Category: Workshop

Junior Faculty Research Seminar Series-02

Shixin XU, Assistant Professor of Mathematics is scheduled to give a seminar to introduce his idea for a grant proposal in November (see below). Please email if you want to get the Zoom link.

Presentation date& time: Nov. 20 9am-10am Beijing time / Nov. 19 8pm – 9pm EST via Zoom
• 9:00 -9:30 presentation
• 9:30-10:00 Q&A

Flows of water and various organic and inorganic molecules in the central nervous system are important in a wide range of biological and medical processes, as has recently become apparent (Nedergaard and Goldman 2020). However, the exact mechanisms that drive these flows are often not known. Here we investigate the forces and flows in a tridomain model of the central nervous system. We use the experimental system of the optic nerve, investigated by the Harvard group (Orkand, Nicholls, and Kuffler 1966) as a protype of the central nervous system in general. We construct a model and choose its parameters to fit the experimental data in detail. Our model is three dimensional and is meant to include significant anatomical detail in a general way. In this way, the model can be adapted to describe other systems with other structures, channels and transporters.

  • Huaxiong Huang, Dean of the Division of Science and Technology (DST), UIC
  • Robert Eisenberg, Bard Endowed Professor and Chairman emeritus, Rush
  • Huanhe Yang, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, Biochemistry, Duke
  • Ru-Rong Ji, Distinguished Distinguished Professor of Anesthesiology, Duke

Junior Faculty Research Seminar Series-01

Dr. Qian Long, Assistant professor of Global Health is scheduled to give a seminar to introduce her idea for a grant proposal in October (see below). Please email if you want to get the Zoom link.

Presentation date& time: Oct 23 9am-10am Beijing time / October 22 9pm – 10m EST via Zoom
• 9:00 -9:30 presentation
• 9:30-10:00 Q&A

Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the top ten global causes of death leading to 1.4 million deaths in 2018. In the era of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the World Health Organization (WHO) End TB strategy laid out milestones and targets that include by 2030 90% reduction in the number of TB deaths and 80% reduction in TB incidence compared with 2015, and no TB-affected families facing catastrophic payment for TB. The COVID-19 pandemic globally has devastated effects on TB responses. A modelling analysis in TB high-burden countries suggested an additional 6.3 million cases of TB and an additional 1.4 million TB deaths between 2020 and 2025.

TB is a disease of poverty disproportionately afflicting more socio-economically vulnerable people, like rural-to-urban migrants who also have the least access to health services. We propose a study concept to assess the impact of COVID-19 on the access to, utilization and outcome of TB treatment during the COVID-19 pandemic and post-pandemic periods in China and Vietnam, with a focus on the intersectionality analysis of gender and rural-to-urban migrant status and other social determinants in order to develop evidence-based policy recommendations for strengthening TB response in the era of COVID-19 pandemic and improving health and gender equality in TB. This study will consist of scoping review in relation to the impact of COVID-19 on TB responses in TB high burden countries, questionnaire surveys with TB patients and qualitative interviews with key stakeholders. We anticipate impacts via shared good practices and lessons learned from cross-country collaborations.

  • Greg Gray, Professor of Medicine, Duke
  • Shenglan Tang, Mary D.B.T. and James H. Semans International Distinguished Professor, Duke
  • Osondu Ogbuoji, Assistant Research Professor of Global Health, Duke

External Funding & Funding Advisory Groups

Finding and applying for external funding at DKU can be challenging, especially for non-Chinese citizens. Xin Li, Associate Dean for Research, has assembled four advisory groups below to provide guidance to faculty who wish to apply for external funding:

  1. SS and A&H;
  2. Natural Sciences
  3. Non-Government Organizations (NGO)
  4. Proposal Translation

The purpose of this retreat is to introduce the first three advisory groups and to talk about how to take advantage of funding opportunities for these disciplines. The sessions are on three consecutive days. You may attend, one, two or all three of the sessions.

Link to Event Schedule

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Export Control

Research activities involving the United States and China are receiving increased scrutiny from US authorities.  United States export control laws have far reaching implications and transnational jurisdiction.  These laws can impact not only researchers working within the United States, but US persons working in other countries and non-US entities that collaborate with the US.

Daniel Vick is the director for Duke University’s Office of Export Controls, where he assists faculty, staff, and students with mitigating risk and forming strategies for compliance with US Export Control laws.

Please join Mr. Vick for a discussion on the scope of US export control laws, possible impacts to faculty teaching or conducting research in China, and strategies to recognize risk and facilitate compliance with these laws.

*All faculty are required to attend the workshop.

Date: Fri. Oct 16

Time: 20-21pm Beijing time/ 8-9am EST

Zoom ID:9457 4759 187

Qualtrics: Participants are welcomed to submit questions in advance through this link .

Research Info Session


This session will cover areas like:
1. What you should be aware of when applying for and using funds from Chinese Government agencies
2. What PIs should be aware of when working with companies, private institutions and international NGOs
3. University policies and best practice recommendations regarding intellectual property and intellectual property rights in projects sponsored by government, NGOs and industry
4. Ethical and regulatory compliance including IRB, IACUC, data management and export control

Please mark this event on your own calendar.

SEPTEMBER 25th 2020 *Beijing: 9:00 – 10:00 AM
SEPTEMBER 24th 2020  US EST: 9:00 – 10:00 PM

ZOOM ID 9577 1770 634

For those who are on DKU campus, please attend the workshop in the Academic Building AB 3103 at the same time.

*Due to travel restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, this Faculty Workshop will be hybrid.

*Please email if you’d like to get the speaker’s slides or recording link.

The Challenges and Opportunities to Scholarship Posed by COVID-19

Topics will be covered:

Challenges: cannot do field work/ research productivity is reduced, but cost (e.g., staff cost) remains/ Cannot access research labs, etc.

Opportunities: good connections with DKU & other universities/ utilize the COVID-19 as a resource of data for new research/better use technology to support research collaborations, etc.

Panelist: Prof. Xin Li/ Prof. Jim Zhang/ Prof. James Miller
Tuesday (April 21st ) workshop at 09:00 – 10:00 AM China Time
*workshop recording is available by sending email to

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