Our ambassadors

Our ambassadors promote World Cancer Research Fund in Hong Kong and across Asia.

In January 2016, World Cancer Research Fund HK adopted a new approach to delivering our mission in the region.

Working alongside leading researchers in Asia, we transformed from an office running health information and fundraising programmes to a regional scientific presence focusing on cancer prevention.

Our work in Hong Kong is delivered on the ground through our three WCRF HK Ambassadors, supported by WCRF International. All the Ambassadors are located at the University of Hong Kong, and each has worked with WCRF International on our science-related activities, including our grants programme.

Professor Tai Hing Lam

Professor Tai Hing Lam is Chair Professor and Head of Department at the Department of Community Medicine, University of Hong Kong.

Professor Lam was awarded an MSc in medical sociology and an MSc in occupational medicine in 1980 and 1981, respectively, from the University of London. He received his MD by research from the University of Hong Kong in 1988. His expertise focuses primarily on epidemiology and control of non-communicable diseases, with particular emphasis on tobacco control.

He has published about 200 papers in international peer-reviewed journals on tobacco-control related areas, and has contributed to four World Health Organization reports and one IARC report on reversal or risk after quitting.

As a follow-up, he has been appointed by the WHO as a short-term consultant, temporary advisor or expert participant on more than ten occasions.

Professor Lam is a principal investigator on several major epidemiological studies, including the Guangzhou Occupational Cohort Study (160,000 subjects), the Hong Kong Elderly Health Services Cohort Study (60,000 subjects) and the FAMILY project (a Jockey Club Initiative for a Harmonious Society with a donation of HKD250m). He has published over 600 papers in international peer-reviewed journals.

He is a fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Occupational Medicine, the UK Faculty of Public Health, the London Faculty of Occupational Medicine, the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine and the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.

He served as a member of the World Cancer Research Fund's research grant programme panel from November 2008 (2008-09 grant cycle) to September 2016 (2015-16 grant cycle).

"The World Cancer Research Fund is now actually leading the whole area of research in relation to diet, food, nutrition, physical activity, overweight and obesity. It has a commitment to translate and disseminate the research to motive people to take action"

Dr Judy Ho

Dr Judy Ho has worked as a consultant in the Division of Colorectal Surgery at Queen Mary Hospital, Hong Kong since 2005. Her main research area is colorectal cancer.

She holds a MBBS degree from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Hong Kong, an FRCS degree in surgery from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and a FHKAM degree in surgery from the Academy of Medicine, Hong Kong.

Dr Ho became an Ad eundem fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2000. She holds three honorary academic positions, including Honorary Clinical Associate Professor at the LKS Faculty of Medicine, the University of Hong Kong. She is a principal investigator on several studies, including a case-control study on environmental and familial risk factors for colorectal cancer in Hong Kong and the hereditary Gastrointestinal Cancer Registry – a programme for the people of Hong Kong.

She is a World Cancer Research Fund grant holder, and is currently leading a phase 2 study into the acceptability and feasibility of a diet and physical activity intervention to prevent recurrence in colorectal cancer survivors.

"With the continuing support of WCRF, our research team can further our efforts in improving the treatment outcome of colorectal cancer survivors through the establishment of an evidence-based lifestyle intervention programme"

Dr Kris Lok

Dr Kris Lok holds a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong. Her research interests focus primarily on maternal and child health, as well as infant feeding.

Her ongoing projects include investigating the impact of cessation of complementary infant formula in public hospitals on the duration and exclusivity of breastfeeding. Dr Lok was recently awarded funding to study the short- and long-term outcomes of breast milk and formula feeding among pre-term infants.

She previously held a research associate position at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (2007–13), where she worked on studies investigating the role of nutrition in relation to chronic diseases. Dr Lok is a registered dietician in the UK, and worked as a research dietician at the University of Southampton, UK (2006–07).