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Dr Yin Gao

Lecturer

School of Humanities and Social Science (Philosophy)

Career Summary

Biography

Research Expertise

Dr Gao has done extensive research on complex system theory and its philosophical implications in terms its impacts on our understanding of:

* The development of science and technology in terms of the dynamics and organization of their practice;

* The dynamics and organization of ecological system and its implication on ecological investigation and environmental policy;

* The interaction between manmade systems and its ecological environment, especially in the case of engineering systems;

* The dynamics of high technology products market and its implication on science, technology, and industry development policies.

She has extended her work to area such as applying complex system theory in conceptualizing and analyzing traditional Chinese medical theory and practice. She is also working on evaluating the application of evidence-base medicine in traditional Chinese medicine. She is currently involved in organizing a major international conference on Evidence-based Practice in China with IASH.

With her work on complex system theory, she has applied complex system framework in analyzing the organizational and dynamic properties of scientific and technological practice. This work involves examining:

1. the epistemological processes in various scientific and technological research and development settings;

2. the physical infrastructure of science including scientific and technological instrument design and construction, laboratory design, communication network building, etc;

3. the impacts on such infrastructural systems on scientific practice and organization;

4. the dynamic properties of such infrastructural systems, as well as interactions among these systems.

Her work on applying the complex system framework to traditional Chinese medicine includes constructing a set of conceptual tools to reinterpret the medical theory presented in TCM classics such as the Yellow Emperor Inner Classic in terms of articulating the conception of human body, health, and diseases; explaining and analyzing the diagnostic and therapeutic strategies based on such conceptions; and developing appropriate assessment parameters in testing the efficacy of TCM. These works provide a critical bridging framework that helps Western academics and medical professional to understand the working processes underlying TCM practice as well as a set new research tools for TCM researchers and practitioners. She has been working closely with other researchers interested in TCM and TCM practitioners here in Australia and aboard. She and her collaborators have published several papers in this area in both English and Chinese peer-reviewed journals.

Recently, she has started a new project investigating the ethical, methodological and epistemological aspects of applying evidence-based medicine to traditional Chinese medicine.


Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Engineering, Shenyang Architect University - PR China
  • Master of Arts (Liberal Arts), Heilongjiang Social Sciences Institute - PR China

Keywords

  • Philosophy

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
120199Architecture not elsewhere classified35
220199Applied Ethics not elsewhere classified35
220399Philosophy not elsewhere classified30

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2014 - LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Chapter (2 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2011Herfel WE, Gao Y, Rodrigues DJ, 'Chinese medicine and complex systems dynamics', Philosophy of Complex Systems (Handbook of the Philosophy of Science), Elsevier, Amsterdam, NL 675-719 (2011) [B1]
CitationsScopus - 2
2011Gao Y, Herfel WE, 'Constructing post-classical ecosystems ecology. The emerging dynamic perspective from self-organising complex adaptive systems', Philosophy of Complex Systems (Handbook of the Philosophy of Science), Elsevier, Amsterdam, NL 389-416 (2011) [B1]
DOI10.1016/B978-0-444-52076-0.50014-6

Journal article (5 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2011Gao Y, Lu A, 'Conception of health and disease in medicine: Philosophical reflections on the 2006 debate of Chinese Medicine in the People's Republic of China', Chinese Journal of Basic Medicine in Traditional Chinese Medicine, 17 101-106 (2011) [C1]
2009Gao Y, Gu N, 'Complexity, human agents, and architectural design: A computational framework', Design Principles & Practices: An International Journal, 3 115-125 (2009) [C1]
Co-authorsNing Gu
2008Gao Y, Herfel WE, Rodrigues D, 'Towards a new research paradigm: Traditional Chinese medicine from a nonlinear dynamical perspective', Medicine and Philosophy, 29 70-71 (2008) [C1]
2008Rodrigues D, Gao Y, Herfel WE, 'Applying self-organizing dissipative system theory to analyze a traditional Chinese medicine case study', Medicine and Philosophy, 29 56-57 (2008) [C1]
2007Herfel WE, Rodrigues D, Gao Y, 'Chinese Medicine and the Dynamic Conceptions of Health and Disease', Journal of Chinese Philosophy, 34 57-79 (2007) [C1]
DOI10.1111/j.1540-6253.2007.00453.x
CitationsWeb of Science - 2
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Conference (2 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2009Gao Y, 'Narrative pain in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM)', The 2nd ArtsHealth Conference Proceedings, Newcastle, NSW (2009) [E3]
2007Gao Y, Herfel W, 'Post-classical ecology: On the emerging dynamic perspective from self-organizing complex adaptive systems', Biannual Meeting of the International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology 2007. Abstracts, Exeter, UK (2007) [E3]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants4
Total funding$18,126

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20101 grants / $1,000

Hawaii International Conference on Arts & Humanities, Hawaii, 13-16 January 2010$1,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project TeamDoctor Yin Gao
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2010
Funding Finish2010
GNoG0190578
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20081 grants / $9,926

Innovative Research Methodology for Traditional Chinese Medicine$9,926

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Yin Gao
SchemeEarly Career Researcher Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2008
Funding Finish2008
GNoG0189509
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20072 grants / $7,200

The epistemological and ethical significance of understanding traditional Chinese medicine in biomedical context$5,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Yin Gao
SchemeNew Staff Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2007
Funding Finish2007
GNoG0188350
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

ISHPSSB Conference 2007, The ZSRC Center for Genomics in Society, 25/7/2007 - 29/7/2007$1,700

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Yin Gao
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2007
Funding Finish2007
GNoG0187847
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

CommencedResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2014A Comparative Phenomenological Approach to the Fundamental Questions of the Chinese Philosophical Tradition and their Impact on Chinese Science and Medicine
Philosophy, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
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Dr Yin Gao

Position

Lecturer
Philosophy
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts

Focus area

Philosophy

Contact Details

Emailyin.gao@newcastle.edu.au
Phone(02) 49215191
Fax(02) 49216933

Office

RoomMC121
BuildingMcMullin Building
LocationCallaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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