Newsletter No. 245

New Device for Moni tor ing Eye Pressure at Home G laucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in Hong Kong and worldwide. There are about 100,000 glaucoma patients in Hong Kong. Traditionally treatment has been largely based on lowering the level of elevated intraocular pressure (IOP). However studies have shown that diurnal fluctuations in IOP do occur. Sometimes the level measured in eye clinics may not be the same as that measured at home. Treatment based on one reading alone may lead to further damage to the optic nerve. Prof. Dennis Lam, chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, said that while attempts were made to devise instruments for home IOP monitoring, they were not accurate, safe, affordable or simple enough to use. The pressure phosphene tonometer (PPT) is a new device using phosphene to measure IOP at home. It involves measuring IOP by means of the visual sensation resulting from applying pressure through the eyelid to the eyeball and then the retina. The Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences has been conducting pioneering clinical studies on PPT on over 300 patients. Prof. Lam said that PPT works best for glaucoma patients with large diurnal fluctuations or those with unstable OIP control. It is less applicable to those with hand tremor, those who cannot understand or perceive the phosphene, or those with moderate to advanced glaucoma. Prof. Dennis Lam (right) and Dr. Dexter Leung with a patient SailingFun Day Organized for Children O n 15th August 2004, the Student Sailing Club and the Water Sports Centre Supervisor jointly organized a sailing fun day for parents and children of the Hong Kong Society for the Protection of Children. A seminar was held at the Water Sports Centre, after which nine families were sailed to the beautiful beach at Wu Kai Sar for lunch and further training. Servic e t oth eCommunit y an d Internationa l Organization s • Prof. Sin Yat Ming Leo, professor in the Department of Marketing, has been appointed by the Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food as a member of the Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health for two years from 1st October 2004. • Prof. Jean Woo, professor of medicine, has been appointed by the Secretary for Economic Development and Labour as a member of the Occupational Safety and Health Council for three years from 22nd August 2004. • Prof. Lee Shiu Hung, emeritus professor of community medicine, has been appointed by the Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food as a member of the Health Care and Promotion Fund Committee for two years from 1st August 2004. • Prof. Lau Wan Yee Joseph, professor of surgery, has been nominated to serve as the second member to the Medical Council, representing the University, for the unexpired period of membership of Prof. T.F. Fok from 1st July 2004 to 30th September 2006. • Prof. Wang Yu Michael, professor in the Department ofAutomation and Computer- Aided Engineering, has been appointed to serve as an editor of IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering (T-ASE), a new technical publication of The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), for five years from July 2004. He has also been invited to serve as a guest editor of a Special Section on Workholding and Fixturing in the second issue of T-ASE. • Prof. Li Wen Jung, associate professor in the Department of Automation and Computer-Aided Engineering, has been invited to serve as a guest editor of a special issue on Nano-scale Automation and Assembly published in IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering. • Prof. Moses Sing Sum Chow, director of the School of Pharmacy, presided over the Inaugural Conference of the Asian Association of Schools of Pharmacy (AASP) held from 4th to 6th June 2004 in Beijing. He was also made founding president of the association. • 社会工作学系王卓祺教授获中国扶贫基金会委任为中国消除贫困奖评选委 员会委员,任期由二零零四年八月五日至本届评选完毕。 Awards • Prof. Michael Harris Bond, professor of psychology, was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology (IACCP) ill recognition of his continuing and distinguished contributions to the field of cross-cultural psychology. He is also president of IACCP. • A paper entitled 'Orientalist Knowledge and Social Theories: China and the European Conceptions of East-West Differences from 1600-1900' authored by Prof. Hung Ho-fung, assistant professor in the Department of Sociology, was awarded the 2004 best article prize of the American Sociological Association (for the section on the Political Economy of the World System). • M.Phil. student Ngai Chi-kin and his supervisor Prof. Raymond Yeung of the Department of Information Engineering have won the Best Paper Award in Communication Theory at the 2004 International Conference on Communication, Circuits and Systems held in Chengdu, China from 27th to 29th June 2004. (Information in this section is provided by the Information and Public Relations Office. 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