Programme(s) to which this project applies:

☒ MPhil/PhD ☑ MRes[Med] ☒ URIS

Objective and Significance:

To study the impact of annual influenza vaccination given via the intradermal route with topical imiquimod pretreatment (TLR-7 agonist) against the conventional intramuscular influenza vaccination in the community.

Research Plan and Methodology:

We plan to recruit 6000 patients in the community and randomize them to receive imiquimod + ID influenza vaccination vs. placebo + IM influenza vaccination. We will then study their clinical efficacy and antibody response over a period of 3 years.

Professor IFN Hung, Department of Medicine


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.