Press Release: HKUMed researchers first discovered SARS-CoV-2 infects human neural progenitor cells and brain organoids
Aug 04, 2020
Researchers at the School of Biomedical Sciences, the Department of Microbiology and the Department of Medicine, LKS Faculty of Medicine of The University of Hong Kong (HKUMed) collaborated with researchers at the Institute of Synthetic Biology of Chinese Academy of Sciences-Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology to conduct a study on SARS-CoV-2 infection of human neural progenitor cells and brain organoids.
Press Release: HKUMed reveals the pathogenic gene of carpal tunnel syndrome, providing new directions for prevention and treatment
Jul 27, 2020
The LKS Faculty of Medicine of The University of Hong Kong (HKUMed), in collaboration with China-Japan Union Hospital of Jilin University, Mainland China, Harvard University and National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S., have discovered that genetic mutation is one of the key risk factors of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). The study revealed a previously unrecognised mechanism in CTS pathogenesis and provided new insight into the development of new preventive and therapeutic strategies. The findings are now published in the leading multidisciplinary science journal Nature Communications.
Event: Congratulations! Ms Chau Tran's project has been featured in Laidlaw Scholar Spotlight
Jul 23, 2020
Ms Chau Tran, a Laidlaw Scholar at Hong Kong University, has her project "Aptamer-mediated DNA nanocage encapsulated gold nanoparticles for high-sensitivity lateral flow point-of-care medical devices." featured in Laidlaw Scholar Spotlight on 23 Jul 2020.
Press Release: HKUMed and Institut Pasteur collaborate to use an evolution in a test tube approach to develop new molecules for malaria diagnosis
Jul 16, 2020
The LKS Faculty of Medicine of The University of Hong Kong (HKUMed) has collaborated with Institut Pasteur, Paris, to develop an approach to evolve molecules which are entirely alien to biology. The researchers have demonstrated the approach by evolving molecules which stick to a malaria biomarker. Critically, these special non-biological molecules are able to carry out tasks which normal biological molecules are intrinsically unable to do. These molecules can, for example, be used to determine the type of malaria with which a patient is infected.
Press Release: HKUMed researchers mine immunogenic information from SARS-CoV-2 for rational design of vaccine against SARS-CoV-2
Jul 14, 2020
Researchers at the School of Biomedical Sciences, the Department of Microbiology and the Department of Medicine, LKS Faculty of Medicine of The University of Hong Kong (HKUMed) collaborated with researchers at the Institute of Synthetic Biology of Chinese Academy of Sciences - Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology and the College of Life Science and Technology of Beijing University of Chemical Technology to conduct a study for mining immunogenic information from 39 COVID-19 patients in Hong Kong. The study analysed and tested immunogenic information of SARS-CoV-2 Spike protein, and then discussed the feasibility of rational design of vaccine against SARS-CoV-2 by using the information.
Press Release: HKUMed uncovers novel DNA repair network as promising cancer drug targets
Jul 07, 2020
While a myriad of DNA repair networks, many of which represent cancer biomarkers and drug targets, are in place to counteract as many as 70,000 DNA damaging events per cell per day, the most important one that specialises to protect the gene-coding fraction has remained elusive. The gene-coding fraction makes up roughly 5% of our DNA, but because it encodes for the workhorses of each cell it is especially vital for cell function. Accordingly, researchers at the LKS Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong (HKUMed) have uncovered a hitherto unidentified DNA repair network, revealing new possibilities in cancer treatment and management.
Community Engagement: Body Donation Day 2020
Jun 27, 2020
港大遺體捐贈日「感悟人生」已於六月二十七日順利舉行。我們跟聖公會聖匠堂社區中心和食物及環境衛生署合作安排了不同活動及講座，介紹及分享生死教育的資訊。是次活動約有200人參與，感謝各界支持，期望來年跟大家再次見面。 Our Body Donation Day with the theme of “A Taste of Life – how death teaches us to live” has successfully completed on 27 Jun, 9:30 am to 6 pm. We cooperated with SKH Holy Carpenter Church Community Center and Food and Environmental Hygiene Department to arrange 5 booths introducing and sharing life and death psychoeducation information with participants. We have served around 200 visitors during the event. Thank you for your participation. See you next year.
Media Coverage: Dr Tipoe at the interview in TOPick, HK Economics Times
Jun 23, 2020
Dr George Lim Tipoe was invited to share the importance of Great Body Teacher and the Body Donation Programme on TOPick News
Media Coverage: Body of Knowledge on TVB Pearl Magazine
Jun 08, 2020
Our programme coordinator of Body Donation Programme, Dr George Lim Tipoe, manger of anatomy teaching team, Mr Patrick Wong, medical students and also family member of our Great Body Teacher were on Body of Knowledge on TVB Pearl Magazine broadcast on June 08, 2020 to share their views and learning experience through the Body Donation Programme.
Press Release: HKUMed scientists unlock the molecular mechanism that promotes ovarian cancer growth, paving the way for new treatment opportunities
May 19, 2020
Ovarian cancer is the 6th most common cancer among women in Hong Kong. The latest figures show that 651 cases of ovarian cancer were diagnosed in 2017, with 219 deaths in the same year. The causes and the molecular events that lead to the development of the disease remain largely unknown. Now a study by researchers at the LKS Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong (HKUMed) has revealed a signalling pathway triggered by a protein called p85β to promote the growth and progression of ovarian cancer cells.