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Jie Shang: Looking Forward to the Near Future

Jie Shang is a newly-arrived Research Assistant in The George Institute for Global Health at Peking University Health Science Center.  Today, let's listen to her profile story and step into her inner world.

How long have you been working at the institute?
I have been working here for 2 months.

What is your professional background?
I obtained my Bachelor of Science (Psychology major) and Master of Science (Epidemiology major) at the University of Melbourne. Before I joined TGI China, I had been working at the China CDC for a few months as an intern.

What attracted you to work at The George Institute?
It perfectly matches my study background and research interest. TGI China focuses on epidemiological research of non-communicable diseases, which is my favorite area. Apart from that, I spent a few years studying in Australia, and that makes me feel familiar with The George Institute naturally.

What does your work focus on?
I am now working as a research assistant on a mental health program under CCmHI, and also the personal assistant of Prof Zhang Puhong, Associate Director of TGI China. Recently I have been drafting a paper on mental health in China, and preparing for a research project in mental health area as well.

What is a recent highlight?
A few weeks ago, I worked with my colleagues for a conference of women’s health through life course and empowerment. The one-day conference was highly condensed and informative. Experts, government officials and NGO leaders shared theories, data and other novel approach to women’s health policies from both local and global perspectives. It was a great opportunity for me to learn from the high-standard speeches and discussions on such an exciting topic.

What difference will this make to healthcare and why?
Hopefully my current work and the ongoing project can eventually help providing constructive suggestions to the China CDC, because the collaborative mental health program I am now working on is principally aimed to investigate the gaps and opportunities between current mental health public services and the needs of the general population. Better mental health service for people is our final goal, and also the priority of whatever we are going to do.

To unwind at the end of the day you…
I have plenty of hobbies, such as reading books, doing sports, going to exhibitions and concerts, etc.

My future expectations…
First, I hope I can do better in supporting Prof Zhang’s work. I will also continue working on the mental health research program together with other researchers with regard to our current plan. I have full certainty that I will learn a lot from that.