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An Pan

【Source: | Date:2019-06-04 】


Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics


Academic Areas

Nutrition Epidemiology / Chronic Disease Epidemiology

Research Interests

Epidemiological studies to investigate the contribution of environmental factors (diet/lifestyle) and genetic susceptibility to the development of obesity, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease

Nutrition intervention studies on individuals with or at a high risk of non-communicable diseases, such as obesity, metabolic syndrome, and type 2 diabetes

Mental health (especially depression) and its relation to non-communicable diseases (obesity, diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, mortality etc.)

Meta-analysis in nutritional epidemiology and psychiatry epidemiology

Selected Professional Affiliations

2013-2019    Associate Editor, BMC Endocrine Disorders

2017-    Associate Editor, Nutrition & Metabolism

2019-    Associate Editor, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

2016-    Commissioner, Lancet Commission on Obesity

2017-    Vice Chair, Basic Nutrition Council, Chinese Nutrition Society

2019-    Vice Chair, Nutrition Epidemiology Council, Chinese Nutrition Society

Courses Taught

Principles and Methods of Cohort Studies / Introduction to Epidemiology

Awards and Honors

2018     One of the best reviewers for Annals of Internal Medicine (by the Editor-in-chief)

2014     AHA Sandra A. Daugherty Award for Excellence in Cardiovascular Disease or Hypertension Epidemiology

2012     AHA Trudy Bush Fellowship for Cardiovascular Research in Women’s Health

2011      One of the top reviewers for Diabetes Care (by the Editor-in-chief)

2010     AHA Elizabeth Barrett-Connor Research Award in Epidemiology

2010     One of the best reviewers for Annals of Internal Medicine (by the Editor-in-chief)


2004-2009       Ph.D., Institute for Nutritional Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai, China

2000-2004       B.S., Nanjing University, Nanjing, China

Professional/working Experience

2022-present   Professor, Dean of School of Public Health, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China

2015-present    Professor, School of Public Health, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China

2012-2015        Assistant Professor, Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore, Singapore

2009 2012        Research Fellow, Department of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, USA

Past and ongoing projects, funding, programs

2020-2021       Characteristics and dynamic changes of metabolic phenotypes and risk of type 2 diabetes and its complications, NSFC, 81930124, RMB 2970000, PI

2018-2021         Relation of metabolites and risk of incident gestational diabetes mellitus in Chinese women: a metabolomics analysis in two birth cohort studies, NSFC, 81773517, RMB 500000, PI

2017-2020         Precision Medicine Initiative: Multi-omics reference database for the Chinese population, National Key Research and Development Program of China, 2017YFC0907504, RMB 8500000, PI

Select Publications

Books, Patents

1.       Pan A, Odegaard A, Koh WP. Cardiovascular Disease, in The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Health, Illness, Behavior, and Society. Edited by William C. Cockerham, Robert Dingwall, and Stella Quah. John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Hoboken, NJ. Published Online: 21 Feb 2014. DOI: 10.1002/9781118410868.wbehibs472.

2.       Pan A, Devore E, Schernhammer ES. How shift work and a destabilized circadian system may increase risk for development of cancer and type 2 diabetes, in Circadian Rhythms: Health and Disease. Edited by Christopher S. Colwell. John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Hoboken, NJ. Published Online: 8 May 2015. DOI: 10.1002/9781118467831.ch13.

Journal Article

Full list can be found at

# First author; * Corresponding author

  1. Pan A,# Liu L,# Wang C,# Guo H,# Hao X,# Wang Q, Huang J, He N, Yu H, Lin X,* Wei S,* Wu T.* Association of public health interventions with the epidemiology of the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan, China. JAMA. 2020 April 10; [Epub ahead of print]. doi: 10.1001/jama.2020.6130.

  2. Chen C, Ye Y, Zhang Y, Pan XF, Pan A.* Weight change across adulthood in relation to all cause and cause specific mortality: prospective cohort study. BMJ. 2019;367:l5584. Doi: 10.1136/bmj.l5584.

  3. Pan A,* Lin X, Hemler E, Hu FB.* Diet and cardiovascular disease: advances and challenges in population-based studies. Cell Metabolism. 2018;27(3):489-496.

  4.  Yuan Y, Xiao Y, Feng W, Liu Y, Zhou L, Qiu G, Wang H, Liu B, Liu K, Yang H, Li X, Min X, Zhang C, Xu C, Zhang X, He M, Hu FB, Pan A,* Wu T.* Plasma metal concentrations and incident coronary heart disease in Chinese adults: the Dongfeng-Tongji Cohort. Environmental Health Perspectives. 2017;125(10):107007.

  5. Qiu G, Zheng Y, Wang H, Sun J, Ma H, Xiao Y, Li Y, Yuan Y, Yang H, Li X, Min X, Zhang C, Xu C, Jiang Y, Zhang X, He M, Yang M, Hu Z, Tang H, Shen H, Hu FB, Pan A,* Wu T.* Plasma metabolomics identified novel metabolites associated with risk of type 2 diabetes in two prospective cohorts of Chinese adults. International Journal of Epidemiology. 2016;45(5):1507-1516.

  6. Pan A,* Wang Y, Talaei M, Hu FB, Wu T. Relation of active, passive, and quitting smoking with type 2 diabetes: a meta-analysis and systematic review. Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology. 2015;12(3):958-967.

  7. Pan A,* Wang Y, Talaei M, Hu FB. Relation of smoking with total mortality and cardiovascular events among patients with diabetes: a meta-analysis and systematic review. Circulation. 2015;132(19):1795-1804. (Corresponding author)

  8.  Tobias D,* Pan A,* Jackson CL, Ding EL, O’Reilly EJ, Willett WC, Manson JE, Hu FB. Body-mass index and mortality among adults with incident type 2 diabetes. New England Journal of Medicine. 2014;370(3):233-244. (*Co-first author and co-corresponding author)

  9. Pan A,* Sun Q, Bernstein AM, Manson JE, Willett WC, Hu FB. Changes in red meat consumption and subsequent risk of type 2 diabetes: three cohorts of US men and women. JAMA Internal Medicine. 2013;173(14):1328-1335.

  10.   Pan A, Sun Q, Bernstein AM,Schulze MB, Manson JE, Stampfer MJ, Willett WC, Hu FB.* Red meat consumption and mortality: results from 2 prospective cohort studies. Archives of Internal Medicine. 2012;172(7):555-563.

  11. Pan A, Schernhammer ES, Sun Q, Hu FB.* Rotating night shift work and risk of type 2 diabetes: two prospective cohort studies in women. PLoS Medicine. 2011;8(12):e1001141.

  12.  Pan A, Sun Q, Okereke OI, Manson JE, Rexrode KM, Hu FB.* Depression and the risk of stroke morbidity and mortality: a systematic review and meta-analysis. JAMA. 2011;306(11):1241-1249.