Lau, Ho Yin Eric

BSocSc (Stat), PhD
Assistant Professor
Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
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Dr Eric Lau is an infectious disease epidemiologist with a focus on surveillance and transmission dynamics of infectious diseasesin human and animals, and assessment of infection control measures. His previous work has contributed to the understanding and control of emerging human and zoonotic diseases such as SARS, MERS, scarlet fever and avian influenza A(H7N9). His latest projects focus on characterizating the impact of healthcare-seeking behavior on infectious disease surveillance, transmission dynamics of hand-foot-and-mouth disease and 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 80 peer-reviewedarticles 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 board member of the International Society for Disease Surveillance and 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. Yang B, Lau EHY*, Cowling BJ. Estimating the Severity Profile of Enterovirus A71 Infections in Children: A Bayesian Synthesis Framework. Am J Epidemiol. 2018 Oct 24. [Epub ahead of print] 
  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