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Otago Medical School staff profiles

Associate Professor Ming Zhang

PositionAssociate Professor
DepartmentDepartment of Anatomy
QualificationsMB MMed (Anhui) PhD (Otago)
Research summaryClinical anatomy of intracranial vascular structures and deep fasciae.

Research

A/P Zhang's interest is centred on two broad clinical anatomy areas; (1) vascular anatomy associated with neurosurgical approaches and neuroradiology; and (2) tissue patterning of deep fasciae in the human body.

His research group is currently investigating; (1) the configuration of the deep cervical fasciae and fascial spaces, (2) the minimal invasive surgical anatomy of the skull base, and (3) the morphological factors that contribute to dysphagia (difficulty swallowing).

The main techniques used in the clinical anatomy area include dissection, epoxy sheet plastination, SEM, TEM, confocal microscopy and whole-mount immunohistochemistry, micro-CT, MRV and Digital Subtracted Angiography.

Publications

Yoon, N., Chu, V., Gould, M., & Zhang, M. (2019). Spatial and temporal changes in myogenic protein expression by the microenvironment after freeze injury. Journal of Anatomy, 234(3), 359-367. doi: 10.1111/joa.12925

Mei, B., Meng, G., Xu, G., Cheng, X., Chen, S., Zhang, Y., Zhang, M., … Gu, E. (2018). Intraoperative sedation with dexmedetomidine is superior to propofol for elderly patients undergoing hip arthroplasty: A prospective randomized controlled study. Clinical Journal of Pain, 34(9), 811-817. doi: 10.1097/AJP.0000000000000605

Wang, Q., Liu, Y., Wu, K., Zhao, Y., Gao, C., Tong, B., & Zhang, M. (2018). Options of medical treatment and laryngeal function preservation in elderly patients with medial wall pyriform sinus cancer. OncoTargets & Therapy, 11, 7441-7446. doi: 10.2147/ott.S171873

Xu, Z., Tu, L., Zheng, Y., Ma, X., Zhang, H., & Zhang, M. (2018). Fine architecture of the fascial planes around the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve at its pelvic exit: An epoxy sheet plastination and confocal microscopy study. Journal of Neurosurgery. Advance online publication. doi: 10.3171/2018.7.JNS181596

Thorpe Lowis, C. G., Xu, Z., & Zhang, M. (2018). Visualisation of facet joint recesses of the cadaveric spine: A micro-CT and sheet plastination study. BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine, 4(1), e000338. doi: 10.1136/bmjsem-2017-000338

Edited Book - Other

Zhang, M. (Ed.). (2013). Regional anatomy. Beijing, China: Higher Education Press, 212p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

Zhang, M., & Sui, H. (2014). Advances in plastination technology. In Q. Xu (Ed.), Report on advances in human anatomy, histology and embryology. (pp. 216-226). Beijing, China: China Science and Technology Press.

Zhang, M. (2008). Cervical fascia. In S. Standring (Ed.), Gray's anatomy: The anatomical basis of clinical practice. (40th ed.) (pp. 438-440). Edinburgh, UK: Churchill Livingstone.

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Chapter in Book - Other

Zhang, M. (2013). Introduction. In M. Zhang (Ed.), Regional anatomy. (pp. 1-6). Beijing, China: Higher Education Press.

Zhang, M. (2013). The neck. In L. S. Wei, L. R. Xi & Z. S. Xiang (Eds.), Regional anatomy (Chinese edition). (pp. 40-66). People's Medical Publishing House.

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Journal - Research Article

Yoon, N., Chu, V., Gould, M., & Zhang, M. (2019). Spatial and temporal changes in myogenic protein expression by the microenvironment after freeze injury. Journal of Anatomy, 234(3), 359-367. doi: 10.1111/joa.12925

Mei, B., Meng, G., Xu, G., Cheng, X., Chen, S., Zhang, Y., Zhang, M., … Gu, E. (2018). Intraoperative sedation with dexmedetomidine is superior to propofol for elderly patients undergoing hip arthroplasty: A prospective randomized controlled study. Clinical Journal of Pain, 34(9), 811-817. doi: 10.1097/AJP.0000000000000605

Thorpe Lowis, C. G., Xu, Z., & Zhang, M. (2018). Visualisation of facet joint recesses of the cadaveric spine: A micro-CT and sheet plastination study. BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine, 4(1), e000338. doi: 10.1136/bmjsem-2017-000338

Xu, Z., Tu, L., Zheng, Y., Ma, X., Zhang, H., & Zhang, M. (2018). Fine architecture of the fascial planes around the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve at its pelvic exit: An epoxy sheet plastination and confocal microscopy study. Journal of Neurosurgery. Advance online publication. doi: 10.3171/2018.7.JNS181596

Wang, Q., Liu, Y., Wu, K., Zhao, Y., Gao, C., Tong, B., & Zhang, M. (2018). Options of medical treatment and laryngeal function preservation in elderly patients with medial wall pyriform sinus cancer. OncoTargets & Therapy, 11, 7441-7446. doi: 10.2147/ott.S171873

Lee, A. S. J., Yoon, N., Gould, M., & Zhang, M. (2018). Dynamic patterns of mononucleated myogenic cell populations in the developing rat hindlimb. International Journal of Developmental Biology, 62, 303-310. doi: 10.1387/ijdb.170116mg

Xu, Z., Chapuis, P. H., Bokey, L., & Zhang, M. (2018). Denonvilliers' fascia in men: A sheet plastination and confocal microscopy study of the prerectal space and the presence of an optimal anterior plane when mobilizing the rectum for cancer. Colorectal Disease, 20(3), 236-242. doi: 10.1111/codi.13906

Zhang, M., & Gould, M. (2017). Segmental distribution of myosin heavy chain isoforms within single muscle fibers. Anatomical Record, 300(9), 1636-1642. doi: 10.1002/ar.23578

Liugan, M., Xu, Z., & Zhang, M. (2017). Reduced free communication of the subarachnoid space within the optic canal in the human. American Journal of Opthalmology, 179, 25-31. doi: 10.1016/j.ajo.2017.04.012

Xu, Z., Chapuis, P. H., Bokey, L., & Zhang, M. (2017). Nature and architecture of the puboprostatic ligament: A macro- and microscopic cadaveric study using epoxy sheet plastination. Urology, 110, 263. doi: 10.1016/j.urology.2017.08.018

Zhang, M., Kaw, A., Chapuis, P. H., & Bokey, L. (2016). Does Denonvilliers’ fascia exist in women? American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, 214(5), 663-664. doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2015.12.057

Wang, Q., Liu, Y., Hu, G., Wang, R., Zhao, Y., & Zhang, M. (2016). The survival rate and larynx preservation in elderly cancer patients who received surgical operation: A retrospective cohort study. International Journal of Surgery, 36(Part A), 342-346. doi: 10.1016/j.ijsu.2016.11.073

Chapuis, P. H., Kaw, A., Zhang, M., Sinclair, G., & Bokey, L. (2016). Rectal mobilization: The place of Denonvilliers' fascia and inconsistencies in the literature. Colorectal Disease, 18(10), 939-948. doi: 10.1111/codi.13343

Kaw, A., Jones, D. G., & Zhang, M. (2016). The use of animal tissues alongside human tissue: Cultural and ethical considerations. Clinical Anatomy, 29(1), 19-24. doi: 10.1002/ca.22642

Thorpe Lowis, C. G., Zhang, M., & Amin, N. F. (2016). Fine configuration of thoracic type II meningeal cysts: Macro- and microscopic cadaveric study using epoxy sheet plastination. Spine, 41(20), E1195-E1200. doi: 10.1097/brs.0000000000001587

Wang, Q., Liang, L., Liu, Y., & Zhang, M. (2016). Quantitative analysis of the visor-like vertical motion of the cricoarytenoid joint in the living subject. Journal of Voice, 30(3), 345-361. doi: 10.1016/j.jvoice.2015.04.020

Qiao, M.-L., Diao, Y.-L., Liang, L., Zhang, M.-N., Zhang, M., & Gao, Y. (2015). Radiological anatomy of the transcranial segment of the trigeminal nerve. Acta Anatomica Sinica, 46(1), 95-100. doi: 10.3969/j.

Diao, Y., Zhang, M., Zhang, M., Zhang, H., Liu, M., & Yu, C. (2014). Relationship between the superior nuchal line and the lower edge of the transverse sinus. Neurosurgery Quarterly, 24(2), 101-104. doi: 10.1097/WNQ.0b013e31828e12f7

Liang, L., Gao, F., Xu, Q., & Zhang, M. (2014). Configuration of fibrous and adipose tissues in the cavernous sinus. PLoS ONE, 9(2), e89182. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0089182

Zhang, B.-Y., Liang, L., Qiao, M.-L., Zhang, M.-N., Wu, Y., & Zhang, M. (2014). Histochemical staining techniques applied in ultrathin sheet plastiination slice. Acta Anatomica Sinica, 45(3), 416-420.

Liang, L., Diao, Y., Xu, Q., & Zhang, M. (2014). Transcranial segment of the trigeminal nerve: Macro-/microscopic anatomical study using sheet plastination. Acta Neurochirurgica, 156(3), 605-612. doi: 10.1007/s00701-013-1920-9

Liu, M., Chen, S.-G., & Zhang, M. (2013). Asymmetry of the human cricothyroid joint. Acta Anatomica Sinica, 44(1), 85-88.

Liu, M., Chen, S., Liang, L., Xu, W., & Zhang, M. (2013). Microcomputed tomography visualization of the cricoarytenoid joint cavity in cadavers. Journal of Voice, 27(6), 778-785. doi: 10.1016/j.jvoice.2013.05.010

Zhang, B., Liang, L., Liu, M., Xu, L., Shi, W., & Zhang, M. (2013). Comparison between the Biodur and PlastMat epoxy mixture. Chinese Journal of Anatomy, 36(5), 948-951.

Hitier, M., Zhang, M., Labrousse, M., Barbier, C., Patron, V., & Moreau, S. (2013). Persistent stapedial arteries in human: From phylogeny to surgical consequences. Surgical & Radiologic Anatomy, 35(10), 883-891. doi: 10.1007/s00276-013-1127-z

Xu, Z.-Y., Ren, Y.-H., Tu, L.-L., Xu, S.-C., Liang, L., & Zhang, M. (2013). Anatomy of the femoral fascia sheath and its adjacent structures. Acta Anatomica Sinica, 44(3), 364-367. doi: 10.3969/j.issn.0529-1356.2013.03.015

Diao, Y., Liang, L., Yu, C., & Zhang, M. (2013). Is there an identifiable intact medial wall of the cavernous sinus? Macro- and microscopic anatomical study using sheet plastination. Neurosurgery, 73(Suppl. 1), 106-110. doi: 10.1227/NEU.0b013e3182889f2b

Chen, S., Wang, H., Fong, A. H. Y., & Zhang, M. (2012). Micro-CT visualization of the cricothyroid joint cavity in cadavers. Laryngoscope, 122(3), 614-621. doi: 10.1002/lary.22504

Zheng, Y., Balabhadrapatruni, S., Baek, J. H., Chung, P., Gliddon, C., Zhang, M., Darlington, C. L., Napper, R., … Smith, P. F. (2012). The effects of bilateral vestibular loss on hippocampal volume, neuronal number, and cell proliferation in rats. Frontiers in Neurology, 3, 20. doi: 10.3389/fneur.2012.00020

Chen, S., Wang, H., & Zhang, M. (2011). Calcification of the thyroid, cricoid and articular cartilages. Anatomy Research, 33(3), 223-227.

Zheng, Y., Begum, S., Zhang, C., Fleming, K., Masumura, C., Zhang, M., Smith, P., & Darlington, C. (2011). Increased BrdU incorporation reflecting DNA repair, neuronal de-differentiation or possible neurogenesis in the adult cochlear nucleus following bilateral cochlear lesions in the rat. Experimental Brain Research, 210(3-4), 477-487. doi: 10.1007/s00221-010-2491-0

Wang, S., Deng, X., Han, H., Chang, J., Cao, X., & Zhang, M. (2011). Anatomical observation of the ‘holy plane’ for total mesorectal excision. Chinese Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery, 14(1), 44-47. doi: 10.3760/cma.j.issn.1671-0274.2011.01.014

Han, H., Deng, X., Fong, A. H., & Zhang, M. (2010). Dural entrance of the bridging vein in the middle cranial fossa: A novel classification of the cerebral veins for preoperative planning. Neurosurgery, 67(3), 9-15. doi: 10.1227/01.neu.0000381683.27324.14

Zheng, Y., Vagal, S., Zhu, X.-X., de Waele, C., Smith, P. F., Wang, G., Zhang, M., & Darlington, C. L. (2010). The effects of the Chinese herbal medicine EMF01 on salicylate-induced tinnitus in rats. Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 128(2), 545-548. doi: 10.1016/j.jep.2010.01.053

Wang, S., Deng, X., Wang, N., Chen, D., Zhang, M., & Han, H. (2010). Three-dimensional sectional anatomy of paraprostatic fascia and its adjacent structures. Chinese Journal of Clinical Anatomy, 28(6), 643-646.

Tu, L., Xu, S., Zhang, M., & Zhu, Y. (2009). Sagittal sectional anatomy of upper esophageal sphincter and its significance. Chinese Journal of Anatomy, 32(6), 812-814.

Shi, H., Cui, H., Alam, G., Gunning, W. T., Nestor, A., Giovannucci, D., Zhang, M., & Ding, H.-F. (2008). Nestin expression defines both glial and neuronal progenitors in postnatal sympathetic ganglia. Journal of Comparative Neurology, 508(6), 867-878. doi: 10.1002/cne.21719

Zhang, J., Deng, X., Han, H., & Zhang, M. (2008). Comparison of histological features between infant and adult anal glands. Chinese Journal of Anatomy, 31(6), 851-861.

Han, H., Yao, Z., Wang, H., Deng, X., Fong, A. H. Y., & Zhang, M. (2008). Dural entrance of the bridging vein into the transverse sinus provides a reliable measure for preoperative planning: An anatomic comparison between cadavers and neuroimages. Neurosurgery, 62(ONS Suppl. 2), ONS289-ONS296. doi: 10.1227/01.NEU.0000310772.04153.58

Tao, W., Han, H., Jiao, Y., Deng, X., Zhu, Y., & Zhang, M. (2007). Morphological investigation on the terminal segments of superior cerebral vein draining into superior sagittal sinus. Chinese Journal of Clinical Anatomy, 25(2), 132-135.

Feng, L., Sun, Z., Han, H., Zhou, Y., & Zhang, M. (2007). No age-related cell loss in three retinal nuclear layers of the Long-Evans rat. Visual Neuroscience, 24, 799-803.

Sun, Z.-X., Feng, L.-X., Zhang, M., Huank, D.-K., & Han, H. (2007). Aging effect on the thickness of the whole retina and its sublayers: A stereology study. Acta Anatomica Sinica, 38(2), 187-191.

Liu, K., Deng, X., Han, H., Bin, G., & Zhang, M. (2007). Morphological investigation on olfactory nerve and its clinical significance. Chinese Journal of Clinical Anatomy, 25(6), 618-621.

Han, H., Tao, W., & Zhang, M. (2007). The dural entrance of cerebral bridging veins into the superior sagittal sinus: An anatomical comparison between cadavers and digital subtraction angiography. Neuroradiology, 49, 169-175.

Wang, Q., Xu, S., Tu, L., Liu, Y., & Zhang, M. (2007). Anatomic continuity of longitudinal pharyngeal and esophageal muscles. Laryngoscope, 117, 282-287.

Deng, X.-F., Han, H., Tao, W., Pang, G., Liu, K.-P., Liu, B., … Zhang, M. (2007). Microanatomy of the Labb é veins and their venograms obtained by imageology. Acta Anatomica Sinica, 38(6), 759-764.

Zhu, X., Wang, Q., Tu, L., Liu, Y., Zhou, Q., Zhang, M., & Xu, S. (2007). Three-dimentional distribution of α-SMA, MHC- Ι and MHC- ΙΙ in muscular layer of pharynx and esophagus in human fetus. Chinese Journal of Anatomy, 30(1), 34-38.

Liu, Y.-H., Xu, S.-C., Tu, L.-L., Zhang, K.-L., Lu, D.-H. H., & Zhang, M. (2006). A rich lymphatic network exists in the inferior surface of the vocal cord. Surgical & Radiologic Anatomy, 28, 125-128.

Wang, Q., Tu, L.-L., Zhang, M., & Xu, S.-C. (2006). Macro-microanatomy of superior attachments of longitudinal esophageal fibers. Chinese Journal of Anatomy, 29(2), 232-235.

Xu, S., Tu, L., Wang, Q., & Zhang, M. (2006). Is the anatomical protrusion on the posterior hypopharyngeal wall associated with cadavers of only the elderly? Dysphagia, 21, 163-166.

Xu, S., Tu, L., Liu, Y., & Zhang, M. (2006). The incidence of cricopharyngeal bar in patients with dysphagia. Chinese Archives of Otolaryngology, 13(1), 51-53.

Xu, S.-C., Tu, L.-L., Zhang, M., & Zhu, Y.-Y. (2006). Applied anatomy of thyropharyngeal muscle and its clinical significance. Chinese Journal of Anatomy, 29(3), 348-350.

McGrath, M. C., & Zhang, M. (2005). Lateral branches of dorsal sacral nerve plexus and the long posterior sacroiliac ligament. Surgical & Radiologic Anatomy, 27, 327-330.

Tao, W., Han, H., Niu, C.-S., Wan, J.-H., Jiao, Y., Pang, G., … Zhang, M. (2005). Microanatomy of bridging veins of temporal and occipital lobe on tentorium. Chinese Journal of Microsurgery, 28(4), 340-342.

Leaper, M., Zhang, M., & Dawes, P. J. D. (2005). An anatomical protrusion exists on the posterior hypopharyngeal wall in some elderly cadavers. Dysphagia, 20, 8-14.

Nash, L., Nicholson, H. D., & Zhang, M. (2005). Does the investing layer of the deep cervical fascia exist? Anesthesiology, 103(5), 962-968.

Nash, L., Nicholson, H., Lee, A. S. J., Johnson, G. M., & Zhang, M. (2005). Configuration of the connective tissue in the posterior atlanto-occipital interspace. Spine, 30(12), 1359-1366.

Phillips, M. N., Jones, G. T., van Rij, A. M., & Zhang, M. (2004). Micro-venous valves in the superficial veins of the human lower limb. Clinical Anatomy, 17, 55-60.

Lee, A. S. J., Zhang, M., & Evans, D. J. R. (2004). Changes in the proportion and number of Pax7+ve and MF20+ve myoblasts during chick myogenesis in the head and limb. International Journal of Developmental Biology, 48, 31-38.

Fawcett, J. P., Ravindran, V., Morel, P. C. H., Zhang, M., Ciofalo, V. B., Spainhour, C. B., & Aberg, G. (2004). Influence of salbutamol administered as the single active enantiomer (R-salbutamol) on the growth performance and carcass characteristics of broiler chickens. Animal Science, 78, 23-30.

Nash, L. G., Phillips, M. N., Nicholson, H., Barnett, R., & Zhang, M. (2004). Skin ligaments: Regional distribution and variation in morphology. Clinical Anatomy, 17, 287-293.

Kuiper, S., Zhang, M., Almquist, S., & Doyle, T. C. A. (2003). What arteries are detectable in the precarinal space on contrast-enhanced CT? Clinical Anatomy, 16, 114-118.

Zhang, M., & Lee, A. S. J. (2002). The investing layer of the deep cervical fascia does not exist between the sternocleidomastoid and trapezius muscles. Otolaryngology: Head & Neck Surgery, 127(5), 452-457.

Johnson, G., & Zhang, M. (2002). Regional differences within the human supraspinous and interspinous ligaments: A sheet plastination study. European Spine Journal, 11, 382-388.

Jones, D. G., Dias, G., Mercer, S. R., Zhang, M., & Nicholson, H. D. (2002). Clinical anatomy research in a research-driven anatomy department. Clinical Anatomy, 15, 228-232.

Phillips, M. N., Nash, L. G., Barnett, R. J., Nicholson, H. D., & Zhang, M. (2002). The use of confocal microscopy for the examination of E12 sheet plastinated human tissue. Journal of the International Society for Plastination, 17, 12-16.

Zhang, M., & An, P.-C. (2000). Liliequist's membrane is a fold of the arachnoid mater: Study using sheet plastination and scanning electron microscopy. Neurosurgery, 47, 902-909.

Jiang, Y., Zhang, M., Koishi, K., & McLennan, I. S. (2000). TGF-β2 attenuates the injury-induced death of mature motoneurons. Journal of Neuroscience Research, 62, 809-813.

Johnson, G., Zhang, M., & Barnett, R. J. (2000). A comparison between epoxy resin slices and histology sections in the study of spinal connective tissue structure. Journal of the International Society for Plastination, 15, 10-13.

Johnson, G., Zhang, M., & Jones, D. G. (2000). The fine connective tissue architecture of the human ligamentum nuchae. Spine, 25(1), 5-9.

Zhang, M., & McLennan, I. S. (1999). The myotubal origin of rat muscle fibres affects the extent of tenotomy-induced atrophy. Journal of Physiology, 519(1), 197-202.

An, P.-C., & Zhang, M. (1999). A technique for preserving the subarachnoid space and its contents in a natural state with different colours. Journal of the International Society for Plastination, 14(1), 12-17.

Zhang, M., Koishi, K., & McLennan, I. S. (1998). Skeletal muscle fibre types: detection methods and embryonic determinants. Histology & Histopathology, 13, 201-207.

Zhang, M., & McLennan, I. S. (1998). Primary myotubes preferentially mature into either the fastest or the slowest muscle fibers. Developmental Dynamics, 213, 147-157.

McLennan, I. S., Koishi, K., Zhang, M., & Murakami, N. (1998). The non-synaptic expression of transforming growth factor-beta 2 is neurally regulated and varies between skeletal muscle fibre types. Neuroscience, 87(4), 845-853.

Zhang, M., & McLennan, I. S. (1995). During secondary myotube formation, primary myotubes preferentially absorb new nuclei at their ends. Developmental Dynamics, 204(2), 168-177. doi: 10.1002/aja.1002040207

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Journal - Research Other

Liugan, M., Zhang, M., & Cakmak, Y. O. (2018). Neuroprosthetics for auricular muscles: Neural networks and clinical aspects. Frontiers in Neurology, 8, 752. doi: 10.3389/fneur.2017.00752

Zhang, M., Nicholson, H. D., & Nash, L. (2006). [Reply to letter to the editor Investing layer of the cervical fascia of the neck may not exist]. Anesthesiology, 104(6), 1344-1345.

Johnson, G. M., Zhang, M., & Jones, D. G. (2004). Dorsal and ventral portions of ligamentum nuchae are not independent of each other. Clinical Anatomy, 17(2), 158. doi: 10.1002/ca.20001

Phillips, M. N., Jones, G. T., van Rij, A. M., Zhang, M., & et al (2004). Microvenous valves in the superficial veins of the lower limb. Phlebology Digest, 17(2), 22-23.

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