Q and A with Xuejun

Xuejun YIN is a research assistant at The George Institute China. She’s been with the institute for over 2 years. For the next 3 years, she has a clear plan--“work hard to become a senior researcher.”

Xuejun has been to many research fields in rural China with very poor conditions. “I love the research work, and would love to devote myself to upgrade the scientific research capability in China and improve people’s health.” said Xuejun. “This is not only a dream, but also a task that I will accomplish in the future.”

A delicate girl but also a motivated young researcher as she is, Xuejun is eager to learn more and improve herself whenever possible. “I’m quite happy that I can truly ‘see’ the progress I have made—during these 2 years, I’ve gained academic capacity, professional knowledge, site work experience and I also honed my skill of communicating with every sector involved in project implementation. I cannot and will not stop improving myself and will continue to urge myself to the next level.”

These are not just talks. After long discussion and preparation, Xuejun has been successfully granted the in-house exchange fellowship, which enables her to spend 6 weeks in Sydney to furtherher study in qualitative research under the supervision of Professor Bruce NEAL, senior director at The George Institute and Medicine Professor at University of Sydney. "I'm quite excited about it," said Xuejun, "and I hope what I can learn there will be defenately helpful to my future career."

Congratulations to Xuejun, and look forward to hearing more great news from her!


What is your job and what does it involve?

Currently, I am a research assistant in project Salt Substitute and Stroke Study (SSaSS). My work requires me to participate in study design, risk control strategy. I am also responsible for developing project implementation manual and conducting local investigators’ training on baseline data collection, database using, and patient verification.

How long have you been working at The George Institute/George Clinical?

Since September 2012, I’ve been working at George Institute for more than two years.

What attracted you to working at The George Institute/George Clinical?

Honestly, a lot. I think it is an institute with high scientific impact. The goal of our institute is to improve population health, especially for resource-limited area and what we’ve done is truly important and meaningful. We have pleasant working atmosphere. The management style is employee-oriented. The George Institute is like a warm big family, and colleagues work together as a team. In my project, everyone works hard and works together with a mutual goal, helping each other not only in work but also in daily life. I really can see “WE” in our team. For me, the most important factor attracting me is that I can see my career path here. The George Institute provides us opportunities to gain knowledge and improve skills. I can see my growth during these two years and expect new challenges in future.

What inspires you in the work you do and why?

There are 3 things that inspire me a lot in my job: acknowledge and appraise from my supervisor and colleague; my own improvement in work; and financial incentive (who do not love it?:D)

What is your current research focus OR what are you currently working on?

My current research focuses on cardiovascular disease control, cost-effective intervention, and elder people health.  But I’d love to be involved in other fields, like SMARTHealth, Mental health, women health, etc.

What are examples of other work/projects you’ve been involved with at The George Institute OR recent highlights/successes?  

During my 2-year with TGI, my work was largely involved in China Rural Health Initiative (CRHI) in the aspects of project implementation and research, including paper writing, project preparation, field data collection, investigator training, data management, laboratory test and other supporting work. I’ve contributed to its abstract submission and presented CRHI baseline unhealthy lifestyle data on WARFS (World Alliance for Risk Factor Surveillance) Global Conference

This May, I successfully applied the participation of attending 46th 10-day International Teaching Seminar on CVD Epidemiology and Prevention that not only enhanced my knowledge and skills in this area, but also provided me a great opportunity to exchange ideas and experience with other trainees from different countries.

This October, I was very pleased to be informed that as secondary author, our paper of the study of using salt substitute to reduce blood pressure among Tibetans was published by PLOS One. This was the first paper discussing the relationships of salt substitute and hypertension in Tibet and the research result was really impressive and encouraging.

What impact will your work have on health and how OR what difference will this make to healthcare and why?

The one I’m currently working on, the SSaSS study, is a large scale randomized controlled study carried out in 600 villages in Rural China. We are aiming to evaluate the effects of replacing usual salt with a low sodium salt substitute on the incidence of stroke and mortality. It’s the first randomized controlled trial (RCT) in the world and health history that provide evidence on relationship between salt and stroke and mortality outcomes. The study result will definitely influence health policy both in China and abroad.  I am proud of being involved in.

What is your professional background?

I was graduated from Chinese University of Hong Kong with master degree of Public Health. Before that I had my bachelor degree from Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Public Health.

Are you currently studying and if so what?

I am studying guitar, cooking, and photography.

What value/s of The George Institute/George Clinical do you appreciate the most and why?

I appreciate the ‘Can Do’ approach as I think it indicates infinity and possibility of life, being brave in the face of the challenge, encouragement for young intelligent and incentives to career.

To unwind at the end of the day I….

I would love to stay with my family who has always been supportive to me. Besides, I’d like to read books and watch movies. I also love traveling, music and sports.

A person I admire is….

There is no one particular people I admire the most. Actually I admire a lot of people around me because everyone has his/her unique personality, some have good character, and some have outstanding ability to work. These can more or less bring positive impact on me. What I want to say is I admire all of my colleagues who make a ‘better me’, and I’m so grateful to all of you.

A saying I live by is…

There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.

One day I hope to…

Improve the scientific research capacity in China and people’s health.