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Welcome to Kunshan Forum 2015!

The general theme of 2015 Kunshan Forum is “ Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) and China’s Health System Reform”.

Populations in China and many other Low to Middle Income Countries (LMICs) are undergoing rapid changes associated with growing rates of non-communicable diseases, such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, stroke, and mental health problems.  As the disease patterns in these countries transition toward non-communicable diseases, there is wide-spread public concern over whether the current reforms of the health system in China can fully cope with several challenging issues that arise with the increasing prevalence of NCDs. Thus, we have chosen the twin topics of NCDs and China’s Health System Reform as the main theme of this year’s annual conference. Specifically, we will investigate the interaction between the increasing importance of NCDs and the reform of the health system in three different sectors: primary care, hospitals and long-term care. 


Shenglan TANG, Ph.D.
Professor, Medicine and Global Health, Duke University and Duke Kunshan University

Yanfeng GE
Director, General Development, Research Center of the State Council

Tieru HAN
Former WHO Deputy Regional Director of Western Pacific Region

Zhijie ZHENG
Professor, School of Public Health, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Frank A. SLOAN, Ph.D.
J. Alexander McMahon Professor of Health Policy and Management and Professor of Economics, Duke University

Enis BARIŞ, MD, Ph.D.
Practice Manager, Health, Nutrition and Population The World Bank Group

Senior Partner/Director at McKinsey & Company

Qingyue MENG, Ph.D.
Professor, Dean of Public Health, Peking University

Winnie YIP, Ph.D
Professor of Health Policy and Economics Blavatnik School of Government University of Oxford

Bei WU, Ph.D.

Pauline Gratz Professor of Nursing and Professor of Global Health, Duke University

Tuohong ZHANG, Ph.D.
Professor, Associate Dean of School of Global Health Peking University

Professor, Stanford University
Faculty Director, Asia Health Policy Program Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center

Jeffrey L. MOE, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor, Duke and Duke Kunshan Universities

Lijing YAN, Ph.D.
Associate professor at the Duke Global Health Institute






Friday, May 29, 2015

Saturday, May 30, 2015

09:00 - 10:30

Opening Session
NCD and Health Care Reforms

The Second Plenary Session
Primary Care Reforms

10:30 - 11:00

Coffee Break

11:00 - 12:30

The First Plenary Session
China's Hospital Reforms

The Third Plenary Session
Long-term Care System Reforms

12:30 - 14:00


14:00 - 15:30

Concurrent Session

Concurrent Session

15:30 - 16:00

Coffee Break

16:00 - 17:30

Concurrent Session

Closing Session
Panel Discussion

18:00 - 20:00

Banquet Dinner

Concluding Reception

Click here to download a detail program. 


Healthy-Polis Workshop

Healthy-Polis is an international consortium for urban environmental health and sustainability, co-chaired by Professor Keith Dear, Duke Kunshan University. It helps coordinate the activities of interested international research groups working in the areas of environmental health and sustainable development, especially climate change, weather extremes, air pollution and other threats to human health in urban environments.

Following the inaugural Healthy-Polis workshop held in Manchester, UK in March 2014, the 2nd Healthy-Polis workshop "Challenges and opportunities for Urban Environmental Health and Sustainability" will be held during the Kunshan Forum on Saturday (May 30) afternoon.

Please click here for detailed information on Healthy-Polis consortium, speakers and topics.



Conference Registration

Registration Fee


Early Bird Registration
Deadline: May 10, 2015

Final Registration
Deadline: May 12, 2015

Standard Registration

RMB ¥1,000

RMB ¥1,500

Academics / Student Registration

RMB ¥500

RMB ¥800

* The registration fee includes lunches, banquet dinner and concluding reception.

Registration Form

The forum on line registration and payment system is open. To ensure a high quality of interaction for all Forum participants, the audience size will be limited. A seat will only be reserved after completing the form below and submitting the payment. 

If you have any questions regarding registration, please contact The Forum Organizers kunshanforum@dku.edu.cn



Organizing Committee

Abu Abdullah, MPH, PhD
Research Professor of Global Health, Duke Global Health Institute, Duke University
Professor of Global Health, Duke Kunshan University

Abu Abdullah, PhD is Research Professor of Global Health at Duke Global Health Institute at Duke University and Professor of Global Health at Duke Kunshan University. Professor Abdullah's current teaching and research is focused in the prevention and control of chronic diseases in low and middle income countries through programs that address heart disease, stroke, hypertension, and diabetes and common risk factors for these conditions such as tobacco use, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, overweight/obesity, and mental illnesses. He also conducts research on HIV/AIDS epidemiology and Global Health. Professor Abdullah has considerable experience (as Principal Investigator or Co-investigator) in several epidemiological, behavioral and health services research projects in Asia and has worked in different areas including chronic disease prevention, infectious disease, travel medicine and health services and policy research in developing countries. Professor Abdullah has written few book chapters and has about 90 peer-reviewed publications covering several emerging aspects of public health.  Professor Abdullah periodically provides consultancy services on health improvement, global health research, and public health policy initiatives to international organizations and governments agencies. 

Alba Amaya-Burns, MD, MSc
Associate Professor of the Practice of Global Health, Duke University
Associate Professor of Global Health, Duke Kunshan University

Alba Amaya-Burns, MD is Associate Professor of Global Health at Duke Kunshan University.  Amaya-Burns’ primary research interests include global health disparities, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDs, neglected tropical diseases, and maternal health. Her most recent work focuses on multidisciplinary interventions to reduce the burden of infectious diseases and maternal health in the poorest populations in Central America. She has worked in USAID, in charge of infectious diseases programs in El Salvador. She has provided consultancy services to PAHO/WHO on tuberculosis, and as member of the Technical Advisory Group for the control of Antimicrobial Resistance in the Americas.

Keith DearKeith Dear, MA, MSc, PhD
Research Professor, Duke University and Duke Kunshan University
Director, MSc-GH at DKU

Keith Dear, PhD is Research Professor of Global Health and Environmental Health at Duke University, and Director of the Master of Science of Global Health at Duke Kunshan University.  Dear's disciplinary background is in biostatistics as applied to clinical trials, environmental epidemiology, and health impact assessment and projection. His current research focuses on global environmental health, especially air quality and vector-borne disease in relation to climate change. He is an associate editor of Environmental Health Perspectives and a contributing author in Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Chee Ruey Hsieh headshotChee Ruey Hsieh, MA, PhD
Research Professor, Duke University and Duke Kunshan University

Chee-Ruey Hsieh, PhD is Research Professor at the Duke Global Health Institute. An expert in health economics and applied microeconomics, his research focuses on: health care financing; pharmaceutical policy and access to medicines; the effectiveness of disease prevention strategies and policies; and health care and health outcome evaluation.  Most of his research takes place in China, India, Singapore and other countries in Southeast Asia. 

Jeff MoeJeffrey Moe, PhD
Adjunct Associate Professor, Duke University and Duke Kunshan University

Jeffrey Moe, PhD is Adjunct Associate Professor at the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University. His research interests include new research and development incentives for neglected tropical and infectious disease research; identification, scaling and replication of global health care delivery innovation and health care financing and payment reforms in the US health care market.  Prior to joining Duke University, Moe was an executive at GlaxoSmithKline. 

Lijing Yan, PhD, MPH
Associate Research Professor, Duke University and Duke Kunshan University

Yan's main areas of research are chronic disease prevention and control (cardiovascular disease and diabetes in particular), economic evaluations in health care, and integrated health management. She is the Principal Investigator or Co- Investigator on a number of NHLBI-funded and China-funded research grants. She has published dozens of peer-reviewed scientific papers some of which in leading medical journals such as JAMA (3 first-authored papers and 2 co-authored papers), Circulation, and Archives of Internal Medicine.

Bei Wu, PhD

Bei Wu, PhD, is Pauline Gratz Professor of Nursing, Director for International Research at the School of Nursing, and a member of the Global Health Institute. She is also a senior fellow at the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development. Dr. Wu’s areas of research expertise include aging and global health.

Dr. Wu received her M.S. and Ph.D. in gerontology from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) and the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE). She is an internationally known expert on China’s long-term care policy and system development. She has worked closely with several schools of public health and schools of nursing in China on educational and research initiatives, such as conducting joint research projects, providing lectures, making presentations, and organizing professional conferences/training workshops. As the Principal Investigator, Dr. Wu has led many National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funded projects on aging and health related issues including long-term care, dementia, caregiving, oral health, and health services utilization. She is also the Methods Core Director for the recently NIH-funded center on Adaptive Leadership in Symptom Science.



Conference Venue

Duke Kunshan University


No. 8 Duke Avenue, Kunshan City, 215316.


Taxi Driver Introduction Card

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There are two cooperating hotels providing special room rates for conference attendees. A shuttle bus running between these two hotels and Duke Kunshan University will be running during the conference to help you get to and from your hotel. 

Fairmont Yangcheng Lake  

No. 3668 West Ma'anshan Road, Kunshan, Jiangsu, China 215300

Tel: +86 512 5780 0888

Email: reservation.kun@fairmont.com


Tonino Lamborghini City Center Hotel Kunshan

287 Zhongshan road, Kunshan city, Jiangsu Province, China

Tel:+86 512 5711 9999





Contact Info

For further details, please contact Conference Chair :

Chee-Ruey Hsieh, MA, PhD
Research Professor, Duke University and Duke Kunshan University