Siu, Ming Fai Parco

Associate Professor and Division Head
Division of Kinesiology
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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 exercise physiology and muscle biology. His research studies the health-promoting effects as well as the underlying mechanisms of different exercise modalities including high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and Tai Chi. His research also investigates the molecular mechanisms of muscle adaptation and plasticity in response to exercise, disuse, aging and diseases. His research has received supports from competitive external research funds including 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).

Dr Siu is actively involving in local community by serving as the Honorary Secretary of the Hong Kong Association of Sports Medicine and Sports Science and the Executive Committee Member of the Physical Fitness Association of Hong Kong to contribute to the development of the field in exercise science and sports medicine in Hong Kong. 

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Selected Publications  (Pub Med Search)

(since 2014; *denotes corresponding author)

  1. 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 Factor2016 3.2; Rank 3/26 in Integrative and Complementary Medicine; top 12%)
  2. 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; Rank 7/62 in Multidisciplinary Sciences; top 11%)
  3. 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 Factor2016 3.3; Rank 9/81 in Sports Science; top 11%)
  4. Ugwu FN, Yu AP, Sin TK, Tam BT, Lai CW, Wong SC, and Siu PM*. Protective effect of unacylated ghrelin on compression-induced skeletal muscle injury mediated by SIRT1-signaling. Frontiers in Physiology, 8: 962, 2017 (Impact Factor2016 4.1; Rank 15/84 in Physiology; top 18%)
  5. Sin TK, Tam BT, Yu AP, Yung BY, Yip SP, Chan LW, Wong CS, Rudd JA, and Siu PM*. Acute treatment of resveratrol alleviates doxorubicin-induced myotoxicity in aged skeletal muscle through SIRT1-dependent mechanisms. Journal of Gerontology: Biological Sciences, 71(6):730-739, 2016 (Impact Factor2016 6.0; Rank 1/32 in Gerontology; top 1%)
  6. Tam BT, Pei XM, Yu AP, Sin TK, Leung KK, Au KK, Chong JT, Yung BY, Yip SP, Chan LW, Wong CS, and Siu PM*. Autophagic adaptation is associated with exercise-induced fibre-type shifting in skeletal muscle. Acta Physiologica, 214(2): 221-236, 2015 (Impact Factor2014 4.4; Rank 10/83 in Physiology; top 12%)
  7. Sin TK, Tam BT, Yung BY, Yip SP, Chan LW, Wong CS, Ying M, Rudd JA, and Siu PM*. Resveratrol protects against doxorubicin-induced cardiotoxicity in aged hearts through the SIRT1-USP7 axis. Journal of Physiology, 593(8): 1887-1899, 2015 (Impact Factor2014 5.0; Rank 5/83 in Physiology; top 6%)
  8. Sin TK, Yung BY, and Siu PM*. Modulation of SIRT1/Foxo1 signaling axis by resveratrol: Implications in skeletal muscle ageing and insulin resistance. Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry, 35(2): 541-552, 2015 (Impact Factor2015 4.7; Rank 9/83 in Physiology; top 11%)
  9. Sin TK, Yu AP, Yung BY, Yip SP, Chan LW, Wong CS, Ying M, Rudd JA, and Siu PM*. Modulating effect of SIRT1 activation induced by resveratrol on Foxo1-associated apoptotic signalling in senescent heart. Journal of Physiology, 592(Pt 12): 2535-2548, 2014 (Impact Factor2014 5.0; Rank 5/83 in Physiology; top 6%)
  10. Tam BT and Siu PM*. Autophagic cellular responses to physical exercise in skeletal muscle. Sports Medicine, 44(5): 625-640, 2014 (Impact Factor2014 6.8; Rank 1/81 in Sport Science; top 1%) Joomla 3.3 Templates