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Dr. Ngai obtained her bachelor degree in Physiotherapy from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She worked as a clinician for years and later focused on research in cardiopulmonary area. Her PhD studies investigated the effect of Acu-TENS, an East-meets-West integrative therapy, on airway obstructive diseases. During her postdoctoral fellowship, Dr. Ngai continued research in cardiopulmonary area and explored the mechanisms of Chinese therapeutics and East-meets-West integrative therapy using Near Infrared Oxygenation (NIRO). In 2011 and 2013, Dr. Ngai was awarded Australian Endeavour Research Fellowship and Asian Pacific Society of Respiratory (APSR) short term research fellowship for pursuing research studies at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and University of Sydney for research studies specialized in airway obstructive diseases. She has published articles in international journals including Respiratory Physiology Neurobiology, Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, Evidenced Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

Research interests

  • Cardiopulmonary Physiotherapy
  • Effect of Acu-TENS in chronic disease management
  • Exercise physiology and cardiopulmonary assessments in healthy and disease populations
  • Assessment of cerebral and tissue oxygenation using Near-Infrared Spectroscopy

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Postgraduate Diploma in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Doctor of Philosophy, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Diploma in Clinical Acupuncture, The University of Hong Kong, School of Professional and Continuing Education


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