Thach, Thuan Quoc

BSc (McGill U) MSc (U Western Ontario) PhD (U Alberta)
Scientific Officer
Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
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Tel: 3917 9893
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My research interests cover the development and application of epidemiological and statistical methods required for assessing the environment and health problems. They are mainly focused on health risks of air pollution, but also include the impacts of weather and climate change on health. Specific methodological research includes distributed lag effects of time series model, and design of case crossover studies in air pollution and health. Current substantive research topics of interest, on which I work in collaboration with colleagues in the School of Public Health, focus on predicting particulates matter based on aerosol optical depth (AOD), spatio-temporal modelling of  particulates matter in Hong Kong, and effects of thermal stress on health risks.  I am also interested in parallel distributed computing, especially in R environment and their application to computationally intensive estimators in time series models.  My early work has been related to analysis of cancer data, in particular for breast cancer where I used age period cohort model to quantify the incidence in Hong Kong.

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Selected Publications (Pub Med Search)

  1. Wong C.M., Tsang H., Lai H.K., Thomas G.N., Lam K.B., Chan K.P., Zheng Q.S., Ayres J.G., Lee S.Y., Lam T.H. and Thach T.Q.*, Cancer Mortality Risks from Long-term Exposure to Ambient Fine Particle, Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. 2016; doi: 10.1158/1055-9965.
  2. Thach T.Q.*, McGhee S.M., So J.C., Chau J., Chan E.K., Wong C.M. and Hedley A.J., The smoke-free legislation in Hong Kong: its impact on mortality, Tobacco Control. 2015; pii: tobaccocontrol-2015-052496.
  3. Sun S., Cao P., Chan K.P., Tsang H., Wong C.M. and Thach T.Q.*, Temperature as a modifier of the effects of fine particulate matter on acute mortality in Hong Kong, Environmental Pollution. 2015; 205: 357-364. 
  4. Wong C.M., Lai H.K., Tsang H., Thach T.Q., Thomas G.N., Lam K.B., Chan K.P., Yang L., Lau A.K., Ayres J.G., Lee S.Y., Chan W.M., Hedley A.J. and Lam T.H., Satellite-Based Estimates of Long-Term Exposure to Fine Particles and Association with Mortality in Elderly Hong Kong Residents, Environmental Health Perspectives. 2015; 123: 1167-1172.
  5. Thach T.Q., Zheng Q., Lai P.C., Wong P.P., Chau P.Y., Jahn H.J., Plass D., Katzschner L., Kraemer A., and Wong C.M., Assessing spatial associations between thermal stress and mortality in Hong Kong: A small-area ecological study, Science of the Total Environment. 2014; 502C: 666-672.
  6. Lai H.K., Hedley A.J., Thach T.Q. and Wong C.M., A method to derive the relationship between the annual and short-term air quality limits - Analysis using the WHO Air Quality Guidelines for health protection, Environment International. 2013; 59: 86-91.
  7. Xu W.S., Thach T.Q., Chau Y.K., Lai H.K., Lam T.H., Chan W.M., Lee R.S., Hedley A.J. and Wong C.M., Thermal stress associated mortality risk and effect modification by sex and obesity in an elderly cohort of Chinese in Hong Kong, Environmental Pollution. 2013; 178: 288-93.
  8. Rabl A., Thach T.Q., Chau Y.K. and Wong C.M., How to determine life expectancy change of air pollution mortality: A time series study, Environmental Health. 2011, 10: 25. 
  9. Thach T.Q., Wong C.M., Chan K.P., Chau Y.K., Chung R.Y.N., Ou C., Yang L. and Hedley A.J., Daily visibility and mortality: assessment of health benefits from improved visibility in Hong Kong, Environmental Research. 2010, 110(6): 617-623.  
  10. Thach T.Q., Wong C.M., Chan K.P., Chau Y.K., Thomas G.N., Ou C., Yang L., Peiris J.S.M., Lam T.H. and Hedley A.J., Air pollutants and health outcomes: Assessment of confounding by influenza, Atmospheric Environment. 2010, 44: 1437-1442. Joomla 3.3 Templates