Croucher Foundation News

Genome researcher seeks to boost targeted treatment for COVID-19 7 January 2021

While the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines dominates the news, the quest for better treatments for this virus and other infections is continuing apace. Dr Andrew Kwok has joined this endeavour, as a DPhil researcher with a leading University of Oxford research group working for better outcomes in treatment of infectious diseases.

Anti-rheumatic drug offers therapeutic hope against superbugs 30 December 2020

A research team led by Professor Hongzhe Sun has discovered that repurposing an anti-rheumatic drug can re-sensitise “last-resort” antibiotics for treatment of infections caused by multidrug-resistant superbugs, including pneumonia, wound and bloodstream infections.

Shedding light on novel nanomaterials 27 December 2020

For Professor Andrey Rogach, a pioneering nanoscience researcher, it was a visionary supervisor in his home country of Belarus who set him on a research path that would lead to recognition as one of the world’s top materials scientists.

Pioneering ethnic minority centre tackles mental health issues 20 December 2020

Commencing January 2021, Croucher Foundation will be supporting part of an innovative two-year project connected to the Ethnic Minority Well-being Centre along with the Lee Hysan Foundation.

Croucher Fellow ranked among world’s “Top 20 Translational Researchers” 14 December 2020

Professor Dennis Lo (Croucher Senior Medical Research Fellow 2006) has been named among the “Top 20 Translational Researchers of 2019” by leading science journal Nature Biotechnology for his achievements in cancer and foetal diagnostics.Lo, Director of the Li Ka Shing Institute of Health Sciences, at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, is known as “the Father of Non-invasive Prenatal Testing” ...

Welcome Class of 2020 11 December 2020

24 outstanding young scientists have been awarded the 2020 Croucher Scholarships and Fellowships.

Croucher Innovation Awards 2020 and Senior Research Fellowships 2021 11 December 2020

The Croucher Foundation has presented Croucher Innovation Awards 2020, Croucher Senior Research Fellowships 2021 and Croucher Senior Medical Research Fellowships 2021 to six distinguished scholars from local universities for their excellent scientific research achievements.

Flow chemist enhances drug synthesis to assist medical treatments 2 December 2020

Many people imagine chemists as goggle-adorned scientists swirling round-bottom flasks. However, this is not the case with Dr Wai Chung Fu and his chemistry lab, where he is pioneering the use of automated robotic technology.

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.