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Staff photo Jing Helmersson

Jing Helmersson

Main interests: Sámi Traditional Healing, integration of scientific research and traditional knowledge - Sámi and Chinese. PhDs in physics 1989 (USA) and in public health 2018 (Sweden).


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Postdoctoral fellow at Várdduo-Centre för Sámi Research
YA, Norra Beteendevetarhuset, 4 tr Umeå universitet, 901 87 Umeå
Affiliated as postdoctoral position at Department of Epidemiology and Global Health
5B, Målpunkt P, Försörjningsvägen 7 B, Norrlands universitetssjukhus Epidemiologi och global hälsa, Umeå Universitet, 90185 Umeå

Jing is currently a researcher in the Faculty of Art and Humanities in Sámi study - the European Arctic Indigenous people. She was a trained mathematical modeller in public health and a physicist with two PhDs, one in Public Health (Umeå University 2018) and one in Physics (University of Michigan 1989). Jing has published 77 scientific articles in physics and public health. Her current research is  about Sámi Traditional Healing, and its comparison withTraditional Chinese Medicine using research methods of  literature reviews and qualitative interviews. Her main research interests are Arctic well-being with focus on integration of scientific research and traditional knowledge of Arctic Indigenous people and Chinese medicine.

Her previous research in public health was to study the relationship between climate change and health. She developed mathematical models for vector-borne disease (dengue) and Aedes mosquitoes, and their future projections under various climate change scenarios to support climate mitigation. She was born in China and lived in USA for 20 years before moving to Sweden in 2004. Jing was formerly a professor in Physics from California State University Long Beach with over 20 years of physics research in quantum optics and soft condensed matter physics - magnetorheological fluids. She also has experience in Chinese medicine in the area of disease prevention and lifestyle consultation. In addition, she gives public lecturer/workshops on promoting well-being from body, mind and spirit.

Journal of Travel Medicine, Cary: Oxford University Press 2019, Vol. 26, (5)
Lillepold, Kate; Rocklöv, Joacim; Liu-Helmersson, Jing; et al.
Frontiers In Public Health, Frontiers Media S.A. 2019, Vol. 7
Liu-Helmersson, Jing; Brännström, Åke; Sewe, Maquins; et al.
Environmental Research, Elsevier 2019, Vol. 172 : 693-699
Liu-Helmersson, Jing; Rocklöv, Joacim; Sewe, Maquins; et al.
PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, Public Library of Science 2019, Vol. 13, (7)
Sang, Shaowei; Liu-Helmersson, Jing; Quam, Mikkel B. M.; et al.
Umeå University medical dissertations, 1931
Liu-Helmersson, Jing
Scientific Reports, Vol. 8, (1)
Massad, Eduardo; Amaku, Marcos; Coutinho, Francisco Antonio Bezerra; et al.
Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Elsevier 2018, Vol. 106, (4) : 1038-1046
Zhang, Xiangwei; Wang, Yang; Qu, Pengfei; et al.
EBioMedicine, Elsevier 2016, Vol. 7 : 267-277
Liu-Helmersson, Jing; Quam, Mikkel; Wilder-Smith, Annelies; et al.
EBioMedicine, Elsevier 2016, Vol. 9 : 250-256
Rocklöv, Joacim; Quam, Mikkel Brandon; Sudre, Bertrand; et al.
Tropical medicine & international health, Wiley-Blackwell 2015, Vol. 20, (Suppl. 1) : 113-113
Liu-Helmersson, Jing; Quam, Mikkel; Stenlund, Hans; et al.
Tropical medicine & international health, Wiley-Blackwell 2015, Vol. 20, (Suppl. 1) : 408-409
Quam, Mikkel B; Liu-Helmersson, Jing; Massad, E; et al.
Tropical medicine & international health, Wiley-Blackwell 2015, Vol. 20, (Suppl. 1) : 408-408
Quam, Mikkel; Sessions, O; Liu-Helmersson, Jing; et al.
PLoS ONE, San Francisco: Public Library of Science 2014, Vol. 9, (3)
Liu-Helmersson, Jing; Stenlund, Hans; Wilder-Smith, Annelies; et al.
Eurosurveillance, Vol. 19, (8) : 20718-
Wilder-Smith, Annelies; Quam, Mikkel; Sessions, O.; et al.