Croucher Foundation News

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.

Croucher scholar receives Xplorer Prize 2021 25 October 2021

Professor Yao Wang is one of 50 national researchers who has been awarded the Xplorer Prize 2021.

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).

Building bridges to deeper machine learning 5 October 2021

Speeding up the performance of computers used in machine learning is important for many data-driven applications including advanced drone navigation, self-driving cars and credit card fraud detection.

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.

Croucher Fellow awarded IEEE medal 29 July 2021

Professor Raymond Yeung Wai-ho has received the IEEE 2021 Richard W Hamming Medal for his contributions to network communication and pioneering development of the BATS code.

Teaching students to tell the stories of science 17 July 2021

Over some 20 years as an inspirational science teacher and, later, as panel head of the Science Research Department at Maryknoll Fathers’ School in Hong Kong, To Yuen-man has developed an impressive track record as an effective science educator.

From environmental communication to action 18 June 2021

During the second year of Smriti Safaya's Master of Philosophy degree in Earth Science at the University of Hong Kong, while researching earthquakes in central Tibet, she had, if not a eureka moment, certainly one that changed the direction of her life.

Hong Kong scientists win national science awards 10 June 2021

The Ministry of Education of China has honoured five research projects involving universities in Hong Kong in the recent Higher Education Outstanding Scientific Research Output Awards (Science and Technology). Croucher scholars led two of the projects receiving recognition.

2D perovskite discovery delivers greater LED efficiency 4 June 2021

A research team led by Chair Professor Andrey Rogach at City University of Hong Kong has created a new type of 2D perovskite material that improves the efficiency of perovskite nanocrystals, boosting the brightness of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) using this material.

Croucher Ecology Issue Four: Climate Change 31 May 2021

For the final issue of Croucher Ecology we are examining the impact of climate change on the ecology and biodiversity of Hong Kong.

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.

Making a story of psychology 18 May 2021

Dr Suzanne So was the first clinical psychologist in HK to offer early assessment for young people with psychosis.

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...

A natural at sharing enthusiasm for the environment 4 May 2021

An early love of nature and an inspirational teacher prompted Dr Sam Lau to turn his weekend pastime into a career.

Making an adventure of science 29 April 2021

Dr Faye Suk-ying Tsang has retained the adventurous approach to scientific investigation that first led her to seek out small creatures around the parks and beaches of Hong Kong.

Croucher Ecology Issue One: Land 23 April 2021

This week the Croucher Foundation published the first of a series of publications to explore the biodiversity of Hong Kong.