Clinical Assistant Professor (joint appointment with Faculty of Architecture)
Division of Community Medicine and Public Health Practice
Dr Michael Ni joined the School of Public Health as Clinical Assistant Professor. He trained in internal medicine at Queen Mary Hospital, pursued postgraduate studies at Harvard University, and obtained a higher doctorate by research in psychiatric epidemiology from the University of Hong Kong. Dr Ni is a specialist in public health medicine and has been conferred Fellowships by the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine (Community Medicine), Hong Kong College of Community Medicine, and the United Kingdom’s Faculty of Public Health. He also obtained Membership of the Royal College of Physicians, and received the American College of Chest Physicians Prize.
As a public health physician, Dr Ni’s interdisciplinary research spans across different fields while maintaining a focus on population mental health. His primary area of research is at the intersection of social and psychiatric epidemiology, and revolves around prevailing and emerging social determinants of mental health. Since 2014, Dr Ni’s research programme has been supported by 21 grants, including 12 as PI or Co-PI, with funding over HK$40 million.
Dr Ni is Programme Director for the FAMILY Cohort (n=46,001), a large population-based cohort study in Hong Kong, and holds a joint appointment with the Faculty of Architecture. He serves as a Principal Investigator and on the Executive Committee of the State Key Laboratory of Brain and Cognitive Sciences. He is responsible for coordinating modules in both the undergraduate medical and postgraduate public health curricula.
1. Leung GM, Ni MY*, Wong PTK, et al. Cohort Profile FAMILY Cohort. International Journal of Epidemiology 2017 Apr; 46(2):e1 [link]
2. Ni MY*, Li TK, Pang H, et al. Direct participation in and indirect exposure to “Occupy Central” and depressive symptoms: a longitudinal study of Hong Kong adults. American Journal of Epidemiology 2016; 184(9):636-643 [link]
3. Ni MY*, Li TK, Pang H, et al. Longitudinal patterns and predictors of depression trajectories related to the 2014 Occupy Central/Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong. American Journal of Public Health 2017 [link]
4. Yao XI, Ni MY*, Cheung F, et al. Change in moderate alcohol drinking and quality of life: evidence from two population-based cohorts. CMAJ 2019 (in press).
5. Gilman SE, Ni MY, Dunn EC, et al. Contributions of the social environment to first-onset and recurrent mania. Molecular Psychiatry 2015;20(3):329-36 [link]
6. Ni MY, Jiang CQ, Cheng KK, et al. Stress across the Life Course and Depression in a Rapidly Developing Population: The Guangzhou Biobank Cohort Study. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry 2016 Jun;31(6):629-37 [link]
7. Ni MY*, Li TK, Hui RW, McDowell I, Leung GM. Effect of request for unique personal identifiers and souvenir incentives on consent to health record linkage: evidence from an RCT nested within a cohort. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology 2017 Apr;84:142-149 [link]
8. Wong IY, Ni MY*, Wong IOL, Fong N, Leung GM. Saving sight in China and beyond: the Lifeline Express model. BMJ Global Health 2018 Jul; 3(4):e000766 [link]
9. Ni MY*, Chan BHY, Leung GM, Lau EH, Pang H. Transmissibility of the Ice Bucket Challenge among globally influential celebrities: retrospective cohort study. BMJ 2014; 349:g7185 [link]
10. Cowling BJ, Jin L, Lau EH, Liao Q, Wu P, Jiang H, Tsang TK, Zheng J, Fang VJ, Chang Z, Ni MY, Zhang Q, Ip DK, Yu J, Li Y, Wang L, Tu W, Meng L, Wu JT, Luo H, Li Q, Shu Y, Li Z, Feng Z, Yang W, Wang Y, Leung GM, Yu H. Comparative epidemiology of human infections with avian influenza A H7N9 and H5N1 viruses in China: a population-based study of laboratory-confirmed cases. Lancet 2013; 382:129-37. [link]