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Dr. Grace Xie obtained her Master of Medicine degree from the School of Nursing of the Peking Union Medical College (PUMC) in Beijing; and the PhD degree from the JC School of Public Health and Primary Care of the Chinese University of Hong Kong in Hong Kong. Dr. Xie has been a registered nurse since 2006. Before she came to Hong Kong, she worked in the Department of Nursing of the PUMC Hospital for several years.

Dr. Xie has deeply committed to conducting research in complementary and alternative therapies for migraine prophylaxis (e.g., Tai Chi exercise and other TCM approaches) and the etiological relationship between migraine and cardiovascular/cerebrovascular diseases in women. She also has interest in health education and promotion in the community, specializing in development of behavior and lifestyle modifications and implementation of knowledge transferring projects in the community settings by adopting community-based participatory research (CBPR) approach. Currently Dr. Xie has strong interest in AI-empowered/assisted research that integrate deep learning model in exploring the progression of brain function among migraineurs.

Dr. Xie has published around 50 papers in peer reviewed journals with an overall h-index 18 at present (Google scholar). The papers (as first author) were published in some leading academic journals in the field such as the JMIR (IF: 7.08), Journal of the American Heart Association (IF: 6.11), Journal of Clinical Epidemiology (IF: 7.41), and Frontiers in Public Health (IF: 6.45). Dr. Xie was invited as the guest editor of the BioMed Research International, the Healthcare and the Frontiers of Psychology. Dr. Xie has gained 23 research grants with total amount of HK$ 10,000,000+ as Principal Investigator and HK$ 30,000,000+ as co-investigator from several external competitive funding bodies such as GRF, ECS and HMRF. She has established a largest Hong Kong women cohort (4200+ subjects) supported by the ECS since 2019. Currently she is implementing a large-scale cluster-RCT with 24 NGOs/schools/companies that funded by the HMRF for promoting COVID-19 vaccination in the community.

Selected ongoing projects

  • PI of “Tai Chi for the prophylaxis of episodic migraine: the efficacy examination and mechanism exploration”, (Project no.: 15100822), HK$ 1,180,148, Research Grants Council, General Research Fund.
  • PI of “AID (Assistance, Improvement, Development; 互助互進,齊心抗疫): A community-based participatory research approach promoting the early detection of, and vaccination against, COVID-19 and enhancing the adoption of self-protective measures in HK”, (Project no.: COVID1903006-01), HK$ 6,260,600, HMRF - Commissioned Research on COVID-19.
  • PI of “A longitudinal investigation of migraine features and cardiovascular risk profile: initiatives for establishing a cohort of general Hong Kong Chinese women”, (Project no.: 25101418), HK$ 913,705, Research Grants Council, Early Career Scheme.

Education and Academic Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Medicine, Tianjin Medical University
  • Master of Medicine, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences & Peking Union Medical College
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Research Interests

  • Health Education and Promotion in the Community
  • Women's Health (migraine, CVD risks)
  • Physical Activity and other Lifestyle Modifications on Cardio-metabolic Health

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