An international research facility has been set up recently in Hefei, capital of East China’s Anhui province, to explore magnetobiology.
Inaugurated in Hefei Institutes of Physical Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, the International Magnetobiology Frontier Research Center (iMFRC) is dedicated to magnetobiology with magnetic effect, magnetic induction and magnetic technology as its focuses.
The center consists of 18 members from China, the United States, Britain, France, Russia, the Czech Republic and Brazil. Its research units include the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Harvard Medical School, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Oxford. New blood will be brought into the center in the future.
As an important extreme experimental condition, the strong magnetic field plays an irreplaceable role in discovering new phenomena and revealing new laws.
There are five steady-state strong magnetic field laboratories in the world. The Hefei-based High Magnetic Field Laboratory of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, is the only one that is equipped with necessary biological experiment platforms and staffed with professional magnetobiological research team.
The lab has collaborated with top scientists from overseas institutes such as the University of Oxford, Harvard Medical School and the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, and achieved a series of innovative results.