Department of Anaesthesiology

Research Questions

  • What clinical interventions can effectively reduce pain?
  • How can pain signalling be regulated?
  • Does the type of anaesthesia affect circulating cancer cells?
  • Why may the brain become inflamed after surgery?
Research student in a lab
Research Areas

1. Pain Medicine and Dental Sedation

Dental sedation drugs and techniques; safety of intravenous sedation; acute post-operative dental pain; chronic orofacial pain; mechanisms of pain; neuromodulation and pain.


2. Pain Management

Pain and pro-inflammatory markers; genetics and pain; complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS); acute post-operative pain management; chronic and cancer pain management; pain medications and techniques on pain management; effect of pain on patient outcomes.


Professor CW Cheung


3. Opioid Pre- and Post-Conditioning


4. Perioperative Medicine


5. Pharmacokinetic Variations in Various Disease States; Dose Response Characteristic


6. Total Intravenous Anaesthesia

Propofol, remifentanil, dexmedetomidine; patient-controlled and target-controlled infusion.


Professor M Irwin


7. Cardiac Protective Effects of Opioid Drugs, Especially Remifentanil in Both Animal Models and Clinical Studies

Role of inflammatory mediators in the development of chronic pain in animal models; analgesic effects of antiepileptic drugs.


Dr GTC Wong


8. Anaesthetic Drugs and Pain Management

Effect of propofol for acute postoperative pain, analgesic mechanisms of propofol in animal models of chronic regional pain syndrome, regional anaesthesia and postoperative pain.


Dr SSC Wong


9. Human Stem Cell Therapy for Neurological Disorder


10. Molecular Understanding of Pain


11. Signalling Mechanisms in Peripheral Nervous System Development


Dr JAJ Liu

Next Step?

For more information or to express interest to join the research areas, please email the supervisor or the specified contact point in the description. Interested candidates are advised to enclose with your email:

  1. your CV,
  2. a brief description of your research interest and experience, and
  3. two reference letters (not required for HKUMed UG students seeking MRes[Med]/URIS projects).

Research postgraduate studies enquiries specific to the department/school’s research should be directed to the Chairman of the Departmental Research Postgraduate Committee:

Dr GTC Wong

Information on the research programme, funding support and admission documentations could be referenced online at the Research Postgraduate Admissions website.

General admission enquiries should be directed to

Our Students

A research student working in a laboratory.
Jane Smith (Example)

Country of origin: Name of country
Progress: PhD Year X
Supervisor: Dr AB Chan

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May 2021