Institutional Affairs

Professor MA Ching Wan, Ronald

Institutional Affairs - Assistant Dean

Professor, Department of Medicine and Therapeutics
Head, Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes
Co-director, Chinese University of Hong Kong-Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Research Centre on Diabetes Genomics and Precision Medicine
Professor (by Courtesy), School of Biomedical Sciences
Steering Committee, Hong Kong Institute of Diabetes and Obesity, CUHK

Institutional Affairs - Assistant Dean

Professor MA Ching Wan, Ronald

Department of Medicine and Therapeutics

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School / Department / Institute / Centre / Unit
Department of Medicine and Therapeutics
Hong Kong Institute of Diabetes and Obesity, CUHK

Diabetes, diabetic complications, diabetes epidemiology, endocrine disorders

1991 University of Cambridge (BA)
1994 University of Cambridge (MA)
1994 University of Cambridge (MB BChir)
1997 Royal College of Physicians (MRCP (UK))
2001 Hong Kong College of Physicians (FHKCP)
2002 Hong Kong Academy of Medicine (FHKAM (Medicine))
2010 Royal College of Physicians (FRCP (Edin))
2013 Royal College of Physicians (FRCP (Lond))

Research Interests
Epidemiology of diabetes
Identification of novel risk factors for diabetes and diabetes-related co-morbidities, characteristics of diabetes in Asians, epidemiology of diabetes in Asia, role of early development on risk of diabetes and obesity
Genetics of diabetes and diabetic complications
Identification of novel genetic variants associated with diabetes and diabetic complications, risk prediction, application of clinical and genetic predictors for personalized medicine in diabetes, epigenetics in diabetes
Gestational diabetes and intra-uterine programming, epigenetics
Elucidation of the impact of gestational diabetes and maternal environment on risk of diabetes and obesity in the offspring, role of gestational diabetes in relation to the epidemic of non-communicable diseases, mechanism of transgenerational diabetes
Polycystic ovary syndrome
Epidemiology of polycystic ovary syndrome and related complications, relationship to young-onset type 2 diabetes, epigenetic factors, role of insulin resistance and treatment

Additional Information
Honorary appointments
Outstanding Fellow of the Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2014
Past President, International Diabetes Epidemiology Group (2013-2015)
Board Member, Asian Association for the Study of Diabetes (AASD) (2012-now)
Member of Regional Council for the International Diabetes Federation- Western Pacific Region (2010-2016)
Programme committee, International Diabetes Federation World Diabetes Congress (2017-2019)
Member of the Lancet Clinical Commission on Diabetes (2015-)
Board Member, Worldwide Initiative for Diabetes Education
Trustee Board Member, International Society for Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD)
Member, International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) Committee on Pregnancy and NCD prevention (2017-)
Co-chair, International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) Expert Group on Developing Maternal Nutrition Guidelines (2014-2017)
Past President, Hong Kong Society of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Reproduction
Panel member, Hong Kong Hospital Authority Central Committee on Genetic Services
Council member, Hong Kong College of Physicians
Specialty Board, Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, Hong Kong College of Physicians (2009-Present)
Member, Committee on Reduction of Salt and Sugar in Food, Food and Health Bureau, Government Secretariat, The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, The People’s Republic of China (2014-present)

Editorial Board
Member of Editorial Board of PLoS Medicine, Obesity Reviews, Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Disease (NMCD)
Associate Editor, Diabetic Medicine
Assistant Editor, Journal of Diabetes Investigation
Selected Publications

  1. Ma RC. Epidemiology of Diabetes and Diabetic Complications in China. Diabetologia 2018, Feb 1. doi: 10.1007/s00125-018-4557-7
  2. Tam WH, Ma RC, Ozaki R, Li AM, Chan MHM, Yuen LY, Lao TT, Yang X, Ho CS, Tutino GE, Chan JC. In utero exposure to maternal hyperglycemia increases children’s cardiometabolic risk. Diabetes Care 2017, March 9
  3. Nanditha A, Ma RC, Ramachandran A, Snehalatha C, Chan JC, Chia KS, Shaw JE, Zimmet PZ. Diabetes in Asia and the Pacific: Implications for the Global Epidemic. Diabetes Care, 39(3): 472-485 
  4. Jiang GZ, Hu C, Tam CH, Lau ES, Wang Y, Luk AO, Yang X, Kong AP, Ho JS, Lam VK, Lee HM, Wang J, Zhang R, Tsui SK, Ng MC, Szeto CC, Jia W, Fan X, So WY, Chan JC, Ma RC. Identification of Predictors for Chronic Kidney Disease in Type 2 Diabetes by incorporating genetic and clinical variables. Kidney Int 2016; 89(2): 411-20.
  5. Tutino GE, Tam WH, Yang X, Chan JC, Lao TT, Ma RC. Diabetes and Pregnancy: Perspectives from Asia. Diabet Med 2014; 31(3): 302-18
  6. Ma RC, Chan JC. Type 2 Diabetes in East Asians: similarities and differences with populations in Europe and the United States. Ann N Y Acad Sci 2013; Apri 1281(1): 64-91
  7. Ma RC, Hu C, Tam CH, Zhang R, Kwan P, Leung TF, Thomas GN, Go MJ, Hara K, Sim X, Ho JS, Wang C, Li H, Lu L, Wang Y, Li JW, Wang Y, Lam VK, Wang J, Yu W, Kim YJ, Ng DP, Fujita H, Panoutsopoulou K, Day-Williams AG, Lee HM, Ng AC, Fang YJ, Kong AP, Jiang F, Ma X, Hou X, Tang S, Lu J, Yamauchi T, Tsui SK, Woo J, Leung PC, Zhang X, Tang NL, Sy HY, Liu J, Wong TY, Lee JY, Maeda S, Xu G, Cherny SS, Chan TF, Ng MC, Xiang K, Morris AP, DIAGRAM Consortium, Keildson S, The MuTHER Consortium, Hu R, Ji L, Lin X, Cho YS, Kadowaki T, Tai ES, Zeggini E, McCarthy MI, Hon KL, Baum L, Tomlinson BT, So WY, Bao Y, Chan JC, Jia W. Genome-side association study in a Chinese population identifies a susceptibility locus for type 2 diabets at 7q2 near Pax4. Diabetologia 2013; 56(6): 1291-305
  8. Ma RC, Liu KH, Lam PM, Cheung LP, Tam WH, Ko GT, Chan MH, Ho CS, Lam CW, Chu WC, Tong PC, So WY, Chan JC, Chow CC. Sonographic measurement of mesenteric fat predicts presence of fatty liver among subjects with polycystic ovary syndrome. J Clin Endocrinol Metab 2011; 96(3): 799-807
  9. Cho YS, Chen C, Hu C, Long J, Ong RT, Sim X, Takeuchi F, Go MJ, Yamauchi T, Chang Y-C, Kwak SH, Ma RC, Yamamoto K, Adair LS, Aung T, Cai Q, Chang LC, Chen Y-T, Gao Y, Hu FB, Kim H-L, Kim S, Kim YJ, Lee JJ, Lee NR, Li Y, Liu JJ, Lu W, Nakamura J, Nakashima E, Ng DP, Tay WT, Tsai F-J, Wong TY, Yokota M, Zheng W, Zhang R, Wang C, So WY, Ohnaka K, Ikegami H, Hara K, Cho YM, Cho NH, Chang T-J, Bao Y, Hedman AK, Morris AP, McCarthy MI, DIAGRAM Consortium, MuTHER consortium, Takayanagi R, Park KS, Jia WP, Chuang LM, Chan JC, Maeda S, Kadowaki T, Lee J-Y, Wu J-Y, Teo YY, Tai ES, Shu XO, Mohlke KL, Kato N, Han B-G, Seielstad M. Meta-analysis of genome-wide association studies identifies 8 new loci for type 2 diabetes in East Asians. Nature Genetics 2011; Dec 11; 44 (1): 67-72 (equal contributions YSC, C, CH, RTO, XS, FT, MJG, TY, YC, SHK, RCM, KY)
  10. Ma RC, Tam CH, Wang Y, Luk AO, Hu C, Yang X, Lam V, Chan AW, Ho JS, Chow CC, Tong PC, Jia W, Ng MC, So WY, Chan JC. Genetic variants of the Protein Kinase C-β1 gene and development of end stage renal disease in patients with type 2 diabetes. JAMA 2010; 304(8): 881-9.
Undergraduate teaching: MBChB
Postgraduate teaching: MSc in Endocrinology and Diabetes, MSc in Gastroenterology, MSc in Medical Laboratory Sciences
Postgraduate supervision: PhD in Medical Sciences