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An Academic and Cooperative Workshop was hold between New Zealand National Institute for Health Innovation and Center for Tobacco Control Research, Zhejiang University
Date:2017-12-20 17:34 

     On December 15, 2017, an academic and cooperative workshop was held in Zhejiang University Zijingang Campus. Professor Chris Bullen, director of The National Institute for Health Innovation (NIHI), University of Auckland, New Zealand and his team visited the Center for Tobacco Control Research, Zhejiang University School of Medicine and attended this workshop. Professor Tingzhong Yang, director of the Center for Tobacco Control Research, Professor Weifang Zhang, secretary of the Children's Hospital affiliated Zhejiang University School of Medicine, and their PhD students attended the workshop. The meeting was presided over by Qi Si, Professor of Department of Physical Education.

NIHI is a leading health research institute in New Zealand, affiliated to the University of Auckland. At the beginning of this seminar, Professor Chris Bullen introduced their research achievements and interests. NIHI focuses on applying innovative and multidisciplinary approaches to address complex health issues, such as using mobile applications to help people with chronic conditions (e.g. addiction to tobacco, obesity, and gambling problems).Then Dr. Jinsong Chen, a PhD student of NIHI, shared the project entitled "Smoking Cessation App among (Chinese) Men: Pilot Intervention trial (SCAMPI)", which aims to explore the acceptability and effectiveness of an innovative mobile tobacco cessation app among Chinese male smokers. The app is tailored and designed for Chinese male smokers to help them to quit smoking by delivering a series of theory-based behavior change techniques.Finally, Dr. Shuhan Jiang represented the Center for Tobacco Center Research to introduce the project "Building Tobacco Treatment Capacity in Medical Universities and Affiliated Hospitals in China" funded by Global Bridge.

According to the contents of presentations, professors and graduate students participated in in-depth discussions on developing tobacco cessation intervention using the smart phone application in the context of Chinese culture, which stimulated the innovation of scientific research and promoted the design, development and implementation of the project. 

       Tobacco epidemic is one of the biggest global public health burden. Based on the themes of collaboration and innovation, the two organizations discussed about how to develop culturally competing  approaches and strategies to provide tobacco cessation assistance, which may have great potential in addressing the tobacco epidemic and promoting the innovation on health research and practical applications. According to this seminar, both centers had fully exchanged their academic opinions and future plans, which strengthened foundation of establishing a mutual cooperation platform in future.