Dr Gary Kui Kai LAU


Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Honorary Specialist in Neurology, Department of Medicine, Queen Mary Hospital, Hong Kong

Honorary Associate Consultant, Department of Medicine, HKU-Shenzhen Hospital, Shenzhen

MBBS (HKU), MRes (Med) (HKU), DPhil (Oxon), AFHEA (UK), FHKCP, FHKAM (Medicine), FRCP (Edin, Glasg), FESO

Gary Kui Kai Lau graduated in 2008 from the University of Hong Kong with a MBBS and Master of Research in Cardiovascular Medicine degree. He joined the Division of Neurology, University of Hong Kong as Clinical Assistant Professor in 2011 under the prestigious Young Academic Scheme. He completed his Neurology training at Queen Mary Hospital in 2015 and subsequently received a PhD in Clinical Neurosciences (Stroke medicine) in 2018 (University of Oxford Croucher Scholar) at The Centre for Prevention of Stroke and Dementia, University of Oxford, under the mentorship of Professor Peter Rothwell.  

Dr Lau is a clinician-scientist with a strong focus in stroke and cerebral small vessel disease research. He has published ~90 research articles or book chapters relating to stroke, including in reputable journals such as Lancet Neurology, European Heart Journal, Neurology and Stroke. He currently leads the Stroke Research and Prevention Group, is the Convenor of the Hong Kong Stroke Consortium and is the Principal Investigator / Co-Principal Investigator of four prospective stroke registries in different regions of Hong Kong. He helped pioneer the WeRISE programme (we-rise.hku.hk), which aims to empower stroke patients and their caregivers via a variety of interventions. This programme has been widely advocated across Hong Kong and is currently recommended by the Hospital Authority of Hong Kong.


Dr Lau is a recognised regional leader in stroke and is a Founding Steering Committee Member of the Microbleeds International Collaborative Network (MICON), Steering Committee Member and Country Lead of the International Multicentre Patent Foramen Ovale and Stroke registry (IMPROVE) and Founding Committee Member of the Neuropsychiatric Diseases Global Epidemiology Network (NeuroGEN). He is a Director of the Hong Kong Stroke Fund, Council Member of the Hong Kong Neurological Society and Hong Kong Stroke Society, and currently serves as an Honorary Advisor for the Hong Kong Stroke Association and Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation.

Dr Lau has also made substantial contributions to teaching and learning, in particular relating to innovative pedagogies in eLearning. He is currently the Co-Director of the MBBS Enrichment Year programme for medical students, HKU; Founding Editor of the HKU eLearning Platform in Clinical Neurosciences and was the Chief Coordinator of the HKU eLearning Platform in Clinical Medicine.


In recognition of his clinical, research and teaching excellence, Dr Lau has been awarded the Distinguished Research Paper Award, Hong Kong College of Physicians; Hong Kong West Cluster Outstanding Team Award for Comprehensive Acute Stroke Service; Faculty Teaching Medal and British Medical Association Medical Book Award.  

  • British Medical Association Medical Book Award, 2019 (highly commended title under category ‘Neurology’)

  • Distinguished Research Paper Award for Young Investigators, Hong Kong College of Physicians, 2017 and 2018

  • Hong Kong West Cluster Outstanding Team (Comprehensive Acute Stroke Service), 2018

  • Faculty Teaching Medal, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, HKU, 2014

  • University of Oxford Croucher Scholarship, 2014

Grant Record
  • Health and Medical Research Fund, Hong Kong Government Food & Health Bureau, 2019 (PI)

  • Interdisciplinary Knowledge Exchange Project Fund, HKU, 2019 (PI)

  • Knowledge Exchange Impact Project Funding, HKU, 2014 (PI)

  • Faculty Development Fund in Development of Medical and Health Sciences Education, HKU, 2013 (PI)

  • Teaching Development Grant, HKU, 2013 (PI)

Books Edited
Key Offices
  • Director, Hong Kong Stroke Fund

  • Council Member, Hong Kong Neurological Society

  • Council Member, Hong Kong Stroke Society

  • Member, Young Fellow’s Committee, Hong Kong College of Physicians

  • Co-Director of MBBS Enrichment Year Programme, LKS Faculty of Medicine, HKU

  • Member, Faculty Review Board, LKS Faculty of Medicine, HKU

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