Senior Research Fellows from TGI China selected as 2018 Emerging Leaders

Dr Lily Song, Head of Stroke, and Dr Maoyi Tian, Head of Digital Health, at The George Institute China, were successful in being awarded Emerging Leaders by the World Heart Federation (WHF) in 2018. 

The Emerging Leaders Programme was established by the WHF to develop and support a cadre of experts who are able to collaborate in undertaking high quality research and acting to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease (CVD) globally.

CVD is the leading cause of premature loss of healthy life and wellbeing of people, and huge economic cost, all over the world. Heart attacks and stroke are the major CVDs, which account for more than 3.5 million deaths each year in China. 

As a global leading academic research organization, The George Institute China is committed to the prevention and management of chronic diseases, and CVD in particular. 

The George Institute China continues to develop new strategies by managing primary risk factors of CVD, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol and smoking.  The institute also aims to reduce death and disability from CVD by improving comprehensive management and secondary prevention of serious CVD events. 

The George Institute China conducts a variety of influential CVD research projects.  For example, Dr. Lily Song overseeing the third in a series of Intensive Blood Pressure Reduction in Acute Cerebral Hemorrhage Trial (INTERACT) studies, and the Triple therapy prevention of Recurrent Intracerebral Disease EveNts Trial (TRIDENT) in China.  Dr. Maoyi Tian is leading the project implementation. project which Dr Lily Song is the China project leader of The China Salt Substitute and Stroke Study (SSaSS).  These studies focus on generating strong evidence to effect real change in practice and policy, with the hope of reducing the burden of CVD in China and overseas.  

Both Drs Lily and Maoyi participated in a 5-day think tank training program on ‘Stroke Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation’ on the campus of Duke Kunshan University during 25 – 29 June.  They were joined by  21 other Emerging Leaders from 17 countries across 5 continents, and supervised, mentored and taught, by 9 faculty members including Professor Craig Anderson, Executive Director of The George Institute China; and Profess Lijing Yan, Head of Non-Communicable Chronic Diseases (NCD) Research at Duke Kunshan University and Honorary Research Fellow of The George Institute China. And they submitted EASY(essential acute stroke care in low resource settings)and Rehabilitation Professionals (REPs) for Stroke Care in China and India to World Heart Federation respectively.