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Dr Vincent Cheng

Dr Vincent Cheng

Dr Vincent Cheng
BSc, PGDip (OSPAP), MRPharmS, MSc(Oxon.), DPhil (Oxon.)

Senior Research Associate in Research Synthesis

Office 2.01
Canynge Hall,
39 Whatley Road, Bristol BS8 2PS
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+44 (0) 117 928 7258


I graduated in Pharmacy in Taipei Medical University (Taiwan) and qualified as a pharmacist in 2008. I came to the UK in 2009 to undertake an MSc Pharmacology at the University of Oxford, where I completed a research project investigating potential inhibitory mechanisms of a cholesterol synthesis enzyme in Mycobacterium tuberculosis using a small chemical as probes and protein crystallography with Dr Ali Ryan and Professor Edith Sim. Although I was tempted by fundamental research, I decided to focus on translational research, partially driven by my role as health professional. 

In 2010, I was awarded a fully funded Swire scholarship to support my DPhil research in the laboratory of Professor Keith Dorrington and Peter Robbins in the University of Oxford. In my main project, I was investigating whether reducing the vasoconstriction in the lungs of people aged 50-80 years can improve their ability to exercise and the relation to the hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF) pathway. The results of this double-blind, randomised controlled study demonstrated the ability of intravenous iron to affect pulmonary arteries during exercise and provided future research directions.

In 2016, I moved to Bristol and to start a career in research synthesis in the team of Professor Julian Higgins. I have conducted systematic reviews of interventions in a range of topics including alcohol use disorder, peripheral arterial disease and surgical site infection. I am determined to improve patient and public health by identifying, appraising and synthesising available evidence. I am also keen to improve the systematic review process (e.g. ROB 2 Excel tool and automated snowballing searches), trial designs and data visualisation.

I help deliver teaching modules related to systematic reviews and evidence-based medicine. Outside of the University, I am a UK-registered pharmacist working in the community and a trustee for Age UK Bristol. I am keen on sports, mainly long-distance running at this moment.

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