Association Between Migration and Cognitive Function Among Middle Aged and Older Adults: a Comparison Between China and India | Duke Kunshan University
Association Between Migration and Cognitive Function Among Middle Aged and Older Adults: a Comparison Between China and India
Speaker: 
Dr. Hanzhang Xu

Medical Instructor and Nursing Scientist at Duke University

Sep 30th 2019 12:00 to 13:00
Room 3101, Academic Building
Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 16:30

Summary of talk:

Migration is a fundamental demographic process that has been linked to cognitive function among the immigrant populations in developed countries. However, there is limited understanding of how migration and cognitive function are related among internal migrants in developing countries. The presentation will first provide a brief overview of the current literature on the association between migration and cognition among middle-aged and older adults. In addition, three empirical studies using national and international survey data from China and India will be presented to illustrate whether the association between migration and cognitive function can be explained by a variety of factors such as sociodemographic background, health behaviors, and physical health status. Project aims, data analyses, directions of future research will be further discussed.

Brief Biography:

Hanzhang Xu, PhD, RN, is a faculty member jointly appointed by Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, Duke University School of Medicine and Duke University School of Nursing. She earned her PhD from Duke University in 2018, with concentration on aging, geriatric care, and global health. As a nursing scientist, her research interests center on social determinants of health and disparities in health care and outcomes in community settings and diverse populations. Her current program of research falls under two themes: (i) the analysis of health disparities in a multinational context, with a particular focus on the cognitive function among older adults; and (ii) the integration of patient-reported social factors in cardiovascular outcome research.  As an interdisciplinary researcher, she is also interested in using digital technology to promote disease management in patients with cardiovascular disease.

Food and drink will be provided on a first come, first served basis.