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Dr Kwok Leung Ong

School of Medical Sciences



Position:  Senior Research Fellow (NHMRC CDF Level 1), Lipid Research Group, School of Medical Sciences

Research interest:

  • Association of plasma biomarkers or genetic markers with cardiovascular risk factors, such as dyslipidaemia, diabetes, hypertension and the metabolic syndrome
  • Epidemiology of different cardiovascular risks factors, such as prevalence, control and treatment
  • Anti-inflammatory effects of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol and associated apolipoproteins
  • Drugs commonly used for cardiovascular risk reduction such as statins and fenofibrate
  • Relationship of fibroblast growth factor 21 with atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease risk

Professional Membership: American Heart Association (2016 FAHA), Australian Atherosclerosis Society, NHF NSW Cardiovascular Research Network, Australian CardioVascular Alliance

Education Background:
2003 - BSc in Molecular Biotechnology (Chinese University of Hong Kong)
2006 - MPhil (Department of Medicine, University of Hong Kong)
2010 - PhD (Department of Medicine, University of Hong Kong)

SAGE Open Medicine - Associate Editor
SAGE Open Medical Case Reports - Associate Editor
Annals of Nutritional Disorders & Therapy - Editorial Board Member
Annals of Obesity & Disorders - Editorial Board Member

Reviewer for international journals:
JAMA, Circulation, Diabetes Care, American Journal of Epidemiology, PLOS ONE, Annals of Epidemiology, American Journal of Hypertension, British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, etc.

Reviewer for grant applications:
2012: National Health and Medical Research Council: Project grant x 1, Research Fellowship x 1
2013: National Health and Medical Research Council: Project grant x 2
2014: National Health and Medical Research Council: Project grant x 1
2015-2017: National Health and Medical Research Council: Project Grant Review Panel (GRP) member
2018: National Health and Medical Research Council: Postgraduate Scholarships Scheme Panel Member
2018: Diabetes Australia: General research grant x 1

Research grant funding support:
2013-2014: National Heart Foundation Grant-in-Aid (role: CIB)
2014-2016: University of New South Wales Vice-Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowship
2015-2017: National Heart Foundation NSW CVRN Research Development Project Grant (role: CIA)
2016-2020: NHMRC-NSFC Joint Call for Research to Enhance Prediction and Improve the Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes in China and Australia (role: AI)
2017-2020: NHMRC Career Development Fellowship (CDF Level 1)
2018: Diabetes Australia Research Program General Grant

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Field of Research (FOR) Tag: 
Cardiology (incl. Cardiovascular Diseases)
Medical Biochemistry: Lipids
Clinical Sciences
Teaching & Supervision
I am available to supervise: 
Areas of supervision: 

ILP, honours, Masters or PhD

Supervision keywords: 
cardiovascular disease