Ms. Maria Ming-Po LAI

Ms Lai obtained her Bachelor of Nursing Degree from the University of Manitoba (Canada) in 1994 and her Master Degree in Public Health from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2004. In 2001, she completed training in “Protocol Development and Cancer Epidemiology” at the McGill University (Canada). Ms Lai is a Certified Clinical Research Professional of the Society of Clinical Research Association (SoCRA) in US 2004. She received training on “Practical GCP compliance auditing of trials and system” from DIA in the UK. In April 2008, she was accredited as the approved trainer of Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) in the US, and also served as the By-law Chair of ACRP Asia-Pacific Region Chapter 2012-14. Ms Lai is the primary administrator of the WHO Clinical Trials Partner Registry taking on the lead to meet the international standard for clinical trials registry in Hong Kong and designed the automatic CCRB CTR computer system. In 2020, she obtained the Chartered Quality Institute (CQI) and the International Register of Certificated Auditors (IRCA) Medical Device Certificate on Quality Management Systems Auditor for ISO13485.


Ms Lai has over 20 years of clinical research experiences. She was the Head Study Nurse in the Department of Clinical Oncology of CUHK. She coordinated and managed research activities within the Department with a multi-disciplinary team, and has experience in managing multi-centre trials. Ms Lai later extended her works to research areas other than Clinical Oncology, especially focus on the implementation of quality control and quality assurance process. In 2005, she worked with 10 disciplines at the Prince of Wales Hospital and the Department of Health of Hong Kong, for the preparation of SFDA (now CFDA) inspection and obtained the accreditation in 2006. Later she also completed 2009 and 2012 re-inspections and obtained accreditations. Ms Lai had the opportunity to build and establish the CUHK Phase I Clinical Trials Centre in 2013. Since 2014, she continues to extend her interest in the field of medical devices and computer-assisted device (CAD) development.


Ms Lai also has experience in research nurses/clinical research coordinators training and investigators training conducted in Hong Kong SAR, Guangzhou and Shanghai (Mainland China), Taiwan, Singapore, Korea and Australia (Sydney). She has strong interests in establishing Clinical Research Professionals and GCP training for clinical staff in research centres of different countries and interested in innovative health care technology development.