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Drs. Ross and Pauline Barnett visited the Center for Tobacco Control Research, Zhejiang University for an Academic Exchange
Date:2017-05-15 22:38 
To share respective research expertise and discuss the behavioral pattern of smoking cessation among Chinese men, Dr. Ross and Pauline Barnett from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand visited the Center for Tobacco Control Research Zheijiang University from May 7 to May 27, 2017. During this period aseries of academic seminars and activities on tobacco control and smoking cessation were held to discuss this global issue deeply and his broadly. Their arrival on Zijingang Campus was warmly welcomed by director of the center, Professor Tingzhong Yang, and team members.
Dr. Ross Barnett is currently an Adjunct Professor of Geography at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand and International Senior Consultant of Center for Tobacco Control Research, Zheijiang University. He is also part of the GeoHealth Laboratory funded by the New Zealand Ministry of Health. He has published over 100 scientific papers and book chapters and has been an editorial board member for Health and Place and continues to be an advisory review editor for Social Science and Medicine. Dr. Pauline now is an Associate Professor and Doctoral Tutor of School of Health Sciences at the University of Canterbury. Her fields of research are health system restructuringprimary health care, public health and health services research and evaluation. They have published numbers of research articles with high academic reputation.
On May 9, 2017, Drs. Ross and Pauline shared their insights,  concerning ‘Environmental Influences on Smoking and Tobacco Control: Trends in Western countries and their relevance to China in the academic workshop held in the 1017 conference room, adminstration building in the School of Medicine. Professors Yang and Wang introduced the two international experts and hosted the workshop respectively. Firstly, Dr. Ross delivered his lecture on global smoking transition from the perspective of gender difference, ethic difference and social polarization. Then, he introduced traditional tobacco control policies and measures with case studiesand shared his opinions about the positive impact and limitations of these policiesIn the next part, he interpreted the environmental influences on smoking behavior combing with his research experience and the relevance of such work to China Spontaneously, Dr. Pauline also gave her significant thoughts on tobacco control in China. Professor Qi Si from Department of Physical Education, Professor Tingzhong Yang as well as Hongmei Wang and most of graduate students from Department of Social Medicine, Zhejiang University attended this workshop. After the lecture, the teachers and studentsasked questions, exchanged ideas and discussed actively, which showed the positive effect of this workshop.
On May 10, 2017, another seminar on the demonstration of the project of behavioral pattern of unassisted smoking cessation: policy evidences study based on population survey was held by Professor Yang, and Professors Ross and PaulineDr. Shuhan Jiang, Lingwei Yu and Sihui Peng participated in this seminar. At the very beginning, Dr. Shuhan Jiang reported the research background, research significance, research methods, and the research progress of this project. And some critical contents of this project was added and emphasized by Professor Yang. The two foreign experts appreciated the previous research work we have done, and proposed their advice to promote the project being conducted smoothly and successfully. They also said the close cooperation relationship will be maintained between us and they will provide strong support for data analysis, methodologicalguidance and papers writing.
In a word, this series of academic activities and discussions with senior consultants not only enhanced the capacity of research design and project implementation of teachers and students in our department, but also had a profoundly positive influence on developing Chinese culturally sensitive smoking cessation programs.