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China-Mongolia Joint Symposium on Mental Health Convened Successfully

China-Mongolia Joint Symposium on Mental Health (Online) was convened successfully on March 1 J, 2021. It was the first formal joint academic seminar held by Shanghai Mental Health Center with countries along the Belf& Road. Professor Fan Jiang, Associate Dean of Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine/ Professor Bin Xie, Vice President of Shanghai Mental Health Center; and Professor Tsolmon Jadamba/ former President of Mongolia National University of Medical Sciences and Social Policy Consultant of the Premier of Mongolia/ delivered the opening speeches.

Professor Fan Jiang said: ^Mental health has become a very important public health and social issue in China. This symposium is a great opportunity for exchanging ideas. Big progress has been made in basic sciences, clinical medicine, and public mental health. Challenges still exist especially in providing mental health services during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the future, there is great potential for cooperation between both sides in many areas. May our friendly relations grow closer and I wish this symposium a great success/⁷

Professor Bin Xie said: TVs an affiliated hospital of Shanghai Jiao long Universify School of Medicine, Shanghai Mental Health Center has maintained close relationship with Mongolia National University of Medical Sciences since we established our cooperation last year to carry out cultural and academic exchanges. I believe it will bring more opportunities and better prospects for both sides in the future.”

Professor Isolmon Jadamba said: "This is a historic day. I'm grateful to both sides for the friendship established. Through this meeting, the areas of communication between both sides will be continuously expanded and the cooperation and development promoted in the future. I would like to thank Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, Shanghai Mental Health Center Mongolia National University of Medical Sciences Graduate School, Mongolia National Mental Health Center; and Mon-TimeLine Research Center for their great support to this symposium/⁷

The symposium focused on the Mental Health and Brain Awareness during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The speakers and their topics are listed below: Professor Battuvshin Lkhagvasuren, Dean of Mongolia National University of Medical Sciences Graduate School: Mental Distress among the Mongolian Population during the Initial Period of COVID-19; Dr. Jun Chen/ Director of Shanghai Mental Health Center: Mental Health Service Challenges during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Experience and Best Practices from China; Professor Elena Kazantseva from Mongolia National Mental Health Center of the Department of Health: Mental Health of Patients with COVID-19 in Mongolia. And we specially invited Professor Jianli Wang from Canada Ottawa University Mental Health Graduate School: A Novel Strategy for Promotion Public Knowledge and Self-help; Professor Ping Lei from French France-China Institute of Health: The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Mental Health across Europe -the Experience and Practice in France; Professor Zhiping Pang from Department of Neuroscience in New Jersey Rutgers University Childrens Health Research Institute: Synaptic and Circuitry Mechanisms of Central GLP-1 Signaling in Energy Balance.

Almost 2000 Chinese and Mongolian scholars joined in this symposium. The experts presented their academic views on related research fields. Professor Haichen Yang from Shenzhen Kangning Hospital was also invited to the brainstorming in the final discussion session.

At last, Professor Chunbo Li, Vice President of Shanghai Mental Health Center) and Professor Battuvshin Lkhagvasuren jointly hosted the closing ceremony.

By seeking common ground while reserving differencesf inclusiveness/ and peaceful co-existence/ the Belt & Road Initiative has created historic opportunities for our common development and prosperity. This is a road of harmony and inclusiveness. Unity brings strengths and isolation leads to weaknesses. The road to jointly building the Belt and Road will be even wider!

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