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[Perspectives] Xueqing Yu: a driving force in Chinese nephrology

Born to farming parents in China’s Jiangxi Province, Xueqing Yu was among the first generation of his family to benefit from a university education. “I lived in the countryside and saw how difficult it was for people to have a good medical service”, he recalls. The idea of joining the struggle to improve health care was sown and, in due course, he became a physician: an academic whose career has taken him to the pinnacle of nephrology, his chosen specialty. Now Professor of Medicine and Director of Sun Yat-sen University’s Institute of Nephrology in Guangzhou he’s also the current President of the Chinese Society of Nephrology.