Research Center

About GHRC

Strive for Excellence and Reshape the Future

The Global Health Research Center (GHRC) was established in 2013 and co-founded by Duke Kunshan University and the Duke Global Health Institute. Our mission is to improve health and promote health equity in China and globally.

GHRC is built on the principles of scientific excellence and focuses on establishing interdisciplinary, mutually-beneficial collaborations with researchers from China. We aim to conduct high-quality research that leads to informed policy-making and innovative approaches to health challenges at local and global levels. Ultimately, we strive to make contributions to achieve the national goals identified in Healthy China 2030 and other Chinese policies as well as globally the health-related Sustainable Development Goals such as universal health coverage, health system strengthening, and infectious and NCD risk reduction.


To improve health in China and the world by conducting high-quality research that leads to informed policy making and innovative approaches to health challenges.


To promote health equity and improve health for all in China and worldwide.

Facts & Numbers

In 2023, the center

received external funding support of

2,490,471 USD

The funding mainly comes from

organizations such as Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Statistical Information Center of the National Health Commission, Jiangsu Provincial Department of Science and Technology, Kunshan Municipal People’s Government.

published a total of

94 papers


Published as first author or corresponding author


Impact Factor over 10


Impact Factor over 5


Student-engaged papers


21 seminars


Keynote speakers from


Different countries and regions


Internationally-renowned universities, research institutes, organizations, and companies

Center News

First Molecular Characterization of Feline Calicivirus in Kunshan

Spanning the summers of 2022 and 2023, Semin Kim (UG, Class of 2024), from the Molecular Bioscience major, and her team collected 200 nasopharyngeal swab samples from cats at nine local animal clinics in Kunshan, China. This study represents the first molecular epidemiology and phylogenetic analysis of feline calicivirus (FCV) in the region. Their findings have recently been published in BMC Virology Journal, one of the top journals in the field.

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Global Health Seminar Series

Since 2014, the Duke Kunshan University Global Health Research Center has held a series of global health seminars, inviting leaders, scientists, and industry experts in the global health field to exchange information on the latest research progress, international and domestic development trends, and global health teaching and practice experiences.