Research Projects

Current major projects

  • Genetic basis of Degenerative Disc Disease in Chinese
  • Gradual scoliosis correction by use of a superelastic alloy
  • Development of an artifical finger joint
  • New Injectable Bioactive Bone Cement for Spinal Surgery
  • Motion analysis for cerebralpalsy and normal Chinese children
  • Using topography of surface EMG for occupational low back pain (LBP) assessment
  • The role of the pineal gland in the causation of scoliosis: A bipedal rhesus monkey model.
  • Transgenic mouse model for the regulation bone formation
  • Shear properties of the lumbar spine and their relationship to spinal instability
  • A minimally invasive approach to anterior release in scoliosis by chemonucleolysis: An experimental study with the rabbit scoliosis model
  • Mouse models for the study of genetic factors affecting bone fracture repair
  • Study of function after hand injuries
  • A comprehensive, objective study of the cause, effect and methods of prevention of occupationally-related low back injury
  • Development fast evoked potential measurement methods and their clinical application in intra-operative spinal cord monitoring
  • Biomechanical and anatomical evaluation of the human lumbosacral fixation
    Intra-operative spinal cord monitoring: The application and limitations of different types of evoked potential techniques

 

Projects funded by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council (RGC)

1994

  • Study of hand function after hand injuries.
  • To study the effect of prosthetic hip joint replacement on bone mass and to determine the ideal prostheses for total hip replacement in the Chinese femora.

1995

  • Intra-operative spinal cord monitoring – Applications and limitations of different types of evoked potentials techniques
  • Study of hand function after hand injuries.

1996

  • Biomechanical and anatomical evaluation of the lumbosacral fixation.
  • Developing fast evoked potential measurement methods and their clinical application in intra-operative spinal cord monitoring.
  • A comprehensive, objective study on the cause, effect and methods of prevention of occupationally-related low back injury.

1997

  • Study of Hand Function after Hand Injuries.
  • Lower Limb Alignment in Chinese Adults.
  • Mouse Models for the Study of Genetic Factors Affecting Bone Fracture Repair.
  • Evaluation of the Hip Joint Load Environment In Normal Chinese Subjects and in Patients who have received an Asiatic design of Total Hip Replacement.

1998

  • A Minimally Invasive Approach to Anterior Release in Scoliosis by Chemonucleolysis: An Experimental study with the rabbit scoliosis model.

1999

  • The Role of the Pineal Gland in the Causation of Scoliosis: A Bipedal Rhesus Monkey Model.
  • Transgenic Mouse Model for the Regulation Bone Formation
  • Shear Properties of the Lumbar Spine and their Relationship to Spinal Instability

 

Projects funded by Committee on Research and Conference Grants, the University of Hong Kong (CRCG)

1995

  • Fresh frozen intervertebral disc allografting.
  • Biofix of comminuted phalangeal fracture – a biomechanical study.
  • Development of the EMG assisted spinal muscle model and application I.

1996

  • Mouse models for the study of genetic factors affecting bone fracture repair
  • Study of osteo-arthritis of thumb base on Chinese.
  • Mechanical stability of the whole lumbar spine after discectomies
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) in Chinese Hip Fracture Patients
  • Development of the EMG assisted spinal muscle model and application II

1997

  • The Stability of the Thoracolumbar Fracture Instrumentation: A Biomechanical Evaluation.

1998

  • Investigation of the viscoelastic properties of lumbar spine
  • An experimental study on the new bioactive materials – Hydroxyapatite composite with gelatin/chitosan with hydrophilic polymer networks
  • Real-time analysis of human lumbar motion by a computer-assisted videofluoroscopic technique

 

Projects Funded by Croucher

1994

  • Evaluation of Changes in Pulmonary Functions in Children with Scoliosis Pre- and Post Operatively and Comparative Analysis with Healthy Southern Chinese Children.

 

Projects funded by Private Donation and other sources

1995

  • Motion Analysis for Cerebral Palsy and Normal Chinese Children

1996

  • Radiographical and Biomechanical consequences of a Misplaced Pedicle Hook.
  • Prospective Study of Distal Radius Fracture.

1997

  • Experimental scoliosis and surgical treatment without fusion in primates.