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Yajun Liang

Assistant professor

Visiting address : Solnavägen 1 E 113 65 Stockholm, Sweden
Postal address : Department of Public Health Sciences (PHS), K9, Public Health Epidemiology, 171 77 Stockholm, Sweden
Delivery address : Norrbackagatan 92 113 41 Stockholm, Sweden

About me

I am an assistant professor in the Epidemiology and Public Health Intervention Research (EPHIR) group at PHS.


Bachelor degree (2002) in Preventive Medicine, Jining Medical University, Jining, Shandong, China

Master degree (2008) in Epidemiology & Health Statistics, Soochow University, Suzhou, Jiangsu, China

PhD degree (2011) in Epidemiology & Health Statistics, Peking Union Medical College, Beijing, China

Research description

My research interests are mainly on the cardiovascular epidemiology from a life-course perspective as well as the time trends in health problems. 

Teaching portfolio

I teach some lectures in Geriatric Epidemiology for master students.


Definition of pediatric hypertension: are blood pressure measurements on three separate occasions necessary?
Sun J, Steffen Lm, Ma C, Liang Y, Xi B
Hypertension research : official journal of the Japanese Society of Hypertension 2017;40(5):496-503

Reducing adolescent smoking in India
Xi B, Liang Yj, Veeranki Sp
LANCET GLOBAL HEALTH 2017;5(3):E267-E267

Reducing adolescent smoking in India - Authors' reply
Xi B, Liang Y, Veeranki Sp
The Lancet. Global health 2017;5(3):e267-

Trends in Incidence of Disability in Activities of Daily Living in Chinese Older Adults: 1993-2006
Liang Y, Welmer Ak, Wang R, Song A, Fratiglioni L, Qiu C
Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 2017;65(2):306-312

Carotid stenosis and cognitive impairment amongst older Chinese adults living in a rural area: a population-based study
Yan Z, Liang Y, Shi J, Cai C, Jiang H, Song A, et al
European journal of neurology 2016;23(1):201-4

Effects of biological age on the associations of blood pressure with cardiovascular and non-cardiovascular mortality in old age: A population-based study
Liang Y, Fratiglioni L, Wang R, Santoni G, Welmer Ak, Qiu C
International journal of cardiology 2016;220():508-13

Interactive effects of diabetes and impaired kidney function on cognitive performance in old age: a population-based study
Yin Z, Yan Z, Liang Y, Jiang H, Cai C, Song A, et al
BMC geriatrics 2016;16():7-

The role of biological age in the management of hypertension in old age: Does SPRINT tell the whole story?
Liang Y, Vetrano Dl, Qiu C
International journal of cardiology 2016;222():699-700

Tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure in young adolescents aged 12-15 years: data from 68 low-income and middle-income countries
Xi B, Liang Y, Liu Y, Yan Y, Zhao M, Ma C, et al
The Lancet. Global health 2016;4(11):e795-e805

Tracking Body Mass Index From Childhood to Adulthood for Subclinical Cardiovascular Diseases at Adulthood
Yan Yk, Hou Dq, Liang Yj, Zhao Xy, Hu Yh, Liu Jt, et al

Cardiovascular target organ damage could have been detected in sustained pediatric hypertension
Meng Lh, Hou Dq, Zhao Xy, Hu Yh, Liang Yj, Liu Jt, et al
BLOOD PRESSURE 2015;24(5):284-92

Prevalence and Patterns of Chronic Disease Pairs and Multimorbidity among Older Chinese Adults Living in a Rural Area
Wang R, Yan Z, Liang Y, Tan Ec, Cai C, Jiang H, et al
PloS one 2015;10(9):e0138521-

Prevalence, pharmacological treatment, and control of cardiometabolic risk factors among older people in central Stockholm: a population-based study
Wang R, Fratiglioni L, Liang Y, Welmer Ak, Xu W, Mangialasche F, et al
PloS one 2015;10(3):e0119582-

Trends in disability in activities of daily living among Chinese older adults, 1997-2006: the China Health and Nutrition Survey
Liang Y, Song A, Du S, Guralnik Jm, Qiu C
The journals of gerontology. Series A, Biological sciences and medical sciences 2015;70(6):739-45

Use of medications and functional dependence among Chinese older adults in a rural community: A population-based study
Liang Y, Johnell K, Yan Z, Cai C, Jiang H, Welmer Ak, et al
Geriatrics & gerontology international 2015;15(12):1242-8

Association between lipid profile and depressive symptoms among Chinese older people: mediation by cardiovascular diseases?
Liang Y, Yan Z, Cai C, Jiang H, Song A, Qiu C
International journal of behavioral medicine 2014;21(4):590-6

Cardiovascular remodeling relates to elevated childhood blood pressure: Beijing Blood Pressure Cohort Study
Liang Y, Hou D, Shan X, Zhao X, Hu Y, Jiang B, et al
International journal of cardiology 2014;177(3):836-9

Cardiovascular risk factor profiles for peripheral artery disease and carotid atherosclerosis among Chinese older people: a population-based study
Liang Y, Yan Z, Sun B, Cai C, Jiang H, Song A, et al
PloS one 2014;9(1):e85927-

Highly prevalent and poorly controlled cardiovascular risk factors among Chinese elderly people living in the rural community
Song A, Liang Y, Yan Z, Sun B, Cai C, Jiang H, et al
European journal of preventive cardiology 2014;21(10):1267-74

Hypertension screening using blood pressure to height ratio
Xi B, Zhang M, Zhang T, Liang Y, Li S, Steffen Lm
Pediatrics 2014;134(1):e106-11

Metabolic syndrome and subclinical carotid atherosclerosis among Chinese elderly people living in a rural community
Yan Z, Liang Y, Jiang H, Cai C, Sun B, Qiu C
Metabolic syndrome and related disorders 2014;12(5):269-76

Trends in incidence of hypertension in Chinese adults, 1991-2009: the China Health and Nutrition Survey
Liang Y, Liu R, Du S, Qiu C
International journal of cardiology 2014;175(1):96-101

Vascular risk factor burden, atherosclerosis, and functional dependence in old age: a population-based study
Welmer Ak, Liang Y, Angleman S, Santoni G, Yan Z, Cai C, et al
International journal of behavioral medicine 2014;21(4):597-604

Hypertension trends in Chinese children in the national surveys, 1993 to 2009
Xi B, Liang Yj, Mi J

Metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular disease in elderly people in rural China: a population-based study
Liang Y, Yan Z, Song A, Cai C, Sun B, Jiang H, et al
Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 2013;61(6):1036-7

Prevalence and risk factors of hypertension based on repeated measurements in Chinese children and adolescents
Meng Lh, Liang Yj, Liu Jt, Hu Yh, Yan Yk, Mi J
BLOOD PRESSURE 2013;22(1):59-64

Secular trends in the prevalence of general and abdominal obesity among Chinese adults, 1993-2009
Xi B, Liang Y, He T, Reilly Kh, Hu Y, Wang Q, et al
Obesity reviews : an official journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity 2012;13(3):287-96

Trends in general and abdominal obesity among Chinese children and adolescents 1993-2009
Liang Yj, Xi B, Song Aq, Liu Jx, Mi J
PEDIATRIC OBESITY 2012;7(5):355-64

Trends in prevalence, awareness, treatment, and control of hypertension among Chinese adults 1991-2009
Xi B, Liang Y, Reilly Kh, Wang Q, Hu Y, Tang W
International journal of cardiology 2012;158(2):326-9

Association between polymorphisms of the renin-angiotensin system genes and breast cancer risk: a meta-analysis
Xi B, Zeng T, Liu L, Liang Y, Liu W, Hu Y, et al
Breast cancer research and treatment 2011;130(2):561-8

Association between the p53 polymorphisms and breast cancer risk: meta-analysis based on case-control study
Xi B, Zeng T, Liu L, Liang Yj, Liu Wn, Hu Yh, et al

Association of the CYP3A5 polymorphism (6986G > A) with blood pressure and hypertension
Xi B, Wang Cy, Liu L, Zeng T, Liang Yj, Li J, et al
HYPERTENSION RESEARCH 2011;34(11):1216-20

Increase in body mass index, waist circumference and waist-to-height ratio is associated with high blood pressure in children and adolescents in China
Hu Yh, Reilly Kh, Liang Yj, Xi B, Liu Jt, Xu Dj, et al
The Journal of international medical research 2011;39(1):23-32

Pubertal hypertension is a strong predictor for the risk of adult hypertension
Liang Y, Mi J
Biomedical and environmental sciences : BES 2011;24(5):459-66

Trends in blood pressure and hypertension among Chinese children and adolescents: China Health and Nutrition Surveys 1991-2004
Liang Yj, Xi B, Hu Yh, Wang Cy, Liu Jt, Yan Yk, et al
BLOOD PRESSURE 2011;20(1):45-53

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