Heping Zhang PhD

Susan Dwight Bliss Professor of Public Health (Biostatistics) and Professor in the Child Study Center and of Statistics

Biographical Info

Dr. Zhang published 200 some research articles and monographs in theory and applications of statistical methods and in several areas of biomedical research including epidemiology, genetics, child and women health, mental health, and substance use. He directs a training program in mental health research funded by the NIMH. He directs the Collaborative Center for Statistics in Science that coordinates two major national research networks to understand the etiology of pregnancy outcomes and to evaluate treatment effectiveness for infertility. He is a fellow of the American Statistical Association and a fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics. He was named the 2008 Myrto Lefokopoulou distinguished lecturer by Harvard School of Public Health and a Medallion Lecturer by the Institute of Mathematical Statistics. In 2011, he received the Royan International Award on Reproductive Health.


International Activity

  • Analysis of High Throughput Data
    Guangzhou, China(2013 - 2016)
    This project is funded by National Science Foundation of China for China-Oversea collaboration. We will develop statistical methods to analyze high throughput data for complex diseases.
  • Research and Program Development in Statistics
    Guangzhou, China(2013 - 2018)
    This activities will be supported through a short-term 1000-plan. It is to strengthen the statistics program at Sun Yat-Sen University.
  • Live Birth After Fresh Embryo Transfer Vs Frozen-thawed Embryo Transfer in Women With Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (FreFro-PCOS)
    Jinan, China(2012 - 2014)
    From http://Clinicaltrials.gov: Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common endocrine disorders in women of childbearing age. However, the optimal infertility treatment for PCOS patients is still a matter of controversy. Despite producing more follicles and more oocytes than other women undergoing controlled ovarian hyperstimulation during an IVF cycle, women with PCOS have comparable or lower pregnancy rates. Additionally women with PCOS patients undergoing IVF have a higher risk of developing ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS), which may be aggravated by pregnancy after an embryo transfer in a fresh cycle. Further women with PCOS are thought to have higher rates of later pregnancy complications including spontaneous abortion, pre-eclampsia, and preterm labor that may be related to impaired implantation in the superovulated endometrium. We propose a randomized clinical trial of elective embryo cryopreservation followed by a programmed cycle of endometrial preparation and frozen embryo transfer (FET) compared to fresh embryo transfer in women with PCOS undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF).
  • Effect of Acupuncture and Clomiphene Citrate on Live Birth in Anovulatory Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: a Randomized Controlled Trial
    Harbin, China(2011 - 2014)
    This is a 2x2 factorial, double-blind, randomized trial to evaluate the effectiveness of acupuncture to increase live birth rate in PCOS women in China.
  • Statistics, Genomics, and Medicine
    Guangzhou, China(2009 - 2012)
    Chang-Jiang Scholar

Education & Training

Ph.D.
Stanford University (1991)

Honors & Recognition

  • Fellow, Institute of Mathematical Statistics
    (2006)
  • Myrto Lefokopoulou Distinguished Lecturer
    Harvard School of Public Health (2008)
  • Medallion Lecturer
    Institute of Mathematical Statistics (2011)
  • Independent Scientist Award, NIH/National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
    (2004)
  • Chang-Jiang Scholar
    Chinese Ministry of Education (2009)
  • Fellow, American Statistical Association
    (2000)
  • Royan International Research Award
    Royan Institute (2011)
  • Elected Member, International Statistical Institute
    (1995)
  • Short-term 1000-plan Program
    Chinese Deppartment of Organization (2013)
  • FIRST Award, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
    (1994-02)

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