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Prof. Ngai Sze WONG


BSSc (CUHK), M.Phil (CUHK), PhD (CUHK)

Research Assistant Professor

Email: candy_wong@cuhk.edu.hk


ORCID: 0000-0003-3788-8114

Researcher ID: A-3145-2012


Dr. Wong majored in Geography and Resources Management in her undergraduate days, and conducted research in the spatial epidemiology of methadone maintenance treatment utilization for her M.Phil study in the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). Her geographic information system (GIS) skills were further trained when she worked as a GIS assistant consultant in an environmental impact assessment company, and in an IT company which resells Google geo-products. She established her research skills and knowledge of infectious diseases and public health when she worked as a research assistant in Stanley Ho Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases, CUHK, for around 4 years. She was also a part-time PhD student in School of Public Health, CUHK. Her doctoral study aimed at estimating HIV population viral load and simulating the impact of test-and-treat intervention on the HIV epidemic growth in Hong Kong through epidemic modelling. She later joined a joint China-US postdoc programme, working in South China-UNC STD Research Training Center in Guangzhou, and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in US. Her postdoctoral studies focused on the HIV linkage and retention in care, and syphilis epidemiology with the use of epidemic modelling and spatiotemporal analyses in South China.

Research Interests

  • Epidemiology of infectious diseases, including HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, syphilis, Influenza, TB, dengue and COVID-19

  • Application of spatial, temporal, social networking, epidemic modelling and molecular techniques to study epidemiology

  • Immune recovery of HIV patients following antiretroviral therapy

Selected Publications

  1. Chan, C. P., Wong, N. S.*, Leung, C. C., & Lee, S. S. (2020). Positive impact of measures against COVID-19 on reducing influenza in the Northern Hemisphere. Journal of travel medicine, taaa087. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1093/jtm/taaa087

  2. Kwan, T. H., Wong, N. S., Lui, G., Chan, K., Tsang, O., Leung, W. S., Ho, K. M., Lee, M. P., Lam, W., Chan, S. N., Chan, D., & Lee, S. S. (2020). Incorporation of information diffusion model for enhancing analyses in HIV molecular surveillance. Emerging microbes & infections, 9(1), 256–262. https://doi.org/10.1080/22221751.2020.1718554

  3. Wong, N. S., Kwan, T. H., Lee, K., Lau, J., & Lee, S. S. (2020). Delineation of chemsex patterns of men who have sex with men in association with their sexual networks and linkage to HIV prevention. The International journal on drug policy, 75, 102591. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.drugpo.2019.10.015

  4. Lui, G., Wong, N. S., Wong, R., Tse, Y. K., Wong, V., Leung, C. C., Chan, H., & Wong, G. (2020). Antiviral Therapy for Hepatitis B Prevents Liver Injury in Patients With Tuberculosis and Hepatitis B Coinfection. Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, 70(4), 660–666. https://doi.org/10.1093/cid/ciz241

  5. Wong, N. S., Chan, K., Wong, B., Leung, C. C., Chan, W. K., Lin, A., Lui, G., Mitchell, K. M., & Lee, S. S. (2019). Latent Tuberculosis Infection Testing Strategies for HIV-Positive Individuals in Hong Kong. JAMA network open, 2(9), e1910960. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2019.10960

  6. Wong, N. S., Leung, C. C., Chan, K., Chan, W. K., Lin, A., & Lee, S. S. (2019). A longitudinal study on latent TB infection screening and its association with TB incidence in HIV patients. Scientific reports, 9(1), 10093. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-46570-5

  7. Wong, N. S., Kwan, T. H., Tsang, O., Lee, M. P., Yam, W. C., Lam, W., Leung, W. S., Chan, J., Ho, K. M., & Lee, S. S. (2018). Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for MSM in low HIV incidence places: should high risk individuals be targeted?. Scientific reports, 8(1), 11641. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-30101-9

  8. Wong, N. S., Chen, L., Tucker, J. D., Zhao, P., Goh, B. T., Poon, C. M., Yang, L., Yang, B., Zheng, H., & Huang, S. (2018). Distribution of reported syphilis cases in South China: spatiotemporal analysis. Scientific reports, 8(1), 9090. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-27173-y

  9. Wong, N. S., Lee, C. K., Ng, S. C., Wong, H. K., Chan, D., & Lee, S. S. (2018). Prevalence of hepatitis C infection and its associated factors in healthy adults without identifiable route of transmission. Journal of viral hepatitis, 25(2), 161–170. https://doi.org/10.1111/jvh.12804

  10. Wong, N. S., Mao, J., Cheng, W., Tang, W., Cohen, M. S., Tucker, J. D., & Xu, H. (2018). HIV Linkage to Care and Retention in Care Rate Among MSM in Guangzhou, China. AIDS and behavior, 22(3), 701–710. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10461-017-1893-4

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