Welcome to Brain 2018, the 15th multidisciplinary neuroscience conference jointly organized by Division of Neurology, Neuropathology and Division of Neurosurgery, The Chinese University of Hong Kong – a comprehensive research university, a regional leader with a global reputation.


Local and overseas neurologists, pathologists, neurosurgeons, related scientists and health care professionals are all cordially invited to attend our high quality presentations. This year, we focus on Neuro-Oncology, Subarachnoid Hemorrhage and Multiple Sclerosis. It is a real delight and privilege to have several world’s best experts to share the most up-to-date information and ideas in these areas. Multidisciplinary approach is what we believe in for prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of neurological diseases.


We are taking this opportunity to express our gratitude towards our speakers, delegates, sponsors, co-organizing units and the secretariat for making this conference another success in 2018. We hope many of you will join us at this interactive and fruitful meeting!

Prof. Vincent MOK

Chair of Organizing Committee

Division of Neurology

Department of Medicine and Therapeutics

The Chinese University of Hong Kong


Prof. Alexander LAU

Co-Chair of Organizing Committee

Division of Neurology

Department of Medicine and Therapeutics

The Chinese University of Hong Kong



Department of Imaging and Interventional Radiology

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong, China

Abudmijiti AIBAIDULA

Department of Neurosurgery

Huashan Hospital, Fudan University

Shanghai, China

Matthew Tai-Hei CHAN

Faculty of Medicine

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong, China

Robert Hsin-Hung CHEN

Department of Surgery

National Defense Medical Center

Taipei, Taiwan


Department of Neurology and Clinical Neurophysiology

Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital

Perth, Australia

Dennis Tak-Loi KU

Department of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine

Tuen Mun Hospital

Hong Kong, China

Alexander LAU

Department of Medicine and Therapeutics

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong, China

Jianfeng LI

Department of Neurosurgery

The Fourth Hospital of Hebei Medical University

Shijiazhuang, China

Jie MA

Department of Paediatric Neurosurgery

Shanghai Xin Hua Hospital,
Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine

Shanghai, China

Tony Shu-Kam MOK

Department of Clinical Oncology

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong, China


Department of Neurological Surgery

Nippon Medical School, Graduate School of Medicine

Tokyo, Japan

Do-Hyun NAM

Department of Neurosurgery

Samsung Medical Center

Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine

Seoul, Republic of Korea

Ji-Hoon PHI

Division of Paediatric Neurosurgery

Seoul National University Children’s Hospital

Seoul, Republic of Korea


Neurology Department

The Third Affiliated Hospital, Sun Yat-sen University

Guangzhou, China


Department of Imaging and Interventional Radiology

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong, China

Peter Zhifeng SHI

Department of Neurosurgery

Huashan Hospital, Fudan University

Shanghai, China


Department of Neurosurgery

University Hospital Zurich

Zurich, Switzerland

Michael D. TAYLOR

Division of Neurosurgery

Department of Surgery

University of Toronto

Toronto, Canada

Jiguang WANG

Division of Life Science

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Hong Kong, China

Huijie WEI

Department of Neurosurgery

Tianjin Medical University General Hospital

Tianjin, China

Vera Zhiyuan ZHENG

Division of Neurosurgery

Department of Surgery

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong, China




Programme at a Glance

Conference App

The BRAIN 2018 Conference will be using the Guidebook App for complete programme information.


  • Download 'Guidebook' for free in the Apple, Google, or Amazon App stores; or
  • Visit https:/guidebook.com/g/brain2018/ and follow the instructions.
  • Open Guidebook, tap 'Enter Passphrase' and enter 'brain2018' to download the guide.


Registration Methods

You can register by one of the following methods:


Online Registration (Online Registration will be closed on 18 January, 9am)


• Registration by E-mail / Mail / Fax

  Please download and complete the registration form and send to the Conference Secretariat by email, fax or mail.

  Brain 2018 Secretariat

  Division of Neurology, Department of Medicine and Therapeutics

  The Chinese University of Hong Kong

  9/F Lui Che Woo Clinical Sciences Building

  Prince of Wales Hospital, Shatin, Hong Kong

  Tel: (852) 2890 2002

  Fax: (852) 2295 4399

  E-mail: neurology@cuhk.edu.hk


Registration Category (One delegate per registration)


Certificate of Attendance

Certificate of Attendance will only be issued at the Conference upon request made on the registration form.



Payment Methods (if applicable)

Please download the Payment Form and make payment by any one of the following methods:

1. A crossed cheque in HK dollar made payable to "The Chinese University of Hong Kong" shall be sent to the Conference Secretariat. All bank charges must be paid by participant at source and only local cheques are acceptable.




2. By credit card payment (Visa / Master).



Cancellation and Refund Policy

No refund will be made once the payment is confirmed.


Abstracts on any clinical, experimental or translational aspects of Nervous System Diseases are welcome for consideration by the Committee for Poster Presentation.




Please complete the Abstract Submission Form and send to neurology@cuhk.edu.hk.

Submission Deadline: 29 December 2017

Acceptance Notification: 8 January 2018



Guidelines for Submission of Abstracts

1. Abstracts should be written in English.

2. Each abstract must not exceed 300 words.

3. Abstract title, author name(s) and institution(s) should be clearly stated.

4. ABSTRACT TITLE should be typed in CAPITALS.

5. AUTHORS' NAMES should be typed in CAPITALS and followed by the name(s) and full address(es) of the institution(s) where the scientific work was undertaken. Underline the name of the PRESENTING AUTHOR.

6. The content of the abstract should include Background & Purpose, Methods, Results and Conclusion(s). You may include up to two Figures and two References for each abstract.

7. The abstract should be in Microsoft Word format and each file should contain only ONE abstract.

8. The presenting author has to register for the Conference as delegate, otherwise the abstract(s) will not be considered in the conference proceedings.



Sample Abstract

Guidelines on the Poster Presentation

1. Please prepare and display your poster(s) according to the following guidelines:

2. We will assist you to set up the poster(s) during the set-up time. Please note that the poster(s) should be dismounted on the above dismount time. The Organizing Committee is not responsible for posters that have not been removed / collected by the end of the meeting.



19-20 January 2018 (Friday – Saturday)




Postgraduate Education Centre, Prince of Wales Hospital, Shatin, Hong Kong




Division of Neurology, Department of Medicine and Therapeutics


Division of Neurosurgery, Department of Surgery

The Chinese University of Hong Kong



Supporting Organizations

Hong Kong Neurological Society

Hong Kong Neurosurgical Society

International Academy of Pathology, Hong Kong Division



Official Language

The official language of the Conference is English.



Trade Exhibition

An exhibition of medical equipment, books and pharmaceutical brochures will be held during the Conference on 19 – 20 January 2018.



Academic Accreditations (for local participants)

Continuing Medical Education (CME), Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points will be applied from relevant Hong Kong colleges and associations.



Letter of Invitation

The Organizing Committee would be pleased to provide letters of invitation (without provisions of financial support) upon request. Please address your request to the Conference Secretariat.



Certificate of Attendance

A Certificate of Attendance will be issued upon registration and is available for collection together with the delegate's kit at the registration counter during the Conference.



Liability and Insurance

The Organizer is not responsible for injury or damage involving persons and property during the Conference. Participants are advised to make their own arrangements for their medical, travel and personal insurance.

Equipment and all related display materials installed by Exhibitors / Sponsors are not insured by the Organizer, and the Organizer under no circumstances will be liable for any loss, damage or destruction caused to equipment, goods or property belonging to Exhibitors/Sponsors.




Whilst every attempt has been made to ensure that all aspects of the conference announced will take place as scheduled, the Organizing Committee reserves the right to make changes at any time should the need arise.


Continuing Medical Education (CME), Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points will be applied from relevant Hong Kong colleges and associations.



Accreditations by Local Councils


The following official hotels have offered special rates for registered participants of the Meeting. Please follow the instructions to make your own reservation.  These hotels are located in close proximity to the Conference Venue, Postgraduate Education Centre, Prince of Wales Hospital. Reservation must be made through Reservation Form and directly sent to the hotel of your choice.


The room rates are quoted on a per room, per night basis and are subject to 10% service charge. Credit card guarantee is required for room reservation.


Shuttle service will be provided every morning of 19-20 January 2018 for the transfer from the hotels to the Conference Venue.



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brain 2018 - 20 jan


otto wong vp lecture - 20 jan



Approximately 7.4 million and about 92% was of Chinese ethnicity in 2016.



Official Language

The official languages are Chinese and English, all major signage are bilingual. Cantonese is the most widely spoken Chinese dialect in Hong Kong, but majority of people can speak both Mandarin and English.




Hong Kong has a sub-tropical climate with distinct seasons. Weather in January is in the middle of Winter. It is normally clear and sunny but cool and dry with occasional cold fronts. Average temperature is 12℃ – 20℃. Further information can be found at the website of Hong Kong Observatory.



Time Zone

Hong Kong is 8 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (i.e. GMT + 8 hours).




Legal tender is the Hong Kong Dollar (HKD), which is pegged to the US dollar at HK$7.8. The Hong Kong dollar in everyday circulation is available in 10¢, 20¢, 50¢, $1, $2, $5 and $10 coins, and $10, $20, $50, $100, $500 and $1,000 banknotes. Most foreign currencies and travelers cheques are easily changed at banks, hotels and moneychangers. Credit cards are widely accepted at major hotels, large restaurants, department stores and shops.



Electricity Supply

The Standard electrical voltage in Hong Kong is AC 220 volts (50Hz). The British three-pin plug and socket-outlet system is commonly used in Hong Kong.



Opening Hours

The vast majority of shops are open every day throughout the year, some only closing during the Chinese New Year holiday. Retail shops generally are open from 10am to 7pm. However, most of the stores in busy retail areas like Causeway Bay and Tsim Sha Tsui stay open until 9:30 or even later. Most restaurants stay open until 11 pm or later. Banks are open from Monday to Friday between 9am to 4:30pm and on Saturdays from 9am to 12:30pm, are closed on Sundays and public holidays. Offices generally are open from 9am to 5/6pm on weekdays.



Getting Around

Hong Kong is geographically compact and the public transport system is efficient, relatively inexpensive and user friendly. The Airport Express links Hong Kong International Airport directly to Hong Kong's central business district and buses connect the airport with most of the city. The Mass Transit Railway (MTR) and public buses allow easy access throughout the territories. Taxis are inexpensive with a HK$19 - HK$24 flag fall fare. And for those looking for a mode of travel that has been used for decades, there are the Star Ferries, Hong Kong Island's street trams and the venerable Peak Tram. Payments can be made using an Octopus Card, an electronic stored-value card that is widely accepted on all public transports. Road signs in Hong Kong are bilingual in both English and Chinese.




Most of the world's mobile telecommunications systems like GSM 900, PCS 1800, CDMA and WCDMA operate in Hong Kong. Check if your service provider has a roaming agreement with a Hong Kong operator, and be sure to pay attention to the roaming rates. Free Wi-Fi service is available at Hong Kong International Airport. Some government buildings also offer free 'GovWiFi' services, including some public libraries. You can access the internet for free at many coffee shops in town, as well as at certain iCentres at selected MTR stations. Most hotels offer broadband internet access which may involve a charge in some cases.



Visa Requirement

In general, all visitors to Hong Kong must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months. Nationals of about 170 countries and territories may visit Hong Kong without a visa/entry permit for a period ranging from 7 days to 180 days. You may refer to the website of Immigration Department of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) for more information on visa/entry permit requirements.



Visa to Mainland China

Most foreign nationals require a visa to enter Mainland China. Visitors are advised to obtain the visas from Chinese Visa Application Service Center in their resident countries. If you wish to apply a visa (single or double entry) to Mainland China during your stay in Hong Kong, you may apply through The Commissioner's Office of China's Foreign Ministry in the HKSAR or China Travel Service (Hong Kong) Limited.



Useful Numbers

Directory Inquiry Hotline (Cantonese)                   1083

Directory Inquiry Hotline (English)                         1081

Emergency Services (Police, Fire, Ambulance)    999

Hong Kong Tourism Board Visitor Hotline             2508 1234

Hong Kong International Airport                            2181 8888

Hong Kong Immigration Department                     2824 6111

* For those calling from places outside Hong Kong, please dial the area code “852” before the telephone number.




Further information on Hong Kong, travel and tourist attractions is available at Hong Kong Tourism Board.



Brain 2018 Secretariat

Division of Neurology

Department of Medicine and Therapeutics

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

9/F Lui Che Woo Clinical Sciences Building

Prince of Wales Hospital, Shatin

Hong Kong

Tel: (852) 2890 2002

Fax: (852) 2295 4399

Email: neurology@cuhk.edu.hk