Inspired by the concept of neuronal “synapses”, the SYNAPSE Program aims to solve clinical and scientific puzzles by connecting innovation with technology, physiology with pathology, gene and environment, health with disease, and Eastern medicine with Western medicine.

IMT stands for International Medicine Transformation, one of our core programs for international collaboration. It strives to develop and promote patient centered primary care model for chronic disease management worldwide. It is based on health-care co-production principles and collaboration across multidisciplinary specialties.

Xuejun (June) Kong, MD, Director of the SYNAPSE Program, is a staff physician and principal investigator at Martinos Center, Massachusetts General Hospital. As a clinical and teaching faculty of Harvard Medical School for nearly 20 years, she developed Primary care model for ASD care, East-meets-West protocol, and the IMT initiative. She is the founder of two medical journals (www.najms.net and www.najmh.org), American Chinese Medical Exchange Society (www.acmes.net), and US-China Autism Program at Massachusetts General Hospital. 

Dr. Kong has extensive research experience. While working as a pulmonologist in Beijing Medical University in the late 1980’s and training as a pulmonary research fellow at Tufts—NEMC in the 1990’s, she conducted molecular biology research on free radicals and superoxide dismutase to study acute lung injury mechanisms in both animal and human cell models. She also studied cell cycling regulation. Her works were presented in American Thoracic Society international conferences and published in top peer reviewed journals.

In the last 10 years, autism spectrum disorders (ASD) has been Dr. Kong’s major research interest. She has published more than 30 peer reviewed articles and 5 peer-reviewed autism special issues. She has initiated a comprehensive medical evaluation protocol, an autism primary care model, and an East-meets-West protocol. In her clinical investigations, she focuses on early diagnosis and screening tools for ASD as well as microbiome, genomics, eye tracking, autonomic dysfunctions, and imaging studies. Together with Dr. Jian Kong, she invented a new eye-tracking paradigm at MGH. Dr. Kong is a senior health advisor of Shenzhen City (China) and is a leader in Shenzhen Hospital's Autism Research and Clinical Centers. Her collaborations extend to Beijing, Qingdao, Henan, Hebei, and many more. She was also appointed as Associate Director of Autism Prevention and Treatment Project in China, and is a distinguished professor of Dalian University and Qingdao University.

 

International Medicine Transformation (IMT) program:

 

As the founder of the  IMT Initiative, Dr. Kong has a mission to provide better patient care via collaborations among multi-disciplinary specialties.  Through an ongoing and evolving process, IMT is as a well-established hub for physicians, researchers and scholars to exchange and brainstorm ideas, It serves as a collaborative platform to improve patient satisfaction and care quality for patients. IMT is honored to have world leading physician-scientists and engineers as its principal advisors such as Dr. Bruce Rosen.

The IMT physician referral networks developed a vision in leadership and innovation. To adopt the world wide healthcare reform matrix (WHO), and to adapt the new technologies and research market trends, IMT built an international chapter in China.

With physician base growing broad spectrum domestically and internationally, IMT is dedicated to education, research and clinical work. It aims to facilitate patient referral, mutual learning, exchange of ideas, and research collaboration via advanced technology and innovation. IMT aims to bridge providers and patients to world renowned hospital(s), and physicians, ultimately improving healthcare globally.

IMT regularly organizes Medical Advancement Program for Chinese Physicians in Boston, Massachusetts. The main purpose of the training program is to provide physician leaders of China’s hospitals an advancement education program with a focus on quality, leadership and innovation. Mentors are leading clinicians and faculties selected from Harvard Medical School and affiliated hospitals. Physician students will gain exceptional experience in the US healthcare system and generate new ideas for clinical work and research. IMT believes that with shared passion and spirit, physicians from Harvard and China will make a difference in bridging US-China medical exchange, facilitating mutual learning and promoting global health.

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