KK has supervised over 20 doctoral students at the University of Birmingham. Important examples of publications arising from their theses include:
Li B, Pallan M, Liu WJ, Hemming K, Frew E, Lin R, Liu W, Martin J, Zanganeh M, Hurley K, Cheng KK, Adab P. The CHIRPY DRAGON intervention in preventing obesity in Chinese primary-school--aged children: A cluster-randomised controlled trial. PLoS Med. 2019 Nov 26;16(11):e1002971. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1002971. (this was one of the largest trials on obesity prevention in children in China).
Yuan M, Lu M, Guo Y, Lam KBH, Lu J, He J, Shen S, Wei D, Thomas GN, Cheng KK, Qiu X; BIGCS Study Group. Timing of Infant Formula Introduction in Relation to Body Mass Index and Overweight at Ages 1 And 3 Years: the Born in Guangzhou Cohort Study (BIGCS). Br J Nutr. 2022 Mar 10:1-29. doi: 10.1017/S000711452200071X. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35264258.
Yao M, Zhang DY, Fan JT, Lin K, Haroon S, Jackson D, Li H, Chen W, Cheng KK, Lehman R. The experiences of people with type 2 diabetes in communicating with general practitioners in China - a primary care focus group study. BMC Prim Care. 2022 Feb 3;23(1):24. doi: 10.1186/s12875-022-01632-y.
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.)