2008 Awards

Training: “The Dragon’s Kidneys—Medical Training and the National Standards of Care in China” 

Dr. Dirk Hentschel and Dr. Joseph Bonventre (Harvard Medical School)


A smaller 1-year grant was awarded to the Harvard Medical School-Brigham and Women’s Hospital team of Dr. Dirk Hentschel and Dr. Joseph Bonventre for joint medical training to address China’s emerging problems of kidney disease, diabetes, and hypertension.


Research: “Reconciling Economic Growth and Air Pollution Control in China: An Integrated Approach” 

Michael McElroy and Chris Nielsen (School of Engineering and Applied Sciences)


Michael McElroy and Chris Nielsen, executive director of the Harvard China Project, both of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, will direct a two-year project in collaboration with Tsinghua to build scholarly capacity—from basic science to economic modeling and public-health studies—to assess China’s policies for controlling air pollution. (Nielsen co-edited Clearing the Air: The Health and Economic Damages of Air Pollution in China, an integrated Harvard-Tsinghua analysis of the health and economic damages of air pollution in China, and the costs and benefits of policies to control it.)


“Crisis Management: Research and Executive Training in Collaboration with Tsinghua University”

Herman B. “Dutch” Leonard (Harvard Kennedy School )


Herman B. “Dutch” Leonard, who holds professorial appointments in the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and Harvard Business School, and HKS colleagues will develop, with Tsinghua University, executive-education programs for emergency preparedness and response to crises during their 18-month project.


Research: The Harvard Project on Disability

William Alford (Harvard Law School)


William Alford (HLS) and colleagues, both here and in China, will spend three years conducting research on disability issues, helping build capacity in Chinese universities, offering advice regarding legal development, and working with pertinent civic organizations for persons with disabilities (who may number some 130 million). This remains, as the proposal puts it, a “much-neglected area” of law and services.