National Coordinating Centre (NCC) Director
Yu Guo gained her BSc degree at Harbin Medical University, China in 1988, and an MSc degree in Public Health School in Beijing Medical University in 1998. She worked on disease control and management in Dalian City CDC for 12 years and for the Non-Communicable Disease Department of the Ministry of Health in China from 1997-1998.
Since March 2003, she has been working as the Chief of the National Coordinating Centre (NCC) for the China Kadoorie Biobank. This started with establishing the NCC, selecting the 10 study sites, helping Regional Centres setting up in each site, and taking charge of all field work. The field work included organising, coordinating and monitoring the baseline survey of 0.5 million participants between 2004-2008; the first resurvey of ~20,000 participants in 2008; the second resurvey of ~25,000 participants from 2013-2014; and the third resurvey of ~25,000 participants from 2020-2021. She has a lead role coordinating the long-term follow-up of the cohort including the data linkage with the national health insurance system making it possible to collect data on hospitalisation events for 97% of participants. Her main research focuses on public health management and evidence-based medicine, based on big cohort studies, in order to provide strategies for chronic disease prevention and control in developing countries.