Gary Kui Kai Lau graduated in 2008 from the University of Hong Kong with a MBBS and Master of Research in Cardiovascular Medicine degree. He joined the Division of Neurology, University of Hong Kong as Clinical Assistant Professor in 2011 under the prestigious Young Academic Scheme. He completed his Neurology training at Queen Mary Hospital in 2015 and subsequently received a PhD in Clinical Neurosciences (Stroke medicine) in 2018 (University of Oxford Croucher Scholar) at The Centre for Prevention of Stroke and Dementia, University of Oxford, under the mentorship of Professor Peter Rothwell. He was promoted to Clinical Associate Professor in 2022.
Dr Lau’s research focuses on the causes of stroke and improving the prevention of stroke. He has published over 130 research articles or book chapters relating to stroke, including in reputable journals such as Lancet Neurology, Lancet Infectious Diseases, European Heart Journal, Nature Communications, JAMA Neurology, Neurology and Stroke. He currently leads the Stroke Research and Prevention Group at HKU, and is the Principal Investigator / Co-Principal Investigator of four prospective stroke registries in different regions of Hong Kong. He pioneered the WeRISE App – a one-stop platform for stroke patients and families combating stroke. This App has been widely utilised and disseminated throughout the medical and social sectors of Hong Kong.
Dr Lau is a recognised regional leader in stroke and is a Founding Steering Committee Member of the Microbleeds International Collaborative Network (MICON), Steering Committee Member and Country Lead of the International Multicentre Patent Foramen Ovale and Stroke registry (IMPROVE) and Founding Committee Member of the Neurological and Mental Health Global Epidemiology Network (NeuroGEN). He is a Director of the Hong Kong Stroke Fund, Honorary Treasurer of the Hong Kong Stroke Society, and currently serves as an Honorary Advisor for the Hong Kong Stroke Association and Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation.
Dr Lau has also made substantial contributions to teaching and learning, in particular relating to innovative pedagogies in eLearning. He is currently the Director of Educational Technology at HKUMed, is the Founding Editor of the HKU eLearning Platform in Clinical Neurosciences and was the Chief Coordinator of the HKU eLearning Platform in Clinical Medicine.
In recognition of his clinical, research and teaching excellence, Dr Lau has been awarded the Paul Dudley White International Scholar Award, American Heart Association Award for Patient-Oriented or Clinical Research in Hypertension, Hong Kong West Cluster Outstanding Team Award for Comprehensive Acute Stroke Service; Faculty Teaching Medal, British Medical Association Award for a highly commended title under ‘Neurology’ and Smart Ageing Gold Award from the Golden Age Foundation.
Achieving our vision of a life free from stroke is a task that WSO cannot achieve alone. We are committed to building our partnerships at the global, regional and national level to scale up and deliver improvements in prevention, treatment and support to reduce the burden of stroke.
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