In 2005, the University celebrated the inauguration of the first 8 Endowed Professorships,
a milestone in the University's history.
To date, a total of 119 Endowed Professorships have been established.
Dr Edwin S H Leong

Henry G Leong Professorship in Neurology

"Caring for the elderly has always been my wish. This second endowed professorship established in honour of my father, will help deepen the understanding of the nervous system and support innovative development in cutting-edge research to tackle various kinds of neurological disorders, some of which are afflicting the elderly daily."

Dr Edwin S H Leong

Ho Shu-Leong

Ho Shu-Leong

Appointed in 2008

Since the declaration of the “Decade of the Brain” in the 1990s, there has been a massive expansion of this medical field, with increasing discoveries in both basic and clinical neurosciences. The Division of Neurology is an increasingly important branch of medicine. This increasing understanding of why and how neurological disorders develop has translated into more accurate diagnosis and improved treatment for such disorders.

The understanding and innovations developed from cutting-edge research on how the nervous system works in health and how it is affected in disease, has allowed the clinical neurologist to diagnose and apply treatment developed from such knowledge. The Division of Neurology plays an important role and is an integral part of the Department of Medicine in providing clinical services to patients and postgraduate clinical training with the Hospital Authority in Queen Mary and Tung Wah Hospitals. The clinical care activities include in-patient, outpatient, and neurodiagnostic services at the Queen Mary Hospital.

Professor Ho graduated from the University of Wales College of Medicine, UK in 1986, and received his medical and neurology training in the UK. He is a leading expert in neurology, and heads the Division of Neurology at the Department of Medicine, University of Hong Kong. His research activities reflect his clinical interests and practice, and include the role of genetic factors, xenobiotic enzymes and mitochondrial dysfunction in the development of Parkinson’s disease. In recognition of his research and clinical expertise on Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders, Professor Ho has received offers of research collaboration, invitations to present at international conferences, authorship of reviews on his area of research, and to serve on journal editorial boards.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Colleges of Edinburgh, Glasgow and London, the Hong Kong College of Physicians and the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine. He serves on the Management Committee, Research Center of Heart, Brain, Hormone and Aging, and as an Assistant Dean on Clinical Affairs in the Faculty of Medicine. He also serves on the panel of assessors of the Hong Kong Medical Council.

Professor Ho is the Founding Director and Chairman of the Hong Kong Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, which has been active in organizing and sponsoring various community-based activities related to the illness. He is a Founding Member of the Asian and Pacific Parkinson Association (APPA), a current International Executive Member of the Movement Disorder Society and the past Treasurer of its Asian Oceanian Section, and a member of the Board of Governors of the Matilda International Hospital in Hong Kong.