Research Projects
Obesity, High Blood Pressure and the Metabolic Syndrome as Risk Factors for Multiple Chronic Diseases

Programme(s) to which this project applies:

☑ MPhil/PhD ☑ MRes[Med] ☑ URIS

Humans in the 21st century are less physically active and have more to eat than their ancestors. The resultant obesity epidemic, through elevated lipids, blood pressure and blood sugar, has led to many of the common chronic diseases in the world today. The candidate will explore at least one chronic disease and its relationship with the metabolic syndrome and its components. The choice of the chronic disease can reflect the candidate's own interests. The candidate would learn to study large datasets, involving genes, blood measurements and clinical measurements. The effects of pharmacological treatment on risk factors will be studied using meta-analysis and analysis of real world big data. Besides obtaining first-hand results for the final report or dissertation, the candidate can expect to present the findings in conferences within and outside Hong Kong, and publish them in review articles and original articles in international journals.

Professor BMY Cheung, Department of Medicine

Professor Bernard Cheung is the Sun Chieh Yeh Heart Foundation Professor in Cardiovascular Therapeutics and heads the Division of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics in the Department of Medicine of the University of Hong Kong. He is an Honorary Consultant Physician of Queen Mary Hospital and the Medical Director of the Phase 1 Clinical Trials Centre. He was educated at St Paul's College, St Paul's Co-educational College and Sevenoaks School. He graduated from the University of Cambridge and was a British Heart Foundation Junior Research Fellow at Cambridge before taking up lectureships in Sheffield and Hong Kong. In 2007-2009, he was the Professor in Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics at the University of Birmingham. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Postgraduate Medical Journal. Prof Cheung’s main research interest is in cardiovascular diseases and risk factors, including hypertension and the metabolic syndrome. He has published more than 300 papers and has an h-index of 47.


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.