Issue 1
Monday, 04 March 2019
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Darwin will be home for Chinese researcher Li-Qun Yao as she conducts her research at CDU
Darwin will be home for Chinese researcher Li-Qun Yao as she conducts her research at CDU

Research targets motor function in stroke patients

Darwin is set to be home for Chinese researcher Li-Qun Yao who will focus on traditional exercise programs to improve motor function in post-stroke patients under her Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend Scholarship.

RTP scholarships are awarded by the Australian Government to students of exceptional research potential to undertake higher degree research at an Australian university.

Ms Yao is the first international PhD candidate in the College of Nursing and Midwifery to be supported by this highly competitive stipend.

She has an extensive education and research background in China and the US in the areas of chronic disease management and rehabilitation.

Ms Yao’s work at CDU will involve designing a randomised, controlled clinical trial to explore the value of traditional exercise on motor functions and psychological well-being in patients after stroke.

“More than half of stroke survivors have physical dysfunctions that can significantly impede their daily activities and quality of life,” Ms Yao said.

“As a nursing educator, my long-term career goal is to become an experienced healthcare researcher and educator who would make significant contributions to people’s health and well-being.”

Ms Yao arrives in Darwin early this month to begin her four-year PhD program at CDU under the supervision of College Dean Professor Catherine Turner and Dr Benjamin Tan.

“I believe I am ready to set out on my new journey in Darwin,” she said.