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Professor of Public Health and Primary Care and Director of the Institute of Applied Health Research, University of Birmingham

KK Cheng (郑家强) has been a professor at the University of Birmingham since 1995. His main interests are in the epidemiology, prevention and control of important non-communicable diseases, and the development of primary care in China.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, KK was among the first researchers in western countries who advocated the importance of mask wearing in the community to control the pandemic on 2 March 2020. He questioned the guidance of the WHO on masks in the BMJ on 11 March and published a comment summarising the importance of masks in The Lancet on 16 April, which have informed the debate on the issue.


  • –present
    Professor, University of Birmingham