Lau, Ho Yin Eric

BSocSc (Stat), PhD
Assistant Professor
Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
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Dr Eric Lau joined the School of Public Health in 2006. He graduated with a PhD in statistics at the University of Hong Kong. Dr Lau is interested in surveillance and transmission dynamics of infectious diseases. His latest projects focus on characterization of the impact of health-seeking behavior on infectious disease surveillance, transmission dynamics of hand-foot-and-mouth disease and optimization of surveillance strategy of avian influenza in live poultry markets. He is also actively involved in teaching and is the coordinator of two Advanced Statistics courses in the Master of Public Health programme of the School.

Dr Lau has published over 70 peer-review articles on statistics, epidemiology and disease surveillance. He has also contributed in reviewing manuscripts for various leading international journals, such as American Journal of Epidemiology, Bulletin of the World Health Organization, Emerging Infectious Diseases, Eurosurveillance, Journal of Medical Internet Research, Statistics in Medicine, New England Journal of Medicine and Vaccine. He is a member of the International Society for Disease Surveillance. He serves as an Editorial Board Member at BMC Infectious Diseases.

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Selected Publications  (Pub Med Search)

       (*joint-first, corresponding or senior author)

  1. Lee CF, Cowling BJ, Lau EHY*. Epidemiology of Reemerging Scarlet Fever, Hong Kong, 2005–2015. Emerg Infect Dis. 2017 Oct;23(10):1707-1710. 
  2. Kang M, Lau EHY*, Guan W, Yang Y, Song T, Cowling BJ, Wu J, Peiris M, He J, Mok CKP. Epidemiology of human infections with highly pathogenic avian influenza A(H7N9) virus in Guangdong, 2016 to 2017. Euro Surveill. 2017 Jul 6;22(27). pii: 30568. 
  3. Yuan J, Lau EH*, Li K, Leung YH, Yang Z, Xie C, Liu Y, Liu Y, Ma X, Liu J, Li X, Chen K, Luo L, Di B, Cowling BJ, Tang X, Leung GM, Wang M, Peiris M. Effect of Live Poultry Market Closure on Avian Influenza A(H7N9) Virus Activity in Guangzhou, China, 2014. Emerging Infectious Diseases,2015 Oct;21(10):1784-93. [link
  4. Lau EH, Zheng J, Tsang TK, Liao Q, Lewis B, Brownstein JS, Sanders S, Wong JY, Mekaru SR, Rivers C, Wu P, Jiang H, Li Y, Yu J, Zhang Q, Chang Z, Liu F, Peng Z, Leung GM, Feng L, Cowling BJ, Yu H. Accuracy of epidemiological inferences based on publicly available information: retrospective comparative analysis of line lists of human cases infected with influenza A(H7N9) in China. BMC Med. 2014;12(1):88. [link]
  5. Yu HJ, Cowling BJ, Feng LZ, Lau EHY*, Liao QH, Tsang KL, Peng ZB, Wu P, Liu FF, Fang J, Zhang HL, Li M, Zeng LJ, Xu Z, Li ZJ, Luo HM, Li Q, Feng ZJ, Cao B, Yang WZ, Wu JTK, Wang Y and Leung GM, Human infection with avian influenza A H7N9 virus: An assessment of clinical severity, Lancet, 2013; 382(9887):138-45. [link
  6. Leung CYH, Lau EHY*, Zhang L, Guan Y, Cowling BJ and Peiris JSM, Avian Influenza And Ban On Overnight Poultry Storage In Live Poultry Markets, Hong Kong, Emerging Infectious Diseases, 2012; 18(8):1339-41. [link
  7. Cheng KY, Ip DKM, Cowling BJ, Ho LM, Leung GM and Lau EHY*, Digital dashboard design using multiple data streams for disease surveillance with influenza surveillance as an example, Journal of Medical Internet Research, 2011; 13(4):e85. [link
  8. Lau EHY, Cowling BJ, Ho LM and Leung GM, Optimizing use of multistream influenza sentinel surveillance data, Emerging Infectious Diseases, 2008; 14(7):1154-1157. [link]
  9. Lau EHY, Yip PSF. Estimating the basic reproductive number in the general epidemic model with unknown initial number of susceptible individuals. Scandinavian Journal of Statistics. 2008; 35:650-63. [link]
  10. Lau EHY, Leung, YHC, Zhang LJ, Cowling BJ, Mak SP, Guan Y, Leung GM, Peiris JSM. Effect of Interventions on Influenza A (H9N2) Isolation in Hong Kong’s Live Poultry Markets, 1999–2005. Emerging Infectious Diseases. 2007; 13(9):1340-7. [link] Joomla 3.3 Templates