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<img class=”alignright” style=”border: 0pt none;” src=”/public/images/international/lixu.jpg” alt=”” width=”300″ height=”450″ border=”0″ />Dr. Li McCrae grew up and gained her medical degree  in Beijing.  She came to the UK to study for a PhD, which she completed in virology at Bristol University.  After spending a period as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Warwick, in 2000, she joined the Health Protection Agency as a Senior Clinical Scientist based at the Heartlands NHS Trust. Her main focus has been on antiviral drug resistance particularly for HIV.  She has also maintained and developed connections with her homeland, and has worked as a volunteer counselor to HIV positive patients in Beijing.  In the last three years, her main effort has been on establishing the ‘Hand-in-Hand’ centre in Zhengzhou, the capital city of Henan province.  This is the first wholly government funded HIV diagnosis, counselling and care centre in China. With these activities, Dr. McCrae brings to the Saving Lives Trust both knowledge of the science underpinning HIV infection and experience of bridging out into high risk populations and the general public in China.