Non-communicable chronic diseases (NCDs) have rapidly become the largest health problem facing the world. In China, for example, over 80% of all deaths are caused by NCDs. Prevention and control of NCDs is an urgent global and national public health priority. The NCD research program of GHRC focuses on heart disease, stroke, hypertension, diabetes and common risk factors for these and other conditions such as tobacco use, unhealthy diet, inadequate physical activity, overweight/obesity, and mental illnesses.

We examine causes and risks of these conditions through genetic/epigenetic, metabolomic and epidemiological methods. We also explore innovative ways to promote health through multiple behavioral changes, use of information and communication technology, improvement of healthcare quality, health systems research, and others. Our emphases are on wellness, prevention and how to translate scientific evidence into practical uses. (See below for more details about our projects)

 

Ongoing Projects

Feasibility Assessment of Invigorating Grassroots Primary Heathcare for cardiovascular Prevention and Management in Low-resource Setting in China, Kenya, Nepal and Vietnam (FAITH study)

Investigators: 

Funders: 

Asian Pacific Observatory on Health System and Policies (Vietnam, China and Nepal sites) 
Duke Kunshan Education Development Foundation (Kenya site)

A Pragmatic Trial on Rehabilitation through Caregiver-Delivered Nurse-Organized Service Program for Disabled Stroke Patients in Dianjiang County China (The RECOVER Trial)

Investigators: 

Funders:

Amsterdam health & technology institute
Duke Kunshan University

System-Integrated Technology-Enabled Model of Care Aiming to Improve the Health of Stroke Patients in Resource-Poor Settings in China (The SINEMA Study)

Investigators: 

Lijing Yan, Alba Amaya-Burns, Janet Bettger, Elizabeth Turner, Shenglan Tang, Ninghua Wang, Yilong Wang, Cheng Sun, Wanbing Gu, Enying Gong

Funders:

Medical Research Council, UK Economic and Social Research Council, UK Department for International Department, UK Wellcome Trust, UK

Reducing Secondhand Smoke Exposure Among Young Children in Rural China ( RESCUE study)

Investigators: 

Funder:

National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSCF)

Combating non-communicable diseases in Asia by engaging Community Health workers in the management and prevention efforts: Strategies, approaches and practice

Investigators: 

Funders:

Asia Pacific Observatory on Health System and Policies (APO), the World Health Organization (WHO) Western Pacific Regional Office (WPRO)

Strengthening Urban Primary Healthcare Service Delivery through the Use of eHealth Programs in China, Nepal and Philip-pines [The SUPER Study]

Funders:

Asia Pacific Observatory, the World Health Organization;
Duke Kunshan University

Mechanisms and Path Analyses for Health Management among Chronic Diseases Patients in Urban China: A Community Empowerment-Based Approach (The CEBA Study)

Investigators: 

Lijing Yan (PI), Weixia Peng, Shenglan Tang, Truls Ostbye, Shangzhi Xiong, Enying Gong, Zhan Wang, Shengjie Zhang

Funders:

National Natural Science Foundation of China

Developing a feature-phone based female community health volun-teer program for hypertension management in rural Nepal (BASS)

Investigators: 

Lijing Yan (PI), Ryan J. Shaw (Co-PI), Janet Bettger, Wanbing Gu, Zhao Ni

Funders:

Duke BASS Connection