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馮慧東

Biography

Dr. Ada Fung, Associate Professor of the Smart Society Lab and the Department of Sport, Physical Education and Health at the Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU), is an active scholar in early detection and intervention of cognitive decline and neurocognitive disorders, brain health promotion, dementia risk reduction and determinants of healthy ageing. Her recent research also focuses on developing smart technology for mental health intervention. Prior to HKBU, she served as an Assistant Professor (2018 -2022) and was appointed as the first recipient of Thetos Foundation Endowed Young Scholar in Social Services in the Department of Applied Social Sciences at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Dr. Fung was trained as a clinical gerontologist and completed postdoctoral training in the Department of Psychiatry at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2017. In 2019, she developed a web-based computerized Hong Kong - Vigilance and Memory Test (HK-VMT) for detection on early subtle cognitive decline in older people, which is funded by Innovation and Technology Fund for Better Living (ITFBL) (www.hkvmt.com). Over 900 older people across different District Elderly Community Centers were benefited by this newly launched online screening platform since late 2021. The project has laid the foundation to support cognitive health and lifestyle modification from mid- through later-life. Dr. Fung was the honorary secretary of the Chinese Dementia Research Association (CDRA), and currently serves as an honorary treasurer of the CDRA, a specialist of the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications, and an associate editor for a specialty section in Mood Disorders of the Frontiers in Psychiatry. In addition to her research efforts, she is involved in teaching in health promotion at HKBU. 

Research Interests

  • Early detection and intervention for cognitive decline and neurocognitive disorders
  • Promoting cognitive and mental health in older adults
  • Dementia risk reduction
  • Determinants of healthy ageing
  • Development of smart technology in mental healthcare

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

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