Faculty Profile, National Health Research Institutes, Taiwan

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Chi-Pang Wen, M.D., MPH, Dr.P.H.

Investigator
Institute of Population Health Sciences
cwengood@nhri.org.tw

EDUCATION

- Dr.P.H. Nutrition/Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Mass., USA
- M.P.H., Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Mass., USA
- M.D., Medicine, National Taiwan University, Taiwan

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCES

- Diplomate, American Board of Preventive Medicine and Occupational medicine
- Diplomate, American Board of Family Practice
- Licensed to practice in the State of Texas
- Investigator, Center for Health Policy Research and Development, National Health Research Institutes, Taiwan (2005 - present)
- Research Fellow, Health Policy Division, National Health Research Institutes, Taiwan (2001- 2005)

RESEARCH INTERESTS

• The role of primary prevention in reducing health disparities: smoking, physical inactivity, obesity, betel quid chewing, injuries, particularlymotorcycle injuries, air pollution, particularly PM2.5. and asbetes
• Occupational medicine and environmental epidemiology
• Cancer prevention and health promotion
• Risk assessment, risk communication, risk reduction -- Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE)
• Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE)

RESEARCH ACTIVITIES & ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Ever since Professor Wen joined NHRI in 2001, he has published some 30 papers. Among them, the Supplement to the BMJ journal "Tobacco Control" on Taiwan in June 2005 must have been the highlight of his career. He edited and co-authored 14 articles on the "Forcing open the market in Taiwan: Lessons learned for tobacco control". He was the first one in public health in Taiwan to make a special research publication on Taiwan and put the map of Taiwan on the cover of an internationally recognized journal, one of the BMJ journals (Tobacco Control). The journal chief editor, Professor Simon Chapman from University of Sydney sent an announcement introducing the Supplement around the globe as follows: "I am delighted to announce that Tobacco Control has published its first supplement of papers from a nation other than USA or Australia. You will find 14 papers that will have broad interest to researchers in other nations. Work on the supplement was led by Dr. Chi Pang Wen, a major figure in Asian tobacco epidemiology."

In addition, he has published in 2005 a colorful book entitled "The Taiwan Tobacco Atlas", with an English version and a Chinese version. In announcing this book, the editor of Tobacco Control journal made the following introduction: "This book is unique and sets a precedent in that it has crystallized and reduced complex, evidence based data into half graphic and half clipboard styled presentations, appealing to concerned smokers. The book demonstrates how an emerging nation can systematically and critically review the various aspects of tobacco control issues based on research results; fully capitalizing the old Chinese saying "A picture is worth a thousand words." Taiwan is setting an example for other nations to emulate in reaching out to the public to gain understanding and support. The colorful book is a joy to read and is fun just to flip through." Other book publications included, "Clinical Practice Guideline for Treating Smokers in Taiwan", and "Atlas for Cancer mortality rates 1998-2002", a series of five volumes on Cancer Atlas.

He has been certified by two American Medical Specialty boards: American Board of Preventive Medicine (Occupational Medicine) and American Academy of Family Practice. As the only non-US born occupational physician/epidemiologist practicing occupational medicine in the U.S. in the US Fortune 500 companies, he has been the business manager and medical director for 25 years. He pioneered in occupational epidemiological studies and published on the methodological issues in occupational health and a series articles (more than a dozen) on refinery workers in the U.S. Ever since he joined NHRI, he has devoted his career in quantifying the role of primary prevention in the reduction of health disparities. His areas of interest include smoking, betel quid, obesity, physical inactivity, air pollution, asbestos and BSE (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy), and the diseases of interest include cancer, particularly lung cancer, mesothelioma and oral cancer, diabetes, chronic kidney diseases, hypertension and motor vehicle accidents. The goal is for risk prevention and health promotion.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

1. Wen CP, Tsai MK, Chan HT, Tsai SP, Chiang PH, Making hypertensive smokers motivated in quitting: Developing "blood pressure equivalent of smoking." Journal of Hypertension (In press) 2008 (SCI)

2. Wen CP, Tsai SP, Chung WSI. A 10-year experience of universal health insurance in Taiwan: Assessing the health impact and disparity reduction. Annals of Internal Medicine. (In press) 2008 (SCI)

3. Lan TY, Lan TH, Wen CP, Lin YH, Chuang YL. Nighttime Sleep, Chinese Afternoon Nap, and Mortality in the Elderly. Sleep. 30(9): 1105-1110, 2007 (SCI)

4. Chiang PH, Musa GJ, Hsieh DPH, Liou DM, Wen CP, Chan DC, Chen HH, Chen HL. Spatial Interpolation of Cadmium Soil Contamination in Changhua County, Taiwan. International Journal of Environment and Pollution (accepted) 2007 (SCI)

5. Lin RT, Takahashi K, Karjalainen A, Hoshuyama T, Wilson D, Kameda T, Chan CC, Wen CP, Furuya S, Higashi T, Chien LC, Ohtaki M. Ecological association between asbestos-related diseases and historical asbestos consumption: an international analysis. Lancet. 369(9564):844-849, 2007 (SCI)

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