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Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine (WIPM)

Professor Feng J He

Centre for Environmental and Preventive Medicine

Telephone: Tel: +44 (0) 20 7882 6266


My research focuses on nutrition and global health, particularly on reducing dietary salt, sugar and saturated fat intake at the population level to prevent non-communicable diseases.

I qualified as a physician in China. After two years working in clinical posts, I went for postgraduate training in Cardiovascular Epidemiology and worked on various projects on the monitoring and prevention of cardiovascular disease for several years in China.

In 1996, I came to the UK and joined Professor Graham MacGregor's team at St George's University of London.  I obtained my PhD degree in 2002. Since then, I have been doing research on the role of dietary salt and potassium intake, as well as the consumption of fruit and vegetables, in regulating blood pressure and preventing cardiovascular disease.

In 2009, I joined the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London. I have continued my research on salt and, more recently, extended my research to reducing population sugar and saturated fat consumption to prevent non-communicable diseases.

I am now Deputy Director of the NIHR Global Health Research Unit Action on Salt China (ASC) at Queen Mary University of London and have been leading various research and public health programmes to reduce salt intake in China, as well as in Malaysia.



  • School-based education programme to reduce salt: Scaling-up in China (EduSaltS).

  • Developing a policy to reduce the salt content of food consumed outside the home in Malaysia.

  • Establishing salt reduction targets in the EMRO region and implementing a salt reduction strategy in Malaysia.

  • Development of country support tools to promote salt action in the WHO South-East Asia Region.

  • Population-based salt intake survey to support the national salt reduction programme for Malaysia.

  • A town level comprehensive intervention study to reduce salt intake in China.

  • A cluster randomized controlled trial of home cook intervention to reduce salt intake in China.

  • The restaurant interventions for salt reduction in China: a randomised controlled trial.

  • An Application-based programme to reinforce and maintain lower salt intake (AppSalt) in schoolchildren and their families in China.

  • School based education programme to reduce salt intake in children and their families (School-EduSalt): cluster randomised controlled trial.


Recent Key Publications

  • He FJ, Tan M, Ma Y, MacGregor GA. Salt Reduction to Prevent Hypertension and Cardiovascular Disease: JACC State-of-the-Art Review. J Am Coll Cardiol 2020;75:632-647.
  • Tan M, He FJ, MacGregor GA. Obesity and covid-19: the role of the food industry. BMJ 2020;369:m2237.

  • Li Y, Zhang P, Wu J, Ma J, Xu J, Zhang X, Luo R, Liu M, Sun Y, Li X, Tan M, He FJ, MacGregor GA, Li X. Twenty-Four-Hour Urinary Sodium and Potassium Excretion and Their Associations With Blood Pressure Among Adults in China: Baseline Survey of Action on Salt China. Hypertension 2020;76:1580-1588.

  • Huang L, Trieu K, Yoshimura S, Neal B, Woodward M, RC Campbell NRC, Li Q, Lackland D, Leung AA, Cheryl A. M. Anderson CAM, MacGregor GA, He FJ. Impact of Dose and Duration of Dietary Sodium Reduction on Blood Pressure Levels: Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Randomised Trials. BMJ 2020;368:m315.

  • He FJ, Ma Y, Campbell NRC, MacGregor GA, Cogswell ME, Cook NR. Formulas to estimate dietary sodium intake from spot urine alter sodium-mortality relationship. Hypertension 2019;74:572-580.

  • Hashem KM, He FJ, Alderton SA. MacGregor GA. Cross-Sectional Survey of the Amount of Sugar and Energy in Chocolate Confectionery on Sold in the UK in 1992 and 2017. Nutrients 2019;11:1798.

  • Alessandrini R, He FJ, Hashem KM, Tan M, MacGregor GA. Reformulation and Priorities for Reducing Energy Density; Results from a Cross-Sectional Survey on Fat Content in Pre-Packed Cakes and Biscuits Sold in British Supermarkets. Nutrients 2019;11:pii:E1216.

  • Ma Y, He FJ, Yin Y, Hashem KM, MacGregor GA. Gradual reduction of sugar in soft drinks without substitution as a strategy to reduce overweight, obesity, and type 2 diabetes: a modelling study. Lancet Diabetes Endocrinol 2016;4:105-14.
  • MacGregor GA, He FJ, Pombo-Rodrigues S. Food and the responsibility deal: how the salt reduction strategy was derailed. BMJ 2015;350:h1936.

  • He FJ, Wu Y, Feng XX, Ma J, Ma Y, Wang H, Zhang J, Yuan J, Lin CP, Nowson C, MacGregor GA. School based education programme to reduce salt intake in children and their families (School-EduSalt): cluster randomised controlled trial. BMJ 2015;350:h770.

Full list of publications:


Diet and non-communicable disease prevention, reducing salt, sugar and saturated fat intake