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Professor Suzanne Sut-ying C HO (何陳雪鸚教授)

BA (Calif., Berkeley), MSc (Brown), MPH(Col.), PhD (Sing.), FACE

Founding Director, Centre of Research and Promotion of Women’s Health

Emeritus Professor of Public Health and Primary Care





Suzanne C Ho is Emeritus Professor of Public Health, and Founding Director of the Centre of Research and Promotion of Women’s Health of the Chinese University of Hong Kong.  Head of Epidemiology Division from 2007-2009, Professor Ho is also the Founding Director of the Postgraduate Programmes of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and served as Programme Director from 1990 to 2010. 


Professor Ho’s major research interests are in women’s health (particularly mid-life women), nutritional epidemiology, aging, and breast cancer.  She has obtained many competitive grants from the government as well as international research funds for studies in the above-mentioned areas. Her publications have totaled 21 books/book chapters, and over 257 scientific publications in refereed journals.  In addition, Professor Ho is actively involved in and has contributed to over 63 publications from Multi-center Studies. She has served as the Principal Supervisor of 12 PhD candidates and over 58 MPhil/MPH/MSc students and External Examiner of over 20 Mphil/PhD candidates.


Research Interest


  • Women’s health – Women’s health in midlife, soy protein and isoflavones intake and women’s health, cardiovascular health, body composition, life-style determinants

  • Osteoporosis – bone mass and bone loss in different age groups and their determinants

  • Breast cancer – predictors of breast cancer survival, diet and breast cancer risks and survival, behavioral changes among breast cancer survivors.

  • Nutritional epidemiology – nutritional intake in population groups, dietary intake and effects on health, particularly chronic diseases

  • Aging – epidemiology of aging, morbidity outcomes, and longitudinal study on mortality


Recent Selected Publications


  1. Lei YY, Ho SC, Cheng A, Kwok C, Cheung KL, He YQ, Lee CI, Lee R, Yeo W. Dietary changes in the first 3 years after breast cancer diagnosis: a prospective Chinese breast cancer cohort study. Cancer Manag Res. 2018;10:4073-4084.

  2. Ho SC, Liang ZZ, Yu RHY, Sham A.  Association of life events and depressive symptoms among early postmenopausal Chinese women in Hong Kong. Menopause 2017;24(2):180-186.

  3. Li S, Ho SC*, Sham A. Relationship between menopause status, attitude toward menopause, and quality of life in Chinese midlife women in Hong Kong. Menopause. 2016;23(1):67-73.

  4. Styrkarsdottir U, Thorleifsson G, Gudjonsson SA, Sigurdsson A, Center JR, Lee SH, Nguyen TV, Kwok TCY, Lee JSW, Ho SC, Woo J, Leung PC, Kim BJ, Rafnar T, LA Kiemeney, Ingvarsson T, Koh JM, Tang NLS, Eisman JA, Christiansen C, Sigurdsson G, Thorsteinsdottir U, Stefansson K.  Sequence variants in the PTCH1 gene associate with spine bone mineral density and osteoporotic fractures.  Nat Commun. 2016;7:10129.

  5. Li B, Wang L, Lu MS, Mo XF, Lin FY, Ho SC*, Zhang CX.  Passive smoking and breast cancer risk among non-smoking women: a case-control study in China. PLoS One. 2015;10(4):e0125894.

  6. Zhang ZQ, Ho SC, Chen ZQ, Zhang CX, Chen YM. Reference values of bone mineral density and prevalence of osteoporosis in Chinese adults. Osteoporos Int. 2014;25(2):497-507

  7. Xie Y, Ho SC.  Prenotification had no additional effect on the response rate and survey quality: a randomized trial.  J Clin Epidemiol. 2013;66(12):1422-6.

  8. Zhang CX, Pan MX, Li B, Wang L, Mo XF, Chen YM, Lin FY, Ho SC*.  Choline and betaine intake is inversely associated with breast cancer risk: A two-stage case-control study in China.  Cancer Sci. 2013;104(2):250-8

  9. Liu ZM, Ho SC*, Chen YM, Woo J.  Effect of soy protein and isoflavones on blood pressure and endothelial cytokines- a six-month randomized controlled trial among postmenopausal women.  J Hypertens 2013;31(2):384-92

  10. Wu SH, Ho SC*, Chau PH, Goggins W, Sham A, Woo J.  Sex differences in stroke incidence and survival in Hong Kong, 2000-2007.  Neuroepidemiology. 2012;38(2):69-75.

  11. Zhang CX, Ho SC*, Chen YM, Lin FY, Fu JH, Cheng SZ.  Dietary folate, vitamin B6, vitamin B12 and methionine intake and risk of breast cancer by estrogen and progesterone receptor status.  Br J Nutr. 2011;106(6):936-43

  12. Liu Z, Chen YM, Ho SC*.  Effects of soy intake on glycemic control: A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.  Am J Clin Nutr  2011;93(5):1092-101

  13. Zhang CX, Ho SC*, Fu JH, Cheng SZ, Chen YM, Lin FY.  Dietary patterns and breast cancer risk among Chinese women.  Cancer Causes Control. 2011;22(1):115-24

  14. Parr CL, Batty GD, Lam HT, Barzi F, Fang XH, Ho SC, Jee SH, Ansary-Moghaddam A, Jamrozik K (deceased), Ueshima H, Woodward M and Huxley RR on behalf of the Asia Pacific Cohort Studies Collaboration.  Obesity, overweight and cancer mortality in the Asia-Pacific Cohort Studies Collaboration: pooled analyses of 424 519 participants.  Lancet Oncol. 2010;11(8):741-752

  15. Leung WW, Ho SC, Chan HL, Wong V, Yeo W, Mok TS.  Moderate coffee consumption reduces the risk of hepatocellular carcinoma in hepatitis B chronic carriers: a case-control study. J Epidemiol Community Health 2011;65(6):556-8

  16. Liu ZM, Chen YM, Ho SC*, Ho YP, Woo J.  Effects of soy protein and isoflavones on glycemic control and insulin sensitivity: a 6-mo double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial in postmenopausal Chinese women with prediabetes or untreated early diabetes.  Am J Clin Nutr. 2010;91(5):1394-401

  17. Ho SC, Wu SH, Chan SG, Sham A.  Menopausal transition and changes of body composition: a prospective study in Chinese perimenopausal women. Int J Obes 2010;34(8):1265-74

  18. Zhang CX, Ho SC*, Lin FY, Cheng SZ, Fu JH, Chen YM.  Soy product and isoflavone intake and breast cancer risk defined by hormone receptor status.  Cancer Sci 2010;101(2):501-7

  19. Chen YM, Ho SC*, Lam SS.  Higher sea fish intake is associated greater bone mass in postmenopausal Chinese women.  Osteoporosis Int 2010;21(6):939-46

  20. Zhang CX, Ho SC*, Chen YM, Lin FY, Fu JH, Cheng SZ.  Meat and egg consumption and risk of breast cancer among Chinese women.  Cancer Causes Control 2009;20(10):1845-53.

  21. Zhang CX, Ho SC*, Chen YM, Fu JH, Cheng SZ, Lin FY.  Greater vegetable and fruit intake is associated with a lower risk of breast cancer among Chinese women.  Int J Cancer 2009;125(1):181-188

  22. Ho SC, Chan SG, Yip YB, Chan CSY, Woo J, Sham A.  Change in bone mineral density and its determinants in pre- and perimenopausal Chinese women: the Hong Kong perimenopausal women osteoporosis study.  Osteoporos Int 2008; 19:1785-1796


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