2018 Happy New Year

As the year 2017 is coming to an end and we will soon embrace the year of Dog, The George Institute, China would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere appreciation for your continued trust and steady support for our research work.

TGI China embraced its 10th year in 2017. During the year, we renewed our memorandum of understanding (MOU) and continued close collaboration with Peking University Health Science Center, whilst propelling new collaborations with government sectors, universities, scientific research institutes, and other NGOs, to conduct research that will have a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of people at risk of serious conditions such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes. In 2017, The George Institute, China achieved much in relation to the prevention and control of serious chronic diseases, such as:

  • Maintained our emphasis on high quality and high impact scientific reports, with 39 Journal articles, including 1 NEJM and 2 Lancet, 1 Lancet Neurol, 1 JAMA publications, and 3 conference presentations.
  • Officially announced the Observational Registry for Basal Insulin Treatment (ORBIT) study findings, with discussions over the clinical status, efficacy and safety of insulin for patients with type2 diabetes in China and explored ways to improve management.
  • Awarded over 5 million pounds from UK’s National Institute for Health Research for the Action on Salt China (ASC) project that aims to develop and implement a national salt reduction program in China.
  • Officially launched INTERACT3, the third in a series of INTERACT studies, this time incorporating a care bundle with blood pressure lowering in patients with acute intracerebral haemorrhage, the most serious form of stroke.  INTERACT3 will be across a network of over 70 hospitals in China.
  • Jointly co-organized a ‘Women’s health through life course and empowerment’ symposium with Department of MCH, NHFPC, UNFPA China and the National Office for Maternal and Child Health Surveillance. During the symposium, experts in fields of medicine, sociology and health economics were actively engaged in discussions on gender quality, health accessibility, and health delivery.  They discussed in-depth the relationship between women’s health, empowerment and development.  They also put forward lots of valuable suggestions and recommendations to improving women’s health throughout life, promoting family planning technical services, and facilitating multi-sector collaboration.
  • On the 10th anniversary of the establishment of The George Institute, China, a symposium entitled ‘Innovations in Research and Health Care’ was successfully held with Peking University Health Science Center and UNSW Sydney. During the symposium, experts in fields of clinical medicine, mobile health and health economics, participated in a series of keynote lectures aimed to considering approaches to reducing major health burdens, and profiling the latest progress in clinical trials, eHealth and big data.
  • Conducted the first-of-its-kind workshop on evidence-based health journalism at the School of Journalism and Communication, at Peking University.  The aim of the workshop was to introduce to the participants the concepts of Media Doctor Tool Kit and Critical Appraisal Skills Program and to share the experience of running a similar program in India.  The workshop was facilitated by School of Journalism and Communication, Peking University.
  • With the aim of formalizing a collaboration in the areas of clinical cardiology research and training for the mutual benefit of their researchers and clinicians, and for the greater advancement of human health, we signed MOU with Guangdong General Hospital.
  • To celebrate 10 years of The George Institute for Global Health being established in China, the 2017 John Yu Oration celebratory event was hosted by The China-Australia Chamber of Commerce (AustCham) in Beijing on 3 November. About 130 distinguished guests, including policymakers, members of the health and business sectors, and diplomats, academics and scientists participated. Professor Changsheng Ma, Director of Cardiology, Beijing Anzhen Hospital, was awarded 2017 John Yu Medal in recognition of his major contributions to clinical practice and research in cardiovascular medicine, both within China and internationally, and gave an address.
  • NSW Minister for Health and Medical Research, The Honourable Brad Hazzard MP, visited The George Institute, China on 7 December with a health and medical delegation led by the Minister in China as part of the NSW-Guangdong Joint Economic Meeting (JEM) on 5 December. The Secretary of NSW Health, Elizabeth Koff, and Special Envoy to China, Dr Jim Harrowell AM also attended. Shared learnings and opportunities for clinical and health research collaboration between NSW and China were the focus of discussion. Insights were shared on the cooperative experiences of The George Institute, China and George Clinical. 
  • Innovative research, including: the ROADMAP study, which aims to explore the road to hierarchical management of people with diabetes mellitus in primary care settings in China; the SSaSS study, with the goal of finding out if use of a low-sodium salt substitute can reduce the morbidity and mortality of stroke; the I-CARE study, the largest ever study to evaluate whether depression management in those with cardiovascular disease can be cost-effectively provided and improve health outcomes in rural China; the China Center for mHealth Innovation (CCmHI) continuously working on FoodSwitch app and Smart Diabetes.  Other studies implemented by the Institute are well underway and has made substantive achievements.

In recognition of our achievements especially in the area of non-communicable diseases management, the George Institute China won an AustCham Westpac Australia-China Business Award (ACBA) in the category of Business Excellence for Sustainability, Diversity and Social Responsibility in May, 2017.

These accomplishments would not have been possible without your generous support.

In wishing you and your families a wonderful holiday, we would like to extend our greetings for a prosperous Year of Dog filled with warmth, peace, and happiness!

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