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Dr Jing Wang (BMed, MSc, PhD) has a Bachelor of Medicine (2012) and a Master of Epidemiology and Biostatistics (2015). In 2019, She completed her PhD with the Growing Up in Australia's Child Health CheckPoint study focusing on the epidemiology, risk factors and outcomes of hearing loss in mid-childhood and mid-life.
Since 2019, Dr Wang has worked as an epidemiologist with Generation Victoria (GenV, https://genv.org.au/), a state-wide birth cohort that plans to approach all 170,000 Victorian newborns throughout 2021-22 and their parents. It brings together new and existing data and samples, to detect trends and patterns in health and wellbeing and to help deliver better prediction, prevention and treatments and more equitable services.
She is also a post-doctoral research officer with MCRI LifeCourse Initiative, investigating the influence of genetic and environmental factors, and their interactions, on language outcomes in both typical hearing and hearing loss children.
2015-2018: Professor David Danks PhD Top Up scholarship, MCRI
2015-2018: The Univesity of Melbourne Melbourne International Engagement Award
2017: Henry and Rachel Ackman Travelling Scholarship, The University of Melbourne
2018: The US Pediatric Academic Societies Trainee Award
2018: Student Conference Support Award, MCRI
2019: The MCRI LifeCourse Postdoc Fellowship
2019: Population Health Theme early-mid career researchers international travel scholarship, MCRI
2020: Shortlisted for the Chancellor’s prize, University of Melbourne
2020: 3rd Prize - Three Minute Publication, University of Melbourne Department of Paediatrics
The World Health Organisation estimated over 5% of the world’s current population have disabling hearing loss, projected to affect over 900 million people by 2050 - or 1 in every 10 people. Globally, unaddressed hearing loss poses an annual cost of US$ 750 billion. Hearing loss is being reframed as a lifecourse problem, progressing over decades with childhood origins spanning obesity, inflammation and polygenic risks.
However, early life prevention has yet to be realised to reduce hearing loss progression and/or its impacts. These reflect a limited understanding of hearing decline and its mechanisms and impact earlier in life. Dr Wang's population-based research centres around better prevention and management of hearing loss from childhood, and helping each child with and without hearing loss reach their full language potential.
Generation Victoria (GenV)
Growing up in Australia's Child Health CheckPoint
VicCHILD (Victorian Childhood Hearing Impairment Longitudinal Databank)
Wang J, Liu M, Sung V et al. Associations of retinal vessel caliber and hearing status in childhood and in mid-life: Cross-generational population-based study. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck. 2020.
Wang J, Sung V, Carew P et al. Inflammation and hearing status in mid-childhood and mid-life: a population-based cross-sectional study. Int J Epidemiol 2019, 48(5):1556-1566.
Wang J, Nguyen MT, Sung V et al. Associations between telomere length and hearing status in mid-childhood and midlife: population-based cross-sectional study. Ear Hear 2019, 40(5):1256-1259.
Wang J, Sung V, Carew P et al. Prevalence of Childhood Hearing Loss and Secular Trends: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Acad Pediatr 2019, 19(5):504-514.
Wang J, Quach J, Sung V et al. Academic, behavioural and quality of life outcomes of slight to mild hearing loss in late childhood: a population-based study. Arch Dis Child 2019, 104(11):1056-1063.
Wang J, Sung V, le Clercq CMP et al. High prevalence of slight and mild hearing loss across mid-life:Cross-sectional national Australian study. Public Health 2019, 168:26-35.
Wang J, Sung V, Lycett K et al. How body composition influences hearing status by mid-childhood and mid-life: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children. Int J Obes (Lond) 2018, 42(10):1771-1781.
Wang J, le Clercq CMP, Sung V et al. Cross-sectional epidemiology of hearing loss in Australian children aged 11-12 years old and 25-year secular trends. Arch Dis Child 2018, 103(6):579-585.
Smith J, Wang J, Grobler AC et al. Hearing, speech reception, vocabulary and language: population epidemiology and concordance in Australian children aged 11 to 12 years and their parents. BMJ Open 2019, 9(Suppl 3):85-94.
2019: Population Health Theme Grant, MCRI