Neuropsychiatry

Neuropsychiatry

Digitalization and Brain Health - Digitalization, in addition to urbanization, is becoming a major risk factor for brain and mental health risk. Excessive and problematic smartphone use has been shown to pose potential negative impact on brain development, cognitive capacity (attention, memory and executive function), sleep wake cycle, identity and personality formation, social skills learning and stress coping skills development. We are embarking on the pilot study Assessing the effect of mindfulness on pattern of smartphone use, mental health and cognitive function in Hong Kong youth.

Clinical presentation and treatment of major neuropsychiatric conditions - Our newly set up Neuropsychiatry Clinic is in the planning phase of building up clinical cohorts of psycho-immunology and psycho-endocrinology disorders, frontal-striatal dysfunctions, cortical dysregulation and cognitive disorders. (Prof. MTH Wong)

Youth Neuropsychiatry - there is an increase of mental distress in youth in Hong Kong since mid 2019 in Hong Kong going through social events and living with COVID 19. There is a surge of referrals of adolescents and young adults to Neuropsychiatry Program over the same period accounting for more than 75% of new assessments. Youth (15–24 years of age) is the predominant onset period for mental illness, with 75% of mental and substance use disorders emerging before the age of 25 years. This emerging adolescent and young adult neuropsychiatry clinical cohort is now being studied, focusing on various illness conditions encountered during adolescence and early adulthood from a neurodevelopmental perspective of genetic vulnerability, environmental stress, brain plasticity and sensitive periods and informed by research findings on complex interplay of these factors identified by basic clinical and population neurosciences, with the potential to contribute to adolescent and young adult mental health. (Prof MTH Wong)

Prof. Micheal TH Wong (Lead)
Dr. Christy LM Hui
Dr. Sherry KW Chan
Dr. Edwin HM Lee
Dr. WC Chang
Dr. YN Suen
Dr. Corine SM Wong
Prof. Eric YH Chen