Dr Sophia Xiang Sun completed her MPhil and PhD at Cambridge Institute of Public Health in December 2012.
Her research at Cambridge focused on the Epidemiology of Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC) in China. Her PhD work was the basis and a pilot part of a collaborative project named Social and Communication Research and Epidemiology study in China (China SCORE). This project linked the University of Cambridge, China Disabled Persons’ Federation and the Chinese University of Hong Kong together for the exploration of ASC in China.
She is now working at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, on a Cambridge-CUHK international fellowship. Her current role is the lead investigator for the China SCORE project. This project will entail a large epidemiological study involving 250,000 people across 14 cities within 14 provincial regions in mainland China. The aim of the research is to implement the validated techniques from the pilot to whole populations to provide key estimates on the prevalence of ASC, and to build capacity in research and appropriate clinical and social support services in China.
Of her time at the Cambridge Institute of Public Health, Sophia says:
“What I’ve taken away from my four years of Public Health Training at CIPH, is to always consider the bigger picture”.
“That no matter how hard it is, for us, as researchers, we need to stick to our goals and to keep going, as long as necessary. As our research outcomes can benefit whole populations, in the long run”.
“This positive, driven attitude which I learnt mostly from Professor Carol Brayne has helped me, not only within my career development but also in other situations every day”.