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MHRC scholars named among 2024 World’s Best Scientists by

Eleven members of the Mental Health Research Center (MHRC) have been named Best Scientists in their respective disciplines, including Computer Science, Medicine, Neuroscience, Psychology, and Social Sciences and Humanities, according to the 2024 Best Scientists Rankings by leading academic research portal The ranking is compiled based on a scientist’s D-index (Discipline H-index), which includes exclusively papers and citation metrics for an examined discipline. MHRC members were selected from scholars from around the world, and this international recognition is a testament to their research excellence and contributions. *Based on the 3rd edition of ranking *In alphabetical order of discipline and surname  World Ranking National Ranking Scholar D-Index Citations Publications Discipline 2437 258 (China) Prof. Jing QIN 61 15,137 316 Computer Science 784 84 (United Kingdom) Prof. Keith HAWTON 151 77,191 724 Medicine 2301 1324 (United States) Prof. Mark JENSEN 124 70,802 833 Medicine 242 153 (United States) Prof. Mark JENSEN 124 70,653 849 Neuroscience 7205 109 (China) Dr Georg KRANZ 35 3,826 172 Neuroscience 3933 5 (Singapore) Prof. QIU Anqi 51 7,062 180 Neuroscience 3051 31 (China) Prof. Benjamin YEE 57 13,153 147 Neuroscience 8825 70 (China) Prof. Sylvia CHEN 31 4,496 83 Psychology 159 103 (United States) Prof. Patrick CORRIGAN 121 67,440 542 Psychology 3055 20 (China) Prof. David SHUM 57 12,247 352 Psychology 5265 42 (China) Prof. Winnie MAK 43 8,474 175 Psychology 72 1 (China) Prof. Paul YIP 96 143,491 557 Social Sciences and  Humanities    

4 Jun, 2024

Awards & Recognitions

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MHRC’s Research Associate Awarded Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS) Scholarship

The Mental Health Research Centre (MHRC) is delighted to announce that Mr Lin Tianze, a Research Associate working under the supervision of Dr Georg Kranz, a member of the MHRC and Assistant Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, has been awarded the prestigious Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS) scholarship. The HKPFS aims at attracting the best and brightest students in the world to pursue their PhD studies in Hong Kong's universities. Mr Lin is currently engaged in the MHRC seed fund project titled "Intra- and Interindividual Moderators of Prefrontal Excitability Investigated Using Simultaneous TMS with Neuroimaging." The MHRC takes great pride in bringing together talented individuals like Mr Lin to collaborate on promoting mental health research.  

29 May, 2024

Awards & Recognitions

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Neuroscience Research by Dr Bolton Chau and Dr Jing Jun Wong Awarded Prestigious RGC Postdoctoral Fellowship

In an exciting development for the field of neuroscience and decision-making research, Dr Bolton CHAU, Associate Director of the Mental Health Research Centre (MHRC) and Associate Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences (RS) and Dr Jing-Jun Wong, Postdoctoral Fellow of Department of RS have been selected to receive the distinguished Research Grants Council (RGC) Postdoctoral Fellowship. The RGC Postdoctoral Fellowship has been awarded to support Dr Wong to work with Dr Chau on an innovative research project titled "Exploring a grid-like code for representing decisions in the prefrontal cortex". This project aims to tackle one of the most intriguing questions in neuroscience today: how does the brain integrate qualitatively different attributes to make decisions? The team's research will utilise cutting-edge brain imaging techniques to uncover the processes occurring in the prefrontal cortex, a critical area of the brain involved in decision-making and cognitive control. With the support of the RGC Postdoctoral Fellowship, Dr Chau and Dr Wong are set to make significant advancements in the understanding of the neuroscience of decision-making. This prestigious award not only recognises their dedication and pioneering work but also underscores the importance of their research in shedding light on the complexities of the human mind.  

29 May, 2024

Awards & Recognitions

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MHRC Member awarded HMRF grant to investigate factors of help-seeking behaviours for insomnia

Dr XIN Meiqi, Member of the Mental Health Research Centre (MHRC) and Assistant Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, was awarded a grant of about HK$500K from the Health and Medical Research Fund of the Health Bureau, HKSAR, for her project “Understanding professional help-seeking behaviours for insomnia and the associated factors in the community-dwelling older population having insomnia symptoms”. The research is a collaborative project by PolyU and the Department of Psychiatry and The Jockey Club School of Public Health and Primary Care of The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Insomnia is prevalent among community-dwelling older adults in Hong Kong but most of them do not actively seek help from healthcare professionals. The project aims to investigate the factors that influence the professional help-seeking behaviours among community-dwelling older adults with chronic insomnia symptoms. The findings are expected to help inform the development of evidence-based interventions and programmes to encourage help-seeking behaviours among elders with chronic insomnia symptoms.  

28 May, 2024

Funding & Donations

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MHRC project screens for elder abuse, with 350 high-risk cases identified

Prof. Elsie YAN, a member of the Mental Health Research Centre (MHRC) and Professor in the Department of Applied Social Sciences, launched the project “Happy Edward” in 2021. The project aims to identify known or suspected elder abuse cases and provide support such as counselling, family mediation and health management through visits and community activities. Since its launch, the project has screened over 2,300 elders and detected about 350 cases that are at high risk of elder abuse, of which more than 100 cases have received support. The project is funded by Lee Hysan Foundation and has been extended to 2027, with the goal of supporting 400 abuse cases. Prof. Yan pointed out that many abusers are children or spouses of the elders, and there are many reasons for elder abuse. She also emphasized the importance of public education in preventing elder abuse, stating that elders need to know their rights to protect themselves, family members can reflect on whether their behaviour is abusive, and neighbours can lend a helping hand if they suspect elder abuse.  

22 May, 2024


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MHRC research papers published in prominent journals

Two studies conducted by Dr Georg KRANZ, Member of the Mental Health Research Centre (MHRC) and Assistant Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, in collaboration with researchers from Hong Kong, Shanghai and Austria, have recently been published in prominent journals. The research findings contribute to our understanding of non-invasive brain stimulation as a treatment, as well as a diagnostic/prognostic tool for psychiatric disorders. The study titled “Instantaneous Effects of Prefrontal Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation on Brain Oxygenation: A Systematic Review” investigates how prefrontal transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) immediately influences neuronal excitability based on oxygenation changes measured by functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) or functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS). The study has been published in the top-journal Neuroimage. Another research titled “Sex differences in brain excitability revealed by concurrent iTBS/fNIRS” investigates whether the real-time neural response to intermittent theta-burst stimulation (iTBS), a patterned form of repetitive TMS, differs between men and women, and which mechanisms may mediate these differences. The study has been published in the top-journal Asian Journal of Psychiatry. Most recently, a study by Dr Kranz and his team, “Neurophysiological and neuroimaging markers of repetitive transcranial stimulation treatment response in major depressive disorder: A systematic review and meta-analysis of predictive modeling studies” has been accepted for publication in the top-journal Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews. To read the published papers, please refer to: Review article on instantaneous TMS effects: Study on sex differences: Meta-analysis on predictive modeling:

14 May, 2024


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Dr Dalinda Isabel SANCHEZ VIDAÑA featured in SCMP to share on mindful eating

Dr Dalinda Isabel SANCHEZ VIDAÑA, Member of the Mental Health Research Centre (MHRC) and Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences (RS), was recently interviewed by the South China Morning Post (SCMP) to share about mindful eating. “Mindful eating must be regularly practised to see changes. It’s like brushing your teeth: we don’t like to do it when we’re young, but we see the benefits later,” said Dr Sanchez Vidaña. She is delivering the Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training (MB-EAT) programme for university students who have experienced emotional eating. The programme aims to promote participants’ awareness of their own bodily experiences and the emotional triggers of overeating. Online coverage: SCMP - (subscription required)

25 Apr, 2024

Media Coverage

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MHRC studies lateral frontopolar cortex of human brains to understand human decision-making

Dr Bolton CHAU, Associate Director of the Mental Health Research Centre (MHRC) and Associate Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, and his team discovered the function of a lateral frontopolar cortex (FPl), a brain region unique to humans, hence providing important insights as to why humans are capable of generating complex behaviours. The findings have been published in Cell Reports.  With the use of brain imaging and artificial intelligence, the team identified that the FPl is involved in digesting complex information during decision-making. The FPI uses a parallel processing mechanism that decomposes high-dimensional choice information into simpler forms and transfers this simplified information to another region, the posterior cingulate cortex, to guide decision-making. The team also received a funding from the Collaborative Research Fund of the Research Grants Council (RGC) to conduct follow-up studies for three years. These studies aim to investigate the specific information represented in the FPl, develop artificial neural networks to reverse-engineer the FPl, and develop effective brain stimulation approaches to modulate the FPl. The studies will be conducted by a team comprising researchers from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Baptist University and the University of Oxford, and will leverage MHRC collaboration platform and the cutting-edge facilities of the University Research Facility in Behavioral and Systems Neuroscience (UBSN).   

21 Mar, 2024


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MHRC Member introduces music-with-movement system for elderly in RTHK TV programme

Dr Daphne CHEUNG, Member of the Mental Health Research Centre (MHRC) and Associate Professor in the School of Nursing, was featured in RTHK’s TV programme “Hong Kong United” to introduce the therapeutic music-with-movement system invented by her team. The innovation combines music, augmented reality (AR) interactive games and motion sensors to deliver music intervention for improving the cognitive and psychosocial functions of older adults with dementia. The innovation has won a prestigious global consumer product award in the “Accessibility & Aging Tech” category at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2024 Innovation Awards. PolyU is the only Hong Kong educational institution honoured with this award. Online coverage: RTHK - (9:13–14:36) (Chinese only)  

20 Mar, 2024

Media Coverage

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Prof. Sylvia CHEN appointed Interim Director of MHRC

The Mental Health Research Centre (MHRC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Prof. Sylvia CHEN, Associate Dean of Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Associate Director of MHRC and Chair Professor of Social and Cultural Psychology of the Department of Applied Social Sciences, as Interim Director of MHRC with effect from 14 March 2024. Prof. Chen’s appointment as MHRC Associate Director will be suspended during the period. MHRC would like to thank Prof. Tsang, Chair Professor of Rehabilitation Sciences and Former MHRC Interim Director, for his contributions to the Centre, and extend warmest welcome to Prof. Chen for taking MHRC to new heights.

19 Mar, 2024

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