• 2.36 Medical School

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

(1) Methodological studies of evidence based medicine, systematic review, indirect comparison, network meta-analysis, and publication bias. (2) Chronic condition prevention and control. (3) smoking cessation and tobacco control

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Personal profile

Administrative Posts

  • Responsible for the Research Evidence Group

Biography

I have background on public health medicine, health statistics, and health services research; have been conducting systematic reviews and modelling for health technology assessment, and research synthesis related methods. My research interest also includes primary research on health care interventions and health services research. 

Key research interests

  • Evidence-based medicine research; systematic reviews, meta-analysis and modelling for evaluating a wide range of health care interventions.
  • Methodological research concerning evidence-based medicine and evidence synthesis, including  publication and related biases, assessment of non-randomised studies, indirect treatment comparison, network meta-analysis, and evaluation of complex healthcare interventions.
  • Primary research on public health interventions, health services research, the control of chronic conditions, disability and rehabilitation, smoking cessation and tobacco control.

Selected publications  

  • Post-lockdown SARS-CoV-2 nucleic acid screening in nearly ten million residents of Wuhan, China. Nat Commun. 2020 Nov 20;11(1):5917. doi: 10.1038/s41467-020-19802-w.

  • Online information on electronic cigarettes: comparative study of relevant websites from Baidu and Google search engines. JMIR, 2020; https://doi.org/10.2196/14725.

  • Impact of the NHS Stop Smoking Services on smoking prevalence in England: a simulation modeling evaluation. Tobacco Control 2020; 29:200-206

  • Cumulative subgroup analysis to reduce waste in clinical research for individualised medicine. BMC Medicine, 2016, 14:197. DOI: 10.1186/s12916-016-0744-x

  • Increasing value and reducing waste: addressing inaccessible research. Lancet. 2014; Jan 7. pii: S0140-6736(13)62296-5. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(13)62296-5. 

  • Simulation evaluation of statistical properties of methods for indirect and mixed treatment comparisons. BMC Med Res Method 2012, 12:138 doi:10.1186/1471-2288-12-138. 

  • Inconsistency between direct and indirect comparison: a meta-epidemiological study. BMJ, 2011; 343:d4909 doi: 10.1136/bmj.d4909.     

PhD Student Supervision

Welcome enquires about PhD study opportunities (by email: fujian.song@uea.ac.uk) from UK and international students, regarding research topics, for example, on research synthesis methodology, health services research, global health and control of chronic conditions.  

Teaching Interests

Research methods, systematic review and meta-analysis, evidence based practice, critical appraisal of research evidence  

Teaching Activities

  • Coordinate and teach postgraduate module on Evidence Based Practice (including statistical methods for evidence based practice, systematic reviews, critical appraisal of clinical research, assessment of studies of diagnostic tests).

PhD Student Supervision

Welcome enquires about PhD study opportunities (by email: fujian.song@uea.ac.uk) from UK and international students. Research topics suitable for PhD studies include: (1) Research synthesis methodology. (2) Health services research, global health and control of chronic conditions. (3) Other evidence-based medicine and health services research topics

Key Research Interests and Expertise

I have extensive experience in systematic reviews and simulation modelling for evaluating healthcare interventions. I have been conducting methodological research concerning evidence synthesis, including heterogeneity in meta-analysis, publication and related biases, assessment of non-randomised studies, indirect and mixed treatment comparison for evaluating competing healthcare interventions, and methods for synthesizing evidence for the evaluation of complex healthcare interventions. My research interest also includes primary research on public health interventions, health services research, the control of chronic conditions, disability and rehabilitation, smoking cessation and tobacco control.

External Activities

  • Associate editor, BMC Medical Research Methodology (2011 - 2017)
  • Invited member, Evidence Synthesis Meeting of the HTA Commissioning Board (07/2007)
  • Invited member (expertise in evidence synthesis), Methods Review Workshop, National Institute for Clinical Excellence (05/2007)
  • Invited examiner of external PhDs, University of Birmingham, and University of Liverpool (2006, 2009, 2011)
  • Peer reviewing of MRC, ESRC, HTA, & DSEN grant applications.
  • Member of Cochrane Collaboration Bias Research group, and MTM method Group

 

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