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Research Faculty

Mandy Man HO

With a double qualification of nursing and dietetics, Dr. Mandy Ho’s research work centers on translating evidence in the fields of nutrition, physical activity, and obesity to promote good health and prevent chronic diseases across the lifespan. Obesity and diabetes are major global health issues. Her current research interests are the prevention and management of lifestyle-related chronic diseases, with a major focus on obesity, prediabetes, and diabetes. She has obtained more than HK$11 million (~USD$1.4 million) external grants as a principal investigator since 2017 for studies on psychological eating behavior, lifestyle intervention, and diabetes prevention models. She translates evidence to improve diabetes prevention in community and primary care settings, and provides leadership in nursing education. Her current research work focuses on developing innovative and culturally specific models of diabetes prevention targeting the high-risk population (i.e., adults who are overweight and with prediabetes) in community and primary care settings. She has established strong partnerships with non-government organizations and is the pioneer in establishing a culturally specific community-based diabetes prevention program for overweight/obese Chinese adults with prediabetes in Hong Kong. She also led a digital diabetes prevention program for overweight adults with prediabetes. The work has been disseminated at regional and international scientific meetings and international peer-reviewed journals on nursing, obesity, endocrinology, and behavioral science.

  1. Yu HJ, Ho M*, Liu X, Yang J, Chau PH, Fong DYT. Incidence and temporal trends in type 2 diabetes by weight status: A systematic review and meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies. Journal of Global Health 2023; 13: 04088.
  2. Wang Y, Ho M*, Chau PH, Schembre SM, Fong DYT. Emotional Eating as a Mediator in the Relationship between Dietary Restraint and Body Weight. Nutrients 2023; 15(8):1983.
  3. Yu HJ, Ho M*, Chau PH, Fong DYT. Trajectories of fasting glucose and glycated haemoglobin in obese and non‐obese incident diabetes: Results from two large cohort studies. Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism 2023.First published on 19 June 2023.
  4. Yu HJ, Ho M*, Chau PH, Geng L and Fong DYT. Salivary telomere length and the risks of prediabetes and diabetes among middle-aged and older adults: Findings from the Health and Retirement Study. Acta Diabetologica 2023; 60: 273–283
  5. Yu HJ, Ho M*, Liu X, Yang J, Chau PH, Fong DYT. Association of weight status and the risks of diabetes in adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies. International Journal of Obesity 2022; 46: 1101-1110
  6. Ho M*, Smith RD, Chau PH, Chung CY, Schembre SM, Fong DYT. Psychometric Evaluation of the Chinese Version of a Weight-Related Eating Questionnaire Using an Item Response Theory Approach. Nutrients 2022; 14: 1627
  7. Chen Z, Ho M, Chau PH. Handgrip strength asymmetry is associated with the risk of neurodegenerative disorders among Chinese older adults. Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle 2022; 13: 1013-1023
  8. Qian X, Chau PH, Kwan CW, Lou VW, Leung AYM, Ho M, Fong DYT, Chi I. Seasonal pattern of single falls and recurrent falls among community-dwelling older adults first applying for long-term care services in Hong Kong. Age and Ageing 2020; 49(1): 125-129
  9. Choi EPH, Ho M, Smith R. What can we do for part‐time nursing students during the COVID‐19 pandemic? Medical Education 2020; 54(7): 667-668
  10. Ho M, Ho JWC, Fong DYT, Lee CF, Macfariane DJ, Cerin, Lee AM, Leung S, Chan WYY, Leung IPF, Lam SHS, Chu N, Taylor AJ, Cheng KK. Effects of dietary and physical activity interventions on generic and cancer-specific health related quality of life, anxiety and depression in colorectal cancer survivors: a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Cancer Survivorship 2020; 14: 424-433
  11. Duncanson K, Shrewsbury V, Burrows T, Chai LK, Ashton L, Taylor R, Gow M, Ho M, Ellis L, Stewart L, Garnett S, Jensen ME, Nowicka P, Littlewood R, Demaio A, Coyle DH, Walker JL, Collins CE. Impact of weight management nutrition interventions on dietary outcomes in children and adolescents with overweight or obesity: a systematic review with meta‐analysis. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics 2021; 34(1): 147-177
  12. Ho M*, Chau PH, Yu YET, Ying MTC, Lam CLK. Community-based weight loss programme targeting overweight Chinese adults with pre-diabetes: study protocol of a randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open 2020; 10(4): e035196 
  13. Ho M, Heath ALM, Gow M, Baur LA, Cowell CT, Samman S, Garnett SP. Zinc intake, zinc bioavailability and plasma zinc in obese adolescents with clinical insulin resistance following low energy diets. Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism 2016; 69(2): 135-141 
  14. Ho M, Baur LA, Cowell CT, Samman S, Garnett SP. Zinc status, dietary zinc intake and metabolic risk in Australian children and adolescents; Nepean Longitudinal Study. European Journal of Nutrition 2016; 1-8 
  15. Ho M, Benitez-Aguirre PZ, Donaghue KC, Mitchell P, Baur LA, Jenkins AJ, Craig ME, Cowell CT, Garnett SP. Arterial elasticity in obese adolescents with clinical features of insulin resistance. Diabetes and Vascular Disease Research 2015; 12(1): 62-69
  16. Ho M, Halim JH, Gow M, El-Haddad N, Baur LA, Cowell CT, Garnett SP, Marzulli T. Vitamin B12 in obese adolescents with clinical features of insulin resistance. Nutrients 2014; 6(12): 5611-5618 
  17. Ho M, Gow M, Baur LA, Benitez-Aguirre PZ, Tam CS, Donaghue KC, Graig ME, Cowell CT, Garnett SP. Effect of fat loss on arterial elasticity in obese adolescents with clinical insulin resistance: RESIST study. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism 2014; 99(10): E1846-E1853
  18. Ho M, Garnett SP, Baur LA, Burrows T, Stewart L, Neve M, Collins C. Impact of dietary and exercise interventions on weight change and metabolic outcomes in obese children and adolescents a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized trial. JAMA Pediatrics 2013; 167(8): 759-768
  19. Ho M, Gow M, Halim J, Chisholm K, Baur LA, Noakes M, Steinbeck K, Kohn MR, Cowell CT, Garnett SP. Effect of a prescriptive dietary intervention on psychological dimensions of eating behavior in obese adolescents. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2013; 10: 119
  20. Ho M, Garnett SP, Baur L, Burrows T, Stewart L, Neve M, Collins C. Effectiveness of lifestyle interventions in child obesity: Systematic review with meta-analysis. Pediatrics 2012; 130(6): e1647-e1671
Funding Scheme Project Title Approved Amount (HK$)
The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust A community-based diabetes prevention program 8,800,000
Health and Medical Research Fund A smartphone-based intervention for diabetes prevention in overweight Chinese adults with pre-diabetes 1,497,700
Health and Medical Research Fund Translation and cultural adapation of an eating behaviour questionnaire for assessing the psychological aspects of eating behaviours in Chinese adults 99,804
Health Care and Promotion Scheme A community-based lifestyle intervention program for diabetes prevention in Chinese people with pre-diabetes 1,199,740
HKU Impact Project Scheme Keep diabetes away: Reducing diabetes risk among ethnic minorities in Hong Kong. 150,000
HKU Impact Project Scheme Assessing the impact and potential for scale-up of a community-based diabetes prevention programme 150,000
HKU Impact Project Scheme Keep diabetes away: Enhancing diabetes awareness in the community 149,982