Highlights 2017


HKU study reveals traditional blood thinner drug is associated with a higher risk of osteoporotic fracture compared to newer drug

The HKU Faculty of Medicine analysed 8,152 atrial fibrillation patients who had attended public hospitals in Hong Kong from 2010 to 2014. The study revealed for the first time that when comparing the traditional drug warfarin to the newer drug dabigatran, warfarin was significantly associated with higher risk of osteoporotic fracture, which may increase the morbidity and mortality among the elderly, compared to dabigatran.


Faculty of Social Sciences and six NGOs launch "Jockey Club Holistic Support Project for Elderly Mental Wellness"

With HK$87million in funding support the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, the HKU Faculty of Social Sciences and six NGOs will launch a three-year pilot programme called "Holistic Support Project for Elderly Mental Wellness" that aims to provide a mature, evidence-based service model for the promotion of elderly mental wellness in the community. More than 2,000 volunteers and over 100 elderly volunteers will be trained to identify elders with symptoms of depression. Four pilot locations have been selected in this project: Kwai Chung, Kwun Tong, Sham Shui Po, and Tseung Kwan O. The campaign will conduct 69,000 visits and reach 3,800 elderly people.


HKU research team identifies mutation in H7N9 virus which enhances human infection

The research team from the State Key Laboratory for Emerging Infectious Diseases of HKU and the HKU Department of Microbiology have identified a mutation in the H7N9 virus which gives it a greater ability to infect humans while continuing to circulate effectively in poultry. Professor Chen Honglin who headed the research said this study provided an important biomarker for monitoring the emergence and transmission of avian influenza viruses in humans and preventing human-to-human infection. The mutation can also serve as a novel target of anti-influenza drug development.


HKU collaborates with National Academy of Medicine to nurture future talents and tackle global health issues

HKU entered into a partnership agreement with the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) in February 2017 to nurture future talents and to jointly tackle global challenges. Working with the NAM President Dr. Victor Dzau, HKU Vice President (Global) Professor John Kao helped establish several collaboration projects between HKU and NAM including an HKU-NAM International Fellowship Program for mid-career HKU faculty staff to work in Washington DC; organisation of international roundtables and summits to tackle global health-related issues such as regenerative medicine, mental health, ageing, and gender equity; and contextualisation of NAM consensus studies that are of practical use for HK. NAM is a world premier nonprofit, non-governmental organisation that provides advice on issues relating to biomedical science and health to policy-makers, professionals, leaders, and the public in the US and around the world.


HKU Faculty of Medicine presents "Big Shots" photo exhibition in celebration of 130 years of medicine in Hong Kong

The HKU Faculty of Medicine hosted an opening ceremony for the "Big Shots" Photo Exhibition, as part of the yearlong celebrations to mark "130 Years of Medicine in Hong Kong". The exhibition consists of two sections: World of Doctors to feature the works of renowned photographer Ducky Tse on the challenges and moments in the lives of 29 Faculty professors, alumni and students; and Doctors’ World, a collection of photographs taken by 32 alumni and curated by Professor Richard Yu and Dr Leo KK Wong. The exhibition will be open to the public from now until March 29 at the Exhibition Gallery of the Hong Kong Central Library. After that it will be staged at the Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre from May 4 to May 30. Part of the works will be exhibited at six other locations throughout Hong Kong between April 1 and May 27.


HKU HKJC Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention holds ceremony to award 14 student-initiated suicide prevention programmes  

WeCare Fund for Student-Initiated Youth Suicide Prevention Project is the very first cross-institutional student initiated suicide prevention project conducted by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention. The Fund aims to encourage students, with the support of professional advisors, to organise, initiate, and implement mental health related projects at university campuses, and through the projects to nurture positive emotions at campuses and to enhance awareness of mental health issues among youths. An award ceremony was held to award 14 programmes from 10 tertiary institutions. The champion was the "Shall we talk" team from Hong Kong Baptist University. They expressed their concerns over issues regarding suicide through a self-directed play, written with an aim to inspire audience to reflect on their roles in suicide prevention, as well as deliver the message of treasuring life and emphasise the importance of communication. 


HKU Faculty of Dentistry holds Knowledge Exchange Award Ceremony 2017

The Faculty of Dentistry held the Inaugural Knowledge Exchange Award Ceremony at Prince Philip Dental Hospital to kick off its 35th anniversary celebration. The 11 awarded projects served the communities in various ways. They included a Mobile Dental Clinics to offer citizens free oral check-ups, scaling and cavity filling service, and seminars and talks to promote precautionary measures against oral diseases. Beneficiaries from these projects included Alzheimer's patients and their caregivers, children with special needs, foreign domestic helpers, and the Muslim community. Some of the projects were outreach service outside Hong Kong to places in Mainland China and remote overseas areas.


HKU Stephen Hui Geological Museum holds exhibition on private mineral collections in Hong Kong

The HKU Stephen Hui Geological Museum will hold in collaboration with the Mineralogy Society of Hong Kong a "Mineral Collections in Hong Kong" exhibition from March 3 to August 31, to showcase over 200 precious minerals from 18 private collectors in Hong Kong. The exhibits include one of the best gemmy single crystals of Tanzanite from Merelani Mine, a very rare large gem quality Aquamarine on Albite with large fluid inclusions from Balochi, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan, and a 18 cm large gemmy Rhodochrosite on Quartz from the famous Sweet Home Mine in Colorado, U.S.A.. The mineral display cabinet of the late Dr Stephen Hui Sze-fun with a selection from his private collection is also included.


HKU conducted the first demographic study of the Chinese white dolphins in the Pearl River Estuary and urges conservation of dolphin critical habitat

A demographic study of the Chinese white dolphins inhabiting the Pearl River Estuary, led by Dr Leszek Karczmarski, Associate Professor at the HKU School of Biological Sciences, revealed that the PRE dolphin population is declining approximately 2.5% per year and is fast approaching its viability threshold. The findings indicated that the PRE dolphin population is deemed to become extinct unless effective conservation measures can rapidly reverse the current population trend.


HKU Faculty of Education launches new book on Cantonese operatic singing art

Since 2006, the Centre for Advancement of Chinese Language Education and Research (CACLER) of the Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong (HKU), has been working together with partnering schools, under the HKU Cantonese Opera Education and Research Project, to integrate Cantonese Opera into the secondary school curriculum and on related researches. In 2015, the Lord Wilson Heritage Trust funded the research team led by Dr Dorothy Ng Fung-ping to implement the Publication Project of Cantonese Operatic Singing Art of Leung Yi-chung and Leung So-kam. This new publication records the artistic achievements of Mr Leung Yi-chung and Ms Leung So-kam and gives an account of the Cantonese operatic singing art of the latter.


Music and Architecture Listen to the Echoes

The Departments of Music and Architecture have entered into an unusual collaboration to explore their mutual interest in sound and space, through a two-year project called Sounding Architecture.


Knowledge Exchange (KE) Excellence Award 2016

The university-level KE Excellence Award was introduced in 2015-16 to recognize the significant impact that our academic staff had made to benefit society. Ms Amanda S. Whitfort of the Faculty of Law has received the KE Excellence Award 2016.


HKU Asia Global Institute launches AsiaGlobal Fellows Programme

The Asia Global Institute at HKU has launched the AsiaGlobal Fellows programme to select 16 fellows from around the world each year for a fully-funded 13-week inter-disciplinary global leadership development programme. The fellows are expected to be mid-career professionals who have already demonstrated strong leadership potential and are up-and-coming influencers in politics, policy-making, business, or civil society. They are also expected to share a common career interest in Asia-related policy matters. The program is the first of its kind in Asia.


Leisure and Cultural Services Department and HKU to hold exhibition on Professor Jao Tsung-i's works on Dunhuang culture

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department and HKU will jointly hold the exhibition "Splendour of Dunhuang: Jao Tsung-i's Selected Academic and Art Works Inspired by Dunhuang Culture", featuring Professor Jao's publications, letters, manuscripts, paintings and calligraphy which are related to Dunhuang arts and culture. The exhibition will be staged at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum from May to September.


Historic Hong Kong photographs available for viewing online at the Hong Kong Image Database of HKU

Hungarian Photographer Dezső Bozóky's historic Hong Kong photographs are now available online at the Hong Kong Image Database for public viewing. This collaborative project between The University Museum and Art Gallery and the Hong Kong Image Database of HKU Libraries features 58 historical images from 1900s era Hong Kong. 30 of these photographs are currently on display in the Pictures of the Past: Hungarian Photographer Dezső Bozóky in Hong Kong at UMAG from now until January 8, 2017. Bozóky (1871-1957) took approximately 1,500 photographs across East Asia, including in China, Korea and Japan; a total of 58 images were shot in Hong Kong. His archive forms a collective memory of a colonial Hong Kong that has largely vanished from the landscape.


HKU study reveals Hong Kong hosts more than ¼ of all marine species recorded in China

Hong Kong has a record of 5,943 marine species, according to a recent review by a research group led by Professor Gray A. Williams of The Swire Institute of Marine Science (SWIMS) and School of Biological Sciences of  HKU. This first comprehensive review of local marine biodiversity shows that with only about 1,651 km2 marine area (~0.03% of China's total), Hong Kong already accounts for ~26% of the total marine species recorded in China. However, currently only less than 2% of Hong Kong’s marine area is protected as marine parks or reserve. The research team urged the government to move towards the global target of at least 10% marine protected area by the year 2020 under United Nation's Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). To establish a platform for the international scientific community to access the marine species in Hong Kong for conservation, research and education purposes, the research team, in collaboration with international experts, has also launched the Hong Kong Register of Marine Species (HKRMS) under the umbrella of the largest global marine biodiversity database, the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS). Hong Kong is one of only ten regions in the world that has such a regional species database, and was the first in Asia.


Two HKU architects receive RIBA Award for International Excellence and International Emerging Architect

Mr Joshua Bolchover and Mr John Lin, Associate Professors in the HKU Faculty of Architecture, earlier received the prestigious Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Award for International Excellence as well as the RIBA International Emerging Architect prize for their Andong Hospital project in Baojing County, Hunan in Mainland China. The project team aimed at developing a publicly-friendly model rural health care building capable of supporting the many progressive reforms on rural hospital management and care giving.


KE in The Review 2016

The University has been pursuing and promoting impact opportunities through knowledge exchange in a variety of ways. "Our effort to bring the fruits of our work beyond the campus and academic world is snowballing and will gain further momentum in future," says Professor Peter Mathieson, President and Vice-Chancellor, in 'The Review 2016'.