Professor Ian CK Wong
Professor Ian Chi Kei Wong
Department of Pharmacology and Pharmacy
The University of Hong Kong
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Dr. Susan Leung and her research associates
Professor Ian Wong and his research associates


Professor Ian Chi Kei Wong (黃志基)
B.Pharm(Hons) Sunderland UK, MSc, PhD Manchester UK

Centre for Safe Medication Practice and Research

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  • Honorary Fellow of Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
  • Fellow of Royal Pharmaceutical Society (UK) Honorary
  • Fellow of College of Pharmacy Practice (HK)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (England)
  • Fellow of the Academy of Life Sciences for Chinese (UK)
  • Registered Pharmacist (UK & HK)


  • Executive Editor of British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
  • Member of International Editorial Board of Drug Safety
  • Member of International Editorial Board of Pediatric Drugs


Professor Ian Wong is jointly appointed by the University of Hong Kong and UCL School of Pharmacy in London ( ).

Professor Wong is the Co-Director of the Centre for Safe Medication Practice and Research ( ) at the HKU and Head of Research Department of Practice and Policy at UCL School of Pharmacy. ( ).

He was Chair of the Examination Committee and Internship Committee of the Pharmacy and Poisons Board of Hong Kong, and a member of the Grant Review Board of the Research Council of the Food and Health Bureau.

Prior to his current appointment Professor Wong was the Head of the Department of Pharmacology and Pharmacy of HKU between 2011 and 2015, the Founding Director of the Centre for Paediatric Pharmacy Research between 2002 and 2011, at The School of Pharmacy, UCL Institute of Child Health, University of London and Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children

A recipient of a UK Department of Health Public Health Career Scientist Award in 2002, Professor Wong is the only pharmacist to date to have received such an award in the UK. He also received the Chemist and Druggist's Pharmacy Practice Research Medal in 2004 for his research in paediatric medicines. In recognition of his work in paediatric medicines research, Professor Wong was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health in 2011, and Fellowship of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in 2012.

Professor Wong has been awarded approximately £5 million in research grants as the principal applicant and approximately £33 million as a co-applicant from the UK Medical Research Council, UK Engineering and Physical Science Research Council, UK Economic and Science Research Council, Department of Health in England, the European Commission and the pharmaceutical industry. He was also advisor to the Department of Health in England, World Health Organisation, European Medicines Agency and the pharmaceutical industry.

Professor Wong qualified as a pharmacist in 1992 and worked at the former Medicines Control Agency (Regulatory Authority) in the Yellow Card system between 1992 and 1993. His research career in medication safety began when he took up a research pharmacist post at the David Lewis Centre for Epilepsy to investigate the safety of new antiepileptic drugs between 1994 and 1997. Professor Wong received his PhD from Manchester Medical School in 1998 for his work at the David Lewis Centre. Thereafter, he took up a Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice post at the University of Bradford in 1997, and became Senior Lecturer in 2001.

Professor Wong has been an expert witness for many legal cases in the UK and Hong Kong regarding medication safety on behalf of victims of medication errors and adverse drug reactions and pharmaceutical companies.

Honours and Awards

  • Chemist and Druggist Pharmacy Practice Research Conference Medal by Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain 2004.
  • National Public Health Career Scientist Award by the Department of Health in England 2002.
  • John M Harrison Award (Travel) by the UK College of Pharmacy Practice 1999.

My Research Interests

Medicines for Children

  • Development of appropriate medicines for children
  • Pharmaceutical care for children
  • Medication errors

Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety

  • Pharmacovigilance
  • Methodological research
  • Drug utilization


  • Antiepileptic drugs
  • ADHD treatment
  • Antipsychotic drugs
  • Antidepressants

Publications Highlights

Lau WC, Chan EW, Cheung CL, Sing CW, Man KK, Lip GY, Siu CW, Lam JK, Lee AC, Wong IC*.
Association Between Dabigatran vs Warfarin and Risk of Osteoporotic Fractures Among Patients With Nonvalvular Atrial Fibrillation. JAMA. 2017 Mar 21;317(11):1151-1158.
Impact Factor (2016): 44.405 , (Rank: 3/154 Medicine, General & Internal)

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Man KKC, Chan EW, Ip P, Coghill D, Simonoff E, Chan PKL, Lau WCY, Schuemie MJ, Sturkenboom MCJM, Wong ICK*.
Prenatal antidepressant use and risk of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in offspring: population based cohort study. BMJ. 2017 May 31;357:j2350. doi: 10.1136/bmj.j2350.
Impact Factor (2016): 20.785 , (Rank: 4/154 Medicine, General & Internal)

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Editorials. The safety of antidepressants in pregnancy BMJ 2017; 357

Man KKC, Coghill D, Chan EW, Lau WCY, Hollis C, Liddle E, Banaschewski T, McCarthy S, Neubert A, Sayal K, Ip P, Schuemie MJ, Sturkenboom MCJM, Sonuga-Barke E, Buitelaar J, Carucci S, Zuddas A, Kovshoff H, Garas P, Nagy P, Inglis SK, Konrad K, Häge A, Rosenthal E, Wong ICK*.
Association of Risk of Suicide Attempts With Methylphenidate Treatment. JAMA Psychiatry. 2017 Jul 26. doi: 10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2017.2183. [Epub ahead of print]
Impact Factor (2016): 15.307 , (Rank: 2/142 Psychiatry)

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Wong AY, Root A, Douglas IJ, Chui CS, Chan EW, Ghebremichael-Weldeselassie Y, Siu CW, Smeeth L, Wong IC*. Cardiovascular outcomes associated with use of clarithromycin: population based study. BMJ. 2016 Jan 14;352:h6926. doi: 10.1136/bmj.h6926.
Impact Factor (2016): 20.785 , (Rank: 4/154 Medicine, General & Internal)

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Editorials. Cardiovascular risks associated with clarithromycin. BMJ 2016; 352

Contribution to The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) reports:

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children and young people: guanfacine prolonged-release The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) advice [ESNM70] Published date: March 2016 (

Guidance on The epilepsies: the diagnosis and management of the epilepsies in adults and children in primary and secondary care. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) 2012. (

Guidance on Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: pharmacological and psychological interventions in children, young people and adults. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). 2009. (


Professor Wong is the Founder and a Director of Therakind Ltd UK
Since Nov 2006

  • In association with UCL School of Pharmacy, UCL Institute Child Health and Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital and IPSO Ventures Professor Wong set up Therakind Ltd.
  • Therakind is a commercial research organisation which works exclusively in paediatric drug research.
  • The first product (Buccolam®) was granted the first “Paediatric Use Marketing Authorisation” under the new European regulation at the beginning of 2012.
  • The second product (Ayendi®) was granted a product license by the Medicines and Healthcare products Agency in 2014.

Selected Publications

  • Wong AY, Wong IC, Chui CS, Lee EH, Chang WC, Chen EY, Leung WK, Chan EW.
    Between Acute Neuropsychiatric Events and Helicobacter pylori Therapy Containing Clarithromycin. JAMA Intern Med. 2016;176(6):828-34.
    Impact Factor (2016): 16.538, (Rank: 6/154 Medicine, General & Internal)
    doi: (open access)
  • Chan EW, Lau WCY, Leung WK, Mok MTC, He Y, Tong TSM, Wong ICK*.
    Prevention of Dabigatran-related Gastrointestinal Bleeding With Gastroprotective Agents: A Population-Based Study. Gastroenterology 2015;149(3):586-595.
    Impact factor (2016): 18.392, (Rank 1/78 Gastroenterology)
  • Bielicki JA, Barker CI, Saxena S, Wong IC, Long PF, Sharland M.
    Not too little, not too much: problems of selecting oral antibiotic dose for children. BMJ. 2015 Nov 3;351:h5447.
    Impact Factor (2016): 20.785, (Rank: 4/154 Medicine, General & Internal)
  • Ahmed U, Spyridis N, Wong IC, Sharland M, Long PF; improving Children’s Antibiotic Prescribing UK Research Network.
    Dosing of oral penicillins in children: is big child=half an adult, small child=half a big child, baby=half a small child still the best we can do? BMJ. 2011 Dec 15;343:d7803.
    Impact Factor (2016): 20.785, (Rank: 4/154 Medicine, General & Internal)
  • Sturkenboom MC, Verhamme KM, Nicolosi A, Murray ML, Neubert A, Caudri D, Picelli G, Sen EF, Giaquinto C, Cantarutti L, Baiardi P, Felisi MG, Ceci A, Wong IC; TEDDY European Network of Excellence. Drug use in children: cohort study in three European countries. BMJ. 2008 Nov 24;337:a2245.
    Impact Factor (2016): 20.785, (Rank: 4/154 Medicine, General & Internal)
    doi: (open access)

* Corresponding author


Selected Successful External Grants in Hong Kong:

  • Competitive Grants:

    • Wong ICK, Cheung L, Pirmohamed M, Carlton B, Sham PC, Chan CYJ, Cheung BMY. Pharmacogenomics Assessment of Serious Cutaneous Adverse drug reactions (PASCA). Health and Medical Research Fund Department of Health Hong Kong (HK$910,000) 2014-2016.
    • Wong ICK, Douglas I, Ip P, Wong WWS, Coghill D. ADHD Treatments and Hospital Accident and emergency attendance aNalysis (ATHAN). Research Grant Council. Hong Kong Government (HK$308,855) 2013-2014.
    • Wong ICK, McGhee S, Tse VC, Kwan M, Wong C, Ip D, Chui J. Mother's preferences and willingness to pay for human papillomavirus vaccination for their daughters: a discrete choice experiment in Hong Kong. Health and Medical Research Fund Department of Health Hong Kong (HK$ 378,040) 2013-2015
    • Wong ICK, Deferiprone Evaluation in Paediatrics (DEEP) HK$200,000 (20,000€) European Commission FP7 grant via Universitätsklinikum Erlangen. 2011 -2014
    • Wong ICK, Global Research in Paediatrics (GRiP) HK$ 500,000 (50,000€) European Commission FP7 grant via University College London 2011 – 2015
    • Yuen VMY, Cheuk KLD, Lam WWM, Hui WCT, ICK Wong, Irwin MG. Comparison of oral chloral hydrate and intranasal dexmedetomidine for sedation in children undergoing computerized tomography. Health and Medical Research Fund, Department of Health Hong Kong (HK$ 755,840) 2013-2014.
    • Lam MPS, Cheung BMY, Wong ICK. An evaluation of the prescribing appropriateness of Hong Kong elderly and the prevalence of preventable drug related admissions to hospital. Health and Medical Research Fund, Department of Health Hong Kong (HK$ 69,990) 2013.
  • Other grants:

    • Wong ICK, Chan EWY. Scoping exercise: Pharmaceutical Services of Elderly Patients in Hong Kong. Pharmaceutical Society of Hong Kong. (HK$ 70,000) 2012-2013.
    • Wong ICK. Impact of Prevenar on the burden of disease due to otitis media in children. St George's Medical School London. (HK$470,000) 2011-2012.
    • Wong ICK, Lam JKW. Feasibility study of transmucosal formulation of a paediatric medication. Jacobson Pharmaceutical Company. 2012-2013 (HK$180,000).
    • Wong ICK, Chan EWY. Feasibility study of HerbMiners Database. HerbMiners. (HK$120,000) 2012-2013.
    • Chan EW, Worsley A, Wong ICK. Pharmacoepidemiology and pharmacoeconomics of oral anticoagulation therapy in Hong Kong. Pfizer and BMS Pharmaceuticals. (HK$ 898,698) 2013-2014
    • Chan EW, Wong ICK. Young adult patient experiences in the clinical management of ADHD in Hong Kong. Johnson & Johnson (HK) Ltd (HK$300,000) 2013-2014.

Research Collaborators

Seeking PhD candidates

We are seeking highly organised and motivated PhD candidates for research in the areas of medication safety, pharmacoepidemiology and pharmaceutical care in children and the elderly. Candidates with a background in healthcare may have an advantage, however it is not a requirement. For further information, please email Prof Ian Wong with your CV (email:

Selected media releases and communications

Treatment of psychiatric illness:

(Oriental Daily Chinese)

(Apple Daily Chinese)

(BBC Website English)

(BBC Website English)

(Guardian Newspaper English)

(Guardian Newspaper English)

Medication error:

(BBC website English)

Public seminar on immunization:


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