He, Baoting Annabel

Research Assistant Professor

Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

  • BMed (SMU,China), MMed (SYSU), PhD (HKU)

Dr He Baoting joined the School of Public Health of the University of Hong Kong following completion of her Master's programme at the Sun Yat-sen University and PhD programme at the University of Hong Kong. Her primary research interest centres around examining the long-term risk of non-communicable diseases in children from a life-course perspective.  Specifically, her research investigates the association of growth and development during early life (i.e. birth weight, preterm birth, growth trajectories and pubertal timing) with respiratory and cardiometabolic outcomes. These studies were conducted by analysing the longitudinal cohort data from the “Children of 1997” Hong Kong Chinese birth cohort and utilising the publicly available data in the Mendelian randomization study design. Additionally, she is experienced in research on how maternal intrauterine exposures (such as maternal lung function and gestational diabetes mellitus) impact offspring birth outcomes using Mendelian randomization studies. Her recent research interests also encompass exploring the association of other modifiable risk factors such as diet, nutrition, microbiome and environmental exposures, and other relevant early-life factors with respiratory and cardiometabolic outcomes in adulthood, utilising omics data (i.e., genomics, metabolomics, and microbiome). She has been awarded funding for two research projects funded by the Health and Medical Research Fund of the Health Bureau of the Government of the Hong Kong SAR.


Selected Publications

(*Denotes the corresponding author)

  1. Shan Luo, Hugh Simon Lam, Yap Hang Chan, Clara Sze Man Tang, Baoting He, Man Ki Kwok, Gabriel M Leung MD, C Mary Schooling, Shiu Lun Au Yeung* Assessing the safety of lipid-modifying medications among Chinese adolescents: a drug-target Mendelian randomization study. BMC Medicine, 2023. [IF (2022) = 9.3, “Medicine, General & Internal” Ranked 19/169]
  2. Ying Liang, Shan Luo, Tommy Hon Ting Wong, Baoting He, C Mary Schooling, Shiu Lun Au Yeung*. Association of iron homeostasis biomarkers in type 2 diabetes and glycaemic traits: a bidirectional two-sample Mendelian randomization study, International Journal of Epidemiology, 2023. [IF (2022) = 7.7, “Public, Environmental & Occupational Health” Ranked 19/207]
  3. Baoting He, Albert M Li, Man Ki Kwok, Shiu Lun Au Yeung*, Gabriel M Leung, C Mary Schooling, Association of growth patterns during infancy and puberty with lung function, wheezing and asthma in adolescents aged 17.5 years: evidence from ‘Children of 1997’ Hong Kong Chinese Birth Cohort. International Journal of Epidemiology, 2022. [IF (2021) = 9.685, “Public, Environmental & Occupational Health” Ranked 16/210]
  4. Baoting He, Man Ki Kwok, Io Ieong Chan, C. Mary Schooling*. Maternal respiratory health and intrauterine exposure-driven birthweight: a two-sample Mendelian randomization study. International Journal of Epidemiology, 2021. [IF (2020) = 7.196, “Public, Environmental & Occupational Health” Ranked 14/203]
  5. Baoting He, Shiu Lun Au Yeung*, C Mary Schooling. Reply to letter to the editor: Salt intake and new-onset of atrial fibrillation: A meta-analysis of over 1.4 million participants. Clinical Nutrition, 2021. [IF (2020) =7.325, “Nutrition & Dietetics” Ranked 7/88]
  6. Baoting He, Man Ki Kwok, Shiu Lun Au Yeung, Shi Lin Lin, June Yue Yan Leung, Lai Ling Hui, Albert M Li, Gabriel M Leung, C Mary Schooling*. Birth weight and prematurity with lung function at ~17.5 years: Children of 1997” birth cohort. Scientific Reports, 2020. [IF (2019) =3.998, “Multidisciplinary Science” Ranked 17/71]
  7. Junxi Liu, Shiu Lun Au Yeung, Baoting He, Man Ki Kwok, Gabriel Matthew Leung, C Mary Schooling*. The effect of birth weight on body composition: evidence from a Birth Cohort and a Mendelian Randomization Study. PLoS One, 2019. [IF (2018) =2.776, “Multidisciplinary Sciences” Ranked 24/69]
  8. Baoting He, Jian V. Huang, Man Ki Kwok, Shiu Lun Au Yeung, Lai Ling Hui, Albert M. Li, Gabriel M. Leung, C. Mary Schooling*. The associations of early-life exposure to air pollution with lung function at 17 years: evidence from Hong Kong’s “Children of 1997” birth cohort. Environment International, 2019. [IF (2018) = 7.943, “Environmental Sciences” Ranked 8/251]
  9. Baoting He, Weiqing Long, Xiuhong Li, Wenhan Yang, Yajun Chen, Yanna Zhu*. Sugar-sweetened beverages consumption positively associated with the risks of obesity and hypertriglyceridemia among children aged 7–18 Years in south China. Journal of Atherosclerosis and Thrombosis, 2018. [IF (2017) = 3.042, “Peripheral vascular disease” Ranked 24/65]
  10. Yanna Zhu, Baoting He, Jin Jing, Jung Ma, Xiuhong Li, Wenhan Yang, Yu Jin, Yajun Chen*. Hepcidin and iron metabolism associated with cardio-metabolic risk factors in children: a case-control study. Nutrition Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases, 2016. [IF (2015) = 3.390, “Nutrition & Dietetics” Ranked 22/80]