Newsletter No. 242

Mor eFundin gSuppor t fo r Researc h Project s an d Relate dActivitie s The following research projects and related activities undertaken by faculty members of the University have attracted funding support from different quarters: • Globalization, Institution and the Real Estate Sector (HK$450,000) Sponsor: Fulbright Hong Kong Scholar Programme Principal investigator: Prof. Charles Leung (Department of Economics) • Frontiers of Photonics Research: Nanophotonics, Femtosecond Photonics and Biophotonics (HK$600,000) Sponsor: Croucher Foundation Principal investigator: Prof. L in Chinlon (Department o f Information Engineering) • Third International Congress of Chinese Mathematicians 2004 (HK$100,000) Sponsor: Croucher Foundation Coordinator: Prof. Lau Ka Sing (Department o f Mathematics) • Prevention Effectiveness for Combatting Emerging Infectious Diseases in the 21st Century (HK$100,000) Sponsor: Croucher Foundation Coordinator: Prof. Suzanne Ho (School o f Public Health) Supportive Therapy for Cancer Treatment-induced Complications C hemotherapy i s one o f the mainstays o f therapy for cancer patients. In Hong Kong, 10 pe r cent o f cancer patients carry th e Hepatitus B vims. Chemotherapy may lead t o reactivation, resulting i n varying degrees o f liver damage and death. A study b y th e Department o f Clinical Oncology, recently published i n the Journal of Clinical Oncology, shows that the anti-viral drug, lamivudine, can reduce the incidence o f both hepatitis and it s reactivation during and after chemotherapy. I t also appears that lamivudine can prevent reactivation-associated mortality. Breast cancer patients suffer from a higher risk o f lymphedema, which i s the accumulation of lymph i n the interstitial spaces of the body, a frequent complication of cancer and its therapies. The Department o f Clinical Oncology set up i n 2003 a service dedicated t o the prevention and management of lymphedema in breast cancer. The service takes a multidisciplinary approach involving doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists etc, and comprises regular arm exercise, a patient support group, and a Lymphedema Clinic for those requiring complex physical therapy. The department has also begun research studies on the risk factors o f lymphedema and the quality o f life of patients undergoing breast cancer treatment. Health information on Chinese populations w i ll be collected to provide relevant data fo r developing a n evidence-based an d feasible model of prevention and management. CUHK Students Help Recovered Drug Addicts Start Business F ive teams o f 21 M B A students from th e University competed on 8th May to design the best business venture for former drug addicts with entrepreneurial ambitions. The plans had to b e economically viable and practicable fo r members o f St. Stephen's Society, a local charity that helps rehabilitated drug addicts t o return t o society. The B o o z A l l e n H a m i l t o n S o c i al Entrepreneurship Challenge Business Plan Competition was a joint initiative between the CUHK Faculty of Business Administration and renowned international management consultant Booz Allen Hamilton (BAH). The contest took place i n the CUHK M BA Town Centre i n the Bank o f America Tower. Proposed ventures include a unique cleaning service, artistic and cultural products, a trendy restaurant i n Causeway Bay, recycled paper products a s corporate gifts, and a composting service that turns vegetable and fruit waste in hotel kitchens into fertilizer for landscaping projects. The winner was a business venture offering affordable cleaning and home improvement services to median income working families using state-of-the-art appliances. Prizes included a cash award for the winning team and internships with BAH's Greater China operations. The panel of judges comprised Dr. Edward Tse an d Mr . Patrick Ts e f r om Booz A l l en Hamilton and Ms. Margaret Kendall from Help Mobile Training. An awards presentation dinner was held on the same evening a t th e Ame r i c an Club. Dignitaries included senior representatives from BAH, CUHK, and St. Stephen's Society. Members o f the winning team (from left): Dubey Vaibhav, Brenda Leung, and Freda Ho with Dr. Edward Tse (right 2), managing director (Greater China) o f Booz Allen Hamilton CEO o fHK Monetary Authority Shares Insight J oseph Yam, chief executive o f the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, was the latest guest of the Talking to CEOs: CEO in the New Century radio/TV series. On the show which was broadcast on 23rd May 2004 on RTHK Radio 1 , Mr. Yam explained what makes Hong Kong an important financial centre and what impact globalization and th e opening o f China's market w i ll have on the local market. M r . Y a m ha s a l wa ys been considered a confident leader, most memorable in the way he handled the financial crisis o f 1998. I n the programme h e explained the rationale behind his decision for market intervention six years ago. Recalling his feelings a t the time, h e said, 'I was always a f i rm believer i n the free market but when I discovered that the system did not work and saw how it became harmful t o public interests, I was disappointed.' He gave advice to the EMBA students in the audience about handling challenges. They must first understand th e larger environment an d prevalent trends, so that they could choose an area i n which t o develop their talents. 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