Institute of Schizophrenia

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Institute of Schizophrenia


Professor Zhang is a Full Professor and the Associate Director for Clinical Affairs in School of Chinese Medicine of the University of Hong Kong (HKU). He is also Honorary Professor of Psychiatry, Family Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in HKU. He is the Vice-President of Hong Kong Association for Integration of Chinese-Western Medicine Limited (HKAIM), Deputy Director of Specialty Committee of Mental Diseases of World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies (WFCMS), Deputy Director of TCM Psychology Specialty Committee of WFCMS, and Standing Member of Psychiatry Committee of China Society of Integrated Traditional Chinese and Western Medicine. He received his Chinese medicine, acupuncture and Western medicine training and earned his PhD in neuroscience in China. In 1994-2006, he moved to the United States to continue his research work in psychopharmacology and psychiatry. His long-term research interest has focused on seeking novel psychotropic agents and developing effective treatment strategies from acupuncture and herbal medicine for major neurological and psychiatric disorders, including pain, anxiety, mood disorders, dementia, and schizophrenia. He is also interested in investigating neural mechanisms of acupuncture using neuroimaging approaches. Professor Zhang has directed numerous clinical studies. He has authored over 100 original papers, reviews and book chapters. Professor Zhang has active clinical practice in Hong Kong and specializes the use of TCM to treat various neurological and psychiatric problems.  

Representative publications:    

1.    Zheng Y, Zhang ZJ*, Han XM, Ding Y, Chen YY, Wang XY, Wei XW, Wang MJ, Cheng Y, Nie ZH, Zhao M, Zheng XX. A proprietary herbal medicine (5-Ling Granule) for Tourette syndrome: a randomized controlled trial. The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 2016; 57(1):74-83.
2.    Feng B, Zhang ZJ*, Zhu RM, Yuan GZ, Luo LY, McAlonan GM, Xu FZ, Chen J, Liu LY, Lv YY, Wong HK, Zhang Y, Zhu LX. Transcutaneous electrical acupoint stimulation as an adjunct therapy for obsessive-compulsive disorder: a randomized controlled study. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 2016; 80:30-37.
3.    Qu SS, Huang Y, Zhang ZJ*, Chen JQ, Lin RY, Wang CQ, Li GL, Wong HK, Zhao CH, Pan JY, Guo SC, Zhang YC. A 6-week randomized controlled trial with 4-week follow-up of acupuncture combined with paroxetine in patients with major depressive disorder Journal of Psychiatric Research 2013;47:726-732.
4.    Wang D, Wong HK, Zhang L, McAlonan GM, Wang XM, Sze SCW, Feng YB, Zhang ZJ*. Not only dopamine D2 receptors involved in Peony-Glycyrrhiza Decoction, an herbal preparation against antipsychotic-associated hyperprolactinemia. Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry 2012;39(2):332-338.
5.    Zhang ZJ*, Wang XM, McAlonan GM. Neural acupuncture unit: a new concept for interpreting effects and mechanisms of acupuncture. Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2012; Vol. 2012, Article ID 429412.
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