Gerontechnology Innovations at HKU
Ageing is a well-recognised global challenge. Researchers at The University of Hong Kong are conducting cutting-edge research in gerontechnology to meet the challenges.
New Cartilage Regeneration Technology
HKU biomedical engineers are developing leading cartilage regeneration technology to grow cartilage tissues using the patient's own adult stem cells for replacement of damaged cartilage.
Next Generation Bone Implant for the Elderly
A research team in HKU Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology has developed the Fang-Kulper Anti-Migration Tip, a bone implant technology designed to help elderly patients recover more quickly and safely from broken hips, shoulders, and spinal fractures.
The Magic of Chinese Yam for Treatment of Menopausal Syndrome
A research team in HKU School of Chinese Medicine has isolated a novel bioactive protein from Chinese Yam for treating conditions resulting from low serum estrogen and progesterone levels including osteoporosis, menopausal syndrome and the accompanying cognitive function deterioration.
Prevention of Ageing-associated Neurodegeneration in Alzheimer’s Disease and Glaucoma with a Wolfberry Extract
A research team in the HKU School of Biomedical Sciences has found that wolfberry not only can protect the retinal ganglion cells on the retina against glaucoma, but also can inhibit neuronal apoptosis to prevent neurodegeneration in Alzheimer’s disease.
A Soft Robot Hand for Neural Rehabilitation of Degenerative Neurological Diseases and Strokes
A research team in HKU Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology has developed a soft robotic hand that is designed as a light-weight, wearable glove, which is safe and easy for patients with hand motor impairment to use for rehabilitation.
Technology-based Management of Swallowing Difficulties
A research team in the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences, HKU Faculty of Education, is developing technology-based solutions to increase the awareness of carers and the general public about management of swallowing difficulties in the elderly, and to provide alternatives to treat swallowing difficulties.
'Review of Animal Welfare Legislation in Hong Kong'
Ms Amanda Whitfort's research provided the first and, to date, only empirical study of the adequacy of animal protection legislation in Hong Kong and was used by the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department of the HKSAR Government to introduce new legislation controlling the breeding and sale of companion animals in Hong Kong with the enactment of the Public Health (Animals and Birds) (Animal Traders) Regulations 2016. Ms Whitfort received the University’s Knowledge Exchange Excellence Award 2016 for this project.
How Science is Saving Hong Kong's Oyster Industry
Oysters have been cultivated in Deep Bay in northwest Hong Kong for more than 700 years. But the future of this traditional industry is uncertain as sales of the saltwater delicacy have been steadily falling due to fears of contamination. Dr Rajan of HKU is working with the Hong Kong government’s Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department and the Deep Bay Oyster Cultivation Association to provide a solution for the sustainable development of this industry for new generations of farmers.