Research Projects
Exercise and Stress Perfusion Cardiac Magnetic Resonance

Programme(s) to which this project applies:

☑ MPhil/PhD ☒ MRes[Med] ☒ URIS


  1. To develop quantitative stress perfusion techniques using pharmacological and exercise stress cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) examinations.
  2. To establish exercise stress CMR examinations for assessment of athletes, patients with heart failure and coronary artery disease.

Research Plan:

  1. One segment will require prospective recruitment of patients to assess exercise CMR in athletes, patients with heart failure and coronary artery disease.
  2. Another segment will be a retrospective cohort study looking at data already acquired for quantitative pharmacological stress perfusion.

Dr MY Ng, Department of Diagnostic Radiology

Dr Ming-Yen Ng, BMedSci(UK), BMBS (UK), FRCR(UK), FSCMR, FACC, FSCCT is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Diagnostic Radiology, The University of Hong Kong. He is the division Chief of Cardiac Imaging at the HKU– Shenzhen Hospital, China.

Dr Ng completed his medical and radiology training in the UK and sub-specialised in cardiothoracic imaging. He subsequently undertook a 1 year cardiac CT and cardiac MR fellowship in Toronto General Hospital, Canada.

Dr Ng is a fellow of the Society of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance and serves as the vice-chair of the education committee. He also a fellow of the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) and sits on its corporate relations and education committee. He is the course director of the highly successful cardiac MRI and CT Massive Open Online Courses produced by HKU.

He set up the cardiac MRI units in the University of Hong Kong and HKU-Shenzhen Hospital. He has obtained >HK$20million in funding for cardiac imaging projects and has published cardiothoracic imaging papers in journals such as JACC Cardiovascular Imaging, Circulation Cardiovascular Imaging, European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging and Radiology. He is an associate editor of the Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (official journal of the SCCT; IF 3.8).

Students who have worked in his unit have published in multiple journals including high impact journals and have spent attachments overseas in the University of Toronto and University of Oxford. Dr Ng is keen to develop students to in their medical and research knowledge. Students will also be given privileged access to the MOOC on cardiac CT and MRI.

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For more information or to express interest for this project, please email the supervisor or the specified contact point in the project 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).

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

HKUMed MBBS students interested in the Master of Research in Medicine (MRes[Med]) programme may visit the programme website for more information.  

HKUMed UG students interested in the Undergraduate Research Internship Scheme (URIS) may visit the scheme’s website for more information.