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Research Faculty

Daniel Yee Tak FONG

Dr Daniel Y.T. Fong is currently an Associate Professor at the School of Nursing of The University of Hong Kong. He received his degrees of B.Sc. (1st Hons) in Mathematics and MPhil in Statistics from The University of Hong Kong. He then obtained his Ph.D. in Statistics from the University of Waterloo, Canada. Dr Fong is an experienced biostatistician in health research with over 15 years of experience in clinical trials and statistical consulting. Specifically, he focuses on the application of the best available methods to scientific research in health-related fields, and to develop novel methodologies that could improve the application. Dr Fong's main research themes are Noise induced Health Issues, Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS) and Patient Reported Outcomes (PRO). All require use of proper and sometimes innovative statistical methods. To date, over 200 papers have been published or accepted in international peer-reviewed journals under these themes, including biostatistical methods development and multi-disciplinary research. In particular, our work on AIS has provided new highly graded evidence on a long controversy of scoliosis screening, and our team had been invited to participate in an international task force to review the current evidence of screening for AIS. Moreover, we have shown how physical activity may help improve clinical outcomes including quality of life, and ensured reliable and valid PRO tools are being used in practice, which include but not limited to the SF-12, Weinstein Noise Sensitivity Scale, Chinese Breast Cancer Screen, and Functional Living Index - Cancer. Since 2012, Dr Fong has been elected as the President of the Hong Kong Society for Quality of Life. He is currently appointed as an Associate Editor of the journal of Quality of Life Research, and is also serving in the Editorial Board of Scientific Reports.

Funding Scheme Project Title Approved Amount (HK$)
Seed Fund for Basic Research, HKU A mobile solution of noise assessment for health studies: development and proof of concept 63,460
Health and Medical Research Fund Noise sensitivity and non-restorative sleep in Chinese adults 1,200,000
Seed Fund for Basic Research, HKU Assessing Objective Personal Noise Exposure on Blood Pressure: A Feasibility Study 45,980
Small Project Funding, HKU Subjective tinnitus and noise exposure in young people 80,000
Research Grants Council - Public Policy Research Cost and Clinical Effectiveness of the Hong Kong Scoliosis Screening Programme 710,000
Research Grants Council - Public Policy Research A long term evaluation of the clinical and cost effectiveness of the Hong Kong Scoliosis Screening Programme 351,000
Scoliosis Research Society (New Investigator Grant) Single-blinded comprehensive cohort study incorporating a randomized controlled design on bracing in AIS: a feasibility study 195,000
Small Project Funding, HKU Cross-cultural assessment of the SF-12 health survey 49,571


  1. Fong DYT, Cheung KMC, Wong YW, Wan YY, Lee CF, Lam TP, Cheng JCY, Ng BKW, Luk KDK. A population-based cohort study of 394,401 children followed for ten years exhibits sustained effectiveness of scoliosis screening. The Spine Journal 15(5):825-833, May 2015. (Impact Factor: 3.22)
  2. Fong DYT, Cheung KMC, Wong YW, Cheung WY, Fu ICY, Kuong EE, Mak KC, To M, Samartzis D, Luk KDK. An alternative to a randomized control design for assessing the efficacy and effectiveness of bracing in AIS. The Bone & Joint Journal 97-B(7):973-981, July 2015. (Impact Factor: 2.801)
  3. Fong DY, Lee AH, Tung S, Wong JY, Chan YM, God CR, Cheung YB. The Functional Living Index – Cancer is a Reliable and Valid Instrument in Chinese Cancer Patients. Quality of Life Research 2014; 23(1):311-316. (Impact Factor: 2.412)
  4. Fong DY, Ho JW, Hui B, Lee AM, Macfarlane DJ, Leung SS, Cerin E, Chan WY, Leung IP, Lam SH, Taylor AK, Cheng KK. Physical Activity for Cancer Survivors: Meta-analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials. British Medical Journal 2012; 344:e70. (Impact Factor: 17.215)
  5. Tiwari A, Fong DY, Yuen KH, Yuk H, Pang P, Humphreys J, Bullock L. Effect of an Advocacy Intervention on Mental Health in Chinese Women Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence: A Randomized Controlled Trial. JAMA - Journal of American Medical Association 2010; 304(5):536-543. (Impact Factor: 29.978)
  6. Wong BC, Lam SK, Wong WM, Chen JS, Zheng TT, Feng RE, Lai KC, Hu WHC, Yuen ST, Leung SY, Fong DY, Ho J, Ching CK, Chen JS. Helicobacter pylori eradication to prevent gastric cancer in a high-risk region of China: A randomized controlled trial. JAMA - Journal of American Medical Association 291(2):187-194, 2004. (Impact Factor: 29.978)
  7. Luk KD, Lee CF, Cheung KM, Cheng JC, Ng BK, Lam TP, Mak KH, Yip PS, Fong DY*. Clinical Effectiveness of School Screening for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis: A Large Population-Based Retrospective Cohort Study. Spine 2010; 35(17):1607-1614. (Impact Factor: 2.159)
  8. Fong DY, Lee CF, Cheung KM, Cheng JC, Ng BK, Lam TP, Mak KH, Yip PS, Luk KDK. A meta-analysis of the clinical effectiveness of school scoliosis screening. Spine 2010; 35(10):1061-1071. (Impact Factor: 2.159)
  9. Fong DY, Lam CLK, Mak KK, Lo WS, Lai YK, Ho SY, Lam TH. The Short Form-12 Health Survey was a valid instrument in Chinese adolescents. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. 2010; 63(9):1020-1029. (Impact Factor: 5.332)
  10. Fong DY, Ho SY, Lam TH. Evaluation of Internal Reliability in the Presence of Inconsistent Responses. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes 2010; 12:8-27. (Impact Factor: 2.272)
  • Quality of Life Research
  • Scientific Reports
  • Pharmaceutical Statistics
  • President, World Association for Chinese Quality of Life
  • Co-Director, Research and Scholarship programme, Institute of Medical and Health Sciences Education, The University of Hong Kong
  • Member of Department of Education, The College of Surgeons of Hong Kong
  • Member of International Society for Quality of Life
  • Member of Research Committee, Hong Kong Family Planning Association