Professor Cowling, Benjamin John 高本恩
Prof Cowling joined the School of Public Health at HKU in 2004. Prior to moving to Hong Kong, he graduated with a PhD in medical statistics at the University of Warwick (UK) in 2003, and spent a year as a postdoc at Imperial College London (UK). Prof Cowling has been the Head of the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics since 2013, he is responsible for teaching introductory modules in epidemiology and biostatistics on the MPH curriculum, and his primary research focus is in infectious disease epidemiology.
In recent years Prof Cowling has designed and implemented large field studies of influenza transmission in the community and the effectiveness and impact of control measures. His research aims to integrate information on transmission dynamics at the individual level with disease burden, severity and dynamics at the population level. His latest research has focused on the modes of respiratory virus transmission, influenza vaccine effectiveness, and the potential causes and implications of interference between respiratory viruses. He has strong links with China CDC, and the NIGMS-funded Harvard Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics.
Prof Cowling is a fellow of the Royal Statistical Society and a member of the American Statistical Association. He is a Section Editor of the journal PLOS ONE, a Senior Editor of the journal Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses, and a founding editor of the journal PLOS Currents: Outbreaks.
|Awardees||Award Date||Honours / Awards / Prizes||Category|
|2017-11-01||Faculty Outstanding Research Output Award 2016-2017: LKS Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong||Research Achievement|
|2018-03-01||2016-2017 Outstanding Researcher Award||Research Achievement|
|2021-09-01||Highly commended entry in 2021 CSC Research Impact Awards – Taylor & Francis CSC Research implementation and uptake stream: Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, UK||Research Achievement|
|2021-08-01||Faculty Research Output Prize 2021: Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong (HKUMed, HKSAR).||Research Achievement|
|2021-08-01||Faculty Outstanding Research Output Award: Ni MY, Yao XI, Leung KS, et al. Depression and Post-Traumatic Stress During Major Social Unrest in Hong Kong: a ten-year prospective cohort. Lancet 2020 Jan;395(10220):273-284: Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong||Research Achievement|
|2021-08-01||Faculty Outstanding Research Output Award: LKS Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong||Research Achievement|
|2020-06-01||Faculty Outstanding Research Output Award: LKS Faculty of Medicine, the University of Hong Kong. 2020||Research Achievement|
CARES Investigators, .
|2018-10-01||Young Scientist Travel Award, World Life Science Conference 2018: China Union of Life Science Societies, and Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China, 中國科學技術協會，中 華人民共和國科學技術 部||Research Achievement|
|2019-08-01||Best Poster Award (Public Health), 10th Options for the Control of Influenza: International Society for Influenza and Other Respiratory Virus Diseases||Research Achievement|
|2019-07-01||Faculty Outstanding Research Output Award: LKS Faculty of Medicine, the University of Hong Kong||Research Achievement|
|2018-11-01||Faculty Outstanding Research Output Award: LKS Faculty of Medicine, the University of Hong Kong||Research Achievement|
|2018-07-01||Best Poster Award: Good Practice In Traditional Chinese Medicine Research Association||Research Achievement|
|2009-12-02||Real time estimation of the effective reproductive number in the presence of reporting delay, Hong Kong novel influenza A/H1N1pdm epidemic (poster presentation): Poster Award at the Epidemics² Second International Conference on Infectious Diseases Dynamics, 2-4 December 2009, Athens, Greece, Elsevier, Athens||Research Achievement|
|2011-11-28||Faculty Outstanding Young Researcher Award 2010-2011, LKS Faculty of Medicine, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong||Research Achievement|
|2012-02-09||Outstanding Young Research Award 2011, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong||Research Achievement|
|2010-09-11||Excellent Research Award (Public Health): Food and Health Bureau, HKSAR, Food and Health Bureau, Hong Kong||Research Achievement|
|2018-08-01||Best Abstract (Infection Control), 17th Asia-Pacific Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infection cum 8th International Infection Control Conference: Hong Kong Society for Microbiology and Infection Hong Kong Infection Control Nurses’ Association||Research Achievement|
|2014-11-01||Faculty Outstanding Research Output Award 2014: Cowling B.J., Jin L.M., Lau E.H.Y., Liao Q.H., Wu P., Jiang H., Tsang K.L., Zheng J.D., Fang J., Chang Z.R., Ni M.Y., Zhang Q., Ip D.K.M., Yu J.X., Li Y., Wang L.P., Tu W.X., Meng L., Wu J.T.K., Luo H.M., Li Q., Shu Y.L., Li Z.J., Feng Z.J., Yang W.Z., Wang Y., Leung G.M. and Yu H.J., Comparative epidemiology of human infections with avian influenza A H7N9 and H5N1 viruses in China: A population-based study of laboratory-confirmed cases, Lancet. 2013, 382(9887):129-37.: Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong.||Research Achievement|
|2014-12-01||Research Output Prize 2014: Yu H, Wu JT, Cowling BJ, Liao Q, Fang VJ, Zhou S, Wu P, Zhou H, Lau EH, Guo D, Ni MY, Peng Z, Feng L, Jiang H, Luo H, Li Q, Feng Z, Wang Y, Yang W, Leung GM. Effect of closure of live poultry markets on poultry-to-person transmission of avian influenza A H7N9 virus: an ecological study. Lancet. 2014; 383(9916): 541-8.: The University of Hong Kong||Research Achievement|
|2014-11-01||Faculty Outstanding Research Output Award 2014: Yu H.J., Cowling B.J., Feng L.Z., Lau E.H.Y., Liao Q.H., Tsang K.L., Peng Z.B., Wu P., Liu F.F., Fang J., Zhang H.L., Li M., Zeng L.J., Xu Z., Li Z.J., Luo H.M., Li Q., Feng Z.J., Cao B., Yang W.Z., Wu J.T.K., Wang Y. and Leung G.M., Human infection with avian influenza A H7N9 virus: An assessment of clinical severity, Lancet. 2013, 382(9887):138-45.||Research Achievement|
|2011-11-01||Faculty Outstanding Research Output Award 2010-11: Cowling B.J., Chan K.H., Fang J., Lau L.L.H., So H.C., Fung R.O.P., Ma S.K., Kwong A.S.K., Chan C.W., Tsui W.W.S., Ngai H.Y., Chu D.W.S., Lee P.W.Y., Chiu M.C. and Leung G.M., Comparative epidemiology of pandemic and seasonal influenza A in households, New England Journal of Medicine. 2010, 362: 2175-2184||Research Achievement|
|2018-06-01||Outstanding Researcher Award 2018: HKU||Research Achievement|
|Term Period||Position||Professional Societies|
|01/2004 - current||Fellow||Royal Statistical Society|
|06/2010 - current||Member||International Society for Influenza and other Respiratory Virus Diseases|
|09/2012 - 09/2018||Elected Board Member||International Society for Influenza and other Respiratory Virus Diseases|
|07/2014 - current||Fellow||Faculty of Public Health|
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