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Xinyi (Cindy) Leng


Research Fellow

Dr. Leng's research focuses on stroke and intracranial atherosclerotic disease (ICAD). Using multimodal neuroimaging and computational methods, she has been studying cerebral hemodynamics and plaque characteristics in ICAD and its clinical implications. She also works on the efficacy and safety of medical and interventional treatment regimens in ischemic stroke, and investigates mechanisms of collateral circulation recruitment and its clinical relevance in stroke patients. 

As an awardee of the Lee Hysan Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Neurosciences, Dr. Leng is currently a research fellow at the Centre for Prevention of Stroke and Dementia, NDCN, under the supervision of Prof. Peter Rothwell. In the last few years, Dr. Leng has also been funded by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council, the National Natural Science Foundation of China, the China Association for Science and Technology, and the World Heart Federation (The Emerging Leaders Programme), for her research in the area of stroke.


  • 2018 Lee Hysan Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Neurosciences
  • 2018 World Heart Federation Emerging Leaders Programme
  • 2017 Young Elite Scientist Sponsorship Program, China Association for Science and Technology
  • 2014 Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Sciences, Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • 2013 Certificate for Neurosonology, American Society of Neuroimaging
  • 2011 Master of Clinical Medicine, Capital Medical University, China 
  • 2009 Bachelor of Medicine, Capital Medical University, China