2011 Croucher Senior Research Fellowships

3 June 2011

On 24th March 2011 five exceptional Hong Kong scientists were awarded Croucher Senior Research Fellowships at a ceremony in Hong Kong. The awards were presented by Mr Michael Suen Ming-yeung, Secretary for Education of the Hong Kong SAR Government.

The terms of the Senior Research Fellowship award cover the salary for a qualified scientist to take over the teaching and administrative duties from the award-winner for a sabbatical period of up to one year. All award winners are expected to devote themselves to full-time research work during the tenure of the Fellowship.

In selecting the winners for these awards, the Croucher Foundation was assisted by leading scientists from nine countries: Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland, UK and the USA. All candidates went through a stringent process of assessment and selection with the result that the winners selected are Hong Kong scientists who are internationally acknowledged to be at the forefront of their respective fields.

The recipients of these awards for 2011-12 are:

Senior Research Fellowships

Professor David Karl Banfield – a professor in biology at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology working on mechanisms of protein retention and sorting in the golgi apparatus.

Professor John Lui Chi Shing – a professor in computer science and engineering at CUHK working on mathematical and algorithmic theory in network sciences.

Professor Yang Tong – a chair professor in mathematics at City University of Hong Kong working on mathematical theories of the Boltzmann equation and related models.

Senior Medical Research Fellowships

Professor Henry Chan Lik Yuen – a professor in medicine and therapeutics at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) working on the establishment of a regional specimen bank for hepatology research.

Professor Lawrence Wong Ka Sing – a chair professor in medicine and therapeutics at CUHK working on the epidemiology and pathophysiological mechanism of intracranial atherosclerosis.