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Doctor turns to research in hopes of helping patients before they get sick

Dr. Lijun Xia moved to Oklahoma in 1995 for a fellowship position at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. He has since been promoted to scientist at the foundation and has started a new life in the United States.
by Jaclyn Cosgrove Modified: September 6, 2013 at 8:00 pm •  Published: September 5, 2013

Dr. Lijun Xia was tired of the textbook approach.

He felt like he was stuck in the same routine with his patients — figure out their symptoms, diagnose them and then send them on their way with a treatment.

“That's it,” Xia said. “So there's no room for you to do further research.”

So, Xia got his Ph.D., and then, the young Chinese doctor wrote a letter to a researcher thousands of miles away, asking for a job in the United States.

Months later, he got a letter back, inviting him to Oklahoma, a place he had never been, for a postdoctoral fellowship at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. It was an opportunity to do medical research in the United States, and he took it.

Almost 20 years later, Xia has since been promoted from his fellowship to a scientist at OMRF, an Oklahoma City nonprofit biomedical research institute.

And he has been successful in his goal of helping patients through studying disease.

Xia, along with fellow OMRF researchers Dr. Jianxin Fu and Brett Herzog, have made a breakthrough in understanding a novel function of platelets that could lead to new treatments to reduce bleeding in trauma and severe infections, according to OMRF.

The breakthrough was recently published in Nature, an international journal that describes itself as publishing “groundbreaking research spanning all of the scientific disciplines.”

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by Jaclyn Cosgrove
Medical and Health Reporter
Jaclyn Cosgrove writes about health, public policy and medicine in Oklahoma, among other topics. She is an Oklahoma State University graduate. Jaclyn grew up in the southeast region of the state and enjoys writing about rural Oklahoma. She is...
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