Ruoling Chen obtained his PhD at the University of Aberdeen in 1997, after studying medicine (MB) and a 3-year full-time postgraduate course for medical statistics in China. In 2009 he joined the University of Wolverhampton as a Reader in Centre for Health and Social Care Improvement (CHSCI). He has conducted and led a number of national and international health research projects, eg, MRC-ALPHA study, Scottish MONICA surveys, MINAP. After spending about 3 years at King’s College London to develop a teaching course of Global Health and teach clinical epidemiology, in 2014 he returned to CHSCI to focus on public health research. Dr Chen previously worked at the Universities of Liverpool, Dundee and London as a lecturer and senior lecturer in medical statistics and epidemiology. He is an honorary senior lecturer at University College London.
Dr Chen’s research areas and expertise include chronic disease epidemiology, medical statistics and public health. He has published widely in these fields (in excess of 180 publications), including high impact papers in journals such as JAMA Arch Int Med, BMJ. He sits on the editorial boards of the Psychiatric Bulletin and World Journal of Psychiatry and as an Associate Editor of BMC Public Health. Currently Dr Chen teaches different levels of students on epidemiology, meta-analysis and health research methodology. He leads a research group of epidemiology and global health, recruiting/supervising PhD students using on-going health cohort study data and providing consultant advice to researchers on clinical- and community- based health study design and data analyses.