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Prof. Marc Ka-chun CHONG

莊家俊教授

BSc (CUHK), PhD (CUHK)

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

Biography

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. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor in the JC School of Public Health and Primary Care, Assistant Professor (by courtesy) in Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Faculty of Medicine in CUHK, and Associate Researcher (by courtesy) in Shenzhen Research Institute, CUHK. Dr. Chong’s research interests include examining the complex interactions between environmental changes, human behaviors and infectious disease transmissions through integration of the static and dynamic mathematical approaches. He also works on various applications of mathematical modelling for health system and policy research, and artificial intelligence for improving healthcare decision-making.

 

Dr. Chong 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 consultation 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. He is also keen on providing biostatistical supports for faculty colleagues.

 

To date,  Dr. Chong has published more than 80 research papers and is the first/corresponding author for 39 of the publications. He is/was a principal investigator for seven external competitive grants. Dr. Chong is the Statistical Advisor of the Hong Kong Medical Journal and Academic/Associate Editors for several international journals.

Research Interests

  • Mathematical modelling in characterizing the interaction between environmental changes, human behaviors, and infectious disease dynamics

  • Applications of mathematical modelling for health system and policy research

  • Artificial intelligence for public health applications

Recent Funded Research Projects 

In PI capacity:

  • (co-PI) Assessment and Implementation of Non-pharmaceutical Interventions to Avoid COVID-19 Resurgences: Accounting for Human Mobility, Contacts and Behavioral Change Using Both Big and Small data. Collaborative Research Fund. 1/2/21-31/7/22. (HK$3,512,631).

  • Activity of Seasonal Influenza Triggered the Hospital Admissions due to Tuberculosis: A Time-Series Analysis. CUHK Direct Grant. 30/6/20-29/6/21. (HK$51,000).

  • 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. Wang J, Yeoh EK, Yung TKC, Wong MCS, Dong D, Chen X, Chan MKY, Wong ELY, Wu Y, Guo Z, Wang Y, Zhao S, Chong KC*. Change in eating habits and physical activities before and during the COVID-19 pandemic in Hong Kong: A cross-sectional study via random telephone survey. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. 2021;18:33.

  2. Mohammad KN, Chan EY, Lau SY, Lam HC, Goggins WB, Chong KC*. Relationship between acute kidney injury, seasonal influenza, and environmental factors: A 14-year retrospective analysis. Environment International. 2021;153:106521.

  3. Chong KC, Ran J, Lau SY, Goggins WB, Zhao S, Wang P, Tian L, Wang MH, Mohammad KN, Wei L, Xiong X, Liu H, Chan PKS, Wang H, Wang Y, Wang J. Limited role for meteorological factors on the variability in COVID-19 incidence: A retrospective study of 102 Chinese cities. PLoS neglected tropical diseases. 2021;15(2):e0009056.

  4. Leung SY, Lau SY, Kwok KL, Mohammad KN, Chan PK, Chong KC*. Short-term association among meteorological variation, outdoor air pollution and acute bronchiolitis in children in a subtropical setting. Thorax. 2021;76(4):360-9.

  5. Yeoh EK, Chong KC*, Chiew CJ, Lee VJ, Ng CW, Hashimoto H, Kwon S, Wang W, Chau NN, Yam CH, Chow TY. Assessing the impact of non-pharmaceutical interventions on the transmissibility and severity of COVID-19 during the first five months in the Western Pacific Region. One Health. 2021;12:100213.

  6. Chong KC, Chan EY, Lee TC, Kwok KL, Lau SY, Wang P, Lam HC, Goggins WB, Mohammad KN, Leung SY, Chan PK. A 21-year retrospective analysis of environmental impacts on paediatric acute gastroenteritis in an affluent setting. Science of The Total Environment. 2020; 8:142845.

  7. 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;18:109546.

  8. Chong KC, Lee TC, Bialasiewicz S, Chen J, Smith DW, Choy WSC, Krajden M, Jalal H, Jennings L, Alexander B, Lee HK, Fraaij P, Levy A, Yeung ACM, Tozer S, Lau SYF, Jia KM, Tang JWT, Hui DSC, Chan PKS. Association between meteorological variations and activities of influenza A and B across different climate zones: a multi-region modelling analysis across the globe. J Infect. 2020;80(1):84-98.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

Last Updated: 22 July 2020