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The West China School of Basic Medical Sciences and Forensic Medicine, Sichuan University, emerged from the West China Union University, which itself was established in 1905 based on the model of University of Oxford, UK. The West China  Union University has a tradition of high academic achievement, and contributed greatly to significant moments in history for the region, including the Railway Project Crisis, Anti-Japanese National Salvation Movement, and the Korean War. The current West China School of Basic Medical Sciences and Forensic Medicine was founded in July, 2001 by combining the School of Basic Medical Sciences, established in 1987, and the School  of Forensic Medicine, established in 1999.

Our school has developed a group of outstanding research leaders, who have contributed to the revolution and construction of China. The former President of West China Union University, also former Dean of Sichuan Medical College, Professor Chengzhao Liu (刘承钊) is one such example. As one of the founders of Herpetology in China, a member of Chinese Academy of Sciences, and three-term deputy of the National People's Congress, he has made outstanding contributions to the development of medical education in China.

Our school is among the highest ranked for Scientific Research and Talent Training Base, especially Basic Medical Sciences and Forensic Medicine (rated No. 1). We also have several National Experiment and Teaching Demonstration Centers, National Teaching Teams, and National Superior Courses. The faculty of the school undertakes all basic-course teaching tasks for the whole of West China Medical Center of Sichuan University, as well as part of the basic-course teaching tasks of some science and engineering disciplines. The excellence of our schools teaching tradition is exemplified by dozens of both provincial and national Teaching Achievement Prizes.

The school currently has 198 faculty and staff, including 102 senior scientists, and caliber of our research leaders continues to grow, including the chief scientist of the National Program on Key Basic Research Project (973 Program), Yangtze River Scholars Distinguished Professors, Distinguished Young Scholars of NSFC, the gainer of Young Overseas High-level Talents Introduction Plan, the gainer of National Outstanding Youth Science Foundation, the gainer of "Ten thousand plan" - National High Level Talents Special Support Plan and the gainer of National Pacesetter Project. In addition, the school owns the chairman of National Forensic Medicine Teaching Guiding Committee, vice chairman of National Basic Medical Sciences Teaching Guiding Committee, convener of the Basic Medicine Group of the Subject Review Committee of the State Council, 5 experts of Special Government Allowances of the State Council, 9 Academic and Technical Leaders of Sichuan Province, 11 experts with outstanding contribution to Sichuan province.

Currently, the school has focused on several scientific areas including cellular stress, DNA damage repair, neurodegenerative diseases, pathogen infection, regulation of the signaling pathways of redox biology, and pharmacokinetics of narcotic drugs. Moreover, the school has achieved breakthrough progress in the research fields of forensic evidence identification technology, etc. The relevant papers have been published in leading international journals including: Nature Genetics, Nature Medicine, Cell Metabolism, Cell Host Microbe, PNAS, Annals of Neurology. Our ambition is to build a school with multiple top level disciplines, which is the foundation of an international-standard university.