The Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine (SCRM) has signed a collaborative agreement for stem cell research with China’s Peking University Stem Cell Research Centre.

The tie-up is seen as the first step towards improving understanding between the two institutions and establishing co-operative relationships of mutual benefit to scientists and students.

The agreement between the SCRM and the Chinese centre, also known as the National Centre for International Research in Stem Cells, will extend for five years and will involve sharing of resources as well joint programmes and activities in the fields of stem cell research and regenerative medicine.

Funded by the Medical Research Council, the £60 million Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine was officially launched at the University of Edinburgh in December 2008.