Croucher Foundation News

Novel imaging technology sheds light on deep brain interactions 25 November 2020

A new imaging technology – adaptive optics two-photon endomicroscopy that enables in vivo imaging of deep brain structures at high resolution

Setting AI to work for the good of human health 17 November 2020

In science fiction, machines are often a force for evil: invading, conquering, and killing. But at BenevolentAI in London, Dr Ngai Yi Mok and his colleagues are harnessing the power of machines for good, using AI in their efforts to counter diseases through drug discovery and development.

Croucher engineer develops miniaturised organic semiconductor for flexible electronics 11 November 2020

Be it foldable phones or bendable televisions, electronics manufacturers see enormous potential market appeal in “flexible electronics”.

Croucher engineers shine in Guanghua Engineering Science and Technology Prize 27 October 2020

Two Croucher scholars have been named as awardees of the 13th Guanghua Engineering Science and Technology Prize by the Chinese Academy of Engineering.

When time began: mapping the earliest moments of our universe 21 October 2020

Dr Sam Wong's research extends from the smallest known particles in existence to the massive system they have created: our entire universe.

Wang Yao honoured by American Physical Society 16 October 2020

Professor Wang Yao (Croucher Senior Research Fellowship 2020, Innovation Award 2013), Chair Professor of Physics, University of Hong Kong, has been elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society for his contributions to the advancement of the field.The American Physical Society was founded in 1899, with a mission to advance and diffuse knowledge of physics through journal publications, scien...

Tackling the link between diabetes and kidney disease 13 October 2020

In Hong Kong, 52 per cent of new patients requiring dialysis treatment or renal replacement have diabetes as the cause of kidney failure – a challenge that Professor Sydney Tang (Croucher Senior Medical Research Fellowship 2019, Croucher Fellowship 1996) seeks to address.

What triggers a supernova? 6 October 2020

A multinational team of scientists has become the first to successfully examine the phase transition that may trigger a supernova.

Croucher Image Awards 2020 runners-up 30 September 2020

Pictures of the Croucher Image Awards runners-up and the stories behind their scenes

Croucher Image Awards 2020 30 September 2020

The inaugural Croucher Image Awards competition was launched in April 2020.

How connections in the brain change over time 25 September 2020

A research team led by Dr Lai Kwok-On at the University of Hong Kong has uncovered the molecular basis of how neurons change their connections during brain development.

Dennis Lo’s three-decade journey to science’s greatest prizes 22 September 2020

Innovation does not come easy and for Professor Dennis Lo.

Dennis Lo scoops ‘Oscar of Science’ for foetal DNA discovery 13 September 2020

Professor Dennis Lo has won the prestigious 2021 Breakthrough Prize for Life Sciences.

Croucher study awards open for application 11 September 2020

Applications for 2021/2022 Croucher study awards and Science Communication Studentships are now open until 5:00pm on 16 November 2020.

Venturing beyond the research lab 27 August 2020

The global medical conference circuit may have been closed by the COVID-19 pandemic. But that is not stopping the crucial exchange of information about new treatments and drugs. Dr Angela Tye-Galichet is one of those working to ensure that the wheels of knowledge continue to turn – but online.

DNA telomere length linked to diabetes cardiovascular risk 20 August 2020

A large cohort study, led by Professor Ronald Ching Wan Ma at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, together with the University of Sydney, Australia, has revealed a useful new biomarker for identifying type 2 diabetes patients at high risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

Looking for answers in the stars 13 August 2020

Even the smaller aspects of astrophysics play out over vast dimensions. Philip Leung works on things about the size of our solar system.

Chemist gallops into career with the Jockey Club 5 August 2020

On race days that take place at Hong Kong Jockey Club’s Shatin track, Dr May Fung can sometimes see the horses thunder past her window. But for her, this is not entertainment.

Deformation process revealed in high-entropy alloys at ultra-low temperatures 30 July 2020

Scientists revealed high-entropy alloys (HEAs) exhibit exceptional mechanical properties at ultra-low temperatures due to the coexistence of multiple deformation mechanisms.

Getting to the heart of the matter 22 July 2020

What if humans could grow new hearts?