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Cunrui HUANG

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Cunrui Huang, Ph.D., Tenured full professor at Tsinghua University

Research interests: Climate change and health, Environmental epidemiology, Public health policy, Global health governance


2012, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Queensland University of Technology, Australia

2009, Master of Science in Public Health (MSc.P.H.), Griffith University, Australia

2005, Master of Medicine (M.Med.), Sun Yat-sen University, China

2001, Bachelor of Medicine (B.Med.), Anhui Medical University, China


2021.09–now, Tenured Full Professor, Vanke School of Public Health, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

2014.11–2021.09, Professor, Department Chair of Health Policy & Management, School of Public Health, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China

2012.10–2014.11, Research Fellow, Centre for Environment and Population Health (CEPH), School of Environment, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia

2006.12–2007.09, Visiting Scholar, School of Public Policy & Management, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

2001.07–2009.07, Associate Lecturer, School of Public Health, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China

Selected publications:

lTemperature-related health impacts under climate change

1. Huang C*, Barnett AG, Wang X, Tong S. (2012). The impact of temperature on years of life lost in Brisbane, Australia. Nature Climate Change 2:265–270. (With commentary by Prof. Patrick L. Kinney https://www.nature.com/articles/nclimate1460. media release by Nature http://www.natureasia.com/en/research/highlight/1525)

2. Huang C*, Barnett AG, Wang X, Tong S. (2012). Effects of extreme temperatures on years of life lost for cardiovascular deaths: a time series study in Brisbane, Australia. Circulation-Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes 5:609–614. (With media release by the American Heart Association https://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-09-extreme-temperatures-premature-cardiovascular-death.html)

3. Huang C*, Barnett AG, Wang X, Vaneckova P, FitzGerald G, Tong S. (2011). Projecting future heat-related mortality under climate change scenarios: a systematic review. Environmental Health Perspectives 119(12):1681–1690.

4. Huang C#, Cheng J#, Phung D, Tawatsupa B, Hu W*, Xu Z*. (2018). Mortality Burden Attributable to Heatwaves in Thailand: A Systematic Assessment Incorporating Evidence-Based Lag Structure. Environment International 121:41-50.

5. He Y, Cheng L, Bao J, Deng S, Liao W, Wang Q, Tawatsupa B, Hajat S, Huang C*. (2020). Geographical disparities in the impacts of heat on diabetes mortality and the protective role of greenness in Thailand: A nationwide case-crossover analysis. Science of the Total Environment 711:135098.

6. Phung D*, Chu C, Rutherford S, Nguyen HLT, Do CM, Huang C*. (2017). Heatwave and Risk of Hospitalization: A Multi-Province Study in Vietnam. Environmental Pollution 220:597-607.

7. Sheng R, Li C, Wang Q, Yang L, Bao J, Wang K, Ma R, Gao C, Lin S, Zhang Y, Bi P, Fu C*, Huang C*. (2018). Does hot weather affect work-related injury? A case-crossover study in Guangzhou, China. International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health 221(3):423-428.

8. Ma R, Zhong S, Morabito M, Hajat S, Xu Z, He Y, Bao J, Sheng R, Li C, Fu C*, Huang C*. (2019). Estimation of Work-Related Injury and Economic Burden Attributable to Heat Stress in Guangzhou, China. Science of the Total Environment 666: 147-154.

9. Wang Q, Li C, Guo Y, Barnett AG, Tong S, Phung D, Chu C, Dear K, Wang X*, Huang C*. (2017). Environmental ambient temperature and blood pressure in adults: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Science of the Total Environment 575:276-286.

10. Cheng L, & Huang C*. (2019). Assessing the health effects of extreme temperature and development of adaptation strategies to climate change in selected countries in the Asia-Pacific region. APN Science Bulletin, 9(1). https://doi.org/10.30852/sb.2019.854.

lHealth effects of air pollution and climate change on vulnerable groups

11. Huang C*, Barnett A. (2014). Human impacts: winter weather and health. Nature Climate Change 4:173–174.

12. Huang C*, Chu C, Wang X, Barnett AG. (2015). Unusually cold and dry winters increase mortality in Australia. Environmental Research 136:1–7.

13. Wang Q, Li B, Benmarhnia T, Hajat S, Ren M, Liu T, Knibbs LD, Zhang H, Bao J, Zhang Y, Zhao Q*, Huang C*. (2020). Independent and Combined Effects of Heatwaves and PM2.5 on Preterm Birth in Guangzhou, China: A Survival Analysis. Environmental Health Perspectives 128(1): 17006. (Chosen as a Science Selection in September 2020 issue https://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/doi/10.1289/EHP7086)

14. Wang Q, Liang Q, Li C, Ren M, Lin S, Knibbs LD, Zhang H, Gong W, Bao J, Wang S, Wang X, Zhao Q, Huang C *. (2019). Interaction of Air Pollutants and Meteorological Factors on Birth Weight in Shenzhen, China. Epidemiology 30: S57-66.

15. Wang Q, Benmarhnia T, Li C, Knibbs LD, Bao J, Ren M, Zhang H, Wang S, Zhang Y, Zhao Q*, Huang C*. (2019). Seasonal analyses of the association between prenatal ambient air pollution exposure and birth weight for gestational age in Guangzhou, China. Science of the Total Environment 649: 526-534.

16. Zeng J, Zhang X, Yang J, Bao J, Xiang H, Dear K, Liu Q, Lin S, Lawrence W, Lin A*, Huang C*. (2017). Humidity May Modify the Relationship between Temperature and Cardiovascular Mortality in Zhejiang Province, China. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 14(11). pii: E1383.

17. Wang Q, Benmarhnia T, Zhang H, Knibbs LD, Sheridan P, Li C, Bao J, Ren M, Wang S, He Y, Zhang Y, Zhao Q*, Huang C*. (2018). Identifying Windows of Susceptibility for Maternal Exposure to Ambient Air Pollution and Preterm Birth. Environment International 121:317-324.

18. Wang Q, Zhang H, Liang Q, Knibbs LD, Ren M, Li C, Bao J, Wang S, He Y, Zhu L, Wang X, Zhao Q*, Huang C*. (2018). Effects of prenatal exposure to air pollution on preeclampsia in Shenzhen, China. Environmental Pollution 237:18-27.

19. Bao J, Guo Y, Wang Q, He Y, Ma R, Hua J, Jiang C, Morabito M, Lei L, Peng J*, Huang C*. (2019). Effects of Heat on First-Ever Strokes and the Effect Modification of Atmospheric Pressure: A Time-Series Study in Shenzhen, China. Science of the Total Environment 654: 1372-1378.

20. Deng S, Jalaludin BB, Antó JM, Hess JJ, Huang C*. (2020). Climate change, air pollution, and allergic respiratory diseases: A call to action for health professionals. Chinese Medical Journal 133(13):1552-1560.

lHealth effects of extreme precipitation and flood events

21. Zhang N, Song D, Zhang J#, Liao W, Miao K, Zhong S, Lin S, Hajat S, Yang L*, Huang C*. (2019). The impact of the 2016 flood event in Anhui Province, China on infectious diarrhea disease: An interrupted time-series study. Environment International 127:801-809.

22. Gong L, Hou S, Su B, Miao K, Zhang N, Liao W, Zhong S, Wang Z, Yang L*, Huang C*. (2019). Short-term effects of moderate and severe floods on infectious diarrheal diseases in Anhui Province, China. Science of the Total Environment 675:420-428.

23. Zhong S, Yang L, Toloo S, Wang Z, Tong S, Sun X, Crompton D, FitzGerald G*, Huang C*. (2018). The long-term physical and psychological health impacts of flooding: A systematic mapping. Science of The Total Environment 626:165-194.

24. Phung D*, Huang C*, Rutherford S, Chu C, Wang X, Nguyen M. (2015). Climate change, water quality, and water-related diseases in the Mekong Delta Basin: a systematic review. Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health 27(3):265-276.

25. Hao Y, Zhang N, Wu J, Su B, Gong L, Ma W, Hou S, Zhang J, Song D, Liao W, Zhong S, Yang L*, Huang C. (2019). Identifying Infectious Diarrhea Hot spots and Associated Socioeconomic Factors in Anhui Province, China. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 101(3):549-554.

26. Phung D*, Huang C*, Rutherford S, Chu C, Wang X, Nguyen M. (2014). Association between annual river flood pulse and paediatric hospital admissions in the Mekong Delta area. Environmental Research 135:212–220.

27. Phung D*, Huang C, Rutherford S, Dwirahmadi F, Chu C, Wang X, Nguyen M, Nguyen N, Do C, Nguyen T, Dinh T. (2015). Temporal and spatial assessment of river surface water quality using multivariate statistical techniques: a study in Can Tho City, a Mekong Delta area, Vietnam. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 187(5), 1-13.

28. Phung D*, Chu C, Rutherford S, Nguyen HL, Luong MA, Do CM, Huang C*. (2017). Heavy rainfall and risk of infectious intestinal diseases in the most populous city in Vietnam. Science of The Total Environment 580:805-812.

29. Phung D*, Huang C*, Rutherford S, Chu C, Wang X, Nguyen M, Nguyen NH, Manh CD, Nguyen TH. (2015). Association between climate factors and diarrhoea in a Mekong Delta area. International Journal of Biometeorology 59(9):1321-31.

30. Turner LR, Alderman K, Huang C, Tong S*. (2013). Impact of the 2011 Queensland floods on the use of tobacco, alcohol and medication. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health 37(4):396.

lPublic health adaptation strategies to climate change

31. Huang C*, Barnett AG, Xu Z, Chu C, Wang X, Turner LR, Tong S. (2013). Managing the health effects of temperature in response to climate change: challenges ahead. Environmental Health Perspectives 121(4):415–419. (Chosen as a Science Selection in April 2013 issue https://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/doi/10.1289/ehp.121-a134.)

32. Huang C*, Vaneckova P, Wang X, FitzGerald G, Guo Y, Tong S. (2011). Constraints and barriers to public health adaptation to climate change: a review of the literature. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 40(2):183–190. (With commentary by Prof. Howard Frumkin; https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0749379710006422.)

33. Huang C*, Street R, Chu C. (2015). Adapting to climate change. JAMA-Journal of the American Medical Association 313(7):727.

34. Su Y, Cheng L, Cai W, Lee JKW, Zhong S, Chen S, Li T, Huang X*, Huang C*. (2020). Evaluating the effectiveness of labor protection policy on occupational injuries caused by extreme heat in a large subtropical city of china. Environmental Research 186:109532.

35. Wu J#, Huang C#, Pang M, Wang Z, Yang L, FitzGerald G, Zhong S*. (2019). Planned sheltering as an adaptation strategy to climate change: Lessons learned from the severe flooding in Anhui Province of China in 2016. Science of the Total Environment 694:133586.

36. Yang L, Liu C, Hess J, Phung D, Huang C*. (2019). Health professionals in a changing climate: protocol for a scoping review. BMJ Open 22;9(2): e024451.

37. Yang L, Liu C, Bi P, Vardoulakis S, Huang C*. (2020). Local actions to health risks of heatwaves and dengue fever under climate change: Strategies and barriers among primary healthcare professionals in southern china. Environmental Research 187:109688.

38. Liao W, Yang L, Zhong S, Hess JJ, Wang Q, Bao J, Huang C*. (2019). Preparing the Next Generation of Health Professionals to Tackle Climate Change: Are China's Medical Students Ready? Environmental Research 168: 270-277. (With commentary by Jennie Dusheck in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment)

39. Huang C*, Wang Q, Wang S, Ren M, Ma R, He Y. (2017). Air pollution prevention and control policy in China. In Dong GH (ed.), Ambient Air Pollution and Health Impact in China, Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology. 1017: 243-261. http://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-5657-4_11.

40. He Y, Ma R, Ren M, Liao W, Zhang N, Su Y, Lam CKC, Wang S, Huang C*. (2019). Public health adaptation to heat waves in response to climate change in China. In: Lin H., Ma W., Liu Q. (eds) Ambient Temperature and Health in China. Springer, Singapore. Page:171-190. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-2583-0_11.

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