I’m a senior research fellow at the Wolfson Centre for Prevention of Stroke and Dementia, Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Oxford.
I was trained as a neurologist in China before moving to the UK to complete a DPhil with Professor Peter Rothwell at Oxford University. I have since continued to work with Peter and the ongoing population-based Oxford Vascular Study. Currently, I lead a multicentre cohort study looking at the causes and prevention of stroke at younger ages (Thames Valley Young Stroke Study).
My main research interest is clinical stroke epidemiology, with a strong focus on stroke prevention and more recently particularly on stroke prevention at younger ages. Findings from our work have resulted in >90 publications in well-respected journals in the field, including several first-author papers published in the Lancet, JAMA, BMJ, Lancet Neurology and JAMA Neurology. I was awarded the Young Investigator Award from the European Stroke Organisation (ESO) for contribution in improving the understanding of the role of traditional and rare risk factors in cryptogenic stroke and have been an ESO Fellow since 2017. In addition, I also received the Emerging Aspirin Investigator Award from the International Aspirin Foundation for work on long-term benefit and harm of aspirin at older ages in secondary prevention of stroke.
I have always been very compassionate about teamwork and I’m also keen to facilitate collaboration between colleagues and to nurture younger generations of clinical researchers. I currently serve on several professional committees, including the British & Irish Association of Stroke Physicians and ESO, and sit on several editorial boards, including the European Stroke Journal and the ESO education platform.
Outside work, I enjoy classic music and hiking.
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