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Dr.Bottorff and her UBC team came to the Center for Tobacco Control Research Zhejiang University for academic discussion
Date:2013-12-30 16:01 

To share respective research expertise and to discuss the development of men-centred approaches for smoking cessation among Chinese men, Dr. Bottorff and Dr. Oliffe recently came along with their team to the Center for Tobacco Control Research Zheijiang University from December 2 to December 6, 2013. The UBC team was warmly welcomed upon their arrival on campus by the center director, Professor Tingzhong Yang, and members of his team.


During the course of the workshop, Prof. Yang and his team shared existing findings regarding patterns of smoking among Chinese men and described current approaches used for smoking cessation in China. The UBC team shared their research on the influence of masculinity on men’s smoking and described the innovative approaches developed and tested in Canada to support men’s smoking cessation. Outcomes from this workshop included the development of a framework for a collaborative research proposal and plans for continued collaborations in joint research projects.


A number of graduate students from Zhejiang University’s School of Medicine attended and discussions were held about developing further training opportunities for students and junior researchers from Canada and China.


Joan L. Bottorff, PhD, RN, FCAHS, FAAN is a professor in the School of Nursing, University of British Columbia’s Okanagan Campus, Canada. Dr. Bottorff is one of Canada’s leading scientists in the field of health behaviour. She was the first Dean of the Faculty of Health and Social Development, University of British Columbia (UBC) Okanagan, and has been the recipient of a UBC Distinguished University Scholar Award and a CIHR Investigator Award. Currently she is the Director of Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention at UBC. She has developed active research programs in tobacco control, cancer prevention and health promotion. Dr. Bottorff is well known for her expertise in qualitative research methods. She is the co-editor of Qualitative Health Research, a leading qualitative research journal. Dr Bottorff is a high productive researcher and has published more than 150 papers and 10 book chapters. According to Google scholar, her publications have been cited more than 3000 times.


Dr. John Oliffe is a Professor at the School of Nursing, University of British Columbia. His research is focused on men's health promotion programs and interventions, particularly in relation to men's smoking. He has been involved as a co-principal investigator on many national studies examining men's tobacco use including the FACET project (2005-current), a gender analysis of tobacco use in families during pregnancy, postpartum and early childhood, and the iTAG team (2009-2013), a group investigating sex and gender in tobacco reduction and cessation behaviours (www.facet.ubc.ca  and www.itag.ubc.ca). Dr. Oliffe's research interests also include prostate cancer, depression and suicide, and immigrant men's health. The findings drawn from his men's health studies and collaborations have featured in more than 200 academic conference presentations and workshops, and over 100 peer-reviewed publications. For more information on his current projects and publications please visit www.menshealthresearch.ubc.ca.



1.    Dr. Li Xiuyang, professor of statistics, school of public health, Zhejiang University

2.    Zhang Caifang, lecturer of nursing, Hangzhou Normal University

3.    Dr. Gayl Sarbit, Knowledge Broker, UBC

4.    Dr. Yang tingzhong, Director of Center for Tobacco Control Research, Zhejiang University School of Medicine

5.    Dr. Aimei Mao, postdoctor, Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention, UBC

6.    Dr. John Oliffe, professor, School of Nursing, UBC

7.    Dr. Joan Bottorff, director of Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention, UBC

8.    Dr. Yu yunxian, professor of epidemiology, school of public health, Zhejiang University

9.    Jiang Shuhan (Heddy), the first-year graduate student of Dr. Yang

10.   Wu Dan (Tracy), PhD student of Dr. Yang

11.   Feng Xueying (Snow), the second-year graduate student of Dr. Yang