Prof. Eric TC Lai 黎子俊教授

BNurs (HKU), PhD(HKU)

Research Assistant Professor
CUHK Institute of Heath Equity

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Dr. Eric Lai focuses his research on social determinants of health with a specific focus on healthy ageing and life course epidemiology. He leads prospective studies to understand the relationship between social and economic factors and the trajectories of health outcomes in older people. Currently his work focuses on how social vulnerabilities modifies the impact of meteorological factors and thermal stress on health outcomes using both quantitative and qualitative methods. Dr. Lai is also the convenor of a research network in the developed East Asian economies, which encompasses researchers from Taiwan, South Korea, Japan and the United Kingdom. The vision is to assess the determinants of the relatively long longevity in the East Asia region in comparison to other settings and the policies that impact it. Dr. Lai is also interested in applying causal methodologies in observational data. He is a registered nurse in Hong Kong. Dr. Lai currently manages a dataset of a longitudinal cohort of older people in Hong Kong and welcomes collaboration. Publications using this cohort could be found here and the reference list therein. Interested researchers could contact him directly via email.


Research Interest

  • Social inequality
  • Life course epidemiology
  • Causal inference and mediation analysis


Selected Publication

  1. Lai ETC, Ho HC, Ho SC, Woo J, Socioeconomic status, physical functioning and mortality – Results from a cohort study of older adults in Hong Kong. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association 2021 (In press)
  2. Lai ETC, Schlüter DK, Lange T, et al. Understanding pathways to inequalities in child mental health: a counterfactual mediation analysis in two national birth cohorts in the UK and Denmark. BMJ open 2020; 10: e040056.
  3. Lai ETC, Yu R, Woo J. Social gradient of self-rated health in older people-the moderating/mediating role of sense of community. Age Ageing 2021; 50: 1283-9.
  4. Straatmann VS, Lai ETC, Law C, Whitehead M, Strandberg-Larsen K, Taylor-Robinson D. How do early-life adverse childhood experiences mediate the relationship between childhood socioeconomic conditions and adolescent health outcomes in the UK? Journal of epidemiology and community health 2020; 74: 969-75.
  5. Lai ETC, Yu R, Woo J. The Associations of Income, Education and Income Inequality and Subjective Well-Being among Elderly in Hong Kong-A Multilevel Analysis. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 2020; 17: 1271.
  6. Taylor-Robinson DC, Lai ETC, Whitehead M, Barr B. Child health unravelling in UK. BMJ 2019; 364: l963.
  7. Straatmann VS, Lai ETC, Lange T, et al. How do early-life factors explain social inequalities in adolescent mental health? Findings from the UK Millennium Cohort Study. J Epidemiol Community Health 2019; 73: 1049-60.
  8. Taylor-Robinson D, Lai ETC, Wickham S, et al. Assessing the impact of rising child poverty on the unprecedented rise in infant mortality in England, 2000-2017: time trend analysis. BMJ open 2019; 9: e029424
  9. Lai ETC, Wickham S, Law C, Whitehead M, Barr B, Taylor-Robinson D. Poverty dynamics and health in late childhood in the UK: evidence from the Millennium Cohort Study. Arch Dis Child 2019; 104: 1049-55.
  10. Lai TC, Au Yeung SL, Lin SL, Leung GM, Schooling CM. Brief Report: Maternal Age of Menarche and Adiposity: Evidence from Hong Kong’s “Children of 1997” Birth Cohort. Epidemiology 2016; 27: 433-7.


Contact information

Tel: (852) 3943 5478