Research Areas

Department of Anaesthesiology

How does general anaesthesia and surgery affect your brain and body?

How can we minimise pain after surgery?

Major Research Areas

Pharmacology of intravenous anaesthetic drugs:
Pharmacology of new intravenous anaesthetics (particularly propofol, remifentanil dexmedetomidine); patient-controlled and target-controlled infusion; opioid pre and post conditioning; pharmacokinetic variations in various disease states; dose response characteristics; acute pain management; fluid therapy.

Contact Person

Professor M. Irwin
Tel: 2255 3303
Fax: 2855 1654
Email: mgirwin@hku.hk

Pain management:
Pain and pro-inflammatory markers; epigenetics and pain; chemokines and pain; complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS); acute post-operative pain management; chronic and cancer pain management; pain medications and techniques on pain management; effect of pain on patient outcomes.

Dental sedation and pain:
Dental sedation drugs and techniques; safety of intravenous sedation; monitoring depth of sedation; acute post-operative dental pain; chronic orofacial pain.

Contact Person

Dr C.W. Cheung
Tel: 2255 3303
Fax: 2855 1654
Email: cheucw@hku.hk

Effects of general anaesthesia and surgery on cognitive function; post operative cognitive dysfunction and delirium; perioperative organ protection; perioperative monitoring.

Contact Person

Dr G.T.C. Wong
Tel: 2255 3303
Fax: 2855 1654
Email: gordon@hku.hk

Departmental Postgraduate Admission Advisor

Dr G.T.C. Wong
Tel: 2255 3303
Fax: 2855 1654
Email: gordon@hku.hk