Professor Ruoling Chen

Professor of Public Health and Medical Statistics

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Email address: Phone number: 01902 518622 Location: Wolverhampton Faculty: Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing School/Institute: Institute of Community and Society Areas of expertise: Lead of Global Health and Epidemiology


Dr Ruoling Chen is Professor of Public Health and Medical Statistics and Lead of Global Health and Epidemiology research at the University of Wolverhampton.  He 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 (MSc) in China. Before joining the University as a Reader in 2009 Dr Chen worked at the Universities of Liverpool, Dundee and London as a lecturer and senior lecturer in medical statistics and epidemiology for 14 years. He worked as a research associate at INSERM U444 and Universite Paris VII, France during one year of 1992-1993 on the methodology of meta-analysis in occupational epidemiology, following several years of teaching and junior doctor posts in a medical university and hospital in China.

Prof Chen is an international expert on public health and epidemiology. He worked on the MRC-ALPHA study for mental health in older people in Liverpool, the Scottish Heart Health Study and the Myocardial Infarction National Audit Project, England & Wales. Prof has established a large-scale population-based cohort study of dementia and other chronic disease in older people in six provinces in China. His research interests include Aging and Chronic Diseases, Social Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology. As a principal investigator, Prof Chen has led and conducted a number of national and international research projects in public health and epidemiology, supported by UK grants (eg, the BUPA Foundation, Alzheimer’s Research).  He has national and international research collaborations, including from University College London, King’s College London and Neuroscience Research Australia/University of New South Wales (Prof Kaarin Anesty). Prof Chen has been often invited to give research seminar talks by medical universities in China ( He has had a wide network linked with medical universities in China, helping the University of Wolverhampton for collaborative research and teaching programmes ( He has been often invited to give seminar

Currently, Prof Ruoling Chen leads a research group in global health and epidemiology. The group consists of post-doctoral researchers and senior academic staff, and provides several places for future PhD candidates to work on important topics in public health and care. It also provides expertise and advice for staff on health data analyses, clinical epidemiology and population-based health research.

Research interests

  • Develop/Maintain relationships with Medical Universities in China to bring students.
  • Develop/Maintain relationships with Medical Universities in China for collaborative research project and grant applications.

Membership of professional bodies

  • Fellow, The Royal Society of Medicine
  • Fellow, The Royal Statistical Society
  • Member, International Epidemiology Association


  • PhD in Epidemiology, Medical School, University of Aberdeen, UK
  • MSc in Medical Statistics, School of Public Health, Sun Yat-sen University of
  • Medical Sciences, China
  • Medical Bachelor, Anhui Medical University, China
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice in Higher Education [PGCAPHE] – Enhancing Academic Practice, King’s Learning Institute, King’s College London, University of London, UK



  • Hu Z, Zaman MJ, Wang J, Peacock JL, Chen R. Correlates of untreated hypercholesterolemia in older adults: A community-based household survey in China. PLoS One 2015 (in press)
  • Chen R, Crichton SL, McKevitt CJ, Rudd AG, Sheldenkar A, Wolfe CDA. Association between Socioeconomic Deprivation and Functional Impairment after Stroke: the South London Stroke Register.  Stroke 2015; 46:800-5.
  • Chen R, Hu Z, Chen RL, Zhang D, Xu L, Wang J, et al. Socioeconomic deprivation and survival after stroke in China: a systematic literature review and a new population-based cohort study. BMJ Open. 2015;5(1):e005688. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2014-005688.
  • Chen R, Hu Z, Wei L, Wilson K. Socioeconomic status and survival among older adults with dementia and depression. Br J Psychiatry 2014; 204:436-40.
  • Birkhead J, Weston C, Timmis A, Chen R. The effects of intravenous insulin infusions on early mortality for patients with acute coronary syndromes who present with hyperglycaemia; a matched propensity analysis using data from the MINAP database 2008-2012. European Heart Journal: Acute Cardiovascular Care 2014; pii: 2048872614549733.
  • Chen R, McKevitt CJ, Rudd AG, Wolfe CDA. Socioeconomic Deprivation and Survival after Stroke: Findings from the Prospective South London Stroke Register of 1995-2011. Stroke 2014; 45: 217-23.
  • Greaves K, Chen Y, Appadurai V, Hu Z, Schofield P, Chen R. The prevalence of doctor-diagnosed angina in 4314 older adults in China and comparison with the Rose angina questionnaire: the 4 province study. Int J Cardiology. 2014;177:627-8.
  • Chen R, McKevitt CJ, Crichton SL, Rudd AG, Wolfe CDA. Socioeconomic deprivation and provision of acute and long-term care after stroke: the South London Stroke Register cohort study. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry 2014; 85:1294-300.
  • Sheldenkar A, Crichton S, Douiri A, Rudd AG, Wolfe CD, Chen R. Temporal trends in health-related quality of life after stroke: analysis from the South London Stroke Register 1995-2011. Int J Stroke 2014; 9:721-7.
  • Chen R,  Hu Z, Chen LR, Ma Y, Zhang DM, Wilson K. Determinants for undetected dementia and depression in older adults. Br J Psychiatry 2013;203:203-8.
  • Zhang D, Hu Z, Orton S, Wang JJ, Zheng J, Qin X, Chen R. Socioeconomic and psychosocial determinants of smoking and passive smoking in older adults. Biomed Environ Sci 2013;26:465-470.
  • Chen R, Wilson K, Chen Y, Zhang D, Qin X, He MZ, Hu Z, Ma Y, Copeland JR. Association between environmental tobacco smoke exposure and dementia syndromes. Occup Environ Med 2013;70: 63-69.
  • Schofield P, Nicola Crichton N, Chen R.  Methods for assessing cardiovascular disease risk in a UK black population. Heart 2012;98:1373-7.
  • Chen R. Association of environmental tobacco smoke with dementia and Alzheimer's disease among never smokers. Alzheimer's & Dementia 2012;8:590-5.
  • Clifford A, Lang L, Chen R.  Effects of maternal cigarette smoking during pregnancy on cognitive parameters of children and young adults - a literature review. Neurotoxicol Teratol 2012;34:560-70.
  • Chen R, Zhang D, Chen Y, Hu Z, Wilson K. Passive smoking and risk of cognitive impairment in women who never smoke. Arch Int Med 2012;172:271-3.
  • Chen R, Ma Y, Wilson K, Hu Z, Sallah D, Wang JJ, et al. A multicentre community-based study of dementia cases and subcases in older people in rural and urban China--the GMS-AGECAT prevalence and socio-economic correlates. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry 2012;27:692-702.
  • Chen R, Song Y, Hu Z, Brunner EJ. Predictors of diabetes in older people in urban China. PLoS ONE 2012;7:e50957.
  • Lang L, Orton S, Sallah D, Hewitt-Moran T, Zhang D, Cullen S, Dixon S, Bell B, Bell D, Meeson L, Chen R. A survey of engagement and competence levels in interventions and activities in a community mental health workforce in England. BMC Health Serv Res 2011;11:352.

Books and Chapters

  • Chen R. Cognitive Development: Theories, Stages & Processes and Challenges (Book). Nova Science Publishers, Inc. p.293. New York, USA. 2014. ISBN-10:1631176048. Total pages 293
  • Chen R, Roberts N. Environmental pollution, neurodevelopment and cognitive impairment (Chapter). p.255-277. In the book -  Cognitive Development: Theories, Stages & Processes and Challenges. 2014. Nova Science Publishers, Inc. New York, USA.
  • Chen R, Copeland JRM. Epidemiology of depression in older people: prevalence and incidence (Chapter). p.479-488. In: Abou-Saleh MM,Katona CLE, and Kumar A. (eds): Principles and Practice of Geriatric Psychiatry (3rd Edition). Wiley-Blackwell, West Sussex, UK.  2011. ISBN: 978-0-470-74723-0

Conference Presentations

  • Impact of Socioeconomic Status on Survival after Hemorrhagic Stroke - Any Evidence? BIT's 6th Annual World Congress of NeuroTalk-2015 (Bio Integration Technology) May 22-24, 2015, Hangzhou, China
  • Impacts of socioeconomic deprivation on Survival after Stroke in China and England. Asia Pacific Stroke Conference, 30 Aug - 1 Sep 2013, Hong Kong
  • Associations between social support, socioeconomic status and depression in stroke survivors who experienced economic transition. Asia Pacific Stroke Conference, 30 Aug - 1 Sep 2013, Hong Kong
  • Exposure to passive smoking and risk of dementia in older women who never smoke. 140th Annual Conference of American Public Health Association, 26-31 October 2012, San Francisco, USA
  • Socioeconomic deprivation and provision of acute and long-term stroke care: a community-based cohort study of the South London Stroke Register 1995-2010. ESC Lisbon, Portugal, 22-25 May 2012
  • Age, gender and race differences in the impacts of admission diabetic status on 1-year mortality after STEMI and NSTEMI: Myocardial Infarction National Audit ProjectBIT’s 2nd Annual International Congress of Cardiology, Shanghai, China, 7-9 December, 2010
  • Rural-urban and geographic differences in the risks of dementia cases and subcases in China. Annual Conference of Australian Society for Psychiatric Research, Canberra, 2-4 December, 2009
  • Depression and dementia in older people in China and the UK. Springfield University Hospital Academic Programme, South West London & St. George’s Mental Health Trust; London, January 22, 2009




Previous professional experience

  • Senior Lecturer/Principal Investigator, Department of Primary Care and Public Health Sciences, King’s College London
  • Senior Lecturer/Senior Research Fellow, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London, and Westminster Primary Care NHS Trust, London
  • Senior Lecturer, Cardiovascular Epidemiology Unit, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, University of Dundee
  • Lecturer, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Liverpool, Liverpool

External Examiner

  • PhD External Examiner in the School of Public Health and Social Work, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

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