Research Projects
Clinical Research in Scoliosis and Other Spinal Disorders

Programme(s) to which this project applies:

☒ MPhil/PhD ☑ MRes[Med] ☒ URIS

Objective and Significance:

Scoliosis is the commonest spinal deformity in the paediatric population. There are many unknowns with regards to the best indication of treatment, outcome measures and assessment methods.

The Objectives will be as follows:

1) To develop prognostication for outcomes of scoliosis treatment and its natural history

2) To study 3D models and imaging phenotypes of spinal deformity

3) To develop novel assessment tools such as ultrasound, topographic assessments and imaging

4) Utilize AI and deep learning for prognostication and assessments

The significance of this work has the potential to change clinical practice with regards to scoliosis and to develop personalized medicine towards scoliosis management. This can lead to refined clinical decision-making, more cost-effective health-care utilization and decreased costs, and improved patient outcomes.

Dr JPY Cheung, Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology

Graduated from the University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), Dr Jason Cheung trained as an Orthopaedic Surgeon at the Queen Mary Hospital. He is a Clinical Associate Professor with the Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology at the University of Hong Kong. His main research interests are paediatric growth and spinal deformity, developmental lumbar spinal stenosis, management of cervical myelopathy and orthopaedic infections.

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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.