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The Chinese University of Hong Kong: Osteoporosis care and control

The Chinese University of Hong Kong Jockey Club Centre for Osteoporosis Care and Control (JOCOC) aims to promote healthier bones for all and an improved quality of life for osteoporosis sufferers.

The JOCOC was established in 2001 with a generous donation of HK$41m million from The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, and the mission of the Centre is to improve the life of those living with osteoporosis.

The current Director of the Centre is Professor Timothy Kwok, Division of Geriatric Medicine, Department of Medicine and Therapeutics, Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Understanding JOCOC’s objectives

To accomplish its mission, the Centre has the following objectives: 

1) Promote the prevention of osteoporosis
2) Provide assessments, diagnosis and treatment to osteoporotic patients
3) Provide rehabilitation and supporting services for patients with osteoporosis
4) Provide training for medical and allied health professionals in the field of osteoporosis
5) Conduct evidence-based research on the case-finding approach and secondary prevention of osteoporosis
6) Conduct scientific projects on osteoporosis, including genetic studies, phase III randomised clinical trials and epidemiological studies
7) Initiate collaborative programmes for osteoporosis in and outside Hong Kong

The role of JOCOC

The role of JOCOC falls into four categories:

1) Clinic Service
2) Training for health professionals
3) Public education
4) Research

Clinic Service

JOCOC carries out assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation programme for patients referred from both public and private sectors. JOCOC also has structured physical activity programme conducted by a physiotherapist and an occupational therapist.

Fracture and osteoporotic patients will be screened and assessed by the research professionals and then allocated to the programme. The programme is intensive and tailor-made to suit individual needs for improving muscle strength and flexibility, and body balance.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE
RESEARCH INTERESTS
  • Fracture prediction in older people
  • Fall prevention in older people
  • Actigraphy (Propass consortium)
  • AI of spine X-ray

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