Siu, Ming Fai Parco

Associate Professor and Division Head

Division of Kinesiology

  • BSc (HKUST), MPhil (CUHK), PhD (West Virginia), FRSB, FACSM, FECSS, FHKASMSS

Dr Parco Siu joined the School of Public Health at the University of Hong Kong in 2017. He obtained his PhD training in exercise physiology at West Virginia University School of Medicine followed by postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School. Dr Siu is a Fellow of Royal Society of Biology (FRSB), Fellow of American College of Sports Medicine (FACSM), Fellow of European College of Sport Science (FECSS), and Fellow of Hong Kong Association of Sports Medicine and Sports Science (FHKASMSS). He was elected Chartered Scientist (CSci) of Science Council, Chartered Biologist (CBiol) of Royal Society of Biology, and Registered Nutritionist (RNutr) specialised in sports nutrition of Association for Nutrition, U.K.

Dr Siu’s research focuses on the therapeutic effects of exercise frequency (high vs. low), exercise intensity (vigorous vs. moderate), and exercise type (HIIT, Tai Chi, aerobic exercise, and resistance training) on different health issues such as depression, cognitive impairment, insomnia, obesity, metabolic syndrome, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. His research also studies exercise and child health as well as the brain health effects of exercise and the underlying mechanisms. His research has received supports from competitive external research funds including Research Impact Fund, General Research Fund, Health and Medical Research Fund, and Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust.

Dr Siu was the first Hong Kong scholar to be honored to receive the Visiting Scholar Award of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the largest and most respected sports medicine and exercise science organisation in the world. He was also the first scholar from Hong Kong and China to be presented the New Investigator Award of ACSM. Furthermore, Dr Siu had been the recipient of various research awards including the National Student Research Award of ACSM, Research Career Enhancement Award, International Union of Physiological Sciences Travel Award and Beginning Investigator Award of the American Physiological Society (APS), and the Young Investigator Award of the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine (SEBM). He was listed as one of the top 1% cited scholars at HKU in 2019 and 2020.

Dr Siu is actively involving in local community by serving as the Vice President of the Hong Kong Association of Sports Medicine and Sports Science (HKASMSS) and the Executive Committee Member of the Physical Fitness Association of Hong Kong (HKPFA) to contribute to the development of the field in exercise science and sports medicine in Hong Kong.
Selected Publications

(*denotes corresponding author)

  1. Siu PM*, Yu AP, Chin EC, Yu DS, Hui SS, Woo J, Fong DY, Wei GX, and Irwin MR. Effects of Tai Chi or conventional exercise on central obesity in middle-aged and older adults: A three-group randomized controlled trial. Annals of Internal Medicine, 174(8):1050-1057, 2021
    Impact Factor2020 25.4; Top 2% rank 6/318 in Medicine, General & Internal;
    DOI: 10.7326/M20-7014
  2. Siu PM*, Yu AP, Tam BT, Chin EC, Yu DS, Chung KF, Hui SS, Woo J, Fong DY, Lee PH, Wei GX, and Irwin MR. Effects of Tai Chi or exercise on sleep in older adults with insomnia: A three-arm randomized controlled trial. JAMA Network Open, 4(2):e203719, 2021
    Impact Factor2020 8.5; Top 5% rank 15/318 in Medicine, General & Internal;
    DOI: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.37199
  3. Yu AP, Ugwu FN, Tam BT, Lee PH, Ma V, Pang S, Chow AS, Cheng KK, Lai CW, Wong SC, and Siu PM*. Obestatin and growth hormone reveal the interacting effect of central obesity with the cardiometabolic risk factors of metabolic syndrome. Scientific Reports,10(1):5495, 2020
    Impact Factor2020 4.4; Top 13% rank 17/129 in Multidisciplinary Sciences;
    DOI: 10.1038/s41598-020-62271-w
  4. Chin EC, Yu AP, Lai CW, Fong DY, Chan DK, Wong SH, Sun FH, Ngai HH, Yung PS, and Siu PM*. Low-frequency HIIT improves body composition and aerobic capacity in overweight men. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 52(1): 56-66, 2020
    Impact Factor2020 5.4; Top 7% rank 8/116 in Sports Science; DOI: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000002097
  5. Yu AP, Tam BT, Lai CW, Yu DS, Woo J, Chung KF, Hui SS, Liu JY, Wei GX, and Siu PM*. Revealing the neural mechanisms underlying the beneficial effects of Tai Chi: A neuroimaging perspective. American Journal of Chinese Medicine, 46(2): 231-259, 2018
    Impact Factor2020 4.7; Top 8% rank 26/313 in Medicine, General & Internal; DOI:
  6. Yu AP, Ugwu FN, Tam BT, Lee PH, Lai CW, Wong SC, Lam WW, Sheridan S, and Siu PM*. One year of yoga training alters ghrelin axis in centrally obese adults with metabolic syndrome. Frontiers in Physiology, 9: 1321, 2018
    Impact Factor2020 4.6; Top 27% rank 23/84 in Physiology;
    DOI: 10.3389/fphys.2018.01321
  7. Yu AP, Ugwu FN, Tam BT, Lee PH, Lai CW, Wong SC, and Siu PM*. Ghrelin axis reveals the interacting influence of central obesity and hypertension. Frontiers in Endocrinology, 9: 534, 2018
    Ipact Factor2020 5.6; Top 37% rank 66/177 in
    Endocrinology and Metabolism; DOI: 10.3389/fendo.2018.00534
  8. Supriya R, Yu AP, Lee PH, Lai CW, Cheng KK, Yau SY, Chan LW, Yung BY, and Siu PM*. Yoga training modulates adipokines in adults with high-normal blood pressure and metabolic syndrome. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, 28(3): 1130-1138, 2018
    Impact Factor2017 3.6; Top 11% rank 9/81 in Sports Science;
    DOI: 10.1111/sms.13029
  9. Supriya R, Yung BY, Yu AP, Lee PH, Lai CW, Cheng KK, Yau SY, Chan LW, Sheridan S, and Siu PM*. Adipokine profiling in adult women with central obesity and hypertension. Frontiers in Physiology, 9: 294, 2018
    Impact Factor2016 4.1; Top 18% rank 15/84 in Physiology;
    DOI: 10.3389/fphys.2018.00294
  10. Tam BT, Yu AP, Tam EW, Monks DA, Wang XP, Pei XM, Koh SP, Sin TK, Law HK, Ugwu FN, Supriya R, Yung BY, Yip SP, Wong SC, Chan LW, Lai CW, Ouyang P, and Siu PM*. Ablation of Bax and Bak protects skeletal muscle against pressure-induced injury. Scientific Reports, 8(1): 3689, 2018
    Impact Factor2015 5.2; Top 11% rank 7/62 in Multidisciplinary Sciences;
    DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-21853-5