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Prof. Maurice YAP

Professor Maurice YAP
Chair Professor of Optometry 
K.B. Woo Family Professor in Optometry

ORCiD 0000-0003-4687-4101
Author ID (Scopus) 7006673734

Biographical Sketch

Professor Maurice Yap completed his BSc and PhD degrees at the University of Bradford, UK. After postdoctoral studies, he joined the Hong Kong Polytechnic in 1987. From 1991-8, he served as senior lecturer in the Department of Optometry and Vision Science at the University of Auckland. He returned to the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 1998 as Professor and Head of the Department of Optometry and Radiography. From 2005-7, he was Head of the newly formed School of Optometry. He was appointed Associate Dean and then Dean of the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences in 2010 and 2011 respectively. He served as Dean until 2017. He currently chairs the Equipment and General Purchases Tender Committee as well as the Grievance Committee of the university. He also serves on various university committees, including the University Staffing Committee (Chair Professors) and the College Council, College of Professional and Continuing Education.

Professor Yap is an Honorary Professor at the Department of Ophthalmology, The University of Hong Kong, a Visiting Professor and doctoral mentor at the West China College of Medicine, Sichuan University, a Visiting Professor at the North Sichuan Medical College and a Visiting Professor at the Eye College of the Chengdu University of TCM.

Professor Yap was a member of the Hospital Authority Board from 2011-8 and served on several of its functional committees, including the Executive Committee. He chaired the Main Tender Board and the Medical Services Development Committee . He has also served on numerous selection panels for senior management staff. He also chaired panels reviewing clinical governance and sentinel & serious untoward events policy . He served as a member of the Hospital Governing Committee of the Hong Kong Children’s Hospital (2018-20). Professor Yap is currently Chairman of the Hospital Governing Committee of Shatin Hospital.

Professor Yap has served on various committees and panels of the Food and Health Bureau of the HKSAR Government and currently serves on the Grant Review Board of the Health & Medical Research Fund. He has also served on programme accreditation and review panels for the Nursing Council (HKSAR), the Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand and the Open University of Hong Kong.

In recognition of his public service, Professor Yap was appointed a Justice of the Peace by the HKSAR Government in 2015.

Professor Yap has had a long-standing research interest in myopia, in particular, the reasons behind its high prevalence in Chinese communities, what can be done to control its progression, and the societal implications of high myopia. He also has an interest in healthcare systems governance and resilience, and promoting the work of the Sichuan University-The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Institute for Disaster Management and Reconstruction (IDMR).

Selected Publications 

  1. Liao X, Yap MKH, Leung KH, Kao PYP, Liu LQ, Yip SP. Genetic Association Study of KCNQ5 Polymorphisms with High Myopia. Biomed Res Int. 2017;2017:3024156.
  2. Lian J, McGhee SM, Gangwani RA, Lam CLK, Yap MKH, Wong DSH. (2018) Awareness of diabetic retinopathy and its association with attendance for systematic screening at the public primary care setting: a cross-sectional study in Hong Kong. BMJ Open. 2018 Apr 13;8(4):e019989. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-019989.
  3. Leung KH, Luo S, Kwarteng R, Chen SG, Yap MKH, Huang CL, Yip SP. (2019). The myopia susceptibility locus vasoactive intestinal peptide receptor 2 (VIPR2) contains variants with opposite effects. Sci Rep. 2019 Dec 3;9(1):18165. doi: 10.1038/s41598-019- 54619-8.
  4. Zhang W, Dai L, Li X, Li Y, Yap MKH, Liu LQ, Deng H (2020). SARI prevents ocular angiogenesis and inflammation in mice. J Cell Mol Med. 2020; 24: 4341-49. https://doi.org/10.1111/jcmm.15096
  5. Hong N, Yu W, Xia J, Shen Y, Yap M, Han W. (2020). Evaluation of ocular symptoms and tropism of SARS-CoV-2 in patients confirmed with COVID-19. Acta Ophthalmol. 2020;10.1111/aos.14445. doi:10.1111/aos.14445