Xingzhong Jin

NHMRC Early Career Fellow
Research Fellow

Dr Xingzhong Jin (MBBS, CHIA, PhD, University of Tasmania, 2016) is an NHMRC Early Career Fellow at the Centre for Big Data Research in Health at the University of New South Wales. Dr Jin’s PhD studied the metabolic risk factors for osteoarthritis (OA) and the effectiveness of using vitamin D as a treatment. He has 47 peer-reviewed articles published (17 as the first author) in leading journals of clinical medicine, including first-author articles in the high-impact journals of JAMAAnnals of Rheumatic Diseases, and Arthritis & Rheumatism. He has also published one book chapter on “Laboratory Tests of Osteoarthritis” in an Oxford Textbook. His publications have been cited 605 times (H-index = 16). His JAMA paper of a clinical trial of the effects of vitamin D on OA has attracted wide international media coverage (Almetric score 267, which is in the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Almetric). 

Dr Jin has attracted continuous funding totalled $ 606,731 since the start of his PhD. He received a University of Tasmania Scholarship ($73,959), and an International Postgraduate Research Scholarship ($54,000) in 2013. He was awarded a prestigious Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Student Aboard (US$6,000) in 2015. He led the successful funding bid to the Australian Department of Health for a lifestyle trial in Aboriginal communities ($110,870) in 2017. He was awarded an NHMRC Early Career Fellowship ($318,768) in 2018. Recently, he received Sydney Medical School’s Kick Start Grant 2019 ($25,000) to investigate the impact of fast weight loss on OA biomarkers. 

He has supervised 8 Honours students and 1 Master student to completion. 

Dr Jin's current research interests are:

  1. Discover effective interventions to prevent the progression of osteoarthritis in people with overweight and obesity,
  2. Develop predictive modelling to select appropriate patients for joint replacement surgery to reduce the health burden of the surgery. 
  • 2017 - Best of the Best Paper Award,  Menzies Institute for Medical Research.
  • 2015 - Best Poster Award, The 5th Australia China Biomedical Research Conference.
  • 2015 - EULAR Travel Bursary Award, The European League Against Rheumatism Congress 2015.
  • 2015 - Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Young Scholar Award, Chinese Scholarship Council.
  • 2014 - Graduate Research Travel and Conference Award - University of Tasmania
  • 2014- Top 10 Most Outstanding Presentations - The 4th Meeting of Australia Chinese Association for Biomedical Sciences Inc. 
  • 2018-2022, NHMRC, Early Career Fellowship, "Discovering Optimal Weight Loss Interventions to Prevent Osteoarthritis in Obesity (APP1143022)". 
  • 2019-2020, Sydney Medical School, Kickstart Grant, "WEight Loss and Change in Osteoarthritis bio-Markers (WELCOM) Study".