The CUHK Jockey Club Institute of Ageing was established in 2014 with the generous donation of HK$12 million from the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, which also covered its operation cost for the first 5 years.Prof. Jean Woo, also Director of the Trust’s CADENZA Project, has been appointed as the Director of the Institute. The Institute is actively pursuing community outreach initiatives, research projects and training programmes which contribute to overcoming the challenges brought by the ageing population in Hong Kong.
Over the years, our geriatricians have a dual role in the Hospital Authority to look after elderly patients in hospitals which enable delivery and evaluation of pilot researches involving patients. New quality improvement initiatives have been introduced which resulted in change in service delivery in areas such as using telemedicine to support residential care homes and applying restraint free reduction in the hospital setting.CUHKs cooperation with charitable organizations also provides opportunities for research in delivering community projects. For instance, programmes and service models in end of life care and chronic disease management under the CADENZA project have stimulated research studies in tandem with the projects. The CADENZA Training Programme run by the Nethersole School of Nursing of CUHK has trained and raised awareness of the public on wide-ranging issues of ageing population, which could in turn stimulate future research on ageing.
Dr. Doreen W.H. AU Biography Dr. Au has a background in psychology and health economics. She completed her PhD studies at the University of Toronto in social and administrative pharmaceutical sciences, specializing in addiction studies. Prior to joining the team, she received her post-doctoral training in the areas of public health, rehabilitation sciences, and education. Her current research focus is on economic evaluations of elderly care services, urban risk evaluations, active ageing, and end-of-life care.
Research interest: Health economics Program and policy evaluations Ageing Integrative health care Treatments of mental and behavioral problems
Dr Kevin Ka-Lun LAU Biography 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.
Research interest: 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