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Dr. Rufina Wing Lum LAU


Senior Lecturer (Physiotherapy)
Office: 10/F, School of Medical and Health Sciences, Ma Kam Chan Memorial Building, 31 Wylie Road, Homantin, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel : (852) 3190 6766
Fax: (852) 2783 8635
Dr. Rufina Lau is a dedicated clinician-educator. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Physiotherapy from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and she further pursued Doctor of Philosophy in Orthopaedics and Traumatology at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her academic interests and expertise include musculoskeletal physiotherapy, women’s health, lymphoedema management and cancer rehabilitation. She has obtained post-graduate training in acupuncture and manual therapy. Dr. Lau is also a certified GYROTONIC® level 1 instructor, and certified Manual Lymphatic Drainage/ Combined Decongestive Therapy therapist from Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy and Dr. Vodder School.
Dr. Lau have taught in various physiotherapy programmes in Hong Kong and China, mainly on musculoskeletal physiotherapy subjects and clinical education. Her teaching has been focused on helping students to become a life-long learner and instill their desire to achieve high standards of clinical practice. Her vision in educational innovation and leadership is recognized by teaching awards.
Professional Qualification
Registered Physiotherapist (Hong Kong, Australia & New Zealand)
Academic Qualifications
Doctor of Philosophy in Orthopaedics & Traumatology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Master of Science in Health Care, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Professional Development Diploma in Acupuncture, Hong Kong Baptist University
Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Author Identifications
ORCID ID: 0000-0002-2889-1103
SCOPUS Author ID: 14422540000
Researcher ID (Web of Science): C-6056-2015
Honours and Awards (Selected)
Teaching Excellence Award 2021/2022, Tung Wah College
The Best Paper Award for Associate Member, The Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association 41st Annual Congress
Faculty Prize for Outstanding Performance and Achievement in Teaching, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (2014)
RS Outstanding Teaching Award, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (2013)
Teaching Areas
Musculoskeletal physiotherapy
Research Interests
Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis, Musculoskeletal Disorders, Lymphoedema, Cancer Rehabilitation
Funded Projects (Selected)
Evaluation of cardiovascular responses in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) girls performing E-Fit exercise intervention: a pilot study. Funded by School Research Grant, School of Medical and Health Sciences, Tung Wah College. (Principal Investigator, Project No.: 2019-02-52-SRG190201)
Clinical Educator Training Course Using Blended Learning Approach. Funded by Overseas Scholarship Scheme (Teaching Development) Implementation Fund, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. (Project Leader, 2015)
Publications (Selected)
Lau RWL, Kwan RLC, Cheng JCY, Hui SSC, Lam TP. Patients with Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis Have Higher Metabolic Cost during High-Intensity Interval Training. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2023, 20, 2155. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph20032155 (IF:4.614)
Tsang SMH, Szeto GPY, So BCL, Lau RWL, Tai JJ. Using cervical movement velocity to assist the prediction of pain and functional recovery for people with chronic mechanical neck pain. Clin Biomech (Bristol, Avon). 2022 Mar;93:105607. doi: 10.1016/j.clinbiomech.2022.105607. Epub 2022 Feb 26. PMID: 35245780. (IF:2.063)
Lau RWL, Cheuk KY, Ng BKW, Tam EMS, Hung ALH, Cheng JCY, Hui SSC, Lam TP. Effects of a home-based exercise intervention (E-Fit) on bone density, muscle function, and quality of life in girls with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS): a pilot randomized controlled trial. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(20):10899. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182010899 (IF: 4.614)
Lau RWL, Cheuk KY, Tam EMS, Hui SCC, Cheng JCY, Lam TP. Feasibility and effects of 6-month home-based digitally supported E-Fit program utilizing high-intensity interval exercises in girls with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis: a randomized controlled pilot study. In Liu X and Thometz JC (Ed). Research into Spinal Deformities 9. IOS Press, 2021; 195-198. https://doi.org/10.3233/SHTI210466.
So BCL, Szeto GPY, Lau RWL, Dai J, Tsang SMH. Effects of ergomotor intervention on improving occupational health in workers with work-related neck-shoulder pain. International Journal Environmental Research and Public Health; 2019, 16, 5005. http://doi:10.3390/ijerph16245005. (IF: 2.468)
Tsang SMH, So BCL, Lau RWL, Dai J, Szeto GPY. Comparing the effectiveness of integrating ergonomics and motor control to conventional treatment for pain and functional recovery of work-related neck-shoulder pain: A randomized trial. European Journal of Pain; 2019; 00:1-12.http://doi:10.1002/ejp.1381. (IF:2.991)
Tsang SMH, So BCL, Lau RWL, Dai J and Szeto GPY. Effects of combining ergonomic interventions and motor control exercises on muscle activity and kinematics in people with work-related neck-shoulder pain. European Journal of Applied Physiology. 2018; 118(1) ; doi:10.1007/s00421-018-3802-6. (IF:2.401)
Lau RWL, Cheing GLY. Managing postmastectomy lymphedema with low-level laser therapy. Photomedicine and Laser Surgery. 2009; 27:763-9.
Lee SW, Chan KM, Lam TS, Lam C, Lau NC, Lau WL, Chan ST.  Relationship between low back pain and lumbar multifidus size at different postures.  Spine 2006; 31: 2258-62.
Community/ Professional Contributions
Committee Member, Examination Committee, The Physiotherapists Board, Hong Kong (2021-2023)
Honorary Advisor, Asian Academy of Sports and Fitness Professionals (2012- present)

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Ma Kam Chan Memorial Building,
31 Wylie Road, Homantin, Hong Kong
Mongkok Campus
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and Cheung Chin Lan Hong Building, 98,
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16/F, Tower 2,
Kowloon Commerce Centre,
51 Kwai Cheong Road,
Kwai Chung, Hong Kong
(852) 3190 6678