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Promoting Cognitive Health in An Aging Society: The Role of Individuals, Families, and Public Policies

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Yale Starlight Science Series

Bringing discovery from Yale to China, hosted by Yale Center Beijing.

The Yale Starlight Science Series will bring outstanding science faculty from Yale University to China to present their latest research, and engage with audiences on related topics of interest. Please join us to explore the latest breakthroughs in scientific frontiers, and what relevance they hold for the future!

Event Time

April 10, 2021 | Saturday
9:00 pm - 10:15 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST)
April 11, 2021 | Sunday
9:00 am - 10:15 am China Standard Time (CST)

ParticipatiOn Format

Registration is required to obtain a ZOOM Conference access link, which will be sent to your registration email or phone shortly. Please enter the ZOOM room 15 minutes before the starting time. When the room is full, latecomers will not be able to access the ZOOM conference.


Participants within China can click “HERE” further below to register. Participants from outside of China can use the following link to register:

Please send an email to if there are any problems.



The language of the event will be Chinese.


Recording (audiotaping or videotaping) during the event is not allowed.

The Event

Having the largest and fastest growing aging population in the world, China has been experiencing a major transformation of burden of diseases whereby infectious diseases are gradually displaced by chronic and degenerative diseases. The large prevalence of cognitive impairment and dementia as well as its tremendous social and economic burdens threaten future of the aging population, their children and families, and sustainability of government support programs.

In the talk of April 11, Chen Xi, Associate Professor of Public Health (Health Policy), of Global Health, and of Economics at Yale University, will draw global evidence to discuss what roles individuals, their families and public policies may play to address a host of critical issues surrounding brain health promotion, including lifecycle disease prevention, efficient and equitable health care delivery, long-term care, financial decision-making, and affordable drug development.

The Speaker


Xi Chen
Associate Professor of Public Health (Health Policy), of Global Health, and of Economics, Yale University

Xi Chen is an associate professor of Public Health (Health Policy), of Global Health, and of Economics at Yale University. He is a faculty fellow at the Yale Institute for Social and Policy Studies, the Yale Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, and the Yale Macmillan Center for International and Area Studies. His research endeavors focus on economics and public policies on population aging, and global health systems.

Professor Chen consults for the United Nations. He is a research fellow at the IZA Institute of Labor Economics, fellow at the Global Labor Organization, Butler-Williams Scholar at National Institute on Aging, grant reviewer of the National Sciences Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, United Nations Research Institute for Social Development, the Research Council of Norway. Chen's work has been recognized through numerous awards, including the Best China Paper from the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, the MacMillan Faculty Research Award, and the U.S. PEPPER Center Scholar Award. His timely and rigorous economic evaluations on the COVID-19 pandemic won the Kuznets Prize.

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