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Xiaoying ZHENG

Professor, Ph.D Supervisor, Institute of Population Research, Peking University


Brief Biographic Xiaoying ZHENG, Ph.D, MD.

Dr Xiaoying Zheng is professor and director in Institute of Population Research /WHO Collaborating Center for Reproductive Health and Population Science at Peking University. She has been appointed as Yang Zi Professor of National Yang Zi Award Scholar Program and Leading Scientist, National “ 973” program of Population and Health (Environment and Genetic Interaction of birth Defect in China) of MOST.

After receiving her MD in Medicine from Hebei Medical University (1983), Dr. Zheng then received her M.S.(1988), and PhD (1991) degrees in History (Physical Anthropology) from Peking University and did her research fellow in reproductive health at London School of Hygiene & tropical Medicine at London University (1994) selected by WHO, post-doctoral fellowship in population and reproductive health at Harvard Center of Population and Development Studies at Harvard School of Public Health (1994-95), and research fellow at  Harvard Faculty of Art and Science Research at Harvard University (1995-96), guest professor, Gate Institute, Population of School of Public Health, John Hopkins University (2001). Prior to assuming her positions at the Shang Hai Jiao Tong University as Executive Vice-Dean of Medical School (2002-04), she practiced as a OB/GYN clinical doctor in poor area of North of China (1983-85).  

Dr. Zheng has been teaching the Chinese course entitled Population Health and Economic since 1999 and English course entitled Social Science Research on Reproductive Health together with her colleagues since 1998. Her primary research areas are in changes of reproductive health, health economic and development, genetic and environmental interaction of birth defect with monitoring two cohorts (embryo development cohort and birth cohort)

Dr. Zheng has authored over 150 journal papers, chapters, and edited books.  She has received more than 30 peer-reviewed research grants since 1991 from the WHO, South-South Cooperation, UNIFEM, UNDP, World Bank, Ford Foundation, UNICEFARROW and governments (NSFC, MOSTNSBNPSFC, National Disability Federation, National Women Federation, NRDC and ect.), and National Excellent Yong Scholar Fund in 2000. Among her 26 awards, the important research awards are “The First Outstanding Post-doctoral Fellow Awards” (2000), “State Governmental Special Fund” (2004); “National Outstanding Post-doctoral Fellow Award” (2005); “Yang Zi Professor in China” (2005); “Special Contrition Award for Chinese Population Development Strategy” (2006); “Special Contribution Award for Chinese Population and  Development Strategy” (2007); “Special Contribution Award during 2001-2008 of consultant for Asian-Pacific Reproductive Health Advisory Panel of Human Reproductive Special Program and Department of Reproductive Health of  UNFPA/WHO/UNDP/World Band” (2008).

Dr. Zheng also served as a consultant to the UNICEF, UNFEM, Asian-pacific Regional Reproductive Health Advisory Panel of World Health Organization (RAP/WHO), APEC and ect.. She is currently Vice-President of Chinese Population Association, Vice-President of Chinese Science and Technology of Birth Health Association, Vice President of China Anti-epilepsy Association, Deputy Director of National Ageing Research and Teaching Committee of Ministry of Civil Affairs, member of Chinese HIV/AIDs Prevention Committee of CDC, Deputy Director of the fifth and six UNFPA Chinese Program on Reproductive Health Advisory Committee. And board member of Journal of Population Ageing (Oxford University), Chief Editor of Population and Development (CSSCI) and several other journals board member. In 2008, Dr. Zheng has been  appointed as member of Leading Board of Life Science Innovation Forum of APEC.

Main Publications:


Xiaoying ZHENG, Xibing Sun, Min Liu, 2007. The Strategy Research on Disability

Prevention in China. Hua Xia Press, Bejijng, China.

Xiaoying ZHENG, 2006. The Theory and Practice: The Framework of Birth Defect

Prevention, Peking University Press, Beijing.

Xinming Song, Gong Chen, Xiaoying ZHENG, 2005. The Theory and Practice:

Improving Birth Health--- The Evaluation on Introduction of Multiple - Nutrition of Women, Peking University Press, Beijing.

Xiaoying ZHENG, 1997. The Study on Reproductive Health, Chinese Population

Peking University Press, Beijing (Won the second prize of Ministry Class).

Xiaoying ZHENG and Ye Xinsheng, 1995. The Natural Fertility Regulation, Beijing Medical University, Beijing.

Books( as Chief Editor)

Kai Cheng, Xiaoying ZHENG (Chief Editors), Xingming Chen, Gong Chen(Vice Chief Editors), ( Editor Borad: Pufang deng, Xinxian Wang, Weimin Zhang, Yupei Dou, Xiaowei Ma, Xiaoquan Tang), 2007. The Seris Book of Disability Populaition and Development. Hua Xia Press, Beijing, China

Xiaoying ZHENG, Xiaotao Jin (Chief Editors), 2006. Focus on Younger Population in China “The Proceeding of the Second Advanced Discussion Meeting in Consultation and Information on Population Concerns in China” Chinese Population Press. Beijing, China.

Xiaoying ZHENG, Xiaotao Jin (Chief Editors), 2006. Focus on Population Health in China “The Proceeding of the Third Advanced Discussion Meeting in Consultation and Information on Population Concerns in China” Chinese Population Press. Beijing, China.

Xiaotao Jin, Xiaoying ZHENG, (Chief Editors) ,2004. Focus on the Chinese Population Security, “The Proceeding of the First Advanced Discussion Meeting in Consultation and Information on Population Concerns in China” Chinese Population Press. Beijing, China.

Xiaoying ZHENG(Chief Editor), 1995. The Studies on Problems and Development of Chinese Female Population. Peking University Press, Beijing (Won the third prize of National Women Book).

Shijie Guan((Chief Editor)), Dayong Niu, Xiaoying ZHENG(Vice Chief Editors), 2004. The World Culture of Angles from East Asian. Chinese-Harvard International Preceding. Peking Univeristy Press. Beijing, China. 

You YunzhongZHENG Xiaoying(Chief Editors), Mortality and Health of the Chinese Population: Levels, Patterns, Causes and Trends since the 1880s,Peking University Press.2005.3


Books (as Translator or Corrector)

Xiaoying ZHENG (Traslator), 1994.( [UK] (B.A.Wood,) Human Evaluation ), Peking University Press, Beijing, China

Xiaoying ZHENG (Corrector), Hu Yang, Tuohong Zhang(Translators), ( [US] William C. Cockerham: Medical Sociology2001. Medical  Sosiology,, Hua Xia Press, Beijing, China

Xiaoying ZHENG (Corrector), Gong Chen, Lihua Pang (Traslators), ([US]Louis G. Pol Richard K. Thomas, The Demography of Health and Health Care), 2005. Health Demography, Peking University, Beijing, China 

Papers in Chinese (selected)

ZHENG Xiaoying , Chen Gong, Pang Lihua, Cao Guiying, Ren Qiang, Liu Yubo,   Zhang Lei, Ji Yin, 2007. Future Population and Human capital in China, Market and Demographic Analysis, Vol. 13, No.1:1-11.

ZHENG Xiaoying , Ren Qiang, 2007. The Introduction of Reproductive Health and the  Transition of Chinese Married Women’s Contraceptive Using Model: Changes of Contraceptives model in terms of its Medical Control models and Self-control models since the introduction of ICPD, Population and Economics,   No. 6: 5-11.

ZHENG Xiaoying , 2007. Interdisciplinary Developing: Important Contents of Flourishing Philosophy and Social ScienceJournal of Philosophy and Social    Sciences Peking University, Vol.44, No.3: 141-147.

ZHENG Xiaoying , 2007. The Change in Dysfunctional Pregnant Outcomes in China   and its Implications to Populations Health Chinese Journal of Population Science, No.3:48-54.

ZHENG Xiaoying , Song Xinming, Chen Gong, Chen Jiapeng, Ji Ying, Wu Jilei, Liu Jufen, Zhang Lei, Fan Xianghua, 2007. Epidemiology of Birth Defects in    High-prevalence Areas of China, Chin J Epidemiol, Vol.28, No.1:5-9.

Chen Gong, Song Xinming, Qin Yunshi, Huang Chengli, Yin Tong, ZHENG Xiaoying*, 2007. Reducing the Risk of  Birth Defects: Activities and   Suggestions, Chinese Journal of Family Planning, Vol.15,No.5:284-286.

ZHENG Xiaoying , Jing Feng, Li Chengfu, Wu Jilei, Zhang Lei, 2007. The Study on     Environmental Risks of Birth Defect in Wuxi City, Chinese Journal of Family    Planning,Vol.15, No.5:273-275

Qin Yunshi, Jing Feng, Zhang Weiyang, Guo Hongchou, Wang Yong, ZHENG    Xiaoying*, 2007. Pregnant Women’s Knowledge, Behavior and Utility of Prevention services of  for Birth Defect in Wuxi City, Chinese Journal of     Family Planning Vol.15, No.5:275-277

Song Xinming, Chen Gong, Zhang Weiyang, Liu Jufen, Li Shujie, ZHENG Xiaoying*, 2007. Level, Pattern and Changing Trend of Birth Defect in Wuxi City, Chinese Journal of Family Planning Vol.15, No.5:277-281

Li Chengfu, Chen Rong, Guo Hongchou, Wang Cuntong, Yintong, ZHENG   Xiaoying*, 2007. The Experiences and Patterns of Birth Defect Prevention in Wuxi City, Chinese Journal of Family Planning Vol.15, No.5:281-283

Chen gong, Liu Jufen, ZHENG Xiaoying *, 2007. Analysis on Risk Factors and Depression Status of Woman with Birth Defect Child, Chin J Public Health,   Vol.23, No.6:674-675.

Cai Chunguang, Chen Gong, Qiao Xiaochun, ZHENG Xiaoying *, 2007. Comparison of Single Bound and Double Dichotomous Contingent Valuation Technique-a Case of Estimate Health Economic Loss by Air Pollution of Beijing, China Environmental Science, Vol.27, No.1:39-43.

Wu Jilei, ZHENG Xiaoying , 2007. A Simulation on the Emerging of Birth Defects in   China with Kriging Interpolation Method, Chin J Epidemiol, Vol.28, No.2:184-188.

Cai Chunguang, ZHENG Xiaoying , 2007. Willingness to Pay for Avoiding Health Loss by Air Pollution in Beijing, Economic Science (Bimonthly), No.1:107- 115.

Chen gong, Pang Lihua, ZHENG Xiaoying ,  2007. Induced Abortion in China: the   Level, Trend and Determinants, Chinese Journal of Population Science, No.549-59.

Liu Lan, Chen Gong, ZHENG Xiaoying , 2007. The Social Health Insurance in   Urban China: Challenge and Road Choice, Economic Theory and Management, No.9:47-51.

CAI Chun-guang, CHEN Gong, QIAO Xiao-chun, ZHENG Xiao-ying, 2007,   Application of Contingent Valuation Method to Estimate Health Economic Loss Caused by Environmental Pollution, Journal of Environment Health, Vol.24(4):265-267

Cai Chunguang, ZHENG Xiaoying , 2007. Assessment of Non-market Oriented     Contingent Valuation on the Effect of Air Quality and Improvement of Health,    Chinese Journal of Environment Research, No. 4:148-152.

ZHENG Xiaoying , 2006. Make a United Effort of May Organization to Unfold the   Work of Improving Quality of Live Birth. Chinese Journal of Family Planning, Vol. 14, No. 10: 580-583.

ZHENG Xiaoying , 2006. The Role of the Family Planning Network in the Building of the New CountrysideMarket and Demographic Anlysis,Vol.12,No.4:1-6.

ZHENG Xiaoying , Fan Xiang-hua, 2006. Improvement of Birth Health and New   Countryside Construction, Population and  Family Planning, No.10:23-24.

ZHENG Xiaoying , Song Xinming, Chen Gong, 2006. Priority Areas in China’s Population Health Research, Population Research, Vol.30, No. 6:69-73.

ZHENG Xiaoying , Chen Rong, Zhang Lei, Liu Jufen, Chen Qiuyuan, 2006. ACI Model of Pre-pregnant-Perinatal Care, Chinese Journal of Family Planning, Vol. 14, No. 11:652-655.

Chen Junhua, ZHENG Xiaoying , Chen Gong, Wu Jilei, 2006. The Influence of   Marriage Distance on Population Health Generational Communication China   Population, Resources and Environment, Vol.16, No.4: 648-651.

ZHENG Xiaoying  Chen Jiapeng, Chen Gong, 2004. Ageing Health and Regional   Health Resource Management in China. Market and Demographic Analysis (Supplementary Issue).

ZHENG Xiaoying , 2003. Studies on Relationship between Mortality Pattern    Transition and Health Service Utilization in China, Chinese Journal of    Population Science, No. 4:23-31.

ZHENG Xiaoying , 2003. Health Promotion and the Reproductive Culture, Collection    of Women’s Studies, No.4:27-32.

ZHENG Xiaoying , 2003. Comprehensive Reformative Dynamics of Population and     Family Planning——Enhancing and Building up Network Capacity, Chinese Journal of Family Planning,Vol.11, No.7:389-393.

ZHENG Xiaoying , 2003. Readdress Population Health , Population Research, Vol.27.No.4:13-24

ZHENG Xiaoying , Chen gong, Pang Lihua 2003. Health Resources and the Growth of the Old Population, Population & Economics, No.5,8-14.

Wu Jilei, Wang Jinfeng, ZHENG Xiaoying , Song Xinming, Meng Bin, Zhang Keli, 2003. A Review on Application of Spatial Data Analysis Technology in Public Health, Progress in Geography, Vol.22(3):219-228

ZHENG Xiaoying , 2002. The Foundation of Women’s Studies on Disciplinary   Development: Women’s Education. Journal of Philosophy and Social Sciences, Peking University, Vol. 39, No.3: 118-124.

ZHENG Xiaoying , 2002. Population Health Research and Sustainable Development, sustainable Development Research. No.4(5): 46-48.

ZHENG Xiaoying , 2002. Population Health and Social Sustainable Development,    China Population, Resources and Environment, Vol.12, No. 6:138-140.

ZHENG Xiaoying , 2001.Studies on Setting Down the Evaluation Methods of MCH     Management, Maternal and Child Health Care of China,Vol.16,No. 6: 333-336.

ZHENG Xiaoying , 2001. Population Census and Gender Statistics, Collection of   Women’s Studies, No.3:11-15.

ZHENG Xiaoying , 2001. Consideration and Suggestion on the Strategy of Implementing Birth Defects Prevention, Chinese Journal of Family Planning, Vol.9, No.2:77-80.

ZHENG Xiaoying , 2001. The Effects of Diseases and Disability on Healthy Life   Expectancy Elderly ----Where Should We Invest our Health Care Resources in? Chinese Journal of Population Science, No.4:29-36.

ZHENG Xiaoying , 2001. The New Field of Population Science: Population, Health and Development, Population Research, Vol.25, No. 4: 59-65.

ZHENG Xiaoying , 2000. EPD Education in Western Development in China, Market & Demographic Analysis, Vol.6, No. 3: 33-38.

ZHENG Xiaoying , 2000. Thoughts on the Mode of Comprehensively Developing   Family Planning with People as the Center of All.  Collection of Women’s Studies, No.3: 11-13.

ZHENG Xiaoying , Song Xinming, 2000. The Definition and Connotation of Health   Demography, Population Research, Vol.24. No. 4: 1-8.

ZHENG Xiaoying , 2000. The Analysis of  Factors Affected Induced Abortion and   Reconsideration for Reproductive Health Implementation in China, 246-258 in     State Family Planning Commission edited, 1997 Proceeding of National Population and Reproductive Health Survey, Chinese Population Press, Beijing.

ZHENG Xiaoying , 2000. The Study of the Principles of Assessing the Life Quality    and the Health Condition of the ElderlySouth China Population,Vol.15, No.1: 8-13.

ZHENG Xiaoying , 2000. Suggestions on the Development of the Discipline of Population  Studies. Chinese Journal of Population Science, No.1:59-62.

ZHENG Xiaoying , 2000. Health Evaluation of Ageing Population in China. Journal     of Journal of Peking University (Philosophy and Social Sciences),Vol.37, No.4:   144-151.

ZHENG Xiaoying , 2000. The Studies on Health Care System Reform and the     Principle of Rational Use of Social Health Insurance, Population and Economics, No.1: 11-17.

ZHENG Xiaoying , 2000. The New Commentary of Global Health and Development in the World, Chinese Journal of Family Planning, Vol.8, No.12:564-566.

ZHENG Xiaoying , 2000. Quality Status of the Newly-born Infants in China and the    Approaches for Intervention. Chinese Journal of Population Science, No.6:1-9.

English Publications:

Jin-Feng Wang*, Xin-Hu Li, Ye-Lan Liao, Tin Zhang, Xue Gu, Xiao-Ying Zheng*2008. Geographical Detectors-Based Health Risk Assessment and its Application in the Neural Tube Defects Study of the Heshun Region, ChinaInternational Journal of Geographical Information ScienceIJGIS(in press). 

Baoyuan Zhang, Ting ZhangLiangming LinFang WangRuolei XinXue GuYuna He, Dongmei Yu, Peizhen Li, Qingshan Zhang, Jin Zhao, Yufu Qin, xiufeng Yang, Gong Chen, Jufen Liu, Xinming SongXiaoying Zheng*, 2008. Correlation Between Birth Defects and Dietary Nutrition Status in a High Incidence Area of China, Biomedical And Environmental Sciences, 21: 37-44.

Ting Zhang, Ruolei Xin, Xue Gu, Fang Wang, Lijun Pei, Liangming Lin, Gong Chen, Jianxin Wu and Xiaoying Zheng*, 2008. Maternal serum vitamin B12, folate, and homocysteine and the risk of neural tube defects in the offspring in a high-risk area of China, Public Health Nutrition, June, 12:1-7.

Hong-Yang ZhangGuo-An Luo*, Qiong-Lin Liang , Yong Wang , Hui-Hua Yang , Yi-Ming Wang , Xiao-Ying Zheng,*, Xin-Ming SongGong Chen, Ting Zhang, Jian-Xin Wu2008. Neural tube defects and disturbed maternal folate- and homocysteine-mediated one-carbon metabolismExperimental Neurology2008.04.044.

Yong Wang, Hong-Yang Zhang,Qiong-Lin Liang, Hui-Hua Yang, Yi-Ming Wang, Qing-Fei liu, Ping Hu, Xiao-Ying Zheng**, Xin-Ming Song, Gong Chen, Ting Zhang, JIan-Xin Wu, Guo-An Luo*, 2008. Journal of Chromatography B 863(2008)94-100.

Gong Chen, Xinming Song, Ying Ji, Lei Zhang, lijun Pei, Jiapeng Chen, Jufen liu, Chengfu Li, and Xiaoying Zheng * 2008. Prevention of NTDs with Periconceptional Multivitamin Supplementation Containing Folic Acid in China, Birth Defects Research Part A, Clinical and Molecular Teratology 82:592-596 (2008).

Zheng Xiao-ying, Chen Gong, Sten Nilsson, Guiying Cao, Liu Yu-bo, Pang Li-hua, 2007. Population and Human Capital Trends in Metropolitan China:Case of Beijing, "The Harmony of Civilization Modes of Humankind " Selected Papers of Beijing Forum(2006):217-231,Beijing: Peking University Press.

Gong Chen, Guangzong Mu, Xinming Song, ZHENG Xiaoying*,2008. Ten Big Challenges     Confronting Population and Development in China, Asian Population Studies.

Qiang Ren*, Jie Fan, Zhizhong Zhang, ZHENG Xiaoying, G. Robert Delong1. 2008. An    environment approach of correcting iodine deficiency Supplementing iodine in soil   by iodination of irrigation water in remote areas. Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology, 22(2008)1-8.

Xue Gu, Liangmn Lin, ZHENG Xiaoying*, Ting Zhang, Xinming Song, Jinfeng Wang,   Xinhu Li, Peizhen Li, Gong Chen, Jilei Wu, Lihua Wu and Jufen Liu,2007. High   Prevalence of NTDs in Shanxi Province: A Combined Epidemiological Approach. Birth    Defect Research (Part A), Vol: 79, pp 702 - 707 .

Wolfgang Lutz, Sergei Scherbov, Gui Ying Cao, Qiang Ren and Xiaoying Zheng*, 2007.   China’s Uncertain Demographic Present and Future. Vienna Yearbook of Population Research. pp37-59(email address: Lutz and Zheng ). 

Zheng Xiao-ying,Chen Gong,Sten Nilsson, Guiying Cao, Liu Yu-bo, Pang Li-hua, 2007. Population and Human Capital Trends in Metropolitan China:Case   of Beijing, "The    Harmony of Civilization Modes of Humankind " Selected Papers of Beijing Forum(2006):217-231,Beijing: Peking University Press.

Xinhu Li, Jinfeng Wang Yelan Liao, Bin Meng, ZHENG Xiaoying*, 2006. A   Geological analysis for the environment cause of human birth defects based on GIS,   Toxicological & Environmental Chemistry (TEC). July-Sept. 88(3):551-559.

Jinfeng Wang, Anthony J McMichael, Bin Meng, Niels G Becker, Weiguo Han, Kathryn Glass, Jilei Wu, Xuhua Liu, Jiyuan Liu, Xiaowen Li, Xiaoying   Zheng, 2006。Spatial Dynamics of an Epidemic of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome in an Urban Area, Bulletin of the World Health Organization, Vol.84(12), Printed December 2006,pp965-968.

Zheng Xiaoying,zhang Lei, Ji Ying et all, 2005. Medical –ethical analysis of problems in   epileptic population and its impact on the living quality of patients, Chinese Journal    of Clinical Rehabilitation, Vol. 9:(32):237-239. 

ZHENG Xiaoying, Lihua Pang, 2005. Monitoring Ten Years of ICPD implementation, The Way Forward to 2015, Asian Country Reports, Kuala Lumpur: ARROW.

Song Xin-ming, Chen Gong, Zheng Xiao-ying 2005Chinese Life Expectancy and Police Implications, The Harmony and Prosperity of Civilizations Selected Papers of Beijing   Forum(2004):357-365.Beijing:Peking University Press,

ZHENG Xiaoying*, Ting Zhang, Yifei Wang, Chen Xu, Gong Chen, Ruolei Xin,    Jiapeng     Chen,   Xumei Hu, Qing Yang, Xinming Song, Lihua Pang, Ying Ji, Lei.

Zhang, Jufen Liu, Yanling Guo and Yan Zhang, 2004. Intrauterine Infections and Birth DefectsBiomedical and Environment ScienceNo.17: 476-491.

Jilei Wu, Jinfeng Wang, Bin Meng, Gong Chen, Lihua Pang, Xinming Song, Keli Zhang, Ting Zhang, ZHENG Xiaoying*, 2004. Spatial Exploratory Data Analysis for the   Identification of Risk Factors to Birth Defects, BMC Public Health, Vol.4(23) doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-23. Published 18 June 2004-6-19pp 1-19.

ZHENG Xiaoying, Country Study of China, Taking Up the Cairo Challenge: Country Studies in Asia-Pacific, ARROW, 1999, 7 (ISBN: 983-99003-31).


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