Respirology

The Division of Paediatric Respiratory and Sleep Medicine aims to improve the respiratory health of children through outstanding clinical care, research and education. We provide comprehensive evaluation and treatment of infants, children and adolescentswith a full spectrum of respiratory and sleep disorders.

The Division Highlights include a mulitdisciplinary paediatric sleep evaluation program, a non-invasive airway inflammation assessment laboratory, a state-of-the-art cardiopulmonary function laboratory and flexible bronchoscopy.

The Team

Clinical Services

In-patient service includes flexible bronchoscopy, overnight polysomnography and non-invasive ventilation titration, respiratory assessment of surgical patients and respiratory consultations.

 

Out-patient service includes:

  1. Weekly Chest Clinic

  2. Weekly General Paediatric Clinic

  3. Fortnightly Sleep Disorder Clinic

  4. Fortnightly Obesity and Lipid Disorder Clinic

  5. Monthly Paediatric Upper Airway Clinic jointly with ENT surgeons

  6. Two-monthly Cranio-facial Clinic jointly with Dental and Neurosurgeons

 

Research

Our division has well established research programs devoted to improving the health of children with respiratory and sleep-related breathing diseases. Most investigations in the division are funded by the Research Grants Council and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. We also actively participate in industry-sponsored research projects.

 

On-going research work includes:

  1. Epidemiology of bronchiolitis

  2. Systemic inflammation in children with asthma

  3. Early exposure to household pollutants and infant wheeze

  4. Induced sputum in children with acute asthma exacerbation

  5. Working memory in children with obstructive sleep apnoea

  6. Sleep duration and ambulatory blood pressure

  7. Sleep ecology and pattern of pre-school children

  8. Endothelial function in children with primary sn

 

Selected Research Grants

  1. Prenatal mercury exposure and childhood cardiopulmonary health outcomes
    Principal investigator – Simon Lam
    RGC Earmarked Grant for Research (CUHK 468509) - HKD 644,238

  2. Prospective study of the association between childhood obstructive sleep apnoea and hypertension
    Principal investigator – Albert Li
    RGC Earmarked Grant for Research (CUHK 470108) - HKD 691,011

  3. Endothelial function in children with obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome – a case-control study.
    Principal investigator – Albert Li
    RGC Earmarked Grant for Research (4508/06M) - HKD 555,092

  4. Daytime sleepiness and obstructive sleep apnoea in children and adolescents with beta-thalassaemia – a pilot study.
    Principal investigator – Albert Li
    Children’s Thalassaemia Foundation - HKD 104,610

  5. An epidemiological study of obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome in Hong Kong Chinese children.
    Principal investigator – Albert Li
    RGC Earmarked Grant for Research (4161/02M) - HKD 1,629,000

 

Selected Publications

  1. AM Li, D Chan, E Wong, J Yin, EAS Nelson, TF Fok. The effects of obesity on pulmonary function. Arch Dis Child 2003;88:361-363.

  2. Li AM, Lex C, Zacharasiewicz A, Wong E, Erin E, Hansel T, Wilson NM, Bush A. Cough frequency in children with stable asthma: correlation with lung function, exhaled nitric oxide and sputum eosinophil count. Thorax 2003;58(11):974-978.

  3. AM Li, S Sonnappa, C Lex, E Wong, A Zacharasiewicz, A Bush, A Jaffe. Non-CF bronchiectasis: does knowing the aetiology lead to changes in management? Eur Respir J 2005;26(1):8-14.

  4. Albert M. Li, Jane Yin, Jun T Au, Hung K So, Tony Tsang, Eric Wong, Tai F Fok, Pak C Ng. Standard reference for the 6-minute walk test in healthy children aged 7 to 16 years.AJRCCM 2007;176(2):174-180.

  5. AM Li, YK Wing, A Cheung, D Chan, C Ho, S Hui, TF Fok. Is a 2-night polysomnographic study necessary in childhood sleep-related disordered breathing? Chest 2004;126(5):1467-1472.

  6. Albert M Li, Emily Hung, Tony Tsang, Jane Yin, Dorothy Chan, Eric Wong, Tai F Fok, Pak C Ng. Induced sputum inflammatory measures correlate with disease severity in children with obstructive sleep apnoea. Thorax 2007;62(1):75-79.

  7. AM Li, CT Au, RYT Sung, C Ho, PC Ng, TF Fok, YK Wing. Ambulatory blood pressure in children with obstructive sleep apnea – a community based study. Thorax 2008;63(9):803-809.

  8. AM Li, Chun T Au, Crover Ho, Tai F Fok, Yun K Wing. Blood pressure is elevated in children with primary snoring. J Pediatr 2009;155(3):362-3

 

Educational activities

  • Bi-annual Update in Paediatric Respiratory Diseases International Conference {http://www.pae.cuhk.edu.hk}

  • Bi-annual Update in Sleep Medicine International Conference {http://www.pae.cuhk.edu.hk/SLEEP2010}

  • Monthly Respiratory Medicine Journal Club

  • Monthly Clinical Presentation / Topic Discussion Meeting

  • Monthly Lunchtime Educational Talk by Invited Speakers

  • Weekly Polysomnography Round jointly with Sleep Assessment Unit, Department of Psychiatry, Shatin Hospital

  • Four monthly Tele-conference jointly with Pamela Youde Eastern, Queen Mary and Tun Mun Hospital. Details of past meetings are as follows:

  • September 2009 – TMH – A boy with cyanosis

  • December 2009 – QMH - A 14-year-old boy with persistent cough

  • April 2010 – PYNEH - A girl with abnormal movement during sleep

 

Awards and Appreications

Prof. Albert M. Li

  • Best Teacher Awards for five consecutive years from 2003 to 07, CUHK.

  • Master Teacher Awards 2007, CUHK.

  • Younger Investigator Award, 6th International Congress of Pediatric Pulmonology. 2004. Lisbon. Portugal.

  • Silver Travelling Award, European Respiratory Society Annual Scientific Meeting. September 2004. Glasgow. United Kingdom.

  • Travel Grant Award, 13th Asia Pacific Society of Respirology Annual Scientific Meeting. November 2008. Bangkok.

  • Best Oral Presentation, Hong Kong Paediatric Society Annual Scientific Meeting. November 2008. Hong Kong.

 

Prof. Simon Lam

  • Best Poster Presentation, Hong Kong Paediatric Society Annual Scientific Meeting. November 2006. Hong Kong.

  • Best Oral Presentation, Hong Kong Paediatric Society Annual Scientific Meeting. November 2006. Hong Kong.

  • Best Oral Presentation, Hong Kong Paediatric Society Annual Scientific Meeting. November 2009. Hong Kong.

DEPARTMENT OF PAEDIATRICS

Faculty of Medicine

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

6/F Lui Che Woo Clinical Sciences Building

Prince of Wales Hospital

Shatin

HONG KONG

Office Hours:

08:45 - 13:00 and 14:00 - 17:30 (Mon - Thur)

08:45 - 13:00 and 14:00 - 17:45 (Fri)

Email:  paediatrics@cuhk.edu.hk

Tel:       +852 3505-2851

Fax:      +852 2636-0020

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