The Chinese University of Hong Kong -Prince of Wales Hospital
Diabetes and Endocrine Centre
History, team and infrastructure
- Established in 1984, the CUHK-PWH Diabetes and Endocrine Centre is run by 100 medical and care professionals, research scientists and supporting staff including 16 endocrinologists, 1 nurse consultant, 4 nurse specialists engaged in education, care and research activities in diabetes.
- Our research, education and care facilities are located in the PWH, the teaching hospital of CUHK, serving a 1 million population with 1300 beds and annual service capacity of 150,000 emergency room attendance, 126,000 hospitalizations, 6,500 deliveries, 43,000 surgeries and 605,000 specialist outpatient attendance in 2009-2010.
- To improve quality of diabetes care through innovative research and development of human resources.
- To prevent and control diabetes through patient and professional education.
- To promote the use of disease registry and interdisciplinary care augmented by peer support to translate evidence to practice and to influence policy.
- To raise awareness and detect early diabetes using a proactive and empowering approach.
- To advocate for policy change to strengthen the health care system to facilitate evidence-based interdisciplinary care
- To advance our understanding of diabetes and discover novel prevention and treatment strategies through basic, clinical and applied research.
Our structure: The CUHK-PWH Diabetes and Endocrine Centre is made up of 6 units affiliated to CUHK and PWH with complementary functions.
PWH Diabetes and Endocrine Centre;
- provide regular comprehensive risk assessment, education and empowerment programmes to inpatients and outpatients with diabetes;
- provide peer leadership training and peer support programs to complement interdisciplinary care;
- provide training courses/workshops to health professionals within and outside Hong Kong, notably China;
- support primary and other care teams to integrate diabetes and chronic care in both community and hospital settings and in private and public sectors; and
- influence policy change through research and ongoing evaluation of all assessment, education and treatment programmes.
CUHK Hong Kong Institute of Diabetes and Obesity (HKIDO)
- organize the annual Diabetes East Meets West Symposium with an annual attendance of over 700 local and overseas delegates;
- organize CUHK biannual Certificate, Diploma and Master Courses in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Obesity which have trained over 1000 care professionals; and
- organize local, international and regional meetings/workshops in collaboration with other academic institutions and professional bodies on topics related to basic science, clinical research and care delivery.
CUHK Diabetes Clinical Research Centre:
- conduct phase 2-4 clinical trials of novel compounds and devices to address unmet needs in diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular and renal diseases;
- design, conduct, coordinate and evaluate local, regional and international epidemiological studies including gestational diabetes, childhood obesity, young-onset diabetes and diabetes associated comorbidities; and
- conduct investigator-initiated interventional studies, both pharmacological and non-pharmacological based, to prevent and control diabetes and comorbidities.
CUHK Yao Chung Kit Diabetes Assessment Centre;
- a non-profit nurse-led community-based diabetes assessment and education centre that supports interdisciplianry care; and
- implement proof-of-concept community-based disease awareness, early detection, prevention, collaborative care and peer support programs for translation to practice.
Asia Diabetes Foundation: a charitable organization under CUHK Foundation;
- design, conduct, coordinate and evaluate collaborative projects in the region including the establishment of an Asia Diabetes Database using a web-based Joint Asia Diabetes Evaluation (JADE) Program which incorporates a validated risk engine, care protocols, feedback tools and decision support;
- advocate for the urgent need to change practice environment to empower patients through self care and peer support and facilitate delivery of team-based care.
CUHK Diabetes Research Laboratory, Li Ka Shing Institute of Health Science:
- conduct basic science research projects to study disease mechanisms focusing on applied and functional genomics as well as beta/stem cell biology;
- conduct large scale molecular epidemiology programs to develop risk algorithms including genetic information to motivate behavioral changes and personalize care as well as develop economic models to assess the cost-effectiveness of such programmes.
- PWH Diabetes and Endocrine Centre;
IDF News article - Five questions with Juliana Chan, Professor of Medicine and Therapeutics and Assistant Dean, Chinese University of Hong Kong,
Prince of Wales Hospital (CUHK-PWH)
Professor Chan joins us this quarter to give us more information on one of the newest Centres of Education to join IDF’s growing network. http://www.idf.org/Q1news/FiveQuestions_JChan