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Peng Jia

Peng Jia

Professor, School of Resource and Environmental Sciences, Wuhan University, Wuhan, China
Adjunct Professor, School of Public Health; Renmin Hospital, Wuhan University, Wuhan, China
Director, International Institute of Spatial Lifecourse Health (ISLE), Wuhan University, Wuhan, China

Prof. Peng Jia is a health geographer and spatial epidemiologist. He coined the disciplinary term “Spatial Lifecourse Epidemiology”, led the development of the first reporting guideline –– Spatial Lifecourse Epidemiology Reporting Standards (ISLE-ReSt) –– applicable to several related disciplines (e.g., spatial epidemiology, health/medical geography, social medicine, big data analytics, exposomics), and founded the International Institute of Spatial Lifecourse Health (ISLE) to lead global research in this field. He received his B.Eng. in environmental engineering from Nanjing Agricultural University (2007), M.S. in remote sensing and GIS from Chinese Academy of Sciences (2010), M.S. in spatial epidemiology from Emerging Pathogens Institute at the University of Florida (2012), and Ph.D. in health geography from Louisiana State University (2015). He was the recipient for the Outstanding Article of the Year Award from the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (2015), the IJERPH Young Investigator Award (2019), and the National Youth Geographical Science & Technology Award (2021) by the Geographical Society of China. His research has been funded by multiple national/regional agencies, including the National Natural Science Foundation of China, the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research, and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. He launched the 1st International Symposium on Lifecourse Epidemiology and Spatial Science at Lorentz Center (Netherlands) in 2018. He is also the principal investigator of the five large cohort studies, with the total sample size of about 0.2 million. He has published more than 180 SCI journal articles and invited commentaries, including in Nature, Nature Medicine, Lancet, Lancet Global Health, with a total impact factor of about 2,000.

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