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Dr. Gao is an assistant professor of the Department of Sport and Physical Education, Hong Kong Baptist University. She was trained as a doctor in Preventive Medicine in the Chinese Mainland and got her PhD in Public Health (CUHK, Hong Kong). Dr. Gao teaches research and health related courses. She is also a PhD supervisor and a co-coordinator of the Honours Project for undergraduates. Except for teaching, Dr. Gao is also an active researcher. Her research interests include common non-communicable diseases (such as obesity and injury), and health determinants (such as physical activity). She has been proactively involved in studies with diverse study designs (including epidemiological study, cohort study, intervention, systematic review, meta-analysis) and published more than 50 articles in international peer-reviewed journals. Currently, Dr. Gao is leading a GRF project and a HCPS (under HMRF) project.  In terms of professional services, Dr, Gao is serving as a member of the Standing Committee of Injury Prevention and Control Branch, Chinese Preventive Medical Association (China), a member of the Standing Committee of Child Injury Working Group, Injury Prevention and Control Branch, Chinese Preventive Medical Association (China), a member of the Hong Kong Society of Behavioral Health, and a member of the Hong Kong Epidemiological Association. She is sitting in the editorial board of two peer-reviewed journals (Cogent Medicine and Injury Medicine). In addition, Dr. Gao is the President of the Hong Kong Alumni Association of the Sun Yat-sen Medical University (2019-2022) and a director of the Council of the SYSU United Alumni Association (Hong Kong) (2018-2021).

Research Interests

  • Physical activity and other health-realated behaviours 
  • Health promotion and disease management
  • Wider health determinants

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, PhD in Medical Sciences, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Award Date: 31 Dec 2005

MPhil, MPhil in Public Health, Sun Yat-sen University

Award Date: 31 Jul 1997

Bachelor, MD in Preventive Medicine, Shandong University

Award Date: 31 Jul 1994


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