Professor Juliana Chan is director of the Hong Kong Institute of Diabetes and Obesity, and director of the Clinical Research Management Office at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), Prince of Wales Hospital, Hong Kong (PWH). She is also the co-director of the CUHK-PWH International Diabetes Federation Centre of Education and CEO of the Asia Diabetes Foundation.
Professor Chan graduated in the UK and is an accredited endocrinologist and clinical pharmacologist with training in psychiatry and epidemiology. Her areas of interest include epidemiology, genomics/genetics, clinical trials and care models in diabetes. She is a member of an NIH-funded Global Diabetes Consortium and the Asia Genetic Epidemiology Network to discover causal genes in type 2 diabetes, and a member of the steering committees of multi-national clinical trials for the prevention and control of diabetes and its complications.
In 1995, Professor Chan set up the Hong Kong Diabetes Registry as a quality improvement programme, for which her team received the Hospital Authority Best Team Award in 1998. The databases and biobanks that accompany the Hong Kong Diabetes Registry have also laid the foundation for a multi-omic programme to discover genetic regulation of diabetes and its complications for personalised care. In 2007, she set up the Asia Diabetes Foundation to develop the first web-based Joint Asia Diabetes Evaluation Programme, which uses information technology, protocols and decision support to establish an Asia Diabetes Database to promote quality care and collaborative research.
Professor Chan has co-authored 500 peer-reviewed articles, including editorials and commentaries, and 20 book chapters. In 2009, she received the Chinese Women Physicians Association Intercontinental Innovation Award under the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology. In 2011, the CUHK-PWH Diabetes Centre was selected as an IDF Centre of Education in recognition of its commitment to use professional education and research to inform practice and policy. In 2014, Professor Chan became a member of the Hong Kong Government Steering Committee for the Control and Prevention of Non-communicable Diseases. In 2015, she received the Xiaoren Pan Distinguished Research Award for Epidemiology of Diabetes in Asia, and the Peter Bennett Achievement Award for her contributions in using epidemiology to advance understanding and improve patient care in the field of diabetes.