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Building a dynamic life sciences ecosystem in Hong Kong 

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

Nancy Y. Ip
Vice-Chairman
Board of Governors
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
Vice-Chairman
Board of Governors
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.

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