Croucher Foundation News

Croucher Fellow receives Otto Hahn Medal and Award 24 June 2020

Dr Chun So (Max Planck Croucher Postdoctoral Fellowship 2020 and Croucher Scholarship 2016) has been awarded the Otto Hahn Medal and Otto Hahn Award as one of the leading young researchers at the Max Planck Institute (MPI).Each year the Max Planck Society (MPS) honours 30 best researchers with the Otto Hahn Medal for their outstanding achievements during their PhD research. Only three medalists...

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? Did you wonder where those unconscious reactions come from? Neuroscientist Professor Wing Ho Yung might now be heading towards an answer.

Nurturing a taste for biochemistry (and wine) 17 June 2020

From his interest in research to his passion for wine

Investigating the mysteries of unconscious vision 12 June 2020

Dr Wendy Yue's research sheds light on how we see the world around us.

COVID-19 special edition 10 June 2020

A special news section to keep the global and local community up to date with their many contributions.

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.

Throwing fresh light on optical tomography imaging 20 May 2020

Renjie Zhou to understand photons, the fundamental unit of light.

Setting out to ensure computer programs work as intended 14 May 2020

Carol Mak's fascination with computer science has pointed the way to her future career and research that could expand understanding of how machine learning works.

Exploring the connection between hypoxia and Alzheimer’s disease 11 May 2020

Joseph Wong is engineering novel pathways to understanding the role of hypoxia in the disease.

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

Earth’s carbon cycle and climate change

COVID 19 special edition 28 April 2020

In this special Croucher newsletter, we have investigated Hong Kong’s contribution, talked to some of the leading virologists, microbiologists and epidemiologists, sought expert opinion on the implications for mental health, and public health education, and compiled a round-up of COVID-19 research outputs from different universities in the city.

Shenzhen honour for Croucher Fellow 27 April 2020

Congratulations to Professor Che Chi Ming.

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.

Capturing reality through theoretical electrochemistry 21 April 2020

Dr Yan Choi Lam is building a theoretical model to explain why certain chemical reactions happen the way they do.

Tuning in to the bilingual benefits of Cantonese tones 16 April 2020

Dr William Cho is building his work in psycholinguistics and neurolinguistics.

Building understanding of gene activity regulation 9 March 2020

A team of scientists in the United States, led by principal investigator Dr Anthony K L Leung has revealed a process in cells that may remove tangled ribonucleic acids (RNAs), a discovery that could eventually help researchers understand how some diseases develop and progress.

Croucher senior research fellow receives Nick Holonyak Jr Award 3 March 2020

Professor Kei May Lau has been named the 2020 recipient of the Optical Society’s prestigious Nick Holonyak Jr Award.

Deconstructing our natural defences 26 February 2020

Dr W K Eddie Ip is seeking to decode how human bodies defend themselves against viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens, a quest stretching back nearly two decades.

Medical robotics pioneer powers forward patients and physicians 19 February 2020

As an internationally recognised pioneer in robotic technology for medical and surgical applications, Dr Samuel Au Kwok Wai has had the great satisfaction of helping people who have lost a leg literally take a major step forward.