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Building a dynamic life sciences ecosystem in Hong Kong

We encourage our society to enjoy life sciences and see its connectedness to their daily life experiences

WHAT WE DO

Hong Kong Life Sciences Society (HKLSS) is a youth organization established in 2018 aiming to build a dynamic life sciences ecosystem in Hong Kong. Through knowledge exchange, collaboration and engagement, HKLSS aims to attract, cultivate and retain talent in Hong Kong’s life sciences sector.

NEWS HUB

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2019
3 May
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Recruitment of Student Ambassadors (Deadline: 22 May 2019) - For details:…

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2019
11 Mar
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Visit to Career Centre in HKBU - Ken Wong, Executive Director of HKLSS, met a group of students…

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Ken Wong, Executive Director of HKLSS, met a group of students majoring in Biology, Chinese Medicine, Chemistry, Mathematics and Statistics and introduced to them to the summer internship program in Shanghai.

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2019
8 Mar
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Meeting with Academic staff from the Department of Biomedical Sciences in CityU - Prof. Michael…

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Prof. Michael Yang, Head and Yeung Kin Man Chair Professor of Biomedical Sciences, together with Dr. Terrence Lau and Dr. Jianbo Yue, introduced the mission of the Department and its academic programs and discussed areas for potential collaboration with the representative of HKLSS.

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2019
7 Mar
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Visit to CUHK's three academic schools - Ken Wong, Executive Director of HKLSS, visited three…

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Ken Wong, Executive Director of HKLSS, visited three academic schools in the Chinese University of Hong Kong in early March where he was greeted by Prof. KF Lau (School of Life Sciences), Dr. Anna Lau (School of Biomedical Sciences) and Prof. Joan Zuo (School of Pharmacy). Students from the Schools of Life Sciences and Biomedical Sciences met with Ken to discuss the prospect of Hong Kong’s biotech industry. In a subsequent meeting, Prof Zuo, Director of School of Pharmacy, gave an overview of the School’s latest research activities.

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2019
25 Feb
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Internship program open for applications - The summer internship program is now open for…

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The summer internship program is now open for applications. For details, please refer to: Life Sciences Summer Internship Program 2019

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2019
3 May
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Recruitment of Student Ambassadors (Deadline: 22 May 2019) - For details:…

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2019
11 Mar
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Visit to Career Centre in HKBU - Ken Wong, Executive Director of HKLSS, met a group of students…

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Ken Wong, Executive Director of HKLSS, met a group of students majoring in Biology, Chinese Medicine, Chemistry, Mathematics and Statistics and introduced to them to the summer internship program in Shanghai.

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2019
8 Mar
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Meeting with Academic staff from the Department of Biomedical Sciences in CityU - Prof. Michael…

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Prof. Michael Yang, Head and Yeung Kin Man Chair Professor of Biomedical Sciences, together with Dr. Terrence Lau and Dr. Jianbo Yue, introduced the mission of the Department and its academic programs and discussed areas for potential collaboration with the representative of HKLSS.

OUR PEOPLE

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Keiji Fukuda
Member of the Advisory Board
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MD(US), MPH(US)
Director and Clinical Professor, School of Public Health, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, HKU

Prof Keiji Fukuda is the Director and a Clinical Professor at The University of Hong Kong School of Public Health. He previously worked at the World Health Organization (WHO) in several capacities including Assistant Director-General (ADG) and Special Representative of the Director-General for antimicrobial resistance; ADG for the Health Security and Environment Cluster; and Director of the Global Influenza Programme. Before that, he worked at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as the Epidemiology Section Chief, Influenza Branch and as a Medical Epidemiologist in the Viral Exanthems and Herpesvirus Branch, National Center for Infectious Diseases. Professor Fukuda has been a global public health leader in many areas including health security; emerging infectious diseases including seasonal, avian and pandemic influenza, SARS, MERS and Ebola; antimicrobial resistance; development of the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework; implementation of the International Health Regulations; food safety; and chronic fatigue syndrome. He has considerable experience in epidemiological research and field investigations, media communications and international diplomatic negotiations including those held to establish a historic Heads of State level meeting on antimicrobial resistance at the United Nations in 2016. He has a BA in Biology, an MD; an MPH; was trained in the Epidemic Intelligence Service at CDC and is certified in internal medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Nancy Y. Ip
Member of the Advisory Board
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Vice-President of Research and Development, HKUSTThe Morningside Professor of Life ScienceDirector, State Key Laboratory of Molecular Neuroscience
Member, Chinese Academy of Sciences;US National Academy of Sciences;American Academy of Arts and Sciences;World Academy of Science

Prof Ip received her PhD degree in Pharmacology from Harvard Medical School, after which she held the position of Senior Staff Scientist at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. in New York. Since joining HKUST, she has served as the Dean of Science, Director of the Biotechnology Research Institute, and Head of the Department of Biochemistry. She is currently the Morningside Professor of Life Science and Director of the State Key Laboratory of Molecular Neuroscience.

Her major research interests are in neural development and function as well as drug discovery for neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease. She is well-known for her seminal discoveries in the biology of neurotrophic factors, which are proteins that promote the survival, development, and maintenance of neurons in the nervous system. She has also made important contributions towards understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying brain development and synaptic plasticity, and their dysregulation in neurological disorders.

As a highly accomplished researcher, Prof Ip has published over 260 scientific papers with 18,600 SCI citations, and holds 41 patents. She was elected to the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the US National Academy of Sciences, the World Academy of Sciences, and most recently, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Prof Ip is also a founding member of The Academy of Sciences of Hong Kong. She has received numerous awards and honors including the National Natural Science Awards, the L’OREAL-UNESCO for Women in Science Award, and the “Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite” (National Order of Merit) by the French Government. She is also the senior editor of the Journal of Neuroscience, and an elected Councillor for two leading global organizations in the fields of neuroscience and pharmacology: the Society for Neuroscience and the CINP (Collegium Internationale Neuro-Psychopharmacologicum). Furthermore, she is a member of the Global Agenda Council on Brain Research of the World Economic Forum.

Dennis Lo
Member of the Advisory Board
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Director of the Li Ka Shing Institute of Health SciencesChairman of Department of Chemical PathologyLi Ka Shing Professor of MedicineProfessor of Chemical PathologyAssociate Dean (Research) of the Faculty of Medicine, CUHK

Dennis Lo is the Director of the Li Ka Shing Institute of Health Sciences, the Chairman of Department of Chemical Pathology, the Li Ka Shing Professor of Medicine and Professor of Chemical Pathology of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). He is also the Associate Dean (Research) of the Faculty of Medicine of CUHK. Dennis Lo received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Cambridge and the Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from the University of Oxford.

Dennis Lo discovered the presence of cell-free fetal DNA in maternal plasma in 1997, and has since then remained at the forefront of the field of non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT). NIPT is now available in over 90 countries, benefiting millions of pregnant women every year. Dennis Lo sees the parallels between circulating fetal DNA and circulating tumour DNA and has made pioneering contributions to the liquid biopsies for cancer, especially for the early detection and monitoring of nasopharyngeal carcinoma.

In recognition of his work, Dennis Lo has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the King Faisal International Prize in Medicine in 2014 and the Future Science Prize – Life Science Prize in 2016. He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2011, as a Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences in 2013 and as a Founding Member of the Academy of Sciences of Hong Kong in 2015.

Leo Poon
Member of the Advisory Board
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BSc(HKBU), MPhil(CUHK), DPhil(Oxon), FFPH(UK)
Professor, School of Public Health, LKS Faculty of Medicine, HKU Division Head of Public Health Laboratory Sciences, School of Public Health, LKS Faculty of Medicine, HKU

Prof Leo Poon received his doctoral training as a Croucher Scholar in the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology at the University of Oxford (1996-1999). He returned to Hong Kong in 1999 and joined the University of Hong Kong as a Research Assistant Professor in 2001. He currently serves as a Professor in the School of Public Health of HKU.

Prof Poon is a molecular virologist and he studies viruses of global health concern. His research helps to reveal the biology of influenza viruses and coronaviruses and facilitates the development of control measures against these pathogens. He has published over 180 peer-reviewed articles. He has been ranked in the top 1% of the world’s most-cited scientists each year since 2005 by Clarivate Analytics and, an even more prestigious honour, as a Highly Cited Researcher since 2015. He was awarded a Senior Research Fellowship by the Croucher Foundation in 2017. He was elected as a Founding Member of Young Academic of Science of Hong Kong in 2018.

Prof Poon serves as an expert for several international organisations. He is a committee member in the Coronavirus Study Group under the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (since 2006) and he is also an expert in the Influenza Molecular Diagnosis Working Group of the World Health Organization (since 2009). He serves as an ad hoc consultant for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and for the World Organization for Animal Health for controlling MERS coronavirus.

Kwok-Yung Yuen
Member of the Advisory Board
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MBBS(HK), MD(HK), FRCS(Glas), FRCPath(UK), FRCP(Edin & Lond)
Henry Fok Professor in Infectious DiseasesChair of Infectious Diseases, Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, HKUCo-Director, State Key Laboratory of Emerging Infectious DiseasesAcademician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering (Basic Medicine and Health)Founding Member of Academy of Sciences of Hong Kong

Kwok-yung Yuen graduated from the Medical School at the University of Hong Kong and was awarded State Scientific and Technological Progress Award (Special class), the Justice of Peace by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China, and Gold & Silver Bauhinia Star Awardee of the HKSAR. He is also Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (Lond, Edin), Surgeons(Glas) and Pathologists(UK). In the outbreak of avian influenza virus H5N1 in 1997 in Hong Kong, Professor KY Yuen was the first to report in Lancet about the unusual clinical severity and high mortality of infected patients which could be identified by the in-house designed molecular test at his laboratory. During the outbreak of SARS in 2003, he led his team in the discovery of the SARS coronavirus successfully and was honoured as Asian heroes of the year in April by Time Asia Magazine. He has also led his team in the discovery of over 60 novel disease agents, 10 bacteria, 4 fungi and 2 parasites. His 900 publications with over 36,000 citations are mainly related to the research of novel microbes or emerging infectious disease agents.