Dr. Simin Liu awarded the first Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Global Health

SImin Liu

Congratulations to Dr. Simin Liu, who has been selected by the Presidential Fulbright Board for a Distinguished Chair in Global Health award 2019-2020! The Fulbright Distinguished Chair Awards are widely considered as one of the most prestigious appointments, with approximately 40 eminent scholars selected from all disciplines across America's Universities each year. 

Dr. Simin Liu is a Professor of Epidemiology at Brown University’s School of Public Health, Professor of Medicine (Endocrinology) and Professor of Surgery at Brown’s Alpert School of Medicine. His work unites molecular genetics, nutrition, clinical medicine, and public health. He also serves as director of the Center for Global Cardiometabolic Health (CGCH) and holds adjunct professorships at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the Chinese University of Hong Kong (Honorary), Guangdong General Hospital/Academy of Medical Sciences, and Fuwai Hospital (Honorary) and Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences.


Dr. Liu with Terry Branstad, U.S. Ambassador to China.

As a Fulbright Distinguished Chair, Dr. Liu will work collaboratively with international partners in strengthening a network of global health teaching, research, and practice in global cardiometabolic health. He will be hosted by  Peking University in Fall 2019 where he will conduct teaching and research activities throughout Southeast Asia. 

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of  other countries. Fulbrighters address critical global issues in all disciplines, while forging lasting connections, and building relationships, knowledge, and leadership in support of the long-term interests of the United States.

 “As a Fulbright Chair, Simin will join the ranks of eminent scholars selected from all disciplines across America's Universities this year, including Nobel Laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners, MacArthur Fellows, and Presidential  Medal of Freedom recipients,” commented Alison Field, Professor and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology at the Brown University School of Public Health. “It is the first Fulbright Chair Award in Global Health, which  speaks volumes about Simin’s stature in the field. It is an extremely prestigious award for both Simin and the School of Public Health...”


Dr. Liu with fellow Fulbright recipients

Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has  awarded more than 380,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas,   and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in many fields, including 59 who have been awarded the Nobel Prize, 82 who have received Pulitzer Prizes, and 37 who have served as a head of state or government. The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations, and foundations around the world also provide direct and indirect support to the Program, which operates in over 160 countries worldwide.