I have an interdisciplinary training background in Nursing, Behavioral Science, and Aging Studies. My research focuses on technology assisted lifestyle interventions for chronic disease management (type 2 diabetes, chronic kidney disease, ADRD). Inspired by the experience working as an ICU nurse caring for very ill older patients, my scientific career is dedicated to improving chronic disease management, maintaining function and independence, and reducing caregiving burden with a precision health approach. This approach integrates social factors, lifestyle behavior modifications, and omics to develop omics guided, social environment tailored, and technology assisted personalized lifestyle interventions.
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*Du Y, Dennis B, Ramirez V, Li C, Wang J, Meireles CL. Experiences and disease self-management in individuals living with chronic kidney disease: qualitative analysis of the National Kidney Foundation's online community. BMC nephrology. 2022;23(1):88. Epub 2022/03/06. doi: 10.1186/s12882-022-02717-7. PubMed PMID: 35246060; PMCID: PMC8894554.
*Ning H, Du Y, Zhao Y, Liu Q, Li X, Zhang H, Jiang D, Feng H. Ning H, Du Y, Zhao Y, Liu Q, Li X, Zhang H, Jiang D, Feng H. Longitudinal impact of metabolic syndrome and depressive symptoms on subsequent functional disability among middle-aged and older adults in China. J Affect Disord. 2022 Jan 1;296:216-223. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2021.09.061. Epub 2021 Sep 25. PMID: 34614438.
Ko J, Wang J, Du Y, Jiwani R, Li C. Personalized Behavioral Nutrition Among Older Asian Americans: Study Protocol. Nurs Res. 2021 Jul-Aug 01;70(4):317-322. doi: 10.1097/NNR.0000000000000514. PMID: 34160184; PMCID: PMC8231758.
*Du Y, Dennis B, Liu J, Meyer K, Siddiqui N, Lopez K, White C, Myneni S, Gonzales M, Wang J. A Conceptual Model to Improve Care for Individuals with Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias and Their Caregivers: Qualitative Findings in an Online Caregiver Forum. J Alzheimers Dis. 2021;81(4):1673-1684. doi: 10.3233/JAD-210167. PMID: 33967054.
Du Y, Dennis B, Liu J, Meyer K, Siddiqui N, Lopez K, White C, Myneni S, Gonzales M & Wang J (in press) A Conceptual Model to Improve Care for Individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias and Their Caregivers: Qualitative Findings in an Online Caregiver Forum. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.
Ko J, Du Y, Jiwani R & Wang J (in press) Protocol for a Pilot Study on Personalized Behavioral Nutrition among Older Asian Americans. Nursing Research.
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