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HKU researchers discover new biologics for obesity-related diseases 1 December 2021

Obesity is a global pandemic associated with a significantly reduced life expectancy due to increased risk of type 2 diabetes, hypertension, coronary heart disease, stroke, chronic kidney disease and cancer.

Study finds venom from ant bites can modulate immune responses 29 October 2021

A research team led by Professor Billy Chow from the Research Division for Molecular and Cell Biology, Faculty of Science, HKU, has identified a new immunomodulatory pathway that is triggered by ant bites.

Songbird ancestors evolved a new way to taste sugar 21 October 2021

Bitter, salty, sweet, sour and umami are the five basic tastes humans perceive, but we are naturally drawn to sweet. What about other animals? Do they know sweet from sour?

Two counteracting proteins and their implications for Machado-Joseph Disease 13 October 2021

Scientists have discovered an intricate relationship between two proteins in our nerve cells that uncover new insights into neurodegenerative disorders such as Machado-Joseph Disease (MJD).

Connection found between collagen IV and tissue regeneration 9 August 2021

Understanding of the regenerative function of stem cells has received a boost following a discovery by a research team led by Professor Danny Chan at HKU, potentially moving scientists a step closer to increasing healing ability in people.

Novel therapeutic pathway and Hong Kong patient registry set out to spur Huntington’s disease insights 3 August 2021

Professor Edwin Chan Ho-yin and a team of international researchers have provided further insight into the development of Huntingdon’s disease and offered fresh hope for new therapeutic directions for sufferers.

Biohybrid microrobots add novel enabling technology for minimally invasive procedure 25 May 2021

Several key challenges exist for medical microrobots to navigate inside a human body, including multi-functionality and safety, adaptivity in a dynamic physiological environment with biological barriers, and real-time imaging and control.

Repulsion, not attraction, found to be the force in metal-metal interaction 20 May 2021

Chemists have resolved a long-standing fundamental problem in the field of metal-metal closed-shell interaction.

Hong Kong scientists uncover key protein in strengthening cerebrospinal fluid barrier 13 May 2021

A team of researchers at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), led by Associate Professor Kwan Kin-ming (Croucher Scholarship 1991), has solved a mystery concerning the human brain and spinal cord that lays the groundwork for developing novel therapeutic strategies for preventing and treating neurodevelopmental disorders, including some COVID-19 complications.Our brain and spinal cord are...

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Uncovering the mechanism for neural progenitor competence regulation 10 July 2020

A research team led by Professor Kin-ming Kwan has provided new insights for stem cell biology and regeneration of neuronal cells.

How body and mind react to stress 19 June 2020

Have you come across the situation where you scratch your head and bite your lips repeatedly during a tough interview?

How multiple RNA elements control MicroRNA biogenesis 26 May 2020

Two significant studies have brought scientists a step closer to understanding how certain errors occur in microRNA biogenesis could affect gene expression and cellular functions.

Bean experiments affirm ozone impact in Hong Kong 22 May 2020

Ozone level in Hong Kong is high enough to cause significant damage to plants.

A step closer to fathoming the deep carbon cycle 8 May 2020

Earth’s carbon cycle and climate change

Unlocking the role of TBC1D24 protein in our brain 23 April 2020

A research team led by Dr Lai Kwok On has uncovered a previously uncharacterised function of the TBC1D24 gene in the maintenance of neuronal connections in the brain, a discovery that could eventually lead to new therapeutic pathways for patients suffering from epilepsy and intellectual disability.