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The Healthy Ageing through Innovations team endeavors to advance the field of gerontology by promoting optimal health and wellbeing for the ageing population and their dedicated caregivers. Through multidisciplinary research collaborations, our team concentrates on identifying innovative strategies and state-of-the-art gerontechnologies to address a broad spectrum of health challenges frequently encountered by older adults, including dementia, mild cognitive impairment, frailty, sarcopenia, and psychological health concerns. Our mission is to identify vulnerable populations and deliver tailored care that empowers older individuals to take a proactive approach to manage their health and wellbeing. With diverse expertise, we utilize cutting-edge technologies to develop evidence-based solutions that enhance health outcomes and elevate the quality of life for the ageing community. 

Members

Members Position
Prof. Angela LEUNG

Co-Leader

Associate Head (Research) & Professor

Prof. Justina LIU

Co-Leader

Associate Head (Postgraduate Education) & Professor

Dr Jed MONTAYRE

Associate Professor

Dr Patrick KOR

Assistant Professor

Dr Shanshan WANG
Assistant Professor
Dr Yan Ivy ZHAO
Research Assistant Professor

Ongoing Research Student

  Position Office Contact No. Email
Mengli LI PhD Student A130 +852 3400 8193 meng.li@connect.polyu.hk
Terence Kenneth LAU PhD Student A133 +852 3400 8295 terence.lau@connect.polyu.hk
Yaqin LI PhD Student GH168 +852 3400 8164 yaqin0809.li@connect.polyu.hk
Yaqian LIU PhD Student A133 +852 2766 6427 yaqian.liu@connect.polyu.hk
Pui Ying MAK PhD Student A133 +852 3400 8295 pui-ying-bobo.mak@connect.polyu.hk

Externally Funded Projects

An AI robot-assisted tailored activity programme for improving the physical inactivity of people with dementia and their informal caregivers: A pilot randomized controlled trial

Investigators Name:
PI: Dr Shanshan WANG
Co-I: Prof. Yee Man Angela LEUNG, Dr Yat Wa Justina LIU, Dr Sze Ki CHEUNG, Dr Meizhen HUANG, Dr Sze Him Isaac Leung

Funding Scheme/ Source of Funding: Health and Medical Research Fund – Research Fellowship Scheme
Total Grant: HK$935,000
Commencement Date: 16-May-24

Supporting Current Home Care Services with a Robot-mediated Interactive Intervention (RMII) to Reduce Loneliness in Older Adults: A Feasibility and Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial

Investigators Name:
PI: Dr Yan ZHAO
Co-I: Prof. Yee Man Angela LEUNG, Dr Yan LI, Dr Jed Ray Gengoba MONTAYRE, Dr Wai Man YUEN, Ir Prof. Yongping ZHENG, Dr James LUK,
Mr Ka Shing Jacky FUNG, Prof. Alex MOLASSIOTIS

Funding Scheme/ Source of Funding: Health and Medical Research Fund (HMRF)
Total Grant: HK$500,000
Commencement Date: 1-Apr-24

Telephone-coached "graphic narrative" bibliotherapy for informal caregivers of people with dementia: A cluster randomized controlled trial

Investigators Name:
PI: Dr Shanshan WANG
Co-I: Prof. Chau Wai Elsie YAN, Prof. Yee Man Angela LEUNG, Dr Sze Ki CHEUNG, Dr Isaac Sze Him LEUNG, Prof. Patricia Mary Davidson, Dr Banerjee Bidisha

Funding Scheme/ Source of Funding: General Research Fund

Total Grant: HK$ 1,507,926

Commencement Date: 1-Jan-24

The effects of an Individualized Music Playlist based on the ISO-Principle for the immediate de-escalation of agitation in people with dementia: a randomized controlled trial

Investigators Name:
PI: Dr Sze Ki CHEUNG
Co-I: Dr Shanshan WANG, Ms Gucki Reissenberger, Dr Jennifer MacRitchie, Dr Paul Hong LEE, Prof. Kam Yuk LAI, Prof. Ken Hok-man HO, Prof. Buckwalter Kathleen Coen, Prof. Bressington Daniel

Funding Scheme/ Source of Funding: General Research Fund

Total Grant: HK$ 1,502,248

Commencement Date: 1-Jan-24

Effects of a technology-enhanced horticultural program for the people with dementia and their family caregivers

Investigators Name:
PI: Dr Pui Kin KOR
Co-I: Dr Kwan Ching WONG, Prof. Kam Yuet WONG, Dr Yat Wa Justina LIU, Dr Sze Ki CHEUNG

Funding Scheme/ Source of Funding: Bright Future Charitable Foundation
Total Grant: HK$ 3,000,000
Commencement Date: 1-Dec-23

Effects of e-bibliotherapy on the psychological wellbeing of informal caregivers of people with dementia: A randomized controlled trial

Investigators Name:
PI: Dr Shanshan WANG
Co-I: Dr Stefanos TYROVOLAS, Prof. Jing QIN, Prof. Yee Man Angela LEUNG, Dr Sze Ki CHEUNG, Prof. Patricia Davidson

Funding Scheme/ Source of Funding: Health and Medical Research Fund (HMRF)
Total Grant: HK$1,421,700
Commencement Date: 18-Sep-23

Increasing mental health literacy and peer support among caregivers: An Electronic Painting and Peer Supportive (EPPS) Platform

 

Investigators Name:
PI: Prof. Yee Man Angela LEUNG
Co-I: Prof. Wing Hong Hector TSANG, Dr Pui Kin KOR, Dr Cheuk Chi Teris CHEUNG

Funding Scheme/ Source of Funding: Mental Health Initiatives Funding Scheme

Total Grant: HK$1,976,900

Commencement Date: 1-May-23

Effects of an Individualized Dietary Behavioural Change (IDBC) Programme and Exercise Training in combination or separately on managing Sarcopenic Obesity in Community-dwelling older adults: A Randomized Controlled Trial

 

Investigators Name:
PI: Dr Yat Wa Justina LIU
Co-I: Dr Pui Kin KOR, Dr Paul Hong Lee, Dr Ka Hei Kenneth LO, Prof. Claudia Kam Yuk Lai, Prof. Sheung Mei Shamay NG, Prof. Jean Woo

Funding Scheme/ Source of Funding: General Research Fund

Total Grant: HK$1,288,407

Commencement Date: 1-Jan-23

Supporting family caregivers of people with dementia and identifying an effective adaptive intervention to reduce their depressive symptoms: a sequential multiple assignment randomized trial

 

Investigators Name:
PI: Dr Pui Kin KOR
Co-I: Dr Sze Ki CHEUNG, Dr Julieta Galante, Prof. Leung Wing Chiu, Prof. Kee Lee Chou, Prof. Thompson Gallagher, Prof. Yee Man Angela LEUNG, Prof. Yeung Shan Wong, Prof. Steven Zarit

Funding Scheme/ Source of Funding: Health and Medical Research Fund (HMRF)

Total Grant: HK$1,462,200

Commencement Date: 30-Sep-22

Pilot evaluation of technology-enhanced horticultural activities among the people with dementia and their family caregivers

 

Investigators Name:

PI: Dr Pui Kin KOR
Co-I: Dr Sze Ki CHEUNG, Dr Yat Wa Justina LIU, Dr Kwan Ching WONG, Prof. Kam Yuet WONG
Member: Ir Dr Humphrey Leung Kwong-wai

Funding Scheme/ Source of Funding: Bright Future Charitable Foundation

Total Grant: HK$174,550

Commencement Date: 1-Sep-22

The Presence of Humanoid Robot with Older Adults at Homes

 

Investigators Name:
PI: Prof. Yee Man Angela LEUNG
Co-I: Dr Yan ZHAO

Funding Scheme/ Source of Funding: Research Matching Grant Scheme (RMGS)

Total Grant: HK$500,000

Commencement Date: 1-Apr-22

The secrets of healthy near-centenarians and centenarians in Hong Kong: how well are they ageing – one year follow up

 

Investigators Name:
PI: Dr Yat Wa Justina LIU
Co-I: Dr Sze Ki CHEUNG, Dr Stefanos TYROVOLAS

Funding Scheme/ Source of Funding: Sik Sik Yuen (Donation)

Total Grant: HK$57,291

Commencement Date: 28-Feb-22

Effects of Facebook-based bibliotherapy on improving the wellbeing of informal caregivers of people with dementia: a pilot randomized controlled trial

 

Investigators Name:
PI: Dr Shanshan WANG
Co-I: Dr Sze Ki CHEUNG, Mr Sze Him LEUNG, Ms Ka Yu WONG, Prof. Yee Man Angela LEUNG

Funding Scheme/ Source of Funding: NICHE Research Grant

Total Grant: HK$145,000

Commencement Date: 14-Feb-22

The Effects of a Hybrid Face-To-Face and Online Mode of Delivering a Mindfulness-Based Dementia Caregiving Programme for Family Caregivers of Persons with Dementia: A Randomized Controlled Trial

 

Investigators Name:
PI: Dr Pui Kin KOR

Funding Scheme/ Source of Funding: RGC Early Career Scheme

Total Grant: HK$820,120

Commencement Date: 1-Jan-22


A community-based participatory research approach to reduce the COVID-19 risk in Hong Kong: developing and testing social and behavioural interventions

 

Investigators Name:
Rep. Co-PI/PC: Prof. Yee Man Angela LEUNG
Co-I: Dr Xiao Rui CHEN, Dr Wing Ka Grace HO, Dr Yan LI, Dr Wah Kun TONG, Dr Hua Li WANG, Dr Yaojie XIE, Prof. Hang Mei Polly LEUNG, Prof. Alex MOLASIOTIS

Funding Scheme/ Source of Funding: HMRF- Commissioned Research on COVID-19

Total Grant: HK$27,605,783

Commencement Date: 1-Nov-21

*Digital Health Literacy on COVID-19 for All: Co-creation and evaluation of interventions for ethnic minorities and Chinese people with chronic illnesses in Hong Kong

 

Investigators Name:
PI: Prof. Yee Man Angela LEUNG
Co-I: Dr Chung Ho Karrie CHAN, Dr Sau Yi Windy CHAN, Dr Pui Kin KOR, Dr Yin Ping LEUNG, Dr Yat Wa Justina LIU, Dr Jingjing SU, Dr Bernadette Maria WATSON, Prof. Alexandros MOLASIOTIS

Funding Scheme/ Source of Funding: HMRF- Commissioned Research on COVID-19

Total Grant: HK$5,380,600

Commencement Date: 1-Nov-21

 

* Child project of ‘A community-based participatory research approach to reduce the COVID-19 risk in Hong Kong: developing and testing social and behavioural interventions’ (PI: Prof. Yee Man Angela LEUNG).

*A Smart Health 3P (Prevention, Protection, Progression) platform for people with physiological and psychosocial distress under the influence of COVID-19

 

Investigators Name:
PI: Dr Yat Wa Justina LIU
Co-I: Dr Cheuk Chi Teris CHEUNG, Dr Sze Ki CHEUNG, Dr Ching Hang FONG, Dr Yiu Cho KWAN, Dr Ho Yin Frank LAI, Dr Lin YANG, Prof. Kup Sze CHOI, Prof. Ching Simon LAM, Prof. Wai Kwong MAN, Prof. Ho Keung David SHUM
Funding Scheme/ Source of Funding: HMRF- Commissioned Research on COVID-19
Total Grant: HK$6,912,000
Commencement Date: 1-Oct-21


* Child project of ‘The 3P (Prevention, Protection and Promotion) approach as a novel and effective strategy to prevent infection and enhance recovery in individuals with COVID-19’ (PI: Prof. Ho Keung David SHUM).

Using a web-based mind-body intervention program for reducing stress in family caregiver of frail older people in mainland China: an intervention protocol development

 

Investigators Name:
PI: Dr Pui Kin KOR
Co-I: Dr Yat Wa Justina LIU, Dr Jingjing SU, Miss Yufang SUI, Prof. Yee Man Angela LEUNG

Funding Scheme/ Source of Funding: 鄭州悅來蘋果酒店有限公司

Total Grant: HK$30,000

Commencement Date: 1-Aug-21

Development and validation of a holistic health literacy scale for family caregivers of older people

 

Investigators Name:
PI: Dr Pui Kin KOR
Co-I: Dr Ching LAM, Dr Hong LEE, Dr Yee Man Angela LEUNG, Dr Yat Wa Justina LIU, Ms Ka Ching LEE

Funding Scheme/ Source of Funding: NICHE Research Grant

Total Grant: HK$176,387

Commencement Date: 1-Jan-21


Evaluation of a 25-day Home-based, Multisensory Cognitive Stimulation Program for the People with Dementia and Their Family Caregivers


Investigators Name:
PI: Dr Pui Kin KOR
Co-I:  Dr Sze Ki CHEUNG, Dr Yiu Cho KWAN, Dr Yat Wa Justina LIU, Dr Yan LI, Miss Tsz Kiu Clare Yu, Prof. Yee Man Angela LEUNG
Collaborator: Ms Mo King Joan Hon

Funding Scheme/ Source of Funding: Mr Ma Kam Wah
Total Grant: HK$75,000
Commencement Date: 1-Dec-20

A Stand-alone Therapeutic Music-with-Movement Programme for Elderly with Cognitive Impairment


Investigators Name:
PI: Dr Sze Ki CHEUNG
Co-I: Dr Yuen Wah HO, Dr Kam Yuk Claudia LAI, Dr Jing QIN, Ir Dr Hiu Fung Alan LAM
Collaborator: Dr Hok Man HO

Funding Scheme/ Source of Funding: Innovation and Technology Fund for Better Living
Total Grant: HK$5,412,643
Commencement Date: 1-Nov-20

Blended Gaming COVID-19 Training System (BGCTS) with WHO Guidelines for Staff in Residential Care Homes: A Cluster Randomised Controlled Trial


Investigators Name:
PI: Prof. Yee Man Angela LEUNG
Co-I: Dr Sze Ki CHEUNG, Dr Ching LAM, Dr Yin Ping LEUNG, Dr Yat Wa Justina LIU, Dr Mun Yee Mimi TSE, Dr Mi Ling Eliza WONG, Prof. Alexandros MOLASIOTIS

Funding Scheme/ Source of Funding: HMRF- Commissioned Research on COVID-19
Total Grant: HK$1,276,732
Commencement Date: 1-Oct-20

The Secrets of Healthy Near-centenarians and Centenarians in Hong Kong: How Well are They Ageing


Investigators Name:
PI: Dr Yat Wa Justina LIU
Co-I: Dr Sze Ki CHEUNG, Dr Chung Lim Vico CHIANG, Dr Pui Kin KOR, Dr Yiu Cho KWAN, Dr Hong LEE, Dr Ka Lai Shirley LO

Funding Scheme/ Source of Funding: Sik Sik Yuen
Total Grant: HK$600,000
Commencement Date: 1-Aug-20

Investigation of Happiness Index and its Explanatory Model in Hong Kong: Repeated Cross-sectional Studies


Investigators Name:
Rep. Co-PI / PC: Dr Sze Ki CHEUNG
Co-PI: Prof. Ching LAM Simon
Co-I: Dr Hok Man HO, Ms Cho Nga SIU

Funding Scheme/ Source of Funding: Wofoo Foundation Limited
Total Grant: HK$450,000
Commencement Date: 31-Mar-20

Investigation of Happiness Index in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area in Southern China: Three Phases Study


Investigators Name:
PI: Dr Sze Ki CHEUNG
Co-I: Dr Yim Wah MAK, Dr Mun Yee Mimi TSE, Prof. Ching LAM, Prof. Ying ZHOU Collaborator: Dr Yun GAO, Dr Ning LAU, Ms Janny XIE

Funding Scheme/ Source of Funding: Shih Wing Ching Foundation Limited (Donation)
Total Grant: HK$75,000
Commencement Date: 1-Mar-20

Virtual Reality Motor-cognitive Training for Older People with Cognitive Frailty


Investigators Name:
PI: Dr Yat Wa Justina LIU
Co-I: Dr Jing QIN, Ms Shuk Kan Olive SIN, Prof. Nai Kuen FONG, Prof. Rick KWAN, Prof. Kam Yuk Claudia LAI

Funding Scheme/ Source of Funding: Innovation and Technology Fund for Better Living
Total Grant: HK$2,968,125
Commencement Date: 1-Jan-20

Good Dyadic Relationship between Couple with One Having Mild Cognitive Impairment: a Q-methodology


Investigators Name:
PI: Dr Sze Ki CHEUNG
Co-I: Dr Daniel Thomas BRESSINGTON, Dr Hok Man HO, Dr Wing Ka Grace HO

Funding Scheme/ Source of Funding: NICHE Research Grant
Total Grant: HK$111,000
Commencement Date: 1-Oct-19

Effects of a Modified Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy for Family Caregivers of People with Dementia in Stress Reduction: a Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial


Investigators Name:
PI: Dr Pui Kin KOR
Co-I: Dr Yat Wa Justina LIU, Prof. Wai Tong CHIEN, Prof. Wai Tong CHIEN

Funding Scheme/ Source of Funding: Sigma Theta Tau International
Total Grant: HK$39,150
Commencement Date: 1-Jun-18

Partnership with the Community to Improve the Psychosocial Well-being of People with Dementia or Mild Cognitive Impairment, and their Caregivers with Music Interventions: an Effectiveness-Implementation Cluster Randomized Clinical Trials


Investigators Name:
PI: Dr Sze Ki CHEUNG
Co-I: Dr Yuen Wah HO, Daniel LAI, Prof. Claudia Kam Yuk LAI

Funding Scheme/ Source of Funding: Ho Cheung Shuk Yuen Charitable Foundation
Total Grant: HK$1,361,302
Commencement Date: 1-Feb-18

Evaluation of an Individualized Exercise Programme Plus Behavioural Change Enhancement Strategies for Managing General Fatigue in Community-Dwelling Frail Older People: A Cluster-Randomized Controlled Trial.


Investigators Name:
PI: Dr Yat Wa Justina LIU
Co-I: Dr Parco Ming-fai Siu, Prof Keith Hill, Prof. Wai Tong CHIEN

Funding Scheme/ Source of Funding: General Research Fund
Total Grant: HK$853,463
Commencement Date: 1-Jan-18

Project on Medication Adherence and Health Literacy - Part 2


Investigators Name:
PI: Prof. Yee Man Angela LEUNG
Co-I: Dr Tak Yin LAU, Dr Yat Wa Justina LIU, Ms Shuk Man Sylvia TING

Funding Scheme/ Source of Funding: Hong Kong Housing Society
Total Grant: HK$99,999
Commencement Date: 18-Sep-17

Promoting Mental Health Literacy in Aging: Identifying Depressive Symptoms Through Photos


Investigators Name:
PI: Prof. Yee Man Angela LEUNG
Co-I: Dr Pui Hing CHAU, Ms Angel Fung-man CHAN, Ms Wai Ming TAM, Prof. Wai Tong CHIEN

Funding Scheme/ Source of Funding: Health Care & Promotion Fund (Seed Funding)
Total Grant: HK$493,863
Commencement Date: 1-May-17

* Genetic Analysis of Alzheimer's Disease in Hong Kong


Investigators Name:
Rep. Co-PI / PC: Prof. Yee Man Angela LEUNG
Co-PI: Dr Lok Ting LAU
Co-I: Dr Yiu Cho KWAN, Dr David Dai
Member: Dr Nancy Tsui

Funding Scheme/ Source of Funding: Moonchu Foundation 夢周文教基金會 (Donation)
Total Grant: HK$165,663
Commencement Date: 6-Mar-17

* Child project of ‘Genetic Analysis of Alzheimer's Disease in Hong Kong’ (PI: Dr Lok Ting LAU).

Project on Medication Adherence and Health Literacy


Investigators Name:
PI: Prof. Yee Man Angela LEUNG
Co-I: Dr Yat Wa Justina LIU

Funding Scheme/ Source of Funding: Hong Kong Housing Society
Total Grant: HK$99,475
Commencement Date: 15-Sep-16

Changing The Way We Prevent Diabetes: The Use of Mobile Application


Investigators Name:
PI: Prof. Yee Man Angela LEUNG

Funding Scheme/ Source of Funding: Health Care and Promotion Fund
Total Grant: HK$281,720
Commencement Date: 15-Apr-16
TBC

Implementation of Observational Pain Management Protocol to Improve Pain Management for Long-term Institutionalized Older Care Home Residents with Dementia: A Randomized Controlled Trial


Investigators Name:
PI: Dr Yat Wa Justina LIU

Funding Scheme/ Source of Funding: RGC Early Career Scheme
Total Grant: HK$669,000
Commencement Date: 1-Jan-14
TBC

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