Kwan, Joseph Shiu Kwong

 

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Dr Kwan, Joseph Shiu Kwong 關兆洸

Title:
Clinical Associate Professor
Honorary Consultant Gerontologist (Geriatric Medicine)
Director, HKU Gerontology Research Laboratory

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Dr Kwan, Joseph Shiu Kwong 關兆洸

Title:
Clinical Associate Professor
Honorary Consultant Gerontologist (Geriatric Medicine)
Director, HKU Gerontology Research Laboratory

Also Cited As:
Kwan, J
Kwan, JS
Kwan, JSK
Kwan, Joseph

Short Biography:

Dr Joseph SK Kwan

MB ChB (Bristol) MRCP (UK) MPhil (Southampton) MD (Edinburgh) FRCP (Edinburgh) FRCP (London) FHKCP FHKAM (Medicine)

Joseph is a British-bred and trained Academic Gerontologist & Geriatrician specialising in brain health. He graduated in Medicine from Bristol University, Master of Philosophy from Southampton University, and Doctor of Medicine from Edinburgh University. He trained in Advanced General Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine in Southampton (Wessex), Clinical Neurology Fellowship at Queen Square London (Institute of Neurology, University College London), and Plant-Based Nutrition at Cornell University. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh) in 2009, and Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh) in 2010.

Joseph joined The University of Hong Kong in 2014 as a Clinical Associate Professor. He became a Fellow of the HK College of Physicians and HK Academy of Medicine (Medicine) in 2016. He is a Specialist Consultant in Geriatric Medicine, specialing in neurological conditions of aging including memory decline, stroke, Parkinson's disease and neuro-rehabilitation. Academically, he set up the first Gerontology Research Laboratory at the LKS Faculty of Medicine, and is the Principal investigator for the HKU Neurocognitive Disorder Cohort, HKU Memory Clinic Registry, and the HKU Elderly AF Treatment Registry.

If you have any query about collaborative research or clinical trials, please email jskkwan@hku.hk. Thank you

Professional Qualifications
YearAwarding InstitutionQualification
1994The University of BristolMB ChB
1997Royal College of PhysiciansMRCP
2000The University of SouthamptonMaster of Philosophy (MPhil)
2002The University of EdinburghDoctor of Medicine (MD)
2006University College LondonPostgraduate Diploma in Clinical Neurology (distinction)
2009Royal College of Physicians of EdinburghFRCP (Edin)
2010Royal College of Physicians of LondonFRCP (London)
2015Cornell University (eCornell)Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition
2016Hong Kong College of PhysiciansFHKCP
2016Hong Kong Academy of MedicineFHKAM (Medicine)
Biography

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS

  • 2016                   Fellowship of the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine (FHKAM [Medicine])
  • 2016                   Fellowship of the Hong Kong College of Physicians (FHKCP)
  • 2015                   Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition (Cornell University, USA)
  • 2010                   Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians of London (FRCP Lond)
  • 2009                   Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (FRCP Edin)
  • 2006                   Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Neurology with Distinction (UCL London, UK)
  • 2002                   Doctor of Medicine (MD, University of Edinburgh, UK)
  • 2000                   Master of Philosophy (MPhil, University of Southampton, UK)
  • 1997                   Membership of the Royal College of Physician (MRCP UK)
  • 1994                   MB ChB (University of Bristol, UK)

CLINICAL ACADEMIC POSITIONS

  • 2016 (Sept)        Visiting Scholar, UCSF Memory and Aging Center, San Francisco, USA          
  • 2015-now           Director, Gerontology Research Laboratory, Department of Medicine, HKU
  • 2014-now           Clinical Associate Professor in Geriatric Medicine, Department of Medicine, HKU
  • 2014-2015          Clinical teacher, Neurological Diseases Unit, HKU-Shenzhen Hospital, Shenzhen, China
  • 2010-2012          Head of Department, Stroke Medicine, Royal Bournemouth Hospital, UK
  • 2009-2011          Regional Medical Director for Stroke Service, Dorset, UK
  • 2006-2013          Consultant Physician in Gerontology, Stroke & Internal Medicine, Royal Bournemouth Hospital, UK
  • 2006                   Neurology Fellow, Insitute of Neurology, Queen Square, UK
  • 2002-2006          Post-doctoral Clinical & Research Trainee in Internal & Geriatric Medicine (University of Southampton, UK)
  • 2001-2002          Stroke Association Clinical training/Research Fellow (MD, University of Edinbuirgh, UK)
  • 2000-2001          Glaxo Wellcome Stroke Clinical training/Research Fellow (MD, University of Edinbuirgh, UK)
  • 1998-2000          Research Fellow in Stroke Medicine (MPhil, University of Southampton, UK)

HONORARY POSITIONS

  • 2014-now           Honorary Research Fellow, Sau Po Centre on Ageing, The University of Hong Kong, HK
  • 2014-now           Honorary Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine & Primary Care, HKU
  • 2014-now           Honorary Consultant Gerontologist, Department of Medicine, Queen Mary Hospital, HK
  • 2014-now           Honorary Consultant Gerontologist, Department of Medicine, Grantham Hospital, HK
  • 2008-now           Visiting Professor, Bournemouth University, UK
  • 2006-2013          Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer, Southampton University, UK

RESEARCH PORTFOLIO

  • 2016                    Google Scholar: h-index 25 i-10-index 32 
  • 2016-now            Principal investigator for the HKU Memory Clinic Registry
  • 2016-now            Principal investigator for the HKU Elderly AF Treatment Registry 
  • 2014-now            Principal investigator for the HKU Neurocognitive Disorder Cohort      
  • 2015-now            Seed Fund for Collaborative Research (HKU): Visual impairment in Alzheimer's disease (Co-PI)
  • 2015-now            Seed Fund for Collaborative Research (HKU): Cancer care in older people: geri-oncology (Co-PI)
  • 2015-now            Seed Fund for Collaborative Research (HKU): Cognitive reserve and neuroplasticity in aging (Co-PI)
  • 2015-now            Development Fund for Medical Humanities (HKU) - Humanism in Aging (PI)
  • 2014-now            Seed Fund (HKU) - Multimodal comparison study of vascular dementia vs Alzheimer's disease (PI)
  • 2014-now            Boehringer-Ingelheim donation - MRI correlates of cerebrovascular disease and patient outcome (PI)
  • 2014-now            Start-up Fund (HKU) - Clinical correlates of cerebral microbleeds and white matter ischaemia on MRI (PI)
  • 2014-now            Co-PI or Co-I for various research projects (HK$6M = US$780K)

ONGOING ACADEMIC RESEARCH IN AGEING & GERIATRIC MEDICINE

  • AGING BRAIN:
    • HKU Neurocognitive Disorders Cohort - HKU Alzheimer's Disease Network
    • HKU Memory Clinic Registry - comprehensive registry of all HKU Memory Clinic patients with neurocognitive disorders
    • High definition EEG (ERP) biomarkers in dementia - collaboration with Neurology (ongoing MPhil studentship 2015)
    • Micro-RNA biomarkers in dementia - collaboration with Centre of Genomics
    • Genetic determination of response to cholinesterase inhibitors in patients with Alzheimer's Disease - collaboration with Prenetics Ltd.
    • Genetic determination of response to antipsychotic medications in patients with dementia induced behavioural and psychiatric symptoms - collaboration with Prenetics Ltd.
    • Natural history of progression for dementia and MCI patients - HKU Memory Clinic Cohort
    • Bilingualism vs. monolingualism in cerebral protection in patients with mild cognitive impairment - collaboration with Liguistics
    • Cognitive function in older patients with atrial fibrillation - collaboration with Cardiology and Boehringher Ingelheim Ltd.
    • Neuroimaging study of cerebral ageing - collaboration with Department of Diagnostic Radiology
    • Trancranial Direct Current Stimulation for dysarthria after stroke - collaboration with Speech Therapy & Rehabilitation Medicine, HKU
    • Validation of Oxford Cognitive Screen - Plus (OCS-P) tool - collaboration with Sau Po Centre on Ageing, Division of Speech & Hearing Science & HKU AD Research Network, HKU, and PolyU
    • Cognitive function and effective use of eye drops - collaboration with Ophthalmology, HKU
    • Measurement of microparticles in Alzheimer's and vascular dementia - collaboration with CUHK & Southampton University, UK
    • Association between depressive mood and memory decline in community dwelling adults - collaboration with Public Health
    • Expressive art therapy for dementia and delirium - collaboration with Centre on Behavioural Health
    • Eye movement tracking as a method of assessing cognition in dementia - collaboration with School of Psychology
  • AGING HEART:
    • HKU Elderly AF Treatment Registry - collaboration with cardiology
    • Improving the anticoagulant treatment for older patients with atrial fibrillation - collaboration with Cardiology and Boehringher Ingelheim Ltd.
    • Molecular and electrophysiological mechanisms of sick sinus syndrome - collboration with School of Biomedical Science
  • AGING MUSCLES, EXERCISE & FRAILTY:
    • Irisin and its relationship with biomarkers of aging and long-term exercise - collaboration with Active Health Clinic (new PhD studentship 2016)
    • Frailty in older community dwelling adults in Hong Kong - collaboration with Sau Po Centre on Ageing and Housing Society
    • Frailty and its clinical consequence in Old Age Homes in Hong Kong - collaboration with Sau Po Centre on Ageing
    • Hong Kong Centenarian Study (Wave II) - collaboration with Sau Po Centre on Ageing
    • Tanner Hill Project - collaboration with Sau Po Centre on Ageing and Housing Society
    • RCT of exercise intervention in reducing frailty - collaboration with Sau Po Centre on Ageing
    • Biobank connecting CNS, muscle, bone and blood - collaboraion with Anaesthesiology & Orthopaedics
    • Advanced Care Planning education for the public - collaboration with Chinese University Hong Kong
 
Honours, Awards & Prizes
AwardeesAward DateHonours / Awards / PrizesCategory
Chan, FHW
Yau, SZM
2015-01-01Humanism in Aging: Intergenerational and Experiential Learning in the Community ($100,000): Development Fund for Medical Humanities, LKS Faculty of Medicine (HKU)
Research Achievement
2011-07-01"Excellence in Practice National Team of the Year” Award: Arrhythmia Alliance, UK
Others
2002-07-01Integrated Care Pathways for Acute Stroke: Doctor of Medicine (MD) Thesis. University of Edinburgh
Research Achievement
2014-03-01Study on the interaction between vascular risk factors, MRI, cognition and outcome ($300,000): Start-Up Grant, Department of Medicine, HKU
Research Achievement
2009-07-01“Innovative Health and Social Care Technology” Award: NHS South West of England, UK
Others
2001-01-01Stroke Association Clinical Training Fellowship (Edinburgh University): The Stroke Association, UK
Research Achievement
2000-01-01Best oral presentation prize at BASP Annual Scientific Conference: British Association of Stroke Physicians, UK
Research Achievement
2000-07-01Recovery of cerebral autoregulation during the first three months after acute ischaemic stroke – a longitudinal study using transcranial Doppler ultrasonography: Master of Philosophy (MPhil) Thesis, University of Southampton
Research Achievement
2006-03-01Pat Harris Prize (Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Neurology with Distinction, top student): University College London, UK
Others
2001-01-01Glaxo Wellcome Clinical Training Fellowship (Edinburgh University): Glaxo Wellcome
Research Achievement
Chu, LW
Chan, HWF
2014-07-01Comparing vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s dementia: a preliminary, cross-sectional, multimodal comparative study evaluating clinical and cognitive profile, neuroimaging, biomarkers and quantitative EEG ($240,000): Seed Funding HKU
Research Achievement
2015-06-01Dr Ng Ngai-sing Prize For Outstanding Free Paper Presentation (Annual Scientific Meeting 2015): Hong Kong Geriatrics Society
Research Achievement
Chang, SKR
Doherty, I
Hon, SFK
Lee, R
Mak, W
2014-10-01ePoster Award (First Prize), Title: Establishing an eLearning Platform in Clinical Neurosciences at HKU: HKU Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine Frontiers Series – East-West Alliance Global Symposia
Teaching Accomplishment
2015-06-01Outstanding Investigator Award (1st Runner Up): International Alzheimer’s Disease Conference 2015 (HKU)
Research Achievement
2016-07-01Research Donation: "Genetic determination of responses to dementia drugs in patients with Alzheimer's Disease, and to antipsychotic drugs in patients with BPSD": Prenetics Ltd.
Research Achievement
2016-05-01HKU Overseas Fellowship Award 2016-7 (UCSF Memory & Aging Center Overseas Scholarship): HKU
Research Achievement
Professional Societies
Term PeriodPositionProfessional Societies
06/2014-MemberAsian Working Group for Sarcopenia
01/2014-MemberHKU Alzheimer's Disease Research
01/2014-MemberAmerican Geriatrics Society
01/2014-InvestigatorHKU Heart, Brain, Hormone and Healthy Ageing Centre
01/2000-MemberBritish Association of Stroke Physicians
01/1998-MemberBritish Geriatrics Society
01/2006-MemberBritish Society for Research on Ageing
01/2006-MemberQueen Square Alumnus Association
01/2014-MemberHK Geriatrics Society
12/2015-MemberChinese Dementia Research Association
06/2016-Chief Examiner for English ProficiencyHK Medical Council
Major Research Themes & Current Projects
DescriptionTitle
Prospective cohort of patients with dementia, mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and Subjective Cognitive Decline (SCD), internationally linked to NACC (USA) and Dementia Platforms UKHKU Neurocognitive Disorder Cohort
HKU Elderly AF Treatment Registry
HKU Memory Clinic Registry
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Area of Expertise:
Area of Expertise (EN)Area of Expertise (ZH)
Dementia
Stroke
Aging
Geriatric Medicine
Spoken Languages:
Spoken Language(s) (EN)Spoken Language(s) (ZH)
English
Cantonese
Written Languages:
Written Language(s) (EN)Written Language(s) (ZH)
English
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