Picture 1: Shangzhi Xiong (fourth left) and Some Seminar Fellows by the Arabian Sea
Shangzhi Xiong (aka. Benson), a research analyst of the Global Health Research Center of Duke Kunshan University (DKU), participated in the 50th Ten-Day International Teaching Seminar on Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention in Goa, India from June 17th to June 29th, 2018 . The seminar is sponsored and organized by the International Society of Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention (ISCEP). (Organization website: http://iscep.info/ ). 40 fellows from more than ten different countries were sponsored to participate in the seminar this year.
The ISCEP seminars have been held on an annual basis since 1968, with this year being its 50th anniversary. So far, the ISCEP seminars have taken place in 37 different countries and have provided trainings on cardiovascular epidemiology and prevention for more than 1600 scholars in the field of public health.
Group work is a core feature of the seminar. In addition to the four-hour extensive lectures every day, the 40 fellows were allocated to four teams with two faculty facilitators in each team and were guided to meet daily for group discussions and research proposal development. Notably, Shangzhi Xiong and his team designed and presented their original research proposal titled “Impact of Indoor Air Purifiers on Recurrent Cardiovascular Disease Events: An Intercountry Randomized Controlled Trial (The PURI-AIR Trial)”, which was very well appreciated by the seminar faculties. One month after the seminar, this proposal garnered the attention of senior researchers at Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) and Center for Chronic Disease Control (CCDC). As one of the two faculty facilitators of Shangzhi’s team (the other one is Professor George Howard from University of Alabama at Birmingham), Professor Dorairaj Prabhakaran, vice president of PHFI and executive director of CCDC, proposed to further polish the protocol and submit to the Medical Research Council this September. Currently, though being back to their own countries, the team members have reunited online and are actively moving forward the plan.
Shangzhi Xiong is also a recent graduate of the Master of Science in Global Health program at DKU (Program website: https://dukekunshan.edu.cn/en/global-health/master-science-global-health). “I am deeply grateful for the high-quality extensive training and cross-cultural experience provided by ISCEP to young scholars, and I am also very thankful for the strong support and sponsorship in travelling logistics from the Global Health Research Center of DKU. I will remember this wonderful India trip for the rest of my life.” Said Shangzhi.
Picture 2: Seminar Group Photo