Affiliated Academics and Researchers
Clinical Associate Professor (honorary)
Professor Helen Chan
Professor Chung Yat Nork Roger
Professor Suzanne Ho
Professor Elsie Hui
Clinical Associate Professor (honorary)
Professor Lee Shun Wah Jenny
Clinical Associate Professor (honorary)
Professor Lo See Kit Raymond
Clinical Professor (honorary)
Professor Lui Siu Fai
Professor Kelvin Tsoi
Professor Samuel Wong
Professor Yang Yijian
Dr. Kevin Lau
Research Assistant Professor
Dr Kevin Ka-Lun LAU 劉家麟PhD in Architecture (CUHK), BEnvSc (UNSW)
Researcher ID:Q-9139-2016 http://www.researcherid.com/rid/Q-9139-2016
Dr Kevin Lau is a urban climatologist with research interests in outdoor thermal comfort in high-density cities and the effect of the built environment and urban green space on elderly health and well-being. He is also interested in spatial modelling of outdoor heat stress within complex urban environment. He has been involved in research projects of sustainable urban planning conducted in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Sweden and France.
• Effect of urban morphology and vegetation on urban climate and their implications on urban planning and design
• Dynamic (transient) thermal comfort in urban outdoor environment
• Spatial modelling of outdoor heat stress within complex urban environment
• Relationship between the built environment and elderly health and wellbeing in high-density cities
1. Ho HC, Lau KKL, Ren C, Ng E, 2017. Characterizing prolonged heat effects on mortality in a sub-tropical high-density city, Hong Kong. International Journal of Biometeorology, in press.
2. Wang D, Lau KKL, Yu RHY, Wong SYS, Kwok TTY, Woo J, 2017. Neighboring green space and mortality of the Chinese elderly in Hong Kong: A retrospective cohort study. BMJ Open 7: e015794.
3. Ho HC, Lau KKL, Yu R, Wang D, Woo J, Kwok TCY, Ng E, 2017. Spatial variability of geriatric depression risk in a high-density city: A data-driven socio-environmental vulnerability mapping approach. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 14(9), 994.
4. Wang D, Lau KKL, Yu RHY, Wong SYS, Kwok TCY, Woo J, 2016. Neighbouring green space and all-cause mortality in elderly people in Hong Kong: a retrospective cohort study. The Lancet 388: S82. Available at: http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(16)32009-8/fulltext
5. Lau KKL, Ng EYY, Chan PW, Ho JCK, 2016. Near-extreme summer meteorological data set for sub-tropical climates. Building Services Engineering Research and Technology, in press, DOI: 10.1177/0143624416675390.
6. Lau KKL, Ren C, Ho J, Ng E, 2016. Numerical modelling of mean radiant temperature in high-density sub-tropical urban environment. Energy and Buildings 114: 80–86.
7. Zheng T, Lau KKL, Ng E, 2016. Urban tree design approaches for mitigating daytime urban heat island effects in a high-density urban environment. Energy and Buildings 114: 265–274.
8. Lau KKL, Lindberg F, Rayner D, Thorsson S, 2015. The effect of urban geometry on mean radiant temperature under future climate change: A study of three European cities. International Journal of Biometeorology 59(7): 799–814.
1. Principal Investigator, Designing Better Urban Green Spaces for Active Ageing in High-density Cities (General Research Fund, Research Grant Council, Hong Kong, 2017-2020)
2. Co-Investigator, Climatic-responsive planning and action for mitigating heat-related health risk at community level in high density cities – A Case of Hong Kong (General Research Fund, Research Grant Council, Hong Kong, 2017-2019)
3. Co-Investigator, A study on the long-term association between urban design and geography and mortality in Hong Kong: 2009-2013. (General Research Fund, Research Grant Council, Hong Kong, 2017-2019)
4. Co-Investigator, Understanding Urban Transient Human Comfort for More Pedestrian Friendly Design of Urban Spaces in the Summer Months of High Density Tropical Cities (General Research Fund, Research Grant Council, Hong Kong, 2017-2019)
Tel: (852) 3943 5398
Dr. Ruby Yu
Senior Research Fellow
Dr. Ruby HY YU 余浩欣BSc (HKUST), Pg Dip (CUHK), PhD (CUHK)
Researcher ID (N-5006-2015) : http://www.researcherid.com/rid/N-5006-2015
Dr. Ruby Yu has studied the association of multiple health behaviors with physical and cognitive functioning. She has examined the factors associated with sarcopenia and the predictive ability of sarcopenia on fracture risk in community-dwelling older adults. She has been involved in several studies to assess the effects of mindfulness intervention (such as Dejian mind body intervention) on cognitive functions and physical fitness among older adults. She has authored and co-authored several book chapters, reports, and peer-reviewed journal articles.
• Cognitive disorders
• Dementia care
• Mindfulness interventions
• Health services research
1. Yu R, Woo J. Exploring the link between depression and accelerate cellular ageing: telomeres hold the key. Research and Reports in Biochemistry 2015; 6: 1-12. doi: http://doi.org/10.2147/RRBC.S57484.
2. Yu R, Tang N, Leung J, Woo J. Telomere length is not associated with frailty in older Chinese elderly: cross-sectional and longitudinal analysis. Mechanisms of Ageing and Development 2015; 152: 74-79. doi:10.1016/j.mad.2015.10.002.
3. Yu R, Leung J, Woo J. Sarcopenia combined with FRAX probabilities improves fracture risk prediction in older Chinese men. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association. 2014; 15(12): 918-23. doi: 10.1016/j.jamda.2014.07.011.
4. Yu R, Leung J, Woo J. Incremental predictive value of sarcopenia for incident fracture in an elderly Chinese cohort: Results from MrOs (Hong Kong). Journal of the American Medical Directors Association. 2014; 15(8): 551-558. doi: 10.1016/j.jamda.2014.02.005.
5. Yu R, Woo J, Chan AS, Sze SL. A Chinese Chan-based mind-body intervention improves psychological well-being and physical health of community-dwelling elderly: A pilot study. Clinical Interventions in Aging. 2014; 9: 727-736. doi: 10.2147/CIA.S59985.
6. Yu R, Wong M, Leung J, Lee J, Auyeung TW, Woo J. Incidence, reversibility, risk factors and the protective effect of high body mass index against sarcopenia in community-dwelling older Chinese adults. Geriatrics & Gerontology International. 2014; 14(S1): 15-28. doi: 10.1111/ggi.12220.
7. Yu R, Leung J, Woo J. Housework reduces all-cause and cancer mortality in Chinese men. PLoS ONE. 2013; 8(5): UNSP e61529. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0061529.
8. Yu R, Chau PH, McGhee SM, Cheung WL, Chan KC, Cheung SH, Woo J. Trends in prevalence and mortality of dementia in elderly Hong Kong population: projections, disease burden, and implications for long-term care. International Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. 2012; 406852, doi:10.1155/2012/406852.
9. Yu R, Yau F, Ho SC, Woo J. Cardiorespiratory fitness and its association with body composition and physical activity in Hong Kong Chinese women aged from 55 to 94 years. Maturitas. 2011; 69(4): 348-353. doi: 10.1016/j.maturitas.2011.05.003.
10. Yu R, Woo J, Chan R, Sham A, Ho S, Tso A, Cheung B, Lam TH, Lam K. Relationship between dietary intake and the development of type 2 diabetes in a Chinese population: the Hong Kong Dietary Survey. Public Health Nutrition 2011; 14(7): 1133-1141. doi: 10.1017/S136898001100053X.
Tel: (852) 3943 5142 / (852) 2632 2190
Dr. Eric TC Lai
Dr. Eric TC Lai 黎子俊BNurs (HKU), PhD(HKU)
Researcher ID : https://publons.com/researcher/3105961/eric-lai/
Dr. Eric Lai is a social epidemiologist with an interest in social inequalities in determinants of health, the differential outcomes of diseases by socioeconomic status and life course epidemiology. He is particularly interested in early life determinants of health outcomes in adulthood. He is also interested in longitudinal data analysis and applying causal methodologies in observational data. Dr. Lai’s PhD mainly focused on the drivers of secular trends of timing of puberty and its consequences for non-communicable diseases.
• Social inequality
• Life course epidemiology – early life determinants of health outcomes
• Causal inference and mediation analysis
1. Taylor-Robinson D, Lai ETC, Wickham S, et al. Assessing the impact of rising child poverty on the unprecedented rise in infant mortality in England, 2000-2017: time trend analysis. BMJ open 2019; 9: e029424.
2. Straatmann VS, Lai ETC, Lange T, et al. How do early-life factors explain social inequalities in adolescent mental health? Findings from the UK Millennium Cohort Study. Journal of epidemiology and community health 2019.
3. Taylor-Robinson DC, Lai ET, Whitehead M, Barr B. Child health unravelling in UK. BMJ 2019; 364: l963.
4. Lai ETC, Wickham S, Law C, Whitehead M, Barr B, Taylor-Robinson D. Poverty dynamics and health in late childhood in the UK: evidence from the Millennium Cohort Study. Archives of disease in childhood 2019.
5. (Press released by the ADC, received wide international media coverage. Taken to the Parliament by an MP as a parliamentary question to the government.
6. Campbell M, Straatmann VS, Lai ETC, et al. Understanding social inequalities in children being bullied: UK Millennium Cohort Study findings. PLoS One 2019; 14: e0217162.
7. Campbell M, Lai ETC, Pearce A, et al. Understanding pathways to social inequalities in childhood unintentional injuries: findings from the UK millennium cohort study. BMC pediatrics 2019; 19: 150.
8. Taylor-Robinson D, Lai E, Bradshaw J. Death rate continues to rise for poorest infants in England and Wales. BMJ 2018; 360: k1090.
9. Lai TC, Au Yeung SL, Lin SL, Leung GM, Schooling CM. Brief Report: Maternal Age of Menarche and Adiposity: Evidence from Hong Kong's "Children of 1997" Birth Cohort. Epidemiology 2016; 27: 433-7.
10. Lai TC, Leung GM, Schooling CM. Maternal Age of Menarche and Blood Pressure in Adolescence: Evidence from Hong Kong's "Children of 1997" Birth Cohort. PLoS One 2016; 11: e0159855.
Tel: (852) 3943 5478
- Ms. Demi Wang
Ms.Demi Dan WANG 王丹Master of Science in Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CUHK)
Researcher ID:L-2520-2017 http://www.researcherid.com/rid/L-2520-2017
Ms.Dan Wang is now a PhD student in the Institute of Ageing, placing under the School of Public Health and Primary Care in Faculty of Medicine. Dan got her Bachelor’s degree in Preventive Medicine from Southern Medical University and Master’s degree in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from CUHK. She has been systematically trained in clinical medicine and public health, as well as conducting clinical trials and epidemiological studies for six years. Particularly, she is experienced in doing systematic review and meta-analysis and now her PhD research interests are the influence of built environment on wellness of the elderly.
• Living environment and wellness of the elderly
• Risk assessment and potential preventive strategy for frailty
• Active ageing and ageing-in-place
• Prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of geriatric depression
1. Wang D, Lau KK, Yu R, et al. Neighbouring green space and mortality in community-dwelling elderly Hong Kong Chinese: a cohort study. BMJ Open 2017;7:e015794. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-015794
2. Chen, S., Wang, D., Fung, H., Wong, L. Y., & Xiang, L. (2017). Psychological aid following medical crises in China. The Lancet, 389(10066), 250. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(17)30086-7
3. D. WANG, K. Lau, R. Yu, S. Wong, T. Kwok, J. Woo; NEIGHBORING GREEN SPACE AND TRANSITIONS BETWEEN FRAILTY STATES AMONG CHINESE ELDERLY IN HONG KONG[abstract], Innovation in Aging, Volume 1, Issue suppl_1, 1 July 2017, Pages 433, https://doi.org/10.1093/geroni/igx004.1553
4. Wang, D., Lau, K. K. L., Ruby, H. Y., Wong, S. Y., Kwok, T. C., & Woo, J. (2016). Neighbouring green space and all-cause mortality in elderly people in Hong Kong: a retrospective cohort study. The Lancet, 388, S82. DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(16)32009-8
5. Yang, S., Wang, D., Zhang, Y., Yu, C., Ren, J., Xu, K., ... & Li, Y. (2015). Transmission of Hepatitis B and C Virus Infection Through Body Piercing: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Medicine, 94(47), e1893. DOI:10.1097/MD.0000000000001893
The Best 'Living' Building Award, WSBE17 Hong Kong - International Youth Competition.
Tel: (852) 5933 9005
University of Adelaide
|Impact of Environment on Health|
Department of Neurobiology, Geriatrics, and Neurology, Capital Medical University
|Frailty and neurological diseases / cognitive impairment|
|China||The Key Laboratory of Geriatrics, Beijing Hospital and Beijing Institute of Geriatrics||Sarcopenia|
|China||The Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology||Gerontechnology|
|Japan||Department of Human Health Sciences, Kyoto University||Sarcopenia|
|Japan||Institute of Gerontology, The University of Tokyo||Ageing well|
|Japan||National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Tokyo Institute of Technology||Gerontechnology|
|Korea||Institution of Aging, Ajou University||Health behavioral research, sarcopenia|
|Korea||Seoul National University||Active Ageing Index|
|Korea||The International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG)|
|Malaysia||Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya||Frailty and sarcopenia|
|Singapore||Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies, National University of Singapore||Ageing well|
|Singapore||National University of Singapore||Sarcopenia|
|Taiwan||National Cheng Kung University||Age-friendly City|
|Thailand||Siriraj Hospital, Division of Geriatric, Faculty of Medicine||Frailty and sarcopenia|
|United Kingdom||Ageing Research at King’s,
King’s College London
|Brain ageing and mental wellness|
|United Kingdom||Alzheimer's Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice, The University of the Western Scotland||Long-term care, dementia and other later life conditions|
|United Kingdom||Institute of Health and Wellbeing, University of Glasgow||Ageing well indicators and contributory factors|
|United Kingdom||International Longevity Centre UK||Ageing Well|
|United Kingdom||MRC Lifecourse Epidemiological Unit, University of Southampton||Sarcopenia|
|United Kingdom||University of Stirling||Dementia|
|United States||Boston University||Public Health|
|United States||Harvard Medical School Center for Palliative Care||End-of-Life Care|
|United States||Oregon Health & Science University||Osteoporosis|
|United States||Saint Louis University Medical Center, Division of Geriatric Medicine||Frailty, comorbidities, and dementia research|
|United States||The Hastings Center||Health and long-term care systems|
|Sweden||University of Gothenburg||Bone health|