As founding director of Global Health Research Center at Duke Kunshan University, I want to clarify some points in your Oct. 11 article, “DKU research will have sluggish start.” First, the Global Health Research Center at DKU is well underway. We have recruited two research professors of global health who will be based in Kunshan, and a post-doctoral fellow, also based in Kunshan since April, is working on projects related to tuberculosis and diabetes control in China. In addition, two more professors have joined the faculty of the Duke Global Health Institute and will divide their time between the Duke and DKU campuses; we expect to recruit more faculty with joint DGHI/DKU appointments to work in Kunshan. We have already received grants from the Gates Foundation and World Health Organization to undertake research on TB control and access to medicines in China. The DKU Global Health Research Center is off to a very strong start and will be a valuable asset for many Duke programs and departments.
Professor of Medicine and Global Health
Associate Director for DKU and China Initiative at DGHI
Director of Global Health Research Center, DKU