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[Perspectives] Chen Wang: new President of CAMS and PUMC

Professor Chen Wang, Director of the Centre for Respiratory Medicine at Beijing’s China–Japan Friendship Hospital, is the new President of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences (CAMS) and Peking Union Medical College (PUMC). Of the several reasons for welcoming the appointment, the most obvious is Wang’s expertise in the respiratory diseases that are a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in his country and impose a great socioeconomic burden. Moreover, he makes no secret of his enthusiasm for curbing tobacco use, which, while now recognised by the Chinese Government as a key public health issue, remains high.