Air Force Medical University


The Air Force Medical University is designated very-high risk for its work on military-related medical and psychological sciences.

The Air Force Medical University, also known as the Fourth Military Medical University, is the PLA’s premier institution for research into medical and psychological sciences, having been placed under command of the Air Force after Xi Jinping’s military reforms in 2017. Its major areas of study are medical and psychological sciences tailored for personnel engaging in air and space operations, military preventative medicine and various other forms of clinical research.

The Air Force Medical University conducts significant amounts of psychological research. Scientists from the Air Force Medical University have written studies on suicide, mental health across China, and mental health in military universities. The university’s scientists have also looked at the extent to which mindfulness training can reduce anxiety for undergraduates at military universities, and at how fear induced by virtual combat scenarios impacts decision-making. This indicates that the university is interested in issues of troop morale and decision-making in high-stress situations.

Noteworthy international collaborations

Medical practitioners from the Air Force Medical University, and its four subordinate hospitals, have published in several international peer-reviewed journals and have attended numerous international conferences. For example, doctors Feng Cao and Yanjie Cao from the Fourth Military Medical University’s Xijing Hospital were listed as ‘international faculty’ attending the 2011 TCTAP Angioplasty Summit in Seoul. Additionally, Doctor Gang Zhao of Xijing Hospital’s Department of Neurology serves as one of the three editors-in-chief for the international peer-reviewed journal Neuroimmunology and Neuroinflammation.

Last updated 25 November 2019. Unclear about any wording? Visit the terminology page.