Research Projects
Assessing the role of dietary factors in chronic disease

Programme(s) to which this project applies:

☑ MPhil/PhD ☑ MRes[Med] ☒ URIS


Chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and chronic kidney disease, pose heavy burden on public health. Dietary factors are important in prevention and health care. However, observational studies are open to confounding and clinical trials are not always available. More evidence is need on the role of dietary factors on chronic diseases.


This project aims to assess the role of dietary factors in chronic diseases using Mendelian randomization, a novel study design using genetics as instrument to minimize confounding.

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Dr J Zhao, School of Public Health

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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.