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Dr. Patrick Yau Ming LAI
Associate Professor
Office: 2/F, School of Medical and Health Science, Nelson Court, 45 Waterloo Road, Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel : (852) 3725 6248
Fax: (852) 2783 8635
Dr Lai has been serving as the Associate Professor in the School of Medical and Health Sciences, Tung Wah College since November 2021.
He is a registered diagnostic radiographer in Hong Kong and United Kingdom. Before joining the college, Dr Lai has been engaging from 1997 to 2018 in teaching, research, and academic administration at both the undergraduate and post-graduate radiography programme at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. His primary research interest focuses on bone adaptation under mechanical influences evaluated by multi-modality imaging approach.
Dr Lai’s favourite hobbies are hiking and table tennis which he is skilled at playing the Japanese penhold style.
PhD (Orthopaedics and Traumatology), The Chinese University of Hong Kong
MSc Radiography, Kingston University, UK
Bachelor of Applied Science in Medical Imaging, Charles Sturt University
Professional Diploma in Diagnostic Radiography, Hong Kong Polytechnic
Professional Qualifications/Memberships
Registered Radiographer (Diagnostic, Part I Registration), Radiographer Board of Hong Kong
Registered Diagnostic Radiographer, Health & Care Professions Council, United Kingdom
Member of Australian Society of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy
Author Identifications
ORCID: 0000-0002-5051-5737
Scopus ID: 36800904800
Honours and Awards
  • Best Young Presenter Paper Presentation Award, 21st Asia-Australasia Conference of Radiologic Technologists, 23-25 June 2017, Hong Kong. CN Lam, HF Chan, LYS Chan, ML Hon, CW Lo, CC Ma, MYS Sung, YM Lai. Long-existing difficulty in sonographic visualization of the pancreas: Do water loading and subject’s position help? (Awardee: CN Lam, Supervisor: YM Lai)
  • Department of Health Technology and Informatics, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Teaching Award 2014/2015 for Outstanding Performance and Achievement in Teaching
  • Outstanding oral presentation award (1st prize), Department of Health Technology and Informatics (HTI), PolyU Postgraduate Symposium 2011. HK Luk, YM Lai, L Qin, YP Huang, YP Zheng. Evaluation of bone regenerate growth in a rabbit tibial distraction. osteogenesis model using computed radiography, ultrasonography, and micro-computed tomography. (YM Lai as supervisor)
  • BSc (Hons) Radiography Final Year Project Poster Award (Highly commended), 2011.  YM Lai, TP Chan, PC Lau, WC Ma, SW Wong. Evaluation of grid and non-grid techniques on digital mammographic image: An image quality and radiation dose study. (YM Lai as supervisor)
  • BSc (Hons) Radiography Final Year Project Poster Award (Highly commended), 2003. YM Lai, SK Chan, WY Chan, MK Chow, KM Luk, VWY Hung, L Qin. Investigation of Exercise Effect and Menstruation on Bone Status using Calcaneal Quantitative Ultrasound. (YM Lai as supervisor)
  • Lai YM. Microcalcification detectability: A comparison of conventional and digital high pass filtered mammograms. Best Poster Presentation at ISRRT/AIR Radiography Conference, Sydney, Australia, 18-22 February 2000, pp.204
  • The Best Postgraduate Student in Radiography, Kingston University (United Kingdom), 1997
Teaching Areas
Medical Imaging, Computed Tomography, Radiographic Imaging Science, Clinical Studies (Medical Imaging)
Research Interests
Bone Adaptation under Mechanical Influence, Quantitative Bone Imaging, Image enhancement, Receiver Operating Characteristics Studies, Mammographic Imaging
Funded Projects (Selected)
  • Sze SCW, Lao LX, Ng TB, LAI YM, Zhang YB, Leung GPH, Lin LZ, Wang GC, Lam JKW. Research and Development of the Chinese Medicine Formula ZB and Its Bioactive Compounds as Adjuvant Therapy for Colon Cancer and for Alleviation of Chemotherapy-Induced Osteoporosis using Network and Systems Pharmacological Approaches. Innovative Technology Fund (Tier 3), the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. (Project code: ITS/357/16) HK$1,115,221. (LAI YM as Co-I) 16/10/2017 – 15/04/2019
  • Therapeutic touch: regulation of adult neurogenesis and affective behaviors by tactile stimulation. Project Ref No. 15164216 GRF HK $ 639,600 Lau Wui Man, Lai Yau Ming (Lai YM as Co-I), Chan Chetwyn Che Hin, Lai Yuen Yi Cynthia, So Kwok Fai. (1 Jan 2017-30 Jun 2019)
  • The effect of osthol, an anabolic small molecule on bone formation in fracture healing. Project number: 461113, GRF HK $ 649,524 Project Period (1 Jan 2014-31 Dec 2015). Chan Chun-wai, Leung Wing-Nang Albert, Li gang, Lai Yau Ming. (Lai YM as Co-I) (Completed)
  • Development of Osteoinductive Factor-Hydroxyapatite-collagen Coated Polymer for Bone Tissue Engineering. Project number: ITS/011/12. Chan CW, Leung AWN, Mak AFT, Lai YM, Li, JS, Lee SKM. Project Period (01 Dec 2012-30 Jun 2014). Innovation and Technology Fund, Tier 3. HKD $ 929,660 (Lai YM as Co-I) (Completed)
  • A Novel Estrogenic Protein from Edible Chinese Yam (Dioscorea Opposita Thunb.) as a Potential Drug Candidate for Relieving Menopausal Syndrome. Project number: ITS/262/09. Sze CW, Ng TB, Lai YM, Ye WC, Wong JH. Project Period (01 Dec, 09 – 31 May 2011). Innovation and Technology Fund, Tier 2. HKD $ 771,758 (Lai YM as Co-I) (Completed)
Publications (Selected studies in the areas of Bone Adaptation and Quantitative Bone Imaging)
  • Chung N, Cheng YH, Po HL, Ng WK, Cheung KC, Yung HY, Lai YM. Spinal Phantom comparability Study of Cobb Angle Measurement of Scoliosis using Digital Radiographic Imaging. Journal of Orthopaedic Translation 2018(15): 81-90

  • Lai YM and L Qin (2018) Chapter 7-Imaging Beyond Bone Mineral Density, Pp53-82 in “Recent Advances in Imaging (Volume 1): Medical Imaging Technologies and Methods for Health Care” edited by Tang FH. DOI: 10.2174/97816810871771180101 Bentham Science Publishers
  • Lai YM (2018) Chapter Four-Medical Imaging (医学影像) Pp 78-105 <中医科研英语教程>主編: 童瑶,劳力行 北京: 人民卫生出版社
  • Zhang Z, Leung WN, Li G, Lai YM, Chan CW. Osthole Promotes Endochondral Ossification and Accelerates Fracture Healing in Mice. Calcified Tissue International (2016). DOI: 10.1007/s00223-016-0189-4
  • Kam Lok WONG, Yau Ming LAI, Ka Wan LI, Kai Fai LEE, Tzi Bun Ng, Ho Pan CHEUNG, Yan Bo ZHANG, Lixing LAO, Ricky Ngok-Shun WONG, Pang Chui SHAW, Jack Ho WONG, Zhang Jin ZHANG, Jenny Ka Wing LAM, Wen-Cai Ye, and Stephen Cho Wing SZE. A Novel, Stable, Estradiol-Stimulating, Osteogenic Yam Protein with Potential for the Treatment of Menopausal Syndrome. Scientific Reports 2015 Jul 10; 5:10179. doi: 10.1038/srep10179 http://fhss.polyu.edu.hk/ext/research_highlights/bulletin01.html
  • Lau YC, Lai YM, Po KT, Qian X, Hao HW, Zhao HC, Li LM, Guo X. Dorsal Root Ganglion Electrical Stimulation Promoted Intertransverse Process Spinal Fusion-A Proof-of-Concept Study. Spine Journal 2014, 14(10):2472-2478
  • Luk HK, Lai YM, Qin L, Huang YP, Zheng YP. Computed Radiographic and Ultrasonic Evaluation of Bone Regeneration during Rabbit Tibial Distraction Osteogenesis in Rabbits. Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology 2012 (38) 10: 1744-1758
  • Lai YM, Chan WC (2007) Cortical Bone Mineral Status Evaluated by pQCT, Quantitative Backscattered Electron Imaging and Polarized Light Microscopy. Qin, L., Genant, H.K., Griffith, J.F., Leung, K.S. (Eds.): Advanced Bioimaging Technologies in Assessment of Quality of Bone and Scaffold Biomaterials: Techniques and Applications. Springer.
  • Wang XY, Guo X, Cheng JCY, Mi YL, Lai PYM. Involvement of Calcitonin Gene-Related Peptide Innervation in the Promoting Effect of Low-Intensity Pulsed Ultrasound on Spinal Fusion Without Decortication. SPINE 2010 (35) 26: E1539-1545
  • Lai YM, Qin L, Hung VWY, Chan KM. Regional Differences in Cortical Bone Mineral Density in the Weight-bearing Long-Bone Shaft-A pQCT Study. BONE, 2005 (36): 465-471
  • Lai YM, Qin L, Hung VWY, Choy WY, Chan SK, Chan LWC, Chan KM. Trabecular bone status in ultradistal tibia under habitual gait loading- A pQCT study in postmenopausal women. Journal of Clinical Densitometry 2006 (9)2: 175-183
  • Lai YM, Qin L, Hung VWY, Choy WY, Chan SK, Chan LWC, Chan KM. Trabecular bone status in ultradistal tibia under habitual gait loading- A pQCT study in postmenopausal women. Journal of Clinical Densitometry 2006 (9)2: 175-183
  • Yung PS, Lai YM, Tung GPY, Tsui HT, Wong CK, Hung VWY, Qin L. Effects of Weight-bearing, and Nonweight-bearing Exercises on Bone Properties using Calcaneal Quantitative Ultrasound. British Journal of Sports Medicine. 2005 (39): 547-551
Community/ Professional Contributions (Selected)
  • Member of the Editorial Board, International Journal of Radiology & Medical Imaging
  • Chief Examiner for Part III Registration Examination for Diagnostic Radiographers, Radiographer Board, Hong Kong (2015-2018)
  • Reviewer for the Discovery Grant application, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Dec. 2013-present
  • Honorary Assistant Professor, School of Chinese Medicine, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong (2013-2016)
  • Moderator (Hong Kong Examination and Assessment Authority) of the Physics examination paper, 2012-2019 (Medical Physics elective), Hong Kong Diploma Secondary Education.
  • Deacon, Board of Deacons, Heritage Baptist Church, Sham Shui Po (2007-2013)
  • Honorary Radiographer, Department of Radiology, Queen Mary Hospital, Hospital Authority (1999-2001)

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