Research Projects
Assessing the Effectiveness of a Combination of Novel Acupuncture and Manual Therapy in Elderly with Dementia

Programme(s) to which this project applies:

☑ MPhil/PhD ☒ MRes[Med] ☒ URIS
  • Combining acupuncture and acupressure for community-dwelling elderly with dementia: an assessor-blinded, randomised controlled trial.

Professor ZJ Zhang, School of Chinese Medicine

Professor Zhang is an internationally renowned expert in specializing acupuncture and Chinese medicine treatment of neurological and psychiatric diseases, including pain disorders, stroke rehabilitation, neurodegenerative diseases, insomnia, depressive disorders, anxiety and panic disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), tic disorders, and schizophrenia. 

His research interest focuses on developing effective treatment strategies from acupuncture and Chinese medicines for major neurological and psychiatric disorders through basic and clinical studies, and characterizing neuropsychopharmacological and therapeutic properties of novel constituents extracted from medicinal plants with the employment of behavioural, molecular, and biochemical approaches. He also has been engaged in exploring neural mechanisms of acupuncture effects and nerve and brain stimulation. 


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.