Croucher Foundation News

HKU scientists help soybeans to grow in saline soil 7 March 2022

Scientists are finding ways to improve crop resilience.

Coral fish adapt to climate change through rapid evolution 4 March 2022

The team studied six coral reef fish species at a natural volcanic seep in Papua New Guinea.

Active liquid crystals with computational function 4 March 2022

The team shows how the building blocks of a circuit could be created using liquid crystals.

Research indicates that smoking increases the risk of contracting COVID-19 3 March 2022

Researchers from the Faculties of Medicine of the University of Hong Kong and Chinese University of Hong Kong discovered a causal link between smoking and a higher risk of contracting mild to severe COVID-19, using data from large scale genome-wide association studies.The research team found that heavier smoking behaviour is likely to increase the risk of contracting both mild and severe forms ...

A heat-resistant alloy created for space missions 2 March 2022

An international team of scientists created an alloy that will not melt at 700℃.

Hong Kong researchers design soft robot for microsurgery 1 March 2022

Surgeons and engineers worked together to design a soft robot for laser microsurgery.

Sharing is caring: world better protected with an equal distribution of COVID vaccines 1 March 2022

Researchers at City University of Hong Kong estimate that infection and mortality rates could be significantly reduced for all countries if high-income countries donated 46% of their vaccine stocks to low-income countries.

CityU researchers solve 266-year old challenge of thermal engineering 25 February 2022

A research team led by scientists from City University of Hong Kong has designed a new material that achieves efficient liquid cooling at extremely high temperatures, fundamentally solving a 266-year-old challenge presented by the Leidenfrost effect. This breakthrough can be applied in aero and space engines, as well as improve the safety and reliability of next-generation nuclear reactors.The ...

A new way to identify land for forest restoration 25 February 2022

Currently, most estimates of the potential of tropical forests as a carbon sequestration mechanism are based on present-day climate and do not take into account potential impacts from future climate change and rising atmospheric CO2 concentrations.Forest restoration projects are also vulnerable to impacts from climate change. Rising temperatures, drought, insect outbreaks and increases in wildf...

Croucher Foundation’s Climate Change Survey highlights Hong Kong risks 18 February 2022

Croucher Foundation today launched the Climate Change Survey, a selection of 20 high quality scientific publications that can assist organisations as they assess climate-related risks in Hong Kong.

Croucher scholar uses simulation to advance study of DNA nanotechnology 14 February 2022

The field of DNA nanotechnology began with DNA origami less than two decades ago, when scientists discovered that they could fold DNA into different shapes, allowing them to build tiny molecular structures. Today, a Croucher scholar is advancing the field to simulate the qualitative properties of nano scale DNA structures to make them more effective tools for science and medicine.

Evaporation as a new approach to understand early evolution 9 February 2022

Evaporation could have helped create an environment for early evolution.

Discovery by Croucher Scholar at HKUMed may improve liver cancer treatment 24 January 2022

Liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma, HCC) is the fifth most common cancer in Hong Kong and the third leading cause of cancer deaths, with more than 1,800 newly registered cases annually, underlining the importance of research that helps fight the disease.

Citizen science is expanding our knowledge of Hong Kong’s jellyfish 18 January 2022

Citizens help document and learn about Hong Kong’s jellyfish.

Marine ecologists find low functional diversity of invertebrates threatens mangroves 10 January 2022

Mangrove forests were once dominant in the tropics but have been disappearing at alarming rates worldwide. This threatened ecosystem supports a broad range of specialised invertebrates, however little is known about the impact of mangrove deforestation on the functional diversity and resilience of these resident fauna.

Depiction of cell division process in the heart wins 2nd in Croucher Image Awards 30 December 2021

Dr Chi Chung Wu (Croucher Fellowship 2018) had more than beauty in mind when he colourised his image, Cardiomyocyte mitosis. Not only did he capture the cell division process of primary mammalian cardiomyocyte, the contractile unit of the heart, but the colours the Croucher Scholar used made it more accessible to colour blind viewers.The four separate images of the second prize winner in the Cr...

Croucher Image Awards winner reveals the hidden beauty of West Antarctica ice flows 23 December 2021

Dr Felix Ng (Croucher Scholarship1995) won the Croucher Image Awards 2021 with an image that captures not only an important scientific discovery, but also the beauty of that knowledge.“I wanted people to be intrigued,” Dr Ng says when asked what inspired him to use satellite-based radar to create an image of ice stream velocity data in West Antarctica.The image spans more than 1,000 kilometers ...

Welcome Class of 2021 8 December 2021

23 outstanding young scientists have been awarded the 2021 Croucher Scholarships, Studentships, Fellowships and Science Communications Studentships.

Croucher Awards Presentation Ceremony 2021 8 December 2021

Croucher Foundation held a ceremony on 8 December 2021 to present awards to the recipients of the Croucher Senior Research Fellowships 2020 and 2021, Croucher Senior Medical Research Fellowships 2020 and 2021, Croucher Innovation Awards 2019 and 2020, and to two recipients of the newly announced Croucher Innovation Awards 2021, in recognition of their excellent scientific research achievements....

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.