The Chinese University of Hong Kong Jockey Club Centre for Osteoporosis Care and Control was established in 2001 with a generous donation of HK$41m (€4.72m) from The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trusts.
The centre’s current Director is Professor Timothy Kwok, Division of Geriatric Medicine, Department of Medicine and Therapeutics, Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. The mission of the Centre is to promote healthier bones for all and to prevent osteoporotic fractures.
To accomplish this mission, the Centre has the following objectives:
1) Promote the prevention of osteoporosis;
2) Provide assessments, diagnosis and treatment to people with osteoporosis and have falls;
3) Provide rehabilitation and supporting services for patients with osteoporosis and have falls;
4) Provide training for medical and allied health professionals in the field of osteoporosis and fall prevention;
5) Conduct evidence-based research on the case-finding approach and secondary prevention of fractures;
6) Conduct scientific projects on osteoporosis, including genetic studies, phase III randomised clinical trials and epidemiological studies; and
7) Initiate collaborative programmes for fracture prevention in and outside Hong Kong.
The role of JOCOC falls into 4 categories:
1) Clinical services;
3) Public education; and
4) Training for health professionals.
JOCOC carries out assessment, treatment and rehabilitation programmes for patients referred from both the public and private sectors. JOCOC also operates a structured physical activity programme conducted by physiotherapists and occupational therapists. Patients suffering from falls and osteoporosis will be screened and assessed by the research professionals, in order to be allocated to the correct programme. The programme is intensive and tailor-made to suit individual needs for improving muscle strength, flexibility and body balance.
The research centre has been conducting a cohort study, designed to examine the risk factors of osteoporotic fractures in older people since 2001. From the multidimensional data set, we examined the link between physical activity, Alzheimer’s and mortality. To find out more about the study, view our Profile in SciTech Europa Quarterly – Issue 32.