KK has supervised over 20 doctoral students at the University of Birmingham. Important examples of publications arising from their theses include:
Jokhio AH, Winter HR, Cheng KK. An intervention involving traditional birth attendants and perinatal and maternal mortality in Pakistan. N Engl J Med. 2005;352:2091-9. (This was one of the first research papers from Pakistan published in the New England Journal of Medicine. In helping to bring about a change of emphasis from a solely health centre one to multiple delivery approaches (i.e. in communities as well as health facilities), the findings have contributed towards the strategies towards two Millenium Development Goals.)
Yin P, Jiang CQ, Cheng KK, Lam TH, Lam KL, Miller MR, Zhang WS, Thomas NG, Adab P. Passive smoking exposure and risk of COPD among adults in China: The Guangzhou Biobank Cohort Study. Lancet 2007; 370:751-7. (selected by the International Advisory Board of The Lancet as one of the research papers worldwide “that make the greatest potential contribution to clinical research” in 2007)
Aveyard P, Cheng KK, Almond J, Sherratt E, Lancashire R, Lawrence T, Griffin C, Evans O. Cluster randomised controlled trial of expert system based on the transtheoretical (“stages of change”) model for smoking prevention and cessation in schools. British Medical Journal 1999; 319:948-53. (This was the first fast track article published by the British Medical Journal since its establishment in 1840. The paper has played a major role in the practice of smoking prevention in schools in this country and further afield.)
Zhang D, Yin P, Freemantle N, Jordan R, Zhong N, Cheng KK. An assessment of the quality of randomised controlled trials conducted in China. Trials 2008;9:22.
Fong DYT, Ho JWC, Hui BP, Lee AM, MacFarlane DJ, Leung SS, Cerin E, Chan WY, Leung IP, Lam SH, Taylor AJ, Cheng KK. Physical Activity for Cancer Survivors: A Meta-analysis of Randomised Controlled Trials. BMJ (in press)
Arora T, Jiang CQ, Thomas GN, Lam KB, Zhang WS, Cheng KK, Lam TH, Taheri S. Self-Reported Long Total Sleep Duration Is Associated With Metabolic Syndrome: The Guangzhou Biobank Cohort Study. Diabetes Care. 2011 Aug 26. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 21873559.
Jiang CQ, Xu L, Lam TH, Thomas GN, Zhang WS, Cheng KK, Schooling CM. Alcohol consumption and aortic arch calcification in an older Chinese sample: The Guangzhou Biobank Cohort Study. Int J Cardiol. 2011 Aug 1. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 21813196.
Xu L, Jiang CQ, Lam TH, Zhang WS, Thomas GN, Cheng KK. Dose-response relation between physical activity and cognitive function: Guangzhou Biobank Cohort Study. Ann Epidemiol. 2011 Jul 22. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 21784658.
O'Hartaigh B, Jiang CQ, Thomas GN, Tsvetanov KA, Bosch JA, Cheng KK, Lam TH. Usefulness of Physical Fitness and the Metabolic Syndrome to Predict Vascular Disease Risk in Older Chinese (from the Guangzhou Biobank Cohort Study-Cardiovascular Disease Subcohort [GBCS-CVD]). Am J Cardiol. 2011 Sep15;108(6):845-50. Epub 2011 Jul 23. PubMed PMID: 21784386.
Schooling CM, Jiang C, Lam TH, Zhang W, Cheng KK, Leung GM. Parental Death during Childhood and Adult Cardiovascular Risk in a Developing Country: The Guangzhou Biobank Cohort Study. PLoS One. 2011;6(5):e19675. Epub 2011 May 16. PubMed PMID: 21603607;
Schooling CM, Jiang C, Lam T, Zhang W, Cheng K, Leung GM. Childhood meat eating and inflammatory markers: The Guangzhou Biobank Cohort Study. BMC Public Health. 2011 May 19;11(1):345. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 21595911.
Elwell-Sutton TM, Jiang CQ, Zhang WS, Cheng KK, Lam TH, Leung GM, Schooling CM. Socioeconomic influences at different life stages on health in Guangzhou, China. Soc Sci Med. 2011 Apr 16. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 21550152.
Xu L, Jiang CQ, Lam TH, Liu B, Jin YL, Zhu T, Zhang WS, Cheng KK, Thomas GN. Short or long sleep duration is associated with memory impairment in older Chinese: the guangzhou biobank cohort study. Sleep. 2011 May 1;34(5):575-80. PubMed PMID: 21532950; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3079936.
Liu Q, Wang B, Kong Y, Cheng K. China's primary health-care reform. Lancet.2011 Mar 29. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 21453962.