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Lijing Yan

Associate Research Professor of Global Health

Duke Kunshan Unversity

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Lijing Yan


Yan came to DGHI in July 2014 from China, where she served as the Deputy Director at The George Institute for Global Health at Peking University Health Science Center and Director of the China International Center for Chronic Disease Prevention.

Her main areas of research are chronic disease prevention and control (cardiovascular disease and diabetes in particular), economic evaluations in health care, and integrated health management. She is the Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on a number of NHLBI-funded and China-funded research grants. She has published dozens of peer-reviewed scientific papers some of which in leading medical journals such as JAMA (3 first-authored papers and 2 co-authored papers), Circulation, and Archives of Internal Medicine. As the Director of the Chronic Disease Center, she oversaw the research, capacity development, and advocacy activities for a large network of five international academic institutions and seven Chinese institutions in their concerted efforts to combat chronic diseases in China. The flagship project of the Center is the China Rural Health Initiative (LifeSeeds Program).

A bachelor's degree holder from Peking University and a doctoral graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, she
has experience working in several American and Chinese academic institutions including the National Bureau of Economic Research, Northwestern University, and Peking University.



Recent Publications

Yan LL, Jiang H, CSP Lam. Commentary on "Associations of Random Plasma Glucose With Risk of Cardiovascular Disease Among 467 000 Chinese Adults Without Known Diabetes: A 7-year Prospective Study by Chen et al.": Random Plasma Glucose Levels and Cardiovascular Risk. JAMA Cardiology. 2016;1(7):823-824. View

Yan LL, Kong L, China's Multisectoral Approach to Chronic Disease. Global Heart. 2016;11(7) 441-442.

Shao S, Hua Y, Yang Y, Liu X, Fan J, Zhang A, Xiang J, Li M, Yan LL. Salt Reduction in China: a state-of-the-art review. Health Policy and Risk Management.

Li N , Yan LL, Niu W, Yao C, Feng X, Zhang J, Shi J, Zhang Y, Zhang R, Hao Z, Chu H, Zhang J, Li X, Pan J, Li Z, Sun W, Zhou B, Zhao Y, Yu Y, Engelgau M, Labarthe D, Ma J, MacMahon S, Elliott P, Wu Y, Neal B. The Effects of a Community-Based Sodium Reduction Program in Rural China- A Cluster-Randomized Trial. PLOS ONE. 2016; 11(12), e0166620. PMID: 27935977. View

Liu F, Yan LL, Wang Z, Lu Y, Chu Y, Li X, Liu Y, Rui D, Nie S, Xiang H. Metformin therapy and risk of colorectal adenomas and colorectal cancer in type 2 diabetes mellitus patients: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Oncotarget. 2016; 5. PMID: 27926481. View

GBD 2015 DALYs and HALE Collaborators (Yan LL as a co-author). Global, regional, and national disability-adjusted life-years (DALYs) for 315 diseases and injuries and healthy life expectancy (HALE), 1990-2015: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2015. The Lancet. 2016; 388(10053), 1603-1658. View

GBD 2015 Disease and Injury Incidence and Prevalence Collaborators (Yan LL as a co-author). Global, regional, and national incidence, prevalence, and years lived with disability for 310 diseases and injuries, 1990-2015: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2015. The Lancet. 2016; 388(10053).1545-1602. View

GBD 2015 SDG Collaborators (Yan LL as a co-author). Measuring the health-related Sustainable Development Goals in 188 countries: a baseline analysis from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2015. The Lancet. 2016; 388(10053): 1813-1850. View

GBD 2015 Mortality and Causes of Death Collaborators (Yan LL as a co-author). Global, regional, and national life expectancy, all-cause mortality, and cause-specific mortality for 249 causes of death, 1980-2015: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2015. The Lancet, 2016; 388(10053):1459-1544. View

Zhang J, Wu T, Chu H, Feng X, Shi J, Zhang R, Zhang Y, Zhang J, Li N, Yan LL, Niu W, Wu Y. Salt intake belief, knowledge, and behavior: a cross-sectional study of older rural Chinese adults. Medicine.2016; 95(31). PMID: 27495056. View

Chen S, Gong E, Kazi SD, Gates BA., Karaye KM, Girerd N, Bai R, AlHabib KF, Li C, Sun K, Hong L, Fu H, Peng W, Liu X, Chen L, Schwalm JD. & Yan LL. Development of a mobile phone-based intervention to improve adherence to secondary prevention of coronary heart disease in China. Journal of Medical Engineering & Technology, 2016; 40(7-8);372-382. View

Yan LL, Chen S, Zhou B, Zhang J, Xie B, Luo R, Wang N, Lindley R, Zhang Y, Zhao Y, Li X, Liu X, Peoples N, Bettger JP, Anderson C, Lamb SE, Wu Y, Shi J. A randomized controlled trial on rehabilitation through caregiver-delivered nurse-organized service programs for disabled stroke patients in rural china (the RECOVER trial): design and rationale[J]. International Journal of Stroke. 2016; 11(7):823-30. PMID: 27462096 View

Gandhi S, Chen S, Hong L, Sun K, Gong E, Li, C, Yan LL, Schwalm JD. Effect of Mobile Health Interventions on the Secondary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease: systematic review and meta-analysis. Canadian Journal of Cardiology. 2016; 1-13. PMID: 27956043 View

Zhang J, Joshi R, Sun J, Rosenthal SR, Tong M, Li C, Rampatige R, Mooney M, Lopez A, Yan LL. A feasibility study on using smartphones to conduct short-version verbal autopsies in rural China. Population Health Metrics. 2016; 14(1):31. PMID: 27547126 View

Zhao Y, Joshi R, Rampatige R, Sun J, Huang L, Chen S, Wu R, Neal B, Lopez AD, Stewart AL, Serina PT, Li C, Zhang J, Zhang J, Zhang Y, Yan LL. Use of Smartphone for Verbal Autopsy: Results From a Pilot Study in Rural China. Asia-Pacific journal of public health, 2016; 28(7): 601-610. PMID:27609182. View

Miranda J, Bernabé-Ortiz A, Diez-Canseco F, Málaga G, Cárdenas M, Carrillo-LR, Lazo-Porras M, Moscoso-Porras M, Pesantes M, Ponce V, Araya R, Beran D, Busse P, Boggio O, Checkley W, García P, Huicho L, León-Velarde F, Lescano A, Mohr D, Pan W, Peiris D, Perel P, Rabadán-Diehl C, Rivera-Chira M, Sacksteder K, Smeeth L, Trujillo A, Wells J, Yan LL, García H, Gilman R. Towards sustainable partnerships in global health: the case of the CRONICAS Centre of Excellence in Chronic Diseases in Peru. Globalization and Health. 2016; 12(1):29. PMID: 27255370. PMCID: PMC4890274 View

Irazola VE, Gutierrez L, Bloomfield GS, Carillo-Larco RM, Prabhakaran D, Lewitt NS, Miranda JJ, Bernabe-Ortiz A, Steyn K, Wu Y, Xavier D, Yan LL, He J, Rubinstein A. Hypertension Prevalence, Awareness, Treatment, and Control in Selected Communities of Nine Low-and Middle Income Countries. Global Heart. 2016; 11(1):47-59. PMID: 27102022

Shafrika S, Ali MK, Alam D, Yan LL, Lewitt NS, Rubinstein A, Miranda JJ, Prabhakaran D, Gaziano TA. Comparison of nonblood-based and blood-based total CV risk scores in global populations. Global heart, 2016; 11(1):37-46. PMID: 27102021 View

Patel SA, Ali MK, Alam D, Yan LL, Lewitt NS, Bernabe-Ortiz A, Checkley W, Wu Y, Irazola V, Gutierrez L, Rubinstein A, Shivashankar R, Li X, Miranda JJ, Chowdhury MAH, Siddiquee AT, Gaziano TA, Kadir MM, Prabhakaran D. Obesity and its relation with diabetes and hypertension: a cross-sectional study across four low- and middle-income country regions. Global Heart. 2016; 11(1):71-79. PMID: 27102024

Bloomfield GS, Xavier D, Belis D, Alam D, Davis P, Dorairaj P, Ghannem H, Gilman RH, Kamath D, Kimaiyo S, Levitt N, Martinez H,Mejicano G, Miranda JJ, Koehlmoos TP, Rabadán-Diehl C, Ramirez-Zea M, Rubinstein A, Sacksteder KA, Steyn K, Tandon N,Vedanthan R, Wolbach T, Wu Y, Yan LL. Training and Capacity Building in LMICs for Research in Heart and Lung Diseases. Global Heart. 2016; 11(1):17-25. PMID: 27102019

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute -- UnitedHealth Group Global Health Centers of Excellence Investigators (Yan LL as a co-author). Tackling NCD in LMIC: achievements and lessons learned from the NHLBI-UnitedHealth Global Health Centers of Excellence Program. Global heart, 2016; 11(1):5-15. PMID: 27102018 View

Carillo-Larco RM, Miranda JJ, Li X, Cui C, Xu X, Ali MK, Alam SD, Gaziano TA, Gupta R, Irazola V, Levitt NS, Prabhakaran D, Rubinstein A, Steyn K, Tandon N, Denis Xavier D, Wu Y , Yan LL. Prevalence of Pragmatically-Defined High Cardiovascular Risk and Its Correlates in 10 Low- and Middle-Income Areas in Africa, Asia and South America. Global Heart. 2016; 11(1):27-36. PMID: 27102020 View

Yan LL, Li C, Chen J, Miranda JJ, Luo R, Bettger J, Zhu Y, Feigin V, O'Donnell M, Zhao D, Wu Y. Prevention, management, and rehabilitation of stroke in low- and middle- income countries. eNeurologicalSci. 2016; 2:21-30. View

Miranda J.J, Weinhouse C, Carrillo-Larco RM, Yan LL. Capitalizing on Natural Experiments in Low- to Middle- Income Countries to Explore Epigenetic Contributions to Disease Risk in Migrant Populations. Global Health, Epidemiology and Genomics. 2016; 1 e3: 1-3. View

Yan LL, Li C, Chen J, Luo R, Bettger J, Zhu Y, Feigin V, O’Donnell M, Miranda JJ, Zhao D, Wu Y. Chapter 10. Stroke. Disease Control Priorities in Developing Countries. Third Edition Volume 5: Cardiometabolic and Respiratory Diseases.

Li R, Xu X, Chen J, Xu Z, You L. Chapter 5 Non-communicable diseases and global health. Introduction to Global Health. People's Medical Publishing House, 2016.

Yan Y, Yang Y, Li Z, Zhou B, Zhao Y, Yuan S, Zhang R, Sebranek M, Veerman L, Li M, Gong E, Chen S, Ma W, Huang L, Cho K, Leeder S, Yan LL. The association between medical students’ lifestyle and their attitudes towards preventive counseling in different countries. BMC Public Health. 2015 15(1):1124 View

Miranda J.J, Weinhouse C, Carrillo-Larco RM, Yan LL. Capitalizing on Natural Experiments in Low- to Middle- Income Countries to Explore Epigenetic Contributions to Disease Risk in Migrant Populations. Global Health, Epidemiology and Genomics. Accepted.

Ma Y, He FJ , Li N, Hao J, Zhang J, Yan LL, Wu YF. Salt sales survey: a simplified, cost-effective method to evaluate population salt reduction programs- a cluster-randomized trial. Hypertension Research. 2015 Accepted. View

Tian M, Gong X, Rath S, Wei J, Yan LL, Lamb SE, Lindley RI, Sherrington C, Keith Willett K, Norton R. Management of hip fractures in older people in Beijing: a retrospective audit and comparison with evidence-based guidelines and practice in the UK. Osteoporos Int. 2015 Aug13. View

Zhou M, Wang H, Zhu J, Chen W, Wang L, Liu S, Li Y, Wang L, Liu Y, Yin P, Liu J, Yu S, Tan F, Barber MR, Coates MM, Dicker D, Fraser M, Medina DG, Hamavid H, Hao Y, Hu G, Jiang G, Kan H, Lopez AD, Phillips M, She J, Vos T, Wan X, Xu G, Yan LL, Yu C, Zhao Y, Zheng Y, Zou X, Naghavi M, Wang Y, Murray CJL, Yang G, Liang X. Cause-specific mortality for 240 causes in China during 1990-2013: a systematic sub-national analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013. The Lancet. 2015 October. View

GBD 2013 Risk Factors Collaborators. Global, regional, and national comparative risk assessment of 79 behavioral, environmental and occupational, and metabolic risks or clusters of risks in 188 countries,1990-2013: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013. The Lancet. 2015; 386:2287-2323. View

GBD 2013 DALYs and HALE Collaborators. Global, regional, and national disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) for 306 diseases and injuries and healthy life expectancy (HALE) for 188 countries, 1990-2013: quantifying the epidemiological transition. The Lancet. 2015; 386: 2145-2191. View

Tian M, Ajay VS, Dunzhu D, Hameed SS, Li X, Liu Z, Li C, Chen H, Cho K, Li R, Zhao X, Jindal D, Rawal I, Ali MK, Peterson ED, Ji J, Amarchand R, Krishnan A, Tandon N, Xu LQ, Wu Y, Prabhakaran D, Yan LL. A cluster-randomized, controlled trail of a simplified multifaceted management program for individuals at high cardiovascular risk (SimCard Trail) in rural Tibet, China, and Haryana, India. Circulation. 2015; 132:815-824 View

Min Y, Jiang L, Yan LL, Wang L, Basu S, Wu Y, Stafford R. Symposium Summary: Tackling China’s Non- Communicable Diseases: Shared Origins, Costly Consequences and the Need for Action. Chinese Medical Journal. 2015;128(6):839