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KE Newsletter Issue 17 (October 2019)

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Faculty Knowledge Exchange Awards 2019

Warm congratulations are also extended to the following colleagues who have won the Faculty Knowledge Exchange (KE) Awards 2019 of their respective Faculties:

Faculty of Business and Economics
Dr Lilian Him Lai ChanFaculty of Business and Economics
‘The Impact of Clawback Research on Policy Making by The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of the U.S.’

Faculty of Dentistry
Dr Walter Yu Hang Lam and team members –  Professor Chun Hung ChuDr Mike Yiu Yan LeungDr Dominic King Lun HoDr Duangporn Duangthip, Dr Sherry S. Gao and Ms Kitty J.Y. Chen, Faculty of Dentistry
‘Smiley Action Day: Empowering Non-profit Organisation & Engaging Community to Enhance Oral Health with the Utilization of Mobile Dental Services’

Faculty of Education
Dr Wai Ming Cheung and Dr Sau Yan HuiFaculty of Education
‘Supporting Multicultural Dreamers and their Dreamkeepers in Culturally Relevant Chinese Language Learning for Social Inclusion’

Faculty of Law
Professor Shahla Ali, Department of Law
Increasing Access to Consumer Financial Dispute Resolution in Hong Kong

Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine
Professor Zhiwei ChenDepartment of Microbiology
‘Knowledge Exchange on HIV/AIDS to Promote HIV Prevention and Care’

Faculty of Science
Dr Caroline Dingle and team members – Professor David DudgeonDr David BakerDr Timothy BonebrakeDr Yik Hei Sung, Dr Wenda Cheng, Dr Shuang Xing, Ms Tracey-Leigh Prigge, Mr John Lawrence Richards, Miss Chloe Emma Ruth Webster, Miss Astrid Alex Andersson and Miss Victoria Sheng, School of Biological Sciences
Reduction of Illegal Global Wildlife Trade through Novel Conservation Forensics Research


HKU Visualise Your Thesis Competition 2019

HKU Visualise Your Thesis Competition 2018

Visualise Your Thesis is an exciting competition introduced by The University of Melbourne that challenges research postgraduate students to present their research in a 60 second, eye-catching digital display.

The HKU Visualise Your Thesis Competition (HKU VYT) is launched by the Knowledge Exchange Office (KEO) in 2019, with support from Graduate School and the Technology-Enriched Learning Initiative (TELi).  The judging panel included Professor John Bacon-ShoneProfessor DY JinProfessor Ricky Kwok, and Miss Alice Lee.  Competition submissions were judged on their visual impact, and how well the content presents the research to a non-specialist audience.  The Competition was successfully held in April – July 2019 and the winners are:

Ms Fatin Nurizzati Binti Mohd Jaya
PhD, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine
‘From Friend to Foe – The Effect of Interleukin-33 (IL-33) and IL-33-induced Regulatory B cells (Breg-IL33) in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)’
(Primary Supervisor: Professor Godfrey Chi Fung Chan)

First Runner-up
Ms Yingshan Qiu
PhD, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine
‘Peptide Carriers for Pulmonary Delivery of RNA Therapeutics’
(Primary Supervisor: Dr Jenny Ka Wing Lam)

Second Runner-up
Ms Wei Xia
PhD, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine
‘Smoking Cessation and Tobacco Control’
(Primary Supervisor: Dr William Ho Cheung Li)

Viewers’ Choice Award Winner
Ms Wing Tung Cheng
PhD, Faculty of Education
‘University Residential Hall – Far Beyond a Place to Stay’
(Primary Supervisor: Dr Cecilia Ka Yuk Chan)

Visit the KE website at for the 2019 gallery.  


Interdisciplinary Quick Talks – Animals Make a Better World

Interdisciplinary Quick Talks – Animals Make a Better World

(from left) Dr Paul Wong, Dr Kelvin To, Dr David Baker, Jasper – HKU Libraries Resident Therapy Dog, Ms Amanda Whitfort, Professor John Bacon-Shone

Interdisciplinary Quick Talks is a new HKU Knowledge Exchange series to promote interdisciplinarity and to share evidence-based knowledge on challenging issues from multiple perspectives with the community. 

The second event of the series, with the title ‘Animals Make a Better World’, was successfully held on July 16, 2019 at Lecture Hall II, The University of Hong Kong with participants from different sectors including government departments, institutions, secondary schools, animal welfare organisations and NGOs.

This event provided an opportunity for our researchers to share with the participants their research and project in relation to animals and the importance of animal welfare to their project, and discussed new ideas for interdisciplinary research and knowledge exchange and how animal welfare could enhance their work.

The following talks were delivered by our researchers at the event:

Video on their presentations can be viewed on our website.


HKU DreamCatchers MedTech Hackathon Hong Kong 2019

HKU DreamCatchers MedTech Hackathon Hong Kong 2018

DreamCatchers MedTech Hackathon Hong Kong 2019, co-organised by HKU DreamCatchers and Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP), was successfully held between June 24 and 29, 2019.

45 participants, including students from Stanford University and Hong Kong universities, and young professionals from HKSTP, joined this week-long hackathon to experience Stanford Biodesign methodologies, design thinking, business model canvas, and to work in interdisciplinary teams to come up with prototypes of sustainable healthcare solutions.

This year’s theme was ‘Innovation for Crowded Hospitals’ and the champion went to Team flu.ID, comprising students from HKU, Stanford University and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, who came up with an innovative solution to reduce possibilities of influenza outbreak among nursing home staff and visitors by improving effectiveness in routine hand hygiene practices.

See the full list of winners at