Research Projects
Identification of Risk Factors for Mental and Developmental Disorders in Children and Adolescents

Programme(s) to which this project applies:

☑ MPhil/PhD ☒ MRes[Med] ☑ URIS

The aim of the study is to identify modifiable risk factors for common mental and developmental disorders in children and adolescents e.g. Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorders, autism spectrum disorders, global developmental delay or intellectual disabilities. 

The research project includes conducting population-based cohort studies using  real-world big data approach via territory-wide electronic medical records; as well as neurophysiological studies so to identify potential markers of common mental and developmental disorders in children.

Professor WWY Tso, Department of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine

Professor Tso is a developmental paediatrician with special interests in neurorehabilitation. She is a clinical assistant professor at the Department of Paediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, LKS Faculty of Medicine, University of Hong Kong. She obtained her medical degree from King’s College, University of London, United Kingdom. She has been elected as Distinguished Young Fellow by the Hong Kong College of Paediatricians in 2016 and has won numerous research awards in local as well as international scientific conferences. Professor Tso diagnoses and manages children with developmental as well neuro-disabilities at the Queen Mary Hospital and the Duchess of Kent Children’s Hospital. She also leads the Acquired Brain Injury Program at the Duchess of Kent Children’s Hospital & Rehabilitation Centre. Her research interests include using advance imaging techniques to diagnose and manage children with developmental disabilities and brain injuries. 


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.