Research Projects
Aetiology, Assessment and Treatment of Scoliosis and Related Spine Disorders

Programme(s) to which this project applies:

☑ MPhil/PhD ☒ MRes[Med] ☒ URIS

Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine that can be present in 3-4% of the population. If left untreated, some can progress to lead to back pain, shortness of breath and severe deformities. There are a number of different causes for scoliosis and tools are constantly being developed for diagnosis, prognosis and treatment.

Our lab is involved in all aspects of scoliosis research, from human genetics, animal models, novel engineering tools for early diagnosis and management, novel imaging modalities for 3-dimensional classification and AI powered studies for predictive analytics, as well as clinical studies of novel treatment techniques.

Passionate students with background in clinical medicine, human genetics, bioinformatics, molecular biology, computer science, computational modelling, biomechanics, etc are welcomed to apply.

Professor KMC Cheung, Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology


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.