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Prof. Marc Ka-chun CHONG



Assistant Professor

Academic Appointments

  • Biostatistician, Centre for Clinical Research and Biostatistics, Faculty of Medicine, CUHK

  • Assistant Professor, Centre for Health System and Policy Research, Faculty of Medicine, CUHK

  • Assistant Professor (by courtesy), Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Faculty of Medicine, CUHK


Marc Ka-chun CHONG received his BSc degree in Statistics and PhD degree in Public Health from the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) in 2006 and 2011 respectively. He became a postdoctoral fellow after completing his PhD study, and has been appointed as a research assistant professor and assistant professor respectively in 2015 and in 2019 in CUHK. He is interested in mathematical modelling in public health applications such as infectious disease modelling and health policy evaluation.

Marc works as a biostatistician in the Centre for Clinical Research and Biostatistics (former Centre for Clinical Trials) since 2006, possessing rich experience in conducting various statistical analysis of academic and industrial clinical trials. He is/was also a statistical consultant for different official projects, for example, Development of Refined Population-based Model to Inform Resource Allocation, Surgical Outcomes Monitoring and Improvement Programme, and Intensive Care Units Outcomes Monitoring Program held by Hospital Authority.

Research Interests

  • Infectious diseases epidemiology and modeling

  • Climate impacts on activity of infectious diseases

  • Mathematical modelling for health policy evaluation

  • Artificial intelligence for health care applications

Recent Funded Research Projects 

  • In PI capacity:

    • Determining meteorologically favourable zones for the activities of seasonal influenza A and B in Hong Kong. Health and Medical Research Fund. 1/4/20-30/9/21. (HK$621,270).

    • Spatial resources allocation and dynamics planning for public healthcare services. National Natural Science Foundation of China. 1/1/2020-31/12/2022. (RMB$475,000).

    • Evaluating the sugar-sweetened beverages tax in Hong Kong: An integrated study. Health and Medical Research Fund. 1/9/19-31/8/21. (HK$957,830).

    • Development of objective measure of psychotropic substances abuse using Automatic Retinal Image Analysis (ARIA), Beat Drugs Fund Regular Funding Scheme. 1/7/19-31/6/21. (HK$2,613,260).

    • Long Term Effectiveness of Elderly Health Care Voucher Scheme Strategies: A System Dynamics Simulation Analysis. Health and Medical Research Fund. 1/4/17-30/9/18. (HK$351,516).

    • An infectious diseases modeling study to analyze different vaccination strategies for measles elimination. Shenzhen Municipal Science and Technology Program - Basic research project. 1/11/15-31/10/17. (RMB$150,000).

Selected Publications

  1. Lai CK, Ng RW, Wong M, Chong KC, Yeoh YK, Chen Z, Chan PK. Epidemiological characteristics of the first 100 cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China, a city with a stringent containment policy. International Journal of Epidemiology. 2020. (In press)

  2. Mohammad KN, Chan EY, Wong MC, Goggins WB, Chong KC*. Ambient temperature, seasonal influenza and risk of cardiovascular disease in a subtropical area in Southern China. Environmental Research. 2020 Apr 18:109546.

  3. Chong KC, Cheng W, Zhao S, Ling F, Mohammad K, Wei L, Xiong X, Liu, H, Wang J, Chen E. Monitoring Disease Transmissibility of 2019 Novel Coronavirus Disease in Zhejiang, China. International Journal of Infectious Diseases 2020;96:128-130

  4. Yeoh EK, Carrie HK, Chong KC*, Chow TY, Fung VL, Wong EL, Griffiths SM. An evaluation of universal vouchers as a demand-side subsidy to change primary care utilization: A retrospective analysis of longitudinal services utilisation and voucher claims data from a survey cohort in Hong Kong. Health Policy. 2020; 124(2): 189-198.

  5. Chong KC, Lee TC, Chen J, Choy WS, Krajden M, Jalal H, Jennings L, Alexander B, Lee HK, Fraaij P, Levy A. Association between meteorological variations and activities of influenza A and B across different climate zones: A multi-region modelling analysis across the globe. Journal of Infection. 2020;80(1):84-98

  6. Chong KC, Liang J, Jia KM, Kobayashi N, Wang MH, Wei L, Lau SY, Sumi A. Latitudes mediate the association between influenza activity and meteorological factors: A nationwide modelling analysis in 45 Japanese prefectures from 2000 to 2018. Science of The Total Environment. 2020, 10;703:134727.

  7. Chong KC, Leung CC, Yew WW, Zee BC, Tam GC, Wang MH, Jia KM, Chung PH, Lau SY, Han X, Yeoh EK. Mathematical modelling of the impact of treating latent tuberculosis infection in the elderly in a city with intermediate tuberculosis burden. Scientific Reports. 2019;9(1):4869.

  8. Chong KC, Zhang C, Jia KM, Zee BCY, Luo T, Wang L, Tam GCH, Sun R, Wang MH, Guan X. Targeting Adults for Supplementary Immunization Activities of Measles Control in Central China: A Mathematical Modelling Study. Scientific Reports. 2018; 8:16124.

  9. Chong KC, Hu P, Lau SYF, Jia KM, Liang W, Wang MH, Zee BCY, Sun R, Zheng H. Monitoring the age-specificity of measles transmissions during 2009-2016 in Southern China. PloS one. 2018;13(10):e0205339.

  10. Chong KC, Zee BC, Wang MH. Approximate Bayesian algorithm to estimate the basic reproduction number in an influenza pandemic using arrival times of imported cases. Travel Medicine and Infectious Diseases. 2018;23:80-86.

Last Updated: 22 July 2020

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