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Mei-Ling Blank, Research Fellow

Room: Otago Business School 4.19

Telephone +64 3 479 9071

Email: meiling.blank@otago.ac.nz

I am a Research Fellow with ASPIRE 2025, a University of Otago Research Theme conducting studies for a tobacco-free Aotearoa. My current research mblank_photointerests include mixed-methods studies on the potential role of e-cigarettes and other vaping devices to achieve New Zealand’s smokefree 2025 goal, qualitative explorations of smokers’ identity positions during quit attempts, and population-level interventions to counter the rising prevalence of roll-your-own tobacco use.

I have a background in public health and epidemiology, and have also conducted studies looking at adverse effects of prescription medicines, alcohol use and young people, and spirituality and health.

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Publications

Blank, M.-L., Parkin, L., Zeng, J., & Barson, D. (2018). Proton pump inhibitors and infant pneumonia/other lower respiratory tract infections: National nested case-control study. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1097/mpg.0000000000001984

Robertson, L., Blank, M.-L., Hoek, J., Richards, R., Ling, P., & Popova, L. (2018). Dual use of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) and smoked tobacco: A qualitative analysis. Tobacco Control. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2017-054070

Hoek, J., Gendall, P., Eckert, C., Louviere, J., Blank, M.-L., & Thrasher, J. F. (2018). Young adult susceptible non-smokers' and smokers' responses to capsule cigarettes. Tobacco Control. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2018-054470

Blank, M.-L., Wood, S., & Egan, R. (2018). Layers of engagement: Staff perceptions of spiritual care in residential aged care. Journal of Religion, Spirituality & Aging, 30(1), 78-98. doi: 10.1080/15528030.2017.1301844

Robertson, L., Hoek, J., Blank, M.-L., Richards, R., Ling, P., Popova, L., & McMillan, L. (2018). A qualitative exploration of information-seeking by electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) users in New Zealand. BMJ Open, 8(10), e023375. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-023375

Working Paper; Discussion Paper; Technical Report

Noble-Adams, R., Egan, R., & Blank, M.-L. (2012). Evaluation of the Cancer Connect New Zealand service. Cancer Society. 94p.

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Journal - Research Article

Blank, M.-L., Parkin, L., Zeng, J., & Barson, D. (2018). Proton pump inhibitors and infant pneumonia/other lower respiratory tract infections: National nested case-control study. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1097/mpg.0000000000001984

Robertson, L., Hoek, J., Blank, M.-L., Richards, R., Ling, P., Popova, L., & McMillan, L. (2018). A qualitative exploration of information-seeking by electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) users in New Zealand. BMJ Open, 8(10), e023375. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-023375

Blank, M.-L., Wood, S., & Egan, R. (2018). Layers of engagement: Staff perceptions of spiritual care in residential aged care. Journal of Religion, Spirituality & Aging, 30(1), 78-98. doi: 10.1080/15528030.2017.1301844

Hoek, J., Gendall, P., Eckert, C., Louviere, J., Blank, M.-L., & Thrasher, J. F. (2018). Young adult susceptible non-smokers' and smokers' responses to capsule cigarettes. Tobacco Control. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2018-054470

Robertson, L., Blank, M.-L., Hoek, J., Richards, R., Ling, P., & Popova, L. (2018). Dual use of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) and smoked tobacco: A qualitative analysis. Tobacco Control. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2017-054070

Blank, M.-L., Hoek, J., George, M., Gendall, P., Conner, T. S., Thrul, J., … Langlotz, T. (2018). An exploration of smoking-to-vaping transition attempts using a "smart" electronic nicotine delivery system. Nicotine & Tobacco Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/ntr/nty093

Blank, M.-L., & Parkin, L. (2017). National study of off-label proton pump inhibitor use among New Zealand infants in the first year of life (2005-2012). Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition, 65(2), 179-184. doi: 10.1097/mpg.0000000000001596

Parkin, L., Sharples, K. J., Barson, D. J., & Blank, M.-L. (2017). Simvastatin dose and acute kidney injury without concurrent serious muscle injury: A nationwide nested case-control study. PLoS ONE, 12(7), e0182066. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0182066

Blank, M.-L., Connor, J., Gray, A., & Tustin, K. (2016). Alcohol use, mental well-being, self-esteem and general self-efficacy among final-year university students. Social Psychiatry & Psychiatric Epidemiology, 51(3), 431-441. doi: 10.1007/s00127-016-1183-x

Blank, M.-L., Connor, J., Gray, A., & Tustin, K. (2015). Screening for hazardous alcohol use among university students using individual questions from the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test-Consumption. Drug & Alcohol Review, 34(5), 540-548. doi: 10.1111/dar.12272

Blank, M.-L., Parkin, L., Paul, C., & Herbison, P. (2014). A nationwide nested case-control study indicates an increased risk of acute interstitial nephritis with proton pump inhibitor use. Kidney International, 86, 837-844. doi: 10.1038/ki.2014.74

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Journal - Research Other

Haggart, K., Hoek, J., & Blank, M.-L. (2018). Flavour capsule variants' performance in a "dark market": Implications for standardised packaging. Nicotine & Tobacco Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/ntr/nty158

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Robertson, L., Hoek, J., Blank, M.-L., & Richards, R. (2018). “It didn’t fill the void”: Reasons for e-cigarette and tobacco dual use. Tobacco Induced Diseases, 16(Suppl. 1), A259. doi: 10.18332/tid/84065

Blank, M.-L., Hoek, J., George, M., Gendall, P., Conner, T., Thrul, J., … Langlotz, T. (2018). Real-time vaping recorded by a "smart" e-cigarette during smoking cessation attempts: A feasibility study. Proceedings of the Society for Research on Nicotine & Tobacco (SRNT) 24th Annual Meeting. (pp. 281). Retrieved from http://www.srnt.org/

Hoek, J., Robertson, L., Blank, M.-L., & Richards, R. (2018). Vaping-related stigma and dual use: A qualitative analysis. Proceedings of the Society for Research on Nicotine & Tobacco (SRNT) 24th Annual Meeting. (pp. 305-306). Retrieved from http://www.srnt.org/

Hoek, J., Robertson, L., Blank, M.-L., & Richards, R. (2018). Regulation of vaping spaces: A qualitative analysis of vapers' perceptions. Proceedings of the Society for Research on Nicotine & Tobacco (SRNT) 24th Annual Meeting. (pp. 147). Retrieved from http://www.srnt.org/

Hoek, J., McMillan, L., Robertson, L., Latu, A., Blank, M. L., & Richards, R. (2017). Information seeking by ends users: A qualitative analysis. Proceedings of the 23rd Society for Research on Nicotine & Tobacco (SRNT) Annual Meeting. (pp. 29). Retrieved from http://www.srnt.org/

Blank, M.-L., Hoek, J., George, M., Gendall, P., Conner, T., Thrul, J., … Langlotz, T. (2017). Smart technology: Insights into smoking and “vaping”. In L. Robinson, L. Brennan & M. Reid (Eds.), Proceedings of the Australian & New Zealand Marketing Academy Conference (ANZMAC): Marketing for Impact. (pp. 208). Melbourne, Australia: RMIT University. [Abstract]

Hoek, J., & Blank, M.-L. (2017). Smokefree pregnancy interventions and non-smoking identities. In L. Robinson, L. Brennan & M. Reid (Eds.), Proceedings of the Australian & New Zealand Marketing Academy (ANZMAC) Conference: Marketing for Impact. (pp. 769). Melbourne, Australia: RMIT University. [Abstract]

Blank, M.-L., Parkin, L., Paul, C., & Herbison, P. (2014). Proton pump inhibitors and increased risk of interstitial nephritis: A record linkage study using routinely collected data from New Zealand. Australasian Epidemiologist, 21(3), (pp. 44). [Abstract]

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Robertson, L., Hoek, J., McMillan, L., Blank, M.-L., & Richards, R. (2017, October). Information-seeking by ENDS users: What do they look for and what do they find? Verbal presentation at the Oceania Tobacco Control Conference, Hobart, Australia.

Robertson, L., Hoek, J., Blank, M.-L., & Richards, R. (2017, October). “It didn’t fill the void”: Reasons for e-cigarette and tobacco dual use. Verbal presentation at the Oceania Tobacco Control Conference, Hobart, Australia.

Blank, M.-L. (2017, October). Changing identities: How do smokers become vapers? Verbal presentation at the Oceania Tobacco Control Conference, Hobart, Australia.

Blank, M.-L. (2017, November). Key findings from the smart e-cigarette study. Verbal presentation at the Achieving a Smokefree Aotearoa by 2025 Seminar, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Blank, M.-L. (2017, October). “Smart” e-cigarettes and smartphones: Real-time data collection among smokers attempting to quit using an e-cigarette. Verbal presentation at the Oceania Tobacco Control Conference, Hobart, Australia.

Blank, M.-L. (2017, November). An exploration of transitions from smoking to vaping using a “smart” electronic nicotine delivery system. Verbal presentation at the Smokefree 2025 Research Symposium, Auckland, New Zealand.

Blank, M.-L. (2015, November). Proton pump inhibitors and infants. Verbal presentation at the Inaugural Pharmacoepidemiology Research Network Symposium, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Blank, M.-L., Parkin, L., Paul, C., & Herbison, P. (2014, August). Proton pump inhibitors and increased risk of interstitial nephritis: A nationwide nested case-control study using routinely collected data from New Zealand. Verbal presentation at the International Epidemiological Association's (IEA) World Congress of Epidemiology: Global Epidemiology in a Changing Environment: The Circumpolar Perspective, Anchorage, USA.

Blank, M.-L. (2013, September). Spirituality in a Dunedin rest home. Verbal presentation at the Ageing and Spirituality One-Day Conference, Auckland, New Zealand.

Blank, M.-L. (2013, October). Spirituality and aging. Verbal presentation at the Spirituality in Healthcare Evening Symposium, Dunedin, New Zealand.

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Awarded Masters Degree

Blank, M.-L. (2013). Proton pump inhibitors and interstitial nephritis (MPH). University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. Retrieved from https://ourarchive.otago.ac.nz/handle/10523/3947

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