Yue is an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Her research is focused on the relationship between sleep and brain aging including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
Words of Strength
To reduce the scale and impact of dementia, Yue believes we need to take a holistic approach but start from everyday practice—eat well, sleep tight, quit smoking, and get more exercise.
Yue is developing a non-pharmacological sleep intervention program for people with mild cognitive impairment and sleep disturbances. She plans to pilot test its feasibility and effects on sleep and cognition, with the ultimate aim of decreasing risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
As an Atlantic Fellow, Yue acquired in-depth knowledge about clinical dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. More importantly, she made many new friends who share a similar passion and built important connections and collaboration.
China is facing a rapidly aging society and increasing dementia incidence. Identifying modifiable risk factors for dementia in the Chinese population is key to the prevention of dementia and risk reduction in this population.
Yue received her medical school training (major in Preventive Medicine) from Sun-Yat Sen University School of Medicine, China. She received an MPhil and PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Cambridge, UK. After completing her PhD studies, she joined the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) as a postdoctoral fellow, before she was appointed as an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at UCSF. Her research is focused on the relationship between sleep and brain aging including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. As an epidemiologist specializing in the research of sleep and aging, Yue is committed to improving sleep and aging outcomes in older populations. Sleep problems are very common in older adults and have a significant impact on brain health. Yue is interested in identifying sleep characteristics that are closely related to brain health and cognitive aging and understanding the mechanisms that underpin the relationship between sleep and cognition. Yue has had training across three continents, and she brings her experience in sleep and epidemiology research to the GBHI network. She has published over 20 first-author peer-reviewed papers in leading journals including Lancet Neurology, JAMA Neurology, etc. Her research is funded by a K99/R00 award from the NIH, and has also received awards from the Alzheimer's Association, Alzheimer's Research UK, etc. Her work has been featured many times in mass media including the BBC, the CNN, the Reuters, etc.