Editor-in-Chief


Li Ming Wen, MD, MMed, PhD

Clinical Associate Professor
School of Public Health
Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney
                 and
Shanghai 10th Peoples Hospital
Faculty of Medicine, University of Tongji
Shanghai, China


Biography

Professor Li Ming Wen is graduated from the Second Military Medical University (SMMU), Shanghai, China. After migrating to Australia, in 1994, He obtained Master of Medicine and PhD degrees from Sydney Medical School, the University of Sydney. He has published over 80 peer reviewed papers in high impact journals including Lancet, BMJ, JAMA Pediatrics and IJO. He has been a Research and Evaluation Manager in the Health Promotion Service of Sydney Local Health District, NSW Health, Australia, since 2000. In this role he is also affiliated with Shanghai 10th Peoples Hospital, Faculty of Medicine, University of Tongji, and Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney.
Prof. Wen was the lead author of a paper titled “Driving to work is associated with overweight and obesity: Findings from the 2003 New South Wales Health Survey” published in International Journal of Obesity in 2006. The study was one of few studies linking car use and overweight and obesity for the first time. He was an invited Lead Guest Editor for the Journal of Environmental and Public Health on the Special issue on the effect of active transport, transport systems and urban design on environmental and population health, which has now been published (http://www.hindawi.com/journals/jeph/si/891758/). Currently, he is an invited Lead Guest Editor for the Journal of Obesity for a special Issue on The Effect of Early Life Factors and Early Interventions on Childhood Overweight and Obesity.
Prof. Wen is a Principal Investigator (PI) of the Healthy Beginnings Trial, a home-based early obesity intervention, funded by NHMRC (National Health and Medical Research Council) for 2008-2014. Internationally, the study was the first randomized controlled trial of a home-based early childhood obesity intervention in the first two years of life. This unique intervention program, aimed at tacking childhood obesity in the beginning of life, was delivered by nurses to 667 first –time mothers in their homes. Each family received 8 visits in the first two years of their childs life. Nurses provided advice to mothers around infant feeding practices, child and family eating, as well as child play and TV viewing time. The results show that the approach taken by the Healthy Beginnings Program is promising in significantly reducing a childs Body Mass Index and developing healthy eating and lifestyle habits, with significant improvements in vegetable consumption and reduction in television viewing times. The main results of the trial were published in the BMJ (BMJ 2012; 344: e3732). The sustainability assessment and economic evaluation of the Healthy Beginnings Program are currently underway and will be completed by late 2015. With his ground-breaking and novel work, Prof. Wen is internationally recognized as a leader in early life interventions to prevent obesity. More information about Healthy Beginnings Program can be found at http://www.healthybeginnings.net.au/

Research Interest

His current research interests include: Clinical trials and practice in the areas of obesity prevention, sexual health, physical activity, nutrition, active transport and tobacco control with specific expertise in the evaluation of health promotion initiatives.

Scientific Activities

AWARDS


•(2000) The Better Health Good Health Care Baxter Award for innovative research
•(2013) Winner of South Western Sydney Local Health District Quality Awards for Innovation category
•(2014) Winner of NSW Health Awards for the Preventive Health category

Publications

PEER REVIEWED PAPERS AND REPORTS (SELECTED, IN ENGLISH ONLY)


1. Wen LM. A bottle-weaning counselling intervention for parents of 12-month-old infants reduces bottle use at age 24 months but has no effect on child weight. Evid Based Nurs. 2014. doi: 10.1136/eb-2014-101825
2. Wen LM, Baur LA, Rissel C, Xu H, Simpson JM. Correlates of body mass index and overweight and obesity of children aged 2 years: Findings from the healthy beginnings trial. Obesity. 2014. doi: 10.1002/oby.20700
3. Xu H, Wen LM, Rissel C. Associations of maternal influences with outdoor play and screen time of two-year-olds: Findings from the Healthy Beginnings Trial. J Paediatr Child Health. 2014. doi: 10.1111/jpc.12604
4. Hayes A, Lung T, Wen LM, Baur L, Rissel C, Howard K. Economic evaluation of healthy beginnings an early childhood intervention to prevent obesity. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2014. doi: 10.1002/oby.20747
5. Jiang H, Li M, Wen LM, et al. Effect of short message service on infant feeding practice: findings from a community-based study in Shanghai, China. JAMA Pediatr. 2014; 168(5): 471-478. doi: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2014.58
6. Rissel C, Petrunoff N, Wen LM, Crane M. Travel to work and self-reported stress: Findings from a workplace survey in south west Sydney, Australia. Journal of Transport & Health. 2014; 1(1): 50-53. doi: 10.1016/j.jth.2013.09.001
7. Rissel C, Greenaway M, Bauman A, Wen LM. Active travel to work in New South Wales 2005-2010, individual characteristics and association with body mass index. Aust N Z J Public Health. 2014; 38(1): 25-29. doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.12097
8. Weber D, Rissel C, Hector D, Wen LM. Supported playgroups as a setting for promoting physical activity of young children: findings from a feasibility study in south-west Sydney, Australia. J Paediatr Child Health. 2014; 50(4): 301-305. doi: 10.1111/jpc.12466
9. Flood VM, Wen LM, Hardy LL, Rissel C, Simpson JM, Baur LA. Reliability and validity of a short FFQ for assessing the dietary habits of 2-5-year-old children, Sydney, Australia. Public Health Nutr. 2014; 17(3): 498-509. doi: 10.1017/S1368980013000414
10. Jiang H, Li M, Wen LM, et al. Effect of a short message service intervention on infant feeding practices in Shanghai, China: a prospective, community-based, controlled study. Lancet. 2013; 382: 4. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(13)62165-0
11. Xu H, Wen LM, Rissel C, Flood VM, Baur LA. Parenting style and dietary behaviour of young children: Findings from the Healthy Beginnings Trial. Appetite. 2013; 71: 171-177. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2013.08.011
12. Petrunoff N, Xu H, Rissel R, Wen LM, van der Ploeg H. Measuring workplace travel behaviour: validity and reliability of survey questions. Journal of Environmental and Public Health. 2013; 2013(423035): 6. doi: 10.1155/2013/423035
13. Petrunoff N, Rissell C, Wen LM, Meiklejohn D, Xu H, Schembri A. Developing a hospital travel plan: process and baseline findings from a Western Sydney Hospital. Aust Health Rev. 2013. doi: 10.1071/AH13006
14. Wen LM, Simpson JM, Rissel C, Baur LA. Maternal junk food diet during pregnancy as a predictor of high birthweight: findings from the Healthy Beginnings Trial. Birth. 2013; (40): 46-51. doi: 10.1111/birt.12028
15. Xu H, Wen LM, Rissel C. The relationships between active transport to work or school and cardiovascular health or body weight: a systematic review. The Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health. 2013; 25(4): 298-315. doi: 10.1177/1010539513482965
16. Xu H, Wen LM, Rissel C, Baur LA. Smoking Status and Factors Associated with Smoking of First-Time Mothers during Pregnancy and Postpartum: Findings from the Healthy Beginnings Trial. Maternal and Child Health Journal. 2013; 17(6): 1151-1157. doi: 10.1007/s10995-012-1108-6
17. Kelly A, Arjunan P, van der Ploeg P, Rissel C, Borg J, Wen LM. The implementation of a pilot playground markings project in four Australian primary schools. Health Promotion Journal of Australia. 2012; 23(3): 183-187.
18. Wen LM, Simpson JM, Rissel C, Baur LA. Awareness of breastfeeding recommendations and duration of breastfeeding: findings from the Healthy Beginnings Trial. Breastfeeding Medicine. 2012; 7: 233-239. doi: 10.1089/bfm.2011.0052
19. Jiang H, Li M, Yang D, et al. Awareness, Intention, and Needs Regarding Breastfeeding: Findings from First-Time Mothers in Shanghai, China. Breastfeeding Medicine. 2012; 6: 526-534. doi: 10.1089/bfm.2011.0124
20. Wen LM, Baur LA, Simpson J, Rissel C, Wardle K, Flood VM. Effectiveness of home based early intervention on childrens BMI at age 2: randomised controlled trial. BMJ. 2012; 344: e3732. doi: 10.1136/bmj.e3732
21. Xu HL, Wen LM. Screen time and physical activity of young children and mothers: findings from the Healthy Beginnings Trial Australian and New Zealand. Journal of Public Health. 2012; (36)4: 396. doi: 10.1111/j.1753-6405.2012.00902.x
22. Wen LM, Baur LA, Rissel C, et al. Wardle K. Healthy Beginnings Trial Phase 2 study: Follow-up and cost-effectiveness analysis. Contemporary Clinical Trials. 2012; 33(2): 396-401. doi: 10.1016/j.cct.2011.11.008
23. Rissel C, Reinten-Reynolds T, Wen LM, Hardy LL. Soft drink consumption and obesity in NSW school students. The Medical journal of Australia. 2012; 196(3): 171-172.
24. Weber D, Janson A, Nolan M, Wen LM, Rissel C. Female employees perceptions of organisational support for breastfeeding at work: findings from an Australian health service workplace. International Breastfeeding Journal. 2011; 6: 19. doi: 10.1186/1746-4358-6-19
25. Rissel C, Wen LM. The possible effect on frequency of cycling if mandatory bicycle helmet legislation was repealed in Sydney, Australia: a cross-sectional survey. Health promotion Journal of Australia. 2011; 22: 178-183.
26. Wen LM, Baur LA, Simpson JM, Rissel C, Flood VM. Effectiveness of an early intervention on infant feeding practices and tummy time: randomised controlled trial. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2011; 165(8): 701-707. doi: 10.1001/archpediatrics.2011.115
27. Wen LM, Rissel C, Baur L, Lee E, Simpson J. Who is NOT likely to access the Internet for health information? Findings from first-time mothers in southwest Sydney, Australia. International Journal of Medical Informatics. 2011; 80: 406-411. doi: 10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2011.03.001
28. Wen LM, Rissel C, Lee E, Baur LA, Simpson JM. Maternal smoking, weight status and dietary behaviours during pregnancy: findings from first-time mothers in southwest Sydney, Australia. ANZ J Obstet Gynaecol. 2011; 51: 31-37. doi: 10.1111/j.1479-828X.2010.01259.x
29. Wen LM, Simpson JM, Baur LA, Rissel C, Flood VM. Family functioning and obesity risk behaviors: implications for early obesity intervention. Obesity. 2011; 19 (6): 1252-1258. doi: 10.1038/oby.2010.285
30. Rissel C, Piper T, Wen LM. Do first time mothers need a guideline for maximum periods of sitting or being sedentary? Health Promotion Journal of Australia. 2011; 22(3): 239.
31. Wen LM, Flood VM, Simpson JM, Rissel C, Baur LA. Dietary behaviours during pregnancy: findings from first-time mothers in southwest Sydney, Australia. The International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. 2010; 7: 13. doi: 10.1186/1479-5868-7-13
32. Wen LM, Baur LA, Simpson JM, Rissel C. Mothers awareness of their weight status & concern about their children. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. 2010; 34(3): 293-297. doi: 10.1111/j.1753-6405.2010.00529.x
33. Wen LM, Rissel C, Lee E. Smoke-free home status and parents smoking status among first-time mothers. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. 2010; 34(5): 532-533. doi: 10.1111/j.1753-6405.2010.00604.x
34. Wardle K, Murphy D, Ireland L, et al. What we learnt - recruiting prenatal mothers to an RCT addressing the prevention of overweight in early childhood? Aust J Advanced Nursing. 2011; 28(2): 41-45.
35. Wen LM, Merom D, Rissel C, Simpson JM. Weight status, modes of travel to school and screen time: a cross-sectional survey of children aged 10-13 years in Sydney. Health Promotion Journal of Australia. 2010; 21: 57-63.
36. Wen LM, Kite J, Rissel C. Is there a role for workplaces in reducing employees driving to work? Findings from a cross-sectional survey from inner-west Sydney, Australia. BMC Public Health. 2010; 10: 50. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-10-50
37. Rissel C, New C, Wen LM, Merom D, Bauman A, Garrard J. The effectiveness of community-based cycling promotion: findings from the Cycling Connecting Communities project in Sydney, Australia. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. 2010, 7: 8. doi: 10.1186/1479-5868-7-8
38. Wen LM, van der Ploeg H, Kite J, Cashmore A, Rissel C. A validation study of assessing physical activity and sedentary behavior in children aged 3-5 years. Pediatr Exerc Sci. 2010; 22 (3): 408-420.
39. Rissel C, Merom D, Bauman A, Garrard J, Wen LM, New C. Current Cycling, Bicycle Path Use, and Willingness to Cycle More - Findings From a Community Survey of Cycling in Southwest Sydney, Australia. Journal of Physical Activity and Health. 2010; 7: 267-272.
40. Kite J. Wen LM. Measuring childrens journey to school: student five-day diary compared to parental report of usual behavior. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. 2010; 34 (2): 215-216. doi: 10.1111/j.1753-6405.2010.00510.x
41. Askie LM, Baur LA, Campbell K, et al. Study protocol: The Early Prevention of Obesity in CHildren (EPOCH) Collaboration - an Individual Patient Data Prospective Meta-Analysis. BMC Public Health. 2010; 10: 728. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-10-728
42. Wen LM, De Domenico M, Elliott D, Bindon J, Rissel C. Evaluation of a feasibility study addressing risk factors for childhood obesity through home visits. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. 2009; 45(10): 577-581. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1754.2009.01568.x
43. Wen LM, Baur LA, Rissel C, Alperstein G, Simpson JM. Intention to breastfeed and awareness of health recommendations: findings from first-time mothers in southwest Sydney, Australia. International Breastfeeding Journal. 2009; 4: 9. doi: 10.1186/1746-4358-4-9
44. Wen LM, Kite J, Merom D, Rissel C. Time spent playing outdoors after school and its relationship with level of independence: a cross-sectional survey of children aged 10-12 years in Sydney. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. 2009; 6: 15. doi: 10.1186/1479-5868-6-15
45. OConnor C, Shaw M, Wen LM, Quine S. Acculturation, Sexual Behaviour, Risk and Knowledge in Vietnamese Men Living in Metropolitan Sydney. Health Promotion Journal of Australia. 2009; 20(1): 13-19.
46. OConnor CC, Shaw M, Wen LM, Quine S. Low knowledge and high infection rates of Hepatitis in Vietnamese Men in Sydney. Sexual Health. 2008; 5 (3): 299-302.
47. Wen LM, Fry D, Merom D, Rissel C, Dirkis H, Balafas A. Increasing active travel to school: are we on the right track? A cluster randomised controlled trial from Sydney. Preventive Medicine. 2008; 47: 612-618. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2008.09.002
48. Wen LM, Rissel C. Inverse associations between cycling to work, public transport, and overweight and obesity: findings from a population based study in Australia. Preventive Medicine. 2008; 46: 29-32.
49. Wen LM, Fry D, Rissel C, Dirkis H, Balafas A, Merom D. Factors associated with children being driven to school: implications for walk to school programs. Health Education Research. 2008; 23(2): 325-334.
50. Wen LM, Orr N, Rissel C. The role of ethnicity in determining access to and acceptability of home visiting for early childhood health and wellbeing. Australian Health Review. 2007; 31(1): 132-139. doi: 10.1071/AH070132
51. Zehle K, Wen LM, Orr N, Rissel C. Its Not an Issue at the Moment: A qualitative study of mothers about childhood obesity. MCN The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 2007; 32(1): 36-41.
52. OConnor C, Wen LM, Rissel C, Shaw M, Quine S. Knowledge of STIs and blood-borne viruses among Vietnamese men in metropolitan Sydney. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. 2007: 31(5): 464-467. doi: 10.1111/j.1753-6405.2007.00119.x
53. Wen LM, Baur LA, Rissel C, Wardle K, Alperstein G, Simpson JM. Early intervention of multiple home visits to prevent childhood obesity in a disadvantaged population: a home-based randomised controlled trial (Healthy Beginnings Trial). BMC Public Health. 2007; 7: 76. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-7-76
54. Booth ML, Okely AD, Denney-Wilson E, et al. Characteristics of travel to and from school among adolescents in NSW, Australia. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. 2007; 43(11): 755-761. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1754.2007.01159.x
55. OConnor C, Wen LM, Rissel C, Shaw M, Quine S. Sexual Behaviour and Risk in Vietnamese Men Living in Metropolitan Sydney. Sexually Transmitted Infections. 2007; 83: 147-150. doi: 10.1136/sti.2006.021394
56. Wen LM, Orr N, Millett C, Rissel C. Driving to work is associated with overweight and obesity: Findings from the 2003 New South Wales Health Survey. International Journal of Obesity. 2006; 30(5): 782-786. doi: 10.1038/sj.ijo.0803199
57. Millet C, Wen LM, Rissel C, et al. Smoking and erectile dysfunction: findings from a representative sample of Australian men. Tobacco Control. 2006; 15: 136-139. doi: 10.1136/tc.2005.015545
58. Zuo Y, Norberg M, Wen LM, Rissel C. Estimates of overweight and obesity among pre-school aged children in Melbourne and Sydney. J Nut Dietetics. 2006; 63: 179-182. doi: 10.1111/j.1747-0080.2006.00085.x
59. Wen LM, Orr N, Bacon S, Rissel C. Sampling from childcare centres and pre-schools: how representative are they? Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. 2006; 30(5): 487-489. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-842X.2006.tb00473.x
60. Wen LM, Orr N, Bindon J, Rissel C. Promoting active transport in workplace setting in Australia: a pilot study. Health Promotion International. 2005; 20 (2): 123-133. doi: 10.1093/heapro/dah602
61. Wen LM, Rissel C, Voukelatos A, Sainsbury P. Community involvement and self-rated health status: findings from a cross-sectional health survey in Central Sydney. NSW Public Health Bulletin. 2003; 11-12(14): 213-216. doi: 10.1071/NB03058
62. Wen LM, Rissel C, Bindon J. Journey to work: the potential for promoting active transport. Health Promotion Journal of Australia. 2003; 14 (1): 70-71.
63. Bedford K, Wen LM, Hua M, Kohoe P, Rissel C. Smoke near me and I smoke too: evaluation of a smoke-free homes program in Central Sydney, NSW. Health Promotion Journal of Australia. 2003; 14(2): 108-113.
64. Wen LM, Thomas M, Jones H, et al. Promoting physical activity in women: evaluation of a 2-year community-based intervention in Sydney Australia. Health Promotion International. 2002; 17 (2): 127-137. doi: 10.1093/heapro/17.2.127
65. Wen LM, Hua M, Rissel C. Changes in smoke-free home status in an immigrant Lebanese community in Sydney, Australia. Australia and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. 2002; 26 (1): 78-79. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-842X.2002.tb00275.x
66. Bresciani E, Wen LM, Rissel C, Alley J, Jochelson T. Promoting Active Transport: Where to start? The Journal of the Australian Institute of Environmental Health. 2002; 2(1): 55-60.
67. Hua M, Rissel C, Orr N, Wen LM. Effectiveness of a resource on the Australian health care system among the Sydney Chinese-speaking community. IUHPE-Promotion and Education. 2002; 9(3): 98-100.
68. Weber D, Dick M, Wen LM, Amanatidis S. Promoting nutrition in licensed clubs: a pilot project. Australian Journal of Primary Health. 2002; 8 (2): 102-104. doi: 10.1071/PY02036
69. Mindel A, Wen LM, Estcourt C, Simpson J. Condoms and warts. Sex Transm Infect. 2000; 76(3).
70. Wen LM, Estcourt CS, Simposn JM, Mindel A. Risk factors for the acquisition of genital warts: are condoms protective? Sexually Transmitted Infections. 1999; 75: 312-316.