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Professor Chen, Eric Yu Hai 陳友凱

Title:
Professor
Clinical Professor
Head, Department of Psychiatry
Clinical Professor
Honorary Research Fellow
Associate Director, The Hong Kong Jockey Club Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention

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Office:
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Professor Chen, Eric Yu Hai 陳友凱

Title:
Professor
Clinical Professor
Head, Department of Psychiatry
Clinical Professor
Honorary Research Fellow
Associate Director, The Hong Kong Jockey Club Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention

Also Cited As:
Chen, EY
Chen, E
Chan, EEY
Chen, Eric EY
Chen, YH

Biography
Slide1Eric Chen has been working on understanding how the human mind could sometimes enter into a pathological state called Psychosis, and how best to help people in that state of mind. Psychosis occurs when the brain system of engaging with reality fails.
 
EC studied medicine at Oxford and Edinburgh Universities. He received specialist psychiatry training at Nottingham and continued senior training in Cambridge, working with top scientists from the Cambridge University Department of Psychiatry and the Medical Research Council Applied Psychology Unit. There he developed his research interest in cognitive neuroscience approach to psychopathology, in particular schizophrenia and psychosis.
 
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He embarked on the study of brain expressions of psychosis, developed the Cambridge Neurological Inventory.He also developed the use of neurocomputational modelling in the understanding of psychiatric symptoms. Over the years he endeavoured to map out the brain changes by exploring semantic and other cognitive abnormalities (such as executive function disorders) associated with Psychosis.
 
EC embarked on a number of longitudinal studies on psychotic disorders in Hong Kong. He has led the development of a specialised early intervention service for psychosis in Hong Kong, the internationally recognised EASY service (Hospital Authority). With the EASY service, EC and the team endeavoured to map out the clinical pathways in the initial critical years following psychosis onset. One important piece of knowledge assembled by the team is the role of maintenance treatment following first episode psychosis (published in the BMJ). This addressed a very significant clinical problem and has attracted widespread attention. Another collaborative study (together with Professor William Honer) address the treatment of patients who became treatment refractory (published in the NEJM).
 
The HKU PSI Research team led by EC is currently undertaking the following major projects
 

1.Model and Outcome of Adult Early Psychosis Intervention (JCEP)

2. Optimal length of critical period intervention in early psychosis (EASY-3)

3. 10 year follow up study of sustained effects of early intervention (HCS-10)

4. Prodrome intervention study: reduction of psychosis onset by omega-3 fatty acid (multi-center Neurapro Study)

5. Cognitive Neuroscience of Delusion of Reference and Disorder of agency

6. Yoga and Aerobic Exercise effects on Brain and Cognition in first episode psychosis

 EC has published over 200 research articles, including 1 book and over 10 book chapters. These articles has appeared in top medical journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, the Lancet, and the British Medical Journal.
 
Honours, Awards & Prizes
AwardeesAward DateHonours / Awards / PrizesCategory
Hui, LMC
2008-02-01Young Scientist Award: 14th Biennial Winter Workshop on Schizophrenia Research, Montreux, Switzerland
Research Achievement
Hui, LMC
Law, CW
Chung, DWS
Tso, S
Pang, EPF
Chan, KT
Wong, YC
Mo, F
Chan, K
Hung, SF
Honer, WG
2006-02-01Young Scientist Award: 14th Biennial Winter Workshop on Schizophrenia Research, Montreux, Switzerland
Research Achievement
2004-06-01Outstanding Team Award: Hospital Authority
Others
2002-05-01Good Quill Award: International Association of Business Communication
Others
WONG, HYG
HUI, LMC
2008-10-01Poster Award for the poster "Subthreshold symptom: ideas of reference" presented at the 6th International Conference on Early Psychosis, Melbourne 20th – 22nd October, 2008: International Early Psychosis Association
Research Achievement
Wong, HYG
Hui, LMC
2008-10-01Poster Award - Presentation entitled "Subthreshold symptom: Ideas of reference": 6th International Conference on Early Psychosis, Early Intervention – the Next Wave
Research Achievement
Hui, LMC
Wong, CK
Chan, WF
Tang, OWN
2006-02-01The course of semantic memory dysfunction in first-episode schizophrenia: a prospective 3-year longitudinal study: 13th Biennial Winter Workshop on Schizophrenia Research, Davos
Research Achievement
WONG, HYG
HUI, LMC
2008-10-01Subthreshold symptom: ideas of reference: 6th International Conference on Early Psychosis
Research Achievement
2014-11-01Richard Wyatt Award: International Early Psychosis Association
Research Achievement
Professional Societies
Term PeriodPositionProfessional Societies
2015-17PresidentHong Kong College of Psychiatrists
Major Research Themes & Current Projects
DescriptionTitle
Major research themesPsychotic disorders
Major research themesCognitive psychopathology
Major research themesEarly intervention for psychotic disorders
Major research themesMaintenance therapy and relapse prevention
Major research themesSuicide studies
Current projectsModel and Outcome of Adult Early Psychosis Intervention (JCEP)
Current projectsOptimal length of critical period intervention in early psychosis (EASY-3)
Current projects10 year follow up study of sustained effects of early intervention (HCS-10)
Current projectsProdrome intervention study: reduction of psychosis onset by omega-3 fatty acide (multi-center Neurapro Study)
Current projectsCognitive Neuroscience of Delusion of Reference and Disorder of agency
Current projectsYoga and Aerobic Exercise effects on Brain and cognition in first episode psychosis
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