John Ross, Higher Education reporter,August 24, 2016
A teaching hospital of the University of Sydney has been accused of cultivating questionable links with a Chinese transplant centre, amid a growing furore over organ harvesting.
Westmead Hospital has pursued a decade-long relationship with the Third Xiangya Hospital in Changsha, central China, which is regarded as a national base for transplantation research.
The association illustrates the reputational risk of collaborating with the Chinese in the fraught area of transplant research, which has been plagued by claims that political prisoners are being killed for their organs.
The relationship was driven by Westmead renal experts Philip O’Connell and Jeremy Chapman, both clinical professors with the University of Sydney. The two are current and former presidents of global peak body the Transplantation Society, and Professor Chapman was recently rated the world’s foremost expert in kidney transplantation.