand in the future.
London University is one of the top three universities in the United Kingdom and King’s College is one of its founding and most prestigious colleges. It is usually considered part of the “golden triangle” along with the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, University College London, Imperial College London, and the London School of Economics.
Top: (seated – L to R) King’s Executive Dean of the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine Professor Richard C. Trembath and Leonard Davis School of Gerontology Vice Dean Kelvin J. A. Davies; and (standing – L to R) Director of USC’s London Office Priya Kapoor and Professor Richard C. M. Siow, King’s Vice Dean for International Affairs and Director of the ARK Program.