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Discovering the causes of cancer and the means of prevention

DCEG Special Seminar - Dr. Yu Wang, Director, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Emergence of cancer and other non-communicable diseases and response in China

Yu Wang, M.D., Ph.D.


Yu Wang, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, (China CDC)

"Emergence of cancer and other non-communicable diseases and response in China"

Hosted by Martha S. Linet, M.D., Chief, Radiation Epidemiology Branch, Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health



Description: China has undergone rapid demographic and epidemiological changes in the past few decades, including striking declines in fertility and child mortality and increases in life expectancy at birth. Popular discontent with the health system has led to major reforms. To help inform these reforms, Dr. Wang’s team did a comprehensive assessment of disease burden in China, how it changed between 1990 and 2010, and how China’s health burden compares with other nations.For more information about this seminar topic please see the Lancet article: Rapid health transition in China, 1990-2010: Finding from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010

Biography: Dr. Yu Wang is Director General of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC), a position he has held since 2004. Dr. Wang has led nationwide efforts in pandemic influenza preparedness and response, swine streptococcus outbreak control, ensuring public health safety during the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the melamine-contaminated milk power incident response, and Yushu earthquake relief. His recent publications focus on safety of influenza A (H1N1) vaccine in post-marketing surveillance in China (NEJM 2011), a national survey of drug-resistant tuberculosis in China Prior to leading the China CDC (NEJM 2012), and rapid health transition in China 1990-2010: findings from the global burden of disease study (Lancet 2013).

Prior to leading the China CDC, Dr. Wang was Vice President of the Peking University Health Science Center and had important leadership positions in the Ministry of Science and Technology.China CDC’s outstanding contributions in disease control and prevention in the post-Wenchuan earthquake relief and his many other achievements have led to numerous awards from the Ministries of Health and Human Resources, and State Council, municipal governments and other organizations. Dr. Wang is also Deputy Chairman of the Chinese Preventive Medicine Association, board member of the Chinese Medical Association, Executive Board member of the International Association of Public Health Institutions and member of World Health Organization committees. For more information, see the profile on Dr. Wang in 2012 in the Lancet: Wang Yu: protecting China’s health: