Wenpeng You

Wenpeng You

Adelaide Nursing School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.

Wenpeng has an extensive background in biology, life science, teaching, nursing, and medicine. His broad knowledge of nutrition, diet, aetiologies of non-communicable diseases, human biology, and the evolution of human lifestyle and birth behaviours has enabled him to extensively publish in multiple areas, such as medicine and nursing.

Wenpeng has a diverse and rich career spanning over 20 years across the education, healthcare, and food industries. His academic learning and work experience have developed his well-honed professional and interpersonal skills, which equipped him to teach in the fields of nursing, epidemiology, pharmacology, gross anatomy, physiology, and pathology.

Wenpeng’s strong knowledge of nutrition, diet, food safety (poisons), and food security developed through his background as a food quality assurance manager has made him qualified as a food quality assurance manager, which has been recognised by the governments in Australia, China, the European Commission, Japan, Korea, Switzerland, and the USA. He has worked in Asia, North America, Europe, and Oceania.

He is able to act as principal supervisor for high-research degree students in both the Adelaide Nursing School and the School of Biomedicine of the University of Adelaide. Students finishing their studies could be awarded a PhD in nursing or a PhD in medicine.

He has a data repository that could provide his enrolled PhD students with whole sets of analysed data for writing articles for publication. This process will lay a good foundation for his students to explore their own research goals.

Research interests:

- Nursing workforce and population health  

- Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs): epidemiology, aetiology, prevention and intervention 

- Comparing nursing philosophies between Eastern and Western countries  

- Social determinants of human health 

- Gender disparity in health: What role do social and economic factors play?

- Female birth behaviour and female cancers

- Nutrition(diet) epidemiology 

- Evolution of human lifestyle and non-communicable diseases (cancers, obesity, diabetes and dementia)


Current research projects in the areas of:

- The role of nursing profession in public health 

- Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs): epidemiology, aetiology, prevention and nursing intervention 

- Gender gap is still holding back the growth of nursing profession

- What can Western nursing learn from traditional Chinese medicine? 

- The side effects of modern medicine in increasing prevalence of non-communicable diseases  


Studies under peer review (sole, first or last author only):

1)    Birth Rate as a Determinant of Dementia Incidence: A Comprehensive Global Analysis. Under review by Alzheimer's & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions 
2)    Colder Climates and Dementia: An Ecological Analysis of Climate-Patterned Temperature's Influence on Neurological Health. Under review by The Journal of Neuroscience 
3)    The Complex Role of Biological Aging in Healthy Life Expectancy and Disability: A Multifactorial Study. Under review by Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics 
4)    Biological ageing may account for less than 6% of dementia risk without confounding effects: An analysis of data from 204 populations. Under review by Alzheimer's & Dementia
5)    Humans are living longer but getting sicker: Greater life expectancy associated with extended years of life with disability. Under review by European Journal of Ageing
6)    Exploring Key Dimensions of Well-being Among Egyptian Adults Through Exploratory Factor Analysis. Under review by International Journal of Mental Health Nursing
7)    A population-level study quantifies the independent contribution of ambient ultraviolet radiation to cardiovascular protection. Under review by Health Science Reports 
8)    An explanation for scant reporting of the adverse effects of white meat on cardiovascular diseases. Under review by BMC Public Health
9)    The dilemma role of medicine in adolescent obesity from the perspective of reduced natural selection. Under review by Pediatric Obesity
10)    Large family size protects against cardiovascular diseases: A study supporting family healthcare. Under review by Cardiovascular Therapeutics
11)    Climate pattern with low temperature may be a significant determinant of cardiovascular diseases. Under review by Cardiovascular Therapeutics    
12)    An Ecological Study on the Impact of Ambient Ultraviolet Radiation Exposure in Predicting Dementia Risk. Under review by Alzheimer's & Dementia 


  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2024 You, W., & Donnelly, F. (2024). A cross-sectional study quantifies the independent contribution of nurses and midwives in child health outcomes. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 56(3), 455-465.
    DOI Scopus1
    2024 You, W., & Henneberg, M. (2024). Modern medical services, a double-edged sword manages symptoms, but accumulates genetic background of cardiovascular diseases: A cross populational analysis of 217 countries. Health Science Reports, 7(1), 12 pages.
    2024 You, W., & Donnelly, F. (2024). Nursing workforce plays a significant role in reducing COVID-19 deaths worldwide: A cross-sectional analysis of data from 178 countries. Nursing and Health Sciences, 26(1), 9 pages.
    DOI Scopus1
    2024 You, W., & Donnelly, F. (2024). A greater nurse and midwife density protects against infant mortality globally. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 77, e158-e166.
    2024 Cusack, L., Madsen, L., Duchscher, J. B., Cleveland, J., & You, W. (2024). Does transition theory matter? A descriptive study of a transition program in Australia based on Duchscher’s Stages of Transition Theory and Transition Shock Model. Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing, 41(2), 33-41.
    2024 You, W. (2024). The nursing-midwifery workforce size significantly influences the reduction of neonatal mortality rate. Journal of Neonatal Nursing.
    2023 You, W., & Donnelly, F. (2023). Although in shortage, nursing workforce is still a significant contributor to life expectancy at birth. Public Health Nursing, 40(2), 229-242.
    DOI Scopus4 WoS1 Europe PMC3
    2023 You, W., Feng, S., & Donnelly, F. (2023). Total meat (flesh) supply may be a significant risk factor for cardiovascular diseases worldwide. Food Science and Nutrition, 11(6), 3203-3212.
    DOI Scopus2 Europe PMC2
    2023 Henneberg, M., & You, W. (2023). The dilemmatic role of medicine in adolescent obesity from the perspective of reduced natural selection.
    2023 You, W., Cusack, L., & Donnelly, F. (2023). A lack of nurse autonomy impacts population health when compared to physician care: an ecological study. Scientific Reports, 13(1), 12047-1-12047-9.
    DOI Scopus1
    2023 You, W., Cusack, L., & Donnelly, F. (2023). A global comparison of nursing and midwifery's and medical efficacy in preventing COVID-19 deaths 2019–2022. International Nursing Review, 70(4), 552-559.
    DOI Scopus1 WoS1
    2023 You, W., & Donnelly, F. (2023). Greater nurse density correlates to higher level of population ageing globally, but is more prominent in developed countries. PLOS ONE, 18(9), e0292371-1-e0292371-15.
    DOI Scopus2
    2022 You, W., & Henneberg, M. (2022). Large household reduces dementia mortality.
    2022 You, W., Henneberg, R., Saniotis, A., Ge, Y., & Henneberg, M. (2022). Total Meat Intake is Associated with Life Expectancy: A Cross-Sectional Data Analysis of 175 Contemporary Populations. International Journal of General Medicine, 15, 1833-1851.
    DOI Scopus12 WoS9 Europe PMC5
    2022 You, W., & Henneberg, M. (2022). Large household reduces dementia mortality: A cross-sectional data analysis of 183 populations. PLoS ONE, 17(3 March), 20 pages.
    DOI Scopus11 WoS5 Europe PMC7
    2022 You, W., Henneberg, R., Coventry, B. J., & Henneberg, M. (2022). Cutaneous malignant melanoma incidence is strongly associated with European depigmented skin type regardless of ambient ultraviolet radiation levels: evidence from Worldwide population-based data. AIMS Public Health, 9(2), 378-402.
    DOI Scopus6 WoS4 Europe PMC5
    2022 You, W., Henneberg, R., & Henneberg, M. (2022). Healthcare services relaxing natural selection may contribute to increase of dementia incidence. Scientific Reports, 12(1), 10 pages.
    DOI Scopus5 WoS1 Europe PMC3
    2022 You, W., & Donnelly, F. (2022). Physician care access plays a significant role in extending global and regional life expectancy. European Journal of Internal Medicine, 103, 62-68.
    DOI Scopus6 Europe PMC4
    2022 You, W., & Henneberg, M. (2022). Significantly different roles of economic affluence in sex-specific obesity prevalence rates: understanding more modifications within female body weight management. Scientific Reports, 12(1), 13 pages.
    DOI Scopus2 WoS1 Europe PMC2
    2022 Galassi, F. M., Pate, F. D., You, W., Gurr, A., Lucas, T., Antunes-Ferreira, N., . . . Habicht, M. E. (2022). Pandemic realism as the indispensable political precondition for global disease eradication. Public Health, 212, 55-57.
    DOI Scopus3
    2021 You, W., Galassi, F. M., Varotto, E., & Henneberg, M. (2021). Genghis Khan's death (AD 1227): An unsolvable riddle or simply a pandemic disease?. International Journal of Infectious Diseases, 104, 347-348.
    DOI Scopus2 Europe PMC1
    2021 You, W., Henneberg, R., & Henneberg, M. (2021). Advanced Healthcare Services Leading to Relax Natural Selection May Have Been Contributing to Global and Regional Increase of Dementia Incidence. Scientific Reports.
    2020 You, W., Rühli, F., Eppenberger, P., Galassi, F. M., Diao, P., & Henneberg, M. (2020). Gluten consumption may contribute to worldwide obesity prevalence. Anthropological Review, 83(3), 327-348.
    DOI Scopus12
    2019 You, W., Henneberg, R., Coventry, B. J., & Henneberg, M. (2019). Evolved Adaptation to Low Ultraviolet Radiation May Be the Main Cause of Malignant Melanoma. The Lancet, 1-19.
    2018 You, W., Symonds, I., Rühli, F. J., & Henneberg, M. (2018). Decreasing Birth Rate Determining Worldwide Incidence and Regional Variation of Female Breast Cancer. Advances in Breast Cancer Research, 07(01), 1-14.
    2018 You, W., & Henneberg, M. (2018). Cancer incidence increasing globally: the role of relaxed natural selection. Evolutionary Applications, 11(2), 140-152.
    DOI Scopus97 WoS80 Europe PMC53
    2018 You, W., & Henneberg, M. (2018). Relaxed natural selection contributes to global obesity increase more in males than in females due to more environmental modifications in female body mass. PLoS ONE, 13(7), e0199594.
    DOI Scopus23 WoS18 Europe PMC11
    2018 You, W., Symonds, I., & Henneberg, M. (2018). Low fertility may be a significant determinant of ovarian cancer worldwide: An ecological analysis of cross- sectional data from 182 countries. Journal of Ovarian Research, 11(1), 9 pages.
    DOI Scopus11 WoS8 Europe PMC5
    2018 You, W., & Henneberg, M. (2018). Prostate cancer incidence is correlated to total meat intake- A cross-national ecologic analysis of 172 countries. Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention, 19(8), 2229-2239.
    DOI Scopus19 Europe PMC10
    2018 You, W., Rühli, F., Henneberg, R., & Henneberg, M. (2018). Greater family size is associated with less cancer risk: an ecological analysis of 178 countries. BMC Cancer, 18(1), 924-1-924-14.
    DOI Scopus14 WoS8 Europe PMC6
    2016 You, W., & Henneberg, M. (2016). Erratum: Meat consumption providing a surplus energy in modern diet contributes to obesity prevalence: An ecological analysis BMC Nutr. (2016) 2: 22 DOI: 10.1186/s40795-016-0063-9). BMC Nutrition, 2(1).
    DOI Scopus1
    2016 You, W., & Henneberg, M. (2016). Cereal crops are not created equal: wheat consumption associated with obesity prevalence globally and regionally. AIMS Public Health, 3(2), 313-328.
    DOI WoS16 Europe PMC13
    2016 You, W., & Henneberg, M. (2016). Meat in Modern Diet, Just as Bad as Sugar, Correlates with Worldwide Obesity: An Ecological Analysis. Journal of Nutrition & Food Sciences, 6(4), 10 pages.
    2016 You, W., & Henneberg, M. (2016). Meat consumption providing a surplus energy in modern diet contributes to obesity prevalence: an ecological analysis. BMC Nutrition, 2(1), 11 pages.
    DOI Scopus58
    2016 You, W., & Henneberg, M. (2016). Type 1 diabetes prevalence increasing globally and regionally: the role of natural selection and life expectancy at birth. BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care, 4(1), e000161-1-e000161-8.
    DOI Scopus165 WoS143 Europe PMC84
    2010 Zhang, J., Zhou, J., You, W., & Xiao, X. (2010). U.S. imports of organic products management system analysis. China Inspection and Quarantine, 3.
    2009 Wang, X., Xiao, X., Zhang, A., & You, W. (2009). Study on Consumers’ Attitude towards Organic Food in Nanjing China. Journal of Anhui Agri. Sci., 37(14), 6975-6976.
    2009 You, W., & Xiao, X. (2009). International Cooperation Strategies for Certification Bodies in China. China Certification and Accreditation, 1.
    2009 You, W., Gu, G., & Zhang, H. (2009). Study on the Current Status of Chinese Forest Product Certification and Its Sustainable Development. World Standardization & Quality Management, 1.
    2009 You, W., Gu, G., & Ji, Y. (2009). Global Forest Certification and the Development of Non-timber Forest Products in China. Chinese Wild Plant Resources, 6.
    2008 You, W., Wang, Y., Zhou, J., & Ji, Y. (2008). Organic Certification and Research on Organic Wild Products in China. Wild Plant Resources, 5.
    2005 Xie, B., & You, W. (2005). Organic Breeding Contributing to Achieving the Sustainable Development of Breeding Industry (1). NCBST, 9, 46-48.
    2004 You, W., Xiao, X., & Wang, Y. (2004). Theory and Practice with Ecological Agriculture and Organic Agriculture in China. China Environment Publishing House.
    2000 Yang, D., Shi, G., You, W., Hao, H., & Xu, Q. (2000). The Effect of Cr6+ Pollution on Ultromicroscopic Structure of Top Stem Cell of Brasenia Schreberi Winter-Bud. Journal of Nanjing Normal University (Natural Science), 23(3).
    2000 Zhao, C., Shi, G., You, W., Li, D., & Yang, D. (2000). The Effects of Cd2+ on Limnophila Sessiliflora Physiology Indices. Journal of Nanjing Normal University (Natural Science), 23(3).
    2000 Yang, D., Shi, G., Ding, X., Xie, K., & You, W. (2000). Cr6+ Pollution Affected Content of Mineral Elements in the Leaves off Trapa Bispinosa. Journal of Wuhan Botanical Research, 18(4), 309-313.
    2000 You, W. (2000). pollution affecting chlorophyll and activity of enzymes. Journal of nanjing normal university.
    2000 You, W., Shi, G., Ding, X., Yang, D., Xie, K., Chang, F., . . . Zhao, C. (2000). Toxication of Hg2+ Pollution on Garlic Cloves. Journal of Nanjing Normal University(Natural Science), 23(2).
    1999 Yang, D., Shi, G., You, W., Chang, F., & Xie, K. (1999). The Study of Cr6+ Pollution Affecting Chlorophyll and Activity of Enzymes in Hydrocharis dubia(B.l)Backer.. Journal of Nanjing Normal University (Natural Science), 22(2).
    1999 You, W., Shi, G., Du, K., Ding, X., & Yang, D. (1999). Studies on the Effect of Hg2+ Pollution on Leaf's Ultrastructure of Nymphoides indica (L.) O.Kuntze. Journal of Nanjing Normal University (Natural Science), 20(4).
    - You, W. (n.d.). Nursing Workforce Protects Against Infant Mortality Globally and Regionally: A Cross-Sectional Data Analysis of 215 Populations.
  • Books

    Year Citation
    2009 You, W. (2009). Organic Agriculture and Organic Food. W. You (Ed.), Beijing: China Environment Science Press.
    2009 You, W. (2009). Organic Agriculture and Organic Food. W. You (Ed.), Beijing: China Environment Science Press.
    2005 You, W. (2005). Organic Food Standards and Certification, and Quality Control. Beijing: China Metrology Publishing House.
    2001 You, W. (2001). Technical norm on organic food (HJ/T80-2001). Beijing: Ministry of Environmental Protection of the People’s Republic of China.
  • Conference Papers

    Year Citation
    2016 You, W., & Henneberg, M. (2016). Meat consumption and prostate cancer incidence - global and regional associations. In BJU INTERNATIONAL Vol. 118 (pp. 12-13). Melbourne, AUSTRALIA: WILEY-BLACKWELL.
  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2024 Co-Supervisor Enhancing Healthy Aging in Community Settings: Perspectives and Practices of Geriatric Nurses Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Daham Alanazi
    2023 Principal Supervisor Critical Connections: Exploring Inter-Brain Neural Synchronisation Through a Cognitive, Anomalistic and Neuro-evolutionary Lens. Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Jacob Sevastidis
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2022 - ongoing Member Australian College of Nursing Australia
    2013 - ongoing Member EMT Ambulance South Australia Australia
  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2016 - ongoing Board Member Iore Journal of Food & Nutrition - -

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