School of Medicine: Ten-Year Longitudinal Study in China
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In 2010, the CWRU School of Medicine signed an unparalleled ten-year research agreement with the Shanghai Zhabei District Health Bureau to study the health effects of urbanization on the population living in the Zhabei District of Shanghai, China. The longitudinal study, “Zhabei Health 2020”, is one of the largest community-based cohort studies designed to track the development of chronic diseases.
With the introduction of a western diet and a decrease in physical activity, the Chinese lifestyle and health are changing dramatically. Currently, China has the second largest population of obese people in the world (behind only the United States), cardiovascular disease is the number one killer, and type 2 diabetes has reached epidemic levels. Dr. Li Li, CWRU School of Medicine professor, family medicine physician at University Hospitals Case Medical Center, and the study’s principal investigator, notes that the study “provides a unique window of opportunity to examine how a changing environment influences disease and health.”
Dr. Li, along with a team of international researchers, have collected baseline data from 48,000 residents and have blood and DNA samples from 23,000 adult participants. Electronic patient medical records are monitored and updated every two years in order to keep track of health conditions and identify emerging patterns. The collected data will essentially help the Chinese government make critical decisions regarding rising health issues in their country, identify potential risk factors for common diseases like cancer, and ultimately provide a better overall and global understanding of disease evolution across countries and cultures.
The research agreement expands on a six-year collaboration already existing between the Shanghai Zhabei District Health Bureau and the School of Medicine.
Over 60 CWRU Students Study Abroad During Summer
Case Western Reserve University is well represented around the world this summer with 62 students studying abroad, almost double last year’s number of 35 students.
Students are studying in China, Denmark, the UK, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Greece, Argentina, Austria, France, India, Israel, and Italy.
The 62 students hail from the various CWRU schools: 27 College of Arts and Sciences majors, 20 Weatherhead School of Management majors, 11 Engineering majors, and 6 Nursing majors. (Note that some students are double majors and counted in both schools.)
Feel free to contact the Office of Education Abroad for more information about study abroad opportunities for students.
Program forms for spring semester faculty-led programs going abroad during spring break or in May are due August 1st.