Newsletter No. 288

中大通讯 CUHK Newsletter 2 何鸿燊博士慨捐二千五百万港元支持防疫研究 Naming Ceremony of the Stanley Ho Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases 中心主任沈祖尧教授 (左) 向何鸿燊博士介绍防疫研究中心的设施 (From left) Prof. Joseph J.Y. Sung, Director of the Stanley Ho Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases, and Dr. Stanley Ho 成立植物分子生物学与农业生物科技研究所 Institute of Plant Molecular Biology and Agricultural Biotechnology (IPMBAB) 其他消息 Other News Items 以下消息详情,请上网阅览: http://www.cuhk.edu.hk/iso/newslter/ Details of the following news items are available at http://www.cuhk.edu.hk/iso/newslter/ ■ 中大学生商业个案国际挑战赛夺冠 CUHK Business Students Win International Business Challenge ■ 中大普通话辩论称王 CUHK Wins Putonghua Debate ■ 韩国驻港澳总领事赵焕复于中大谈韩半岛和平问题 Consul-General of the Republic of Korea Lectured at CUHK ■ 新地心理健康工程推出心理健康资讯教育网站 SHKP Mental Health Alliance Presents an Informative and Educational Website on Mental Health ■ 中学生公开讲座 Secondary School Students Public Lecture Series ■ 联合书院金禧校友日 United College Golden Jubilee Alumni Day 由 于人口增加与农耕地的流失及退化,粮食的稳 定生产成为中国及其他发展中国家的迫切及关 键的问题。大学于十月成立植物分子生物学及农业生 物科技研究所,旨在创造和结合基础科学研究的成果 和崭新科技,加上育种家及农民的传统智慧与中国丰 富的种质资源,致力提升粮食安全程度,尤其着重改 良如水稻和大豆等主要农作物。 研究所是建基于「香港教资会卓越学科领域」在植物 及农业生物科技方面的卓越研究成绩而成立。研究所 除专注开发具重大影响的产品,并为快速发展及全球 化的香港、中国以至世界训练及储备人才。 研究所会加强与内地单位的伙伴合作关系,同时亦会广 拓国际合作网络,以维持和进一步发展在学术界的领导 地位。研究所的成员八年多前已率先开展与内地重要农 业机构的紧密和深入合作,其中包括由杂交水稻之父袁 隆平院士领导的国家杂交水稻中心、中国农业科学院和 扬州大学等。最近又与中国顶尖植物生物学研究机构中 国科学院遗传及发育生物研究所合作。在国际方面,其 中一个突出例子是成为盖茨基金会全球健康重大挑战项 目中 ProVitaMinRice 研究组的一分子。 研究所由生物讲座教授辛世文教授担任所 长,汇聚不同专长的核心成员,包括副所 长林汉明教授(植物分子生物学)、冯明 钊教授(生物安全及生物活性)、郭殿京 教授(代谢组学)、姜里文教授(植物细 胞学)、倪世明教授 (蛋白质组学) 及黄荫 成教授(植物生化学)。 T he newly established Institute of Plant Molecular Biology and Agricultural Biotechnology (IPMBAB) builds on the outstanding research of the University Grants Committee’s Area of Excellence in the field of plant and agricultural biotechnology. IPMBAB’s mission is to create and combine innovations frombasic science researchand state-of-the-art biotechnology with the traditional wisdom of breeders/farmers and China’s rich elite germplasm resources, to address the issue of food security, with emphasis on the improvement of major staple and economic crops such as rice and soybean. IPMBAB will generate products of high impact through the application of technologies, and will train high quality researchers for the rapidly developing and globalizing communities in Hong Kong, China, and beyond. IPMBAB is strengthening partnership with its Mainland counterparts while extending its international collaboration network. About eight years ago, its team members were among the first Hong Kong scientists to initiate close collaborations with important agricultural institutes in China (such as the China Hybrid Rice Centre led by the father of hybrid rice Prof. Yuan Longping, The Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, and Yangzhou University), and more recently, with the Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, a top plant biology research institute. In fact this IPMBAB project is a component of the ProVitaMinRice Consortium in the Grand Challenges in Global Health Initiative of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. IPMBAB is led by Prof. Samuel S.M. Sun (Director, and Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, plant biotechnology) with core members of different expertise, including Prof. Lam Hon-ming (Deputy Director, plant molecular biology), Prof. Fung Ming-chiu (biosafety and bioactivity), Prof. Guo Dianjian (metabolomics), Prof. Jiang Liwen (plant cell biology), Prof. Ngai Sai-ming (proteomics), and Prof. Wong Yum-shing (phytochemistry). The core group will expand to include new members with the relevant expertise and excellent research track record. 大 学获何鸿燊博士慨捐二千五百 万港元,支持及推动防治传染 病工作,故特将防疫研究中心以何鸿 燊博士嘉名命名。何鸿燊防治传染病 研究中心命名典礼于上月十六日在威 尔斯亲王医院举行,由何鸿燊博士、 澳门诚兴银行执行董事兼行政总裁禤 永明先生、大学校长刘遵义教授、医 学院院长霍泰辉教授及何鸿燊防治传 染病研究中心主任沈祖尧教授主持。 何博士致辞时说:「有健康的生活环 境,才能培养出健康的人民;有健康 的社群,才能推动社会经济,以至社 会民生等各方面健康发展。因此,作 为香港大家庭的一分子,我们必须做 好预防和治疗传染病的工作。」 研究中心于二零零三年十月成立,集合了 流行病学、微生物学、内科、医疗经济学 等海内外专家的力量,致力推动防疫工作,为医护及研 究人员提供防疫训练,以及开展疫症临床医学研究。 研究所的核心成员:(左起) 黄荫成教授、姜里文教授、郭殿京教授、辛世 民教授、林汉明教授、倪世明教授及冯明钊教授 (From left) Prof. Wong Yum-shing, Prof. Jiang Liwen, Prof. Guo Dianjian, Prof. Samuel S.M. Sun, Prof. Lam Hon-ming, Prof. Ngai Sai-ming, and Prof. Fung Ming-chiu N ew infectious diseases and new problems of existing infectious disease continue to threaten the health of Hong Kong and the world. The Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases was established in October 2003 to conduct research and provide professional training in infectious diseases. In recognition of a generous donation of HK$25 million by Dr. Stanley Ho, G.B.S., to support research on infectious diseases, The Chinese University of Hong Kong named the Centre after Dr. Ho. The naming ceremony of the Stanley Ho Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases was held at the Prince of Wales Hospital on 16thNovember. Officiating at the ceremonywereDr. StanleyHo,G.B.S.,Mr. PatrickW.M. Huen, Executive Director and CEO of Seng Heng Bank Limited,Macau, Prof. Lawrence J. Lau, Vice-Chancellor of CUHK, Prof. Fok Tai-fai, Dean of Medicine, CUHK and Prof. Joseph J.Y. Sung, Director, the Stanley Ho Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases, CUHK. ‘I am indeed highly privileged to have the Centre named after me. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all members of the Centre for their contributions for the benefit of thewhole community, ’ said Dr. Stanley Ho.

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