Research Hub

Research Hub of APO

Duke Kunshan University (DKU) has been selected by the Asia Pacific Observatory on Health Systems and Policies (APO) as a Research Hub for health policy and system research. The APO is hosted in WHO’S Western Pacific Regional Office.

The research hub will be led by Shenglan Tang, associate director for DKU and China initiatives at the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) and founding director of the Global Health Research Center at DKU. The DKU research hub is one of three (Duke Kunshan University, Peoples People's Republic of China, The University of Tokyo, Japan and International Health Policy Program, Nossal Institute at the University of Melbourne, Australia ) selected by the APO, putting it in very exclusive company.

The DKU Research Hub will combine the strengths of ten research institutions with complementary expertise in the Asia Pacific region, including:

The APO—a conglomerate of governments, development agencies, and the research community—oversees the research hub network, which plays a critical role in its research output. Network members work with the APO to conduct comparative country studies, organize policy dialogues, produce its flagship knowledge products and host its fellows. This rich network of local knowledge, combined with a regional perspective, is what makes the APO’s research hubs so unique, relevant and influential.

About DKU Research Hub

The Global Health Research Center at the Duke Kunshan University uses innovative approaches to research and solve important health and health policy challenges in China and the region.The Center’s focus areas are non-communicable diseases such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke, mental health; environmental health such as effects of air pollution and climate change on health; and health policy and systems including financing, pharmaceutical policy, access to care, effectiveness of disease control and health outcome evaluations.

The DKU Research Hub will conduct comparative country studies on health system development, develop evidence-informed health policies and strengthen national and regional capacities in health system and policy research.


The specific goals of the DKU Research Hub are to:

  • Create a body of knowledge and evidence on health systems in the Asia Pacific region, comparable across countries, through collection and analysis of information and research evidence on health care policies and reforms
  • Engage in dialogues with key stakeholders, including government, development partners, NGOs and academia, to inform a shared assessment of each health system's strengths and weaknesses
  • Use the assessment to build consensus on policy recommendations and help develop evidence-informed health policies within participating countries
  • Develop and strengthen national and regional capacities in research, analysis and knowledge translation


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