Division of Geriatrics

Our Division is active in developing innovative clinical and community services for older people, in teaching undergraduates, postgraduates, and care professionals, in multidisciplinary research in healthy ageing and geriatric syndromes, and in the application of technology in older people.

Team Leader (Academic affairs) Prof. Timothy CY Kwok, Professor
Team Leader (Geriatric services) Dr. Elsie Hui, Consultant
Members Prof. Jean Woo, Henry G. Leong Professor of Gerontology and Geriatrics
Dr. Ruby HY Yu, Senior Research Fellow
Dr. Christopher CM Lum, Consultant
Dr. Raymond SK Lo, Consultant
Dr. Maria WS Tang, Consultant
Dr. Jenny SW Lee, Consultant
Dr. Wency WS Ho, Consultant
Dr. Winnie WL Ng, Associate Consultant
Dr. Bosco HM Ma, Associate Consultant

Research Interests

These include epidemiology of frailty, sarcopenia, cognitive decline, osteoporotic fracture, falls, public health of older population (environmental health, disability and disease burden, long term institutional care), and evaluation of gerontechnology and health care services. We have performed clinical trials in older people with dementia, mild cognitive impairment, osteoporosis, sarcopenia and falls.

Selected Publications

  1. Kwok T, Wu Y, Lee J, Lee R, Yung CY, Choi G, Lee V, Harrison J, Lam L, Mok V. (in press) A randomized placebo-controlled trial of using B vitamins to prevent cognitive decline in older mild cognitive impairment. Clinical Nutrition DOI: 10.1016/j.clnu.2019.11.005

  2. Lu Z, Woo J, Kwok T. (2018) The Effect of Physical Activity and Cardiorespiratory Fitness on All-Cause Mortality in Hong Kong Chinese Older Adults. Journals of Gerontology Series A-Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences 73(8): 1132-1137

  3. Su Y, Woo JW, Kwok TCY (2019) The Added Value of SARC-F to Prescreening Using FRAX for Hip Fracture Prevention in Older Community Adults. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association 20(1): 83-89

  4. Yu R, Tong C, Ho F, Woo J. (2020) Effects of a Multicomponent Frailty Prevention Program in Prefrail Community-Dwelling Older Persons: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association. 21(2): 294.e1–294.e10

  5. Liu YZ, Chan R, Kwok T, Cheng KC, Ha A, Woo J. (2019) Effects of exercise and nutrition supplementation in community-dwelling older Chinese people with sarcopenia: a randomized controlled trial. Age and Ageing 48(2): 220–228 DOI: 10.1093/ageing/afy179

  6. Kwok T, Lee J, Ma RC, Wong SY, Kung K, Lam A, Ho CS, Lee V, Harrison J, Lam L. (2017) A randomized placebo controlled trial of vitamin B-12 supplementation to prevent cognitive decline in older diabetic people with borderline low serum vitamin B-12. Clinical Nutrition 36(6): 1509-1515

  7. Kwok T, Leung J, Barrett-Connor E. (2017) ARB users exhibit a lower fracture incidence than ACE inhibitor users among older hypertensive men. Age and Ageing 46(1): 57-64 DIO: 10.1093/ageing/afw150

  8. Tsoi KKF, Chan JYC, Hirai HW, Wong SYS, Kwok TCY. (2015) Cognitive Tests to Detect Dementia A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. JAMA Internal Medicine 175(9): 1450-1458

  9. Chen LK, Woo J, Assantachai P, Auyeung TW, Chou MY, Iijima K, Jang HC, Kang L, Kim M, Kim S, Kojima T, Kuzuya M, Lee JSW, Lee SY, Lee WJ, Lee Y, Liang CK, Lim JY, Lim WS, Peng LN, Sugimoto K, Tanaka T, Chang WW, Yamada M, Zhang T, Akishita M, Arai H. (in press) Asian Working Group for Sarcopenia: 2019 Consensus Update on Sarcopenia Diagnosis and Treatment. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jamda.2019.12.012

  10. Woo J. (2019) Frailty, Successful Aging, Resilience, and Intrinsic Capacity: a Cross-disciplinary Discourse of the Aging Process. Current Geriatrics Reports 8(2): 67-71