Professor Lau is Dean and Daniel CK Yu Professor in Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology of the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine at The University of Hong Kong (HKU).
Professor Lau graduated with MBChB from the University of Dundee in 1985. In 1992, he joined HKU as Lecturer in Medicine and successfully rose through the ranks to his current position as Chair and Daniel CK Yu Professor in Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology.
Professor Lau has been a major player in rheumatology in Hong Kong and beyond. Locally, he was President of the Hong Kong Society of Rheumatology (1997 – 2001) and Founding Chairman of the Hong Kong Arthritis & Rheumatism Foundation (2001). He was also the President of the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine (2016 – 2020), a statutory accrediting body for medical and dental specialist training in Hong Kong. Besides its academic role, the Academy is an entrusted advisor to the HKSAR Government on multiple health-related policies. In addition, Professor Lau sits on numerous strategic committees/working groups of the Health Bureau (formerly the Food and Health Bureau), Hospital Authority and Department of Health.
Regionally, Professor Lau was President of the Asia Pacific League of Rheumatology Associations (2006 – 2008) and co-founder of the multi-national, multi-centre Asia Pacific Lupus Collaboration.
Beyond the Asia Pacific region, he is a Member of the Outcomes in Rheumatology, European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) Scientific Committee and EULAR Task Force on Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment Recommendations.