Dr. Xue studies complex determinants of tobacco use, obesity and other risk factors for cancer and chronic disease
April 5, 2019
Hong Xue, Ph.D., studies the multi-faceted social and environmental determinants of obesity, tobacco use and other risk factors related to chronic diseases including many types of cancer.
Xue joined Massey as an associate member of the Cancer Prevention and Control research program in 2018. He is also an assistant professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Policy at the VCU School of Medicine.
His work integrates economics, nutrition, epidemiology, systems science, simulation modeling, geographic information systems, machine learning and big data analytics to study complex health problems including obesity, non-communicable chronic diseases and smoking in the U.S. and worldwide.
Xue is currently the principal investigator on a $450,000 grant from the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth to study the impacts of tobacco control policy among youth in Virginia, with a particular emphasis on e-cigarettes.
Tobacco use is the leading cause of cancer in Virginia and the U.S., and it is linked to the development of a wide range of disease types including lung, larynx, mouth, esophagus, throat, bladder, kidney, liver, stomach, pancreas, colorectal and cervical cancer, as well as acute myeloid leukemia, as indicated by the National Cancer Institute.