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Cowling, Benjamin John
BSc (Warwick), PhD (Warwick), FFPH
Associate Professor and Division Head
Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
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Tel: 3917 6711 Email: bcowling@hku.hk
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Biography

Dr Cowling joined the School of Public Health at HKU in 2004. Prior to moving to Hong Kong, he graduated with a PhD in medical statistics at the University of Warwick (UK) in 2003, and spent a year as a postdoc at Imperial College London (UK). Dr Cowling has been the Head of the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics since 2013, he is responsible for teaching introductory modules in epidemiology and biostatistics on the MPH curriculum, and his primary research focus is in infectious disease epidemiology.

In recent years Dr Cowling has designed and implemented large field studies of influenza transmission in the community and the effectiveness and impact of control measures. His research aims to integrate information on transmission dynamics at the individual level with disease burden, severity and dynamics at the population level. His latest research has focused on the modes of respiratory virus transmission, influenza vaccine effectiveness, and the potential causes and implications of interference between respiratory viruses. He has strong links with China CDC, and the NIGMS-funded Harvard Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics.

Dr Cowling is a consultant for the World Health Organisation on the development of infectious disease surveillance systems in China. He is a fellow of the Royal Statistical Society and a member of the American Statistical Association. He is an Academic Editor of the journal PLoS ONE and an Associate Editor of the journal Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses.

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HKU Scholars Hub: Cowling, Benjamin John

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Selected Publications (Pub Med Search)
  1. Cowling BJ, Jin L, Lau EH, et al. Comparative epidemiology of human infections with avian influenza A H7N9 and H5N1 viruses in China: a population-based study of laboratory-confirmed cases. Lancet, 2013; 382(9887):129-37. [2012 IF=39.060] (Ranked 2 out of 155 under the category of “Medicine, General & Internal”) (Citations: 9) [link].
  2. Yu H, Cowling BJ, Feng L, et al. Human infection with avian influenza A H7N9 virus: an assessment of clinical severity. Lancet, 2013; 382(9887):138-45. [2012 IF=39.060] (Ranked 2 out of 155 under the category of “Medicine, General & Internal”) (Citations: 9) [link].
  3. Cowling BJ, Ip DKM, Fang VJ, et al. Aerosol transmission is an important mode of influenza A virus spread. Nature Communications, 2013; 4:1935. [2012 IF=10.015] (Ranked 3 out of 56 under the category of “Multidisciplinary Sciences”) (Citations: 2) [link].
  4. Cowling BJ, Ng S, Ma ESK, et al. Protective efficacy against pandemic influenza of seasonal influenza vaccination in children in Hong Kong: a randomized controlled trial. Clinical Infectious Diseases, 2012; 55(5):695-702. [2012 IF= 9.374] (Ranked 9 out of 137 under the category of “Immunology”) (Ranked 2 out of 70 under the category of “Infectious Diseases”) (Ranked 7 out of 116 under the category of “Microbiology”) (Citations: 11) [link].
  5. Cowling BJ, Fang VJ, Nishiura H, et al. Increased risk of non-influenza respiratory virus infections associated with receipt of inactivated influenza vaccine. Clinical Infectious Diseases, 2012; 54(12):1778-83. [2012 IF= 9.374] (Ranked 9 out of 137 under the category of “Immunology”) (Ranked 2 out of 70 under the category of “Infectious Diseases”) (Ranked 7 out of 116 under the category of “Microbiology”) (Citations: 13) [link].
  6. Cowling BJ. Airborne transmission of influenza: implications for control in healthcare and community settings. Clinical Infectious Diseases, 2012; 54(11):1578-80. [2012 IF= 9.374] (Ranked 9 out of 137 under the category of “Immunology”) (Ranked 2 out of 70 under the category of “Infectious Diseases”) (Ranked 7 out of 116 under the category of “Microbiology”) (Citations: 2) [link].
  7. Cowling BJ, Ng S, Ma ESK, et al. Protective efficacy of seasonal influenza vaccination against seasonal and pandemic influenza virus infection during 2009 in Hong Kong. Clinical Infectious Diseases, 2010; 51:1370-9. [2012 IF= 9.374] (Ranked 9 out of 137 under the category of “Immunology”) (Ranked 2 out of 70 under the category of “Infectious Diseases”) (Ranked 7 out of 116 under the category of “Microbiology”) (Citations: 74) [link].
  8. Cowling BJ, Chan KH, Fang VJ, et al. Comparative epidemiology of pandemic and seasonal influenza A in households. New England Journal of Medicine, 2010; 362:2175-84. [2012 IF= 51.658] (Ranked 1 out of 155 under the category of “Medicine, General & Internal”) (Citations: 197) [link].
  9. Cowling BJ, Chan KH, Fang VJ et al. Facemasks and hand hygiene to prevent influenza transmission in households: a randomized trial. Annals of Internal Medicine, 2009; 151:437-46. [2012 IF= 13.976] (Ranked 6 out of 155 under the category of “Medicine, General & Internal”) (Citations: 194) [link].
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