Dr Wenbin (Ben) Liang

Senior Research Fellow


PhD, (Public Health, Epidemiology), Curtin University, 2010; Master of Public Health, Curtin University, 2006; Bachelor of Clinical Medicine, Guangdong Medical College, 2004


Darwin - Royal Darwin Hospital


Liang is a medically trained epidemiologist and biostatistician with more than 10 years research experience in the field of health research. Throughout Liang’s research career, he has worked at the National Drug and Research Institute (2009-2019), Menzies School of Health Research (2019-2020), Western Australia Department of Health (2020), and China Fujian Medical University (2021). 

Liang conducts research in multiple health fields through collaborating with colleagues from Australia, Canada, United States of America and China. Liang’s research has been supported by national and international competitive grants, as well as fundings from universities and government agencies.

Research Themes
  • Kidney health
  • Epidemiology
  • Biostatistics
  • Chronic disease prevention and treatment
  1. Chih, H. J., & Liang, W. (2017). Effect of unaffordable medical need on distress level of family member: Analyses of 1997-2013 United States National Health Interview Surveys. BMC Psychiatry, 17(1). doi:10.1186/s12888-017-1483-z
  2. Chikritzhs, T., Stockwell, T., Naimi, T., Andreasson, S., Dangardt, F., & Liang, W. (2015). Has the leaning tower of presumed health benefits from 'moderate' alcohol use finally collapsed? Addiction, 110(5), 726-727. doi:10.1111/add.12828
  3. Liang, W., & Chikritzhs, T. (2015). Weekly and daily cycle of alcohol use among the U.S. general population. Injury, 46(5), 898-901. doi:10.1016/j.injury.2015.01.029
  4. Liang, W., & Chikritzhs, T. (2016). Alcohol use disorder hospitalisations over the last two decades: A population-based cohort study. Internal Medicine Journal, 46(3), 301-306. doi:10.1111/imj.12980
  5. Liang, W., & Chikritzhs, T. (2016). The Effect of Age on Fracture Risk: A Population-Based Cohort Study. Journal of Aging Research, 2016. doi:10.1155/2016/5071438
  6. Liang, W., Gilmore, W., & Chikritzhs, T. (2016). The effect of short-term alcohol restriction on risk of alcohol-related injury: A state wide population-based study. International Journal of Drug Policy, 28, 55-59. doi:10.1016/j.drugpo.2015.11.007
  7. Liang, W., Zhao, Y., & Lee, A. H. (2014). An investigation of the significance of residual confounding effect. BioMed Research International, 2014. doi:10.1155/2014/658056
  8. McKetin, R., Dean, O. M., Turner, A., Kelly, P. J., Quinn, B., Lubman, D. I., Dietze, P., Carter, G., Higgs, P., Baker, A. L., Sinclair, B., Reid, D., Manning, V., Te Pas, N., Liang, W., Thomas, T., Bathish, R., Kent, M., Raftery, D., Arunogiri, S., Cordaro, F., Hill, H., & Berk, M. (2019). A study protocol for the N-ICE trial: A randomised double-blind placebo-controlled study of the safety and efficacy of N-acetyl-cysteine (NAC) as a pharmacotherapy for methamphetamine ("ice") dependence. Trials, 20(1). doi:10.1186/s13063-019-3450-0
  9. Naimi, T. S., Stockwell, T., Zhao, J., Xuan, Z., Dangardt, F., Saitz, R., Liang, W., & Chikritzhs, T. (2017). Selection biases in observational studies affect associations between ‘moderate’ alcohol consumption and mortality. Addiction, 112(2), 207-214. doi:10.1111/add.13451 
  10. Pettigrew, S., Jongenelis, M., Chikritzhs, T., Slevin, T., Pratt, I. S., Glance, D., & Liang, W. (2014). Developing cancer warning statements for alcoholic beverages. BMC Public Health, 14(1). doi:10.1186/1471-2458-14-786