Guoyan (Emily) Yang

Guoyan (Emily) Yang

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PhD, MMed, BA
Research Support Program Fellow - Healthy Ageing: Chinese Medicine Prevention in Chronic Diseases, NICM Health Research Institute

Dr Guoyan (Emily) Yang joined NICM Health Research Institute in 2019 as Postdoctoral Research Fellow for clinical research and translation. In 2021, she was appointed in her current role as a Research Support Program Fellow.

In 2020, under the supervision of Professor Dennis Chang and Professor Alan Bensoussan, Dr Yang completed her PhD in health science at Western Sydney University, examining the effect of tai chi for cardiovascular disease.

Dr Yang’s research interests include clinical trials of Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture, and tai chi, particularly in cardiovascular disease, cerebrovascular disease, and cognitive impairment, to improve the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation in people with chronic diseases.

Her research outcomes have been widely published in impactful peer-reviewed journals, cited by leading researchers from different countries, and presented at national and international conferences.

Research focus

  • Clinical trials
  • Traditional Chinese medicine
  • Tai chi interventions
  • Cardiovascular health
  • Mild cognitive impairment
  • Alzheimer’s disease

Awards and recognitions

  • 2021 Research Support Program Fellowship, Western Sydney University
  • 2018 Young Investigator Award, ICIMH 2018, Baltimore, US
  • 2018 Student Seminar Best Poster Award, NICM Health Research Institute, Australia
  • 2018 Student Seminar Best Presentation Award, NICM Health Research Institute, Australia
  • 2017 Higher Degree Research Scholarship, Graduate Research School, Western Sydney University, Australia
  • 2017 Winner of 3-Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition, School of Health and Sciences, Western Sydney University, Australia
  • 2015-2018 International Postgraduate research Scholarship, Australian Federal Government
  • 2015-2018 Australian Postgraduate Award, Australian Federal Government
  • 2011 Postgraduate Scholarship, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, China
  • 2008 Endeavor Scholarship, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, China


  • 2021-present Reviewer, BMC Complementary Therapies in Medicine
  • 2021-present Reviewer, Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
  • 2021-present Reviewer, PLoS ONE
  • 2020-present Reviewer, European Journal of Integrative Medicine
  • 2020-present Reviewer, World Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • 2016-present Member, International Society for Complementary Medicine
  • 2015-present Reviewer, Complementary Therapies in Medicine
  • 2018-2019 Member, Australian Health Promotion Association
  • 2007-present Member, Huacheng Martial Arts Association


  • 2020 PhD (Health Science), Western Sydney University, Australia
  • 2014 Master of Medicine (Evidence-Based Medicine), Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, China
  • 2011 Bachelor of Arts (Medical English), Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, China


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