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Prof. Margaret Mak
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Prof. Margaret MAK

Shun Hing Education and Charity Fund Professor in Rehabilitation Sciences , Professor in Department of Rehabilitation Sciences


Prof. Mak graduated as a physiotherapist and obtained her PhD from Curtin University of Technology, Australia. Her research focuses on neurological rehabilitation, with special emphasis on Parkinson’s disease. Using augmented technology-assisted training and blended motor-cognitive training paradigm, she has developed an innovative fall-prevention programme.  She has also been conducting research into neurophysiological mechanisms underlying the positive effects of physiotherapy treatment in people with Parkinson’s disease and the application of non-invasive stimulation in Parkinson’s disease. 


In recognition of her innovative teaching methods such as blended e-learning and simulated based learning, Prof. Mak was honoured with the Departmental outstanding teaching award in 2015 and Faculty teaching prize in 2016. Equally dedicated in her professional contributions, she has been serving as an appointed chief examiner of Board of Examiners for Physiotherapists Full Registration Examination, and a council member of both the Hong Kong Parkinson’s Disease Foundation and Hong Kong Movement Disorder Society.

Education and Academic Qualifications

  • Professional Diploma in Physiotherapy, Hong Kong Polytechnic
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences, Curtin University of Technology
  • Master of Applied Science, Curtin University of Technology
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Curtin University of Technology

Research Interests

  • Neurorehabilitation and neural plasticity
  • Gait and balance disorders
  • Parkinson’s disease

Research Output

  • Mak MKY, Wong-Yu ISK, Shen X, Chung CLH. Long-term effects of exercise and physical therapy for people with Parkinson disease. Nature Reviews Neurology 2017;13(11):689-703 DOI: 10.1038/nrneurol.2017.128
  • Mak MKY, Cheung V, Ma S, Lu ZL, Wang D, Lou W, Shi L, Mok V, Chu WCW, Hallett M. Increased cognitive control during execution of finger tap movement in people with Parkinson’s Disease. Journal of Parkinson’s Disease 2016 June 28; 6(3):639-650 DOI: 10.3233/JPD-160849.
  • Chung LH, Mak MKY. Effect of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation on physical function and motor signs in Parkinson’s disease: a systematic review and meta-Analysis. Brain Stimulation 2016;9:475-487. DOI: 10.1016/j.brs.2016.03.017.
  • Shen X, Wong-Yu ISK, Mak MKY Effects of exercise on falls, balance and gait ability in Parkinson’s disease: a meta-analysis. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair 2016;30(6):512-517. DOI: 10.1177/1545968315613447
  • Wong-Yu ISK, Mak MKY. Task- and context-specific balance training programme enhances dynamic balance and functional performance in Parkinsonian non-fallers: a randomised controlled trial with six-month follow-up. Archives in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2015;96:2103-2111. DOI: 10.1016/j.apmr.2015.08.409.
  • Wong-Yu ISK, Mak MKY. Multi-dimensional balance training programme improves balance and gait performance in people with Parkinson's disease: a pragmatic randomised controlled trial with 12-month follow-up. Parkinsonism & Related Disorders 2015;21:615-621. DOI: 10.1016/j.parkreldis.2015.03.022.
  • Shen X, Mak MKY. Technology-assisted balance and gait training reduces falls in patients with Parkinson’s disease: a randomised controlled trial with 12-month follow-up Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair 2015;29:103-111. DOI: 10.1177/1545968314537559.
  • Mak MKY, Wong A, Pang MYC. Impaired executive function can predict recurrent falls in Parkinson’s disease. Archives in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2014; 95:2390-2395.
  • Shen X, Mak MKY. Balance and gait training with augmented feedback improves balance confidence in people with Parkinson’s disease: A randomised controlled trial. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair 2014;28:523-534
  • Mak MKY, Hallett M. Effect of cued training on motor evoked potential and cortical silent period in people with Parkinson’s disease. Clinical Neurophysiology 2013;124: 545-550.

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