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"Song Among the Ruins" Binational Exchange Program

with Japan

Mentorship's International Reach


The Schull Institute's newest mentoring program is Song Among the Ruins Binational Exchange Program (SARBE) with Japan.


Partners in the program are academic centers in Japan and corresponding institutions in the Texas Medical Center. 


Program Structure


SARBE is an undergraduate exchange program and post-doctoral fellowships in genetics as they relate to environmental health, public health informatics, and archival research. A practice-based research network is leveraged in collaboration with the University of Texas School of Biomedical Informatics/School of Public Health, University of St. Thomas, McGovern Historical Archives at the Texas Medical Center Library, and the medical community.


Undergraduate scholars from Japan and the US participate for four consecutive months — two in each country. 


Post-doctoral Fellows from Japan are full-time at the following partner institutions: 

  1. Schull Institute Data Archive at the School of Biomedical Informatics and School of Public Health’s Public Health Informatics training and research 

  2. Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission Archive at the McGovern Historical Center

  3. Basic Genetics at the School of Public Health – Graduate School


Scholars present their work with proceedings at the Schull Institute Annual Invitational Conference.

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Building on an Historic Relationship

This effort strengthens the historic relationship between our two countries and grows from the Institute's commitment to breakthrough genetic research concerning the effects of exposure to ionizing radiation in Japan. Through SARBE, we continue Dr. Schull's seven-decades legacy of spearheading scientific and academic mentoring between the Land of the Rising Sun and America.


Funding for Schull’s binational exchange program is achieved through an endowment in partnership with the Greater Houston Community Foundation.

The name “Song Among the Ruins” references one of Dr. Schull’s 15 books, a personal account of living and working in Japan, which began in 1949. 

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