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I am deeply honoured to be appointed as Thetos Foundation Young Scholar in Social Services. I will continue to delve into my field for the benefit of society.
Thetos Foundation Young Scholar in
Social Services

Dr Ada Fung

It is the shared vision of the Foundation and the Scheme to support aspiring young scholars who cannot fully develop their potential due to lack of funding support. We look forward to having further opportunities of this kind to give back to society.
Charles To - Thetos


Thetos Foundation

Mr Charles To


Thetos Foundation


Thetos Foundation is a Christian faith-based private family foundation deeply rooted in Hong Kong. The grant-making organisation aims to give back to society by endorsing and empowering non-governmental organisations.

The Foundation supports a wide range of NGOs of different scales and scopes of service. It recognises NGOs that are genuinely engaged in serving the community and endorses their efforts in the form of grants. Further financial support may be offered to them for scaling up their meaningful endeavours.

The Foundation has established Thetos Foundation Young Scholar in Social Services to support talented PolyU young scholars who are devoted to serving the community, particularly in the context of social services, an area that may not be attracting enough funding otherwise.

Chairman of the Foundation, Hong Kong Solicitor Mr Charles To said “We congratulate Dr Ada Fung on her appointment as the Endowed Young Scholar in Social Services, and we are looking forward to having further opportunities of this kind to give back to society.”



Dr Ada Fung


Dr Ada Fung, Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Social Sciences, is a renowned scholar dedicated to the early detection and prevention of dementia. She earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from Simon Fraser University in 2003, and her master’s degree in clinical gerontology and PhD degree in medical sciences (Psychiatry) from The Faculty of Medicine of The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2009 and 2015 respectively. From her experience in large-scale epidemiological studies, she observed that there were few treatments available to older people with frequent but subtle cognitive issues. To address the problem, she focussed on the cognitive impacts of modifiable psychosocial factors, such as loneliness, anxiety and mindful activity engagement, to enhance both cognitive and mental health of older people, reducing their risk of dementia. Her studies successfully established an association between late-life anxiety and cognitive decline, particularly in episodic memory, as she developed novel interventions to alleviate symptoms and slow down or even prevent dementia progression. To help older people identify subtle cognitive impairments as early as possible, she developed a web-based screening platform which went live in late 2021. With funding from PolyU Research Institute for Smart Ageing (RISA), Dr Fung is conducting researches on the neural mechanism of loneliness among older people. The result would help formulate personalised interventions that prevent cognitive implications due to loneliness. Over the years, Dr Fung has worked closely with the Institute of Active Ageing, the Chinese Dementia Research Association, and the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications, giving advices and support in the context of geriatric and dementia services.

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