Newsletter No. 345 > Discoveries & Achievements  > Forty-eight Research Projects Receive Grants

Forty-eight Research Projects Receive Grants


  1. Vehicle Safety Enhancement System Based on Wireless Communication (HK$1,994,968)
    Sponsor: Automotive Parts and Accessory Systems R&D Centre Limited
    Principal investigator: Prof. Xu Yang-shang, Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering

  2. Internet-based Education for Design and Innovation (HK$1,756,800)
    Sponsor: Quality Education Fund
    Principal investigator: Prof. Liu Yun-hui, Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering

  3. The Novel Role of Cytoskeletons in the Control of Apoptosis (HK$124,800)
    Sponsor: RGC-Fulbright Hong Kong Dissertation Research Programme for 2009/2010
    Principal investigator: Mr. Tang Ho Lam, Department of Biology

  4. Human Being, Rhetoric and Legislation: Artistotle’s Solution to the Tension between Private and Common Good (HK$112,320)
    Sponsor: RGC-Fulbright Hong Kong Dissertation Research Programme for 2009/2010
    Principal investigator: Mr. Liu Wei, Department of Philosophy

  5. Of Institution and Individual: the Marco and Micro Worlds of Health Care Reform in Urban China (HK$124,800)
    Sponsor: RGC-Fulbright Hong Kong Dissertation Research Programme for 2009/2010
    Principal investigator: Mr. Liu Junqiang, Department of Social Work

  6. A Novel Wearable Multifunction Prosthetic Control System (HK$1,398,676)
    Sponsor: Innovation and Technology Fund
    Principal investigator: Prof. Zhang Yuan-ting, Division of Biomedical Engineering

  7. Informed Decision of Women in Breast Cancer Screening—A Qualitative Study (HK$50,000)
    Sponsor: Hong Kong College of Community Medicine
    Principal investigator: Prof. Chor Sin-yee Josette, School of Public Health

  8. Promoting Independent Enquiry Learning Skills in the New Senior Secondary Curriculum (NSS) through Satellite Remote Sensing and Geo-information Science (HK$4,569,300)
    Sponsor: Quality Education Fund
    Principal investigator: Prof. Lin Hui, Institute of Space and Earth Information Science

  9. The Dietary Intake and Body Weight Status of Adolescent Psychotropic Substance Abusers in Hong Kong—An Explorative Study for Improving Drugs Rehabilitation Programme (HK$457,199)
    Sponsor: Beat Drugs Fund
    Principal investigator: Prof. Lau Tak-fai Joseph, School of Public Health

  10. Transnationalism and Drug Abuse: A Study on the Nepalese Drug Abusers in Hong Kong (HK$165,761)
    Sponsor: Beat Drugs Fund
    Principal investigator: Prof. Tam Siu-mi Maria, Department of Anthropology

  11. Multicentre, Randomized, Double-blinded, Placebo Controlled Clinical Trial Comparing Oseltamivir, Zanamivir or Placebo Drug as the First Line Treatment for Human Swine Influenza (H1N1) Infection in Designated Flu Clinics during the Pandemic Influenza in Hong Kong (HK$2,722,000)
    Sponsor: Research Fund for the Control of Infectious Diseases
    Principal investigator: Prof. Zee Chung-ying Benny, Centre for Clinical Trial, School of Public Health and Primary Care

  12. An Extensible Measurement Platform on Mobile Devices for Healthcare Monitoring and Personal Wellness Applications (HK$399,600)
    Sponsor: Office of Telecommunications Authority
    Principal investigator: Prof. Lau Wing-cheong, Department of Information Engineering

  13. In Vivo Imaging of Retinal Ganglion Cells—A New Model to Study Neuroprotection in Glaucoma (US$38,400)
    Sponsor: The Glaucoma Foundation
    Principal investigator: Prof. Leung Kai-shun Christopher, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

  14. Strategic Re-positioning on Direct Transportation Link between Mainland and Taiwan: Case Studies and Analysis (HK$300,000)
    Sponsor: Hong Kong Logistics Development Council
    Principal investigator: Prof. Cheung Wai-man, Department of Decision Sciences and Managerial Economics

  15. Hong Kong Visual Arts Year Book 2009 (HK$500,000)
    Sponsor: Hong Kong Arts Development Council
    Principal investigator: Prof. Chan Yuk-keung, Department of Fine Arts

  16. Public Participation in the Sustainable City Development: Starting from the Community (HK$289,327)
    Sponsor: Sustainable Development Fund
    Principal investigator: Prof. Lim Wan-fung Bernard, Community Participation Unit, Department of Architecture

  17. A Collaborative Machine Learning Framework for Multimedia (HK$98,000)
    Sponsor: Microsoft Research Asia
    Principal investigator: Prof. King Kuo-chin Irwin, Department of Computer Science and Engineering

  18. Speech Signal Analysis to Support Detection and Correction of Suprasegmental Mispronunciations in Second Language Learning (HK$131,000)
    Sponsor: Microsoft Research Asia
    Principal investigator: Prof. Meng Mei-ling Helen, Department of Systems Engineering and Engineering Management

  19. Prevalence of Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease and Advanced Liver Fibrosis in Hong Kong—A Cross-sectional Population Study Using Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy and Transient Elastography (HK$716,728)
    Sponsor: Health and Health Services Research Fund
    Principal investigator: Dr. Wamg Wai-sun, Department of Medicine and Therapectics

  20. Roundtable on Entrepreneurship Education—Global Entrepreneurship (HK$424,350)
    Sponsor: Innovation and Technology Fund
    Principal investigator: Prof. Wong Kam-fai, director, Centre for Innovation and Technology

  21. Metagenomics of Tuberculosis Infection in Hong Kong (HK$800,000)
    Sponsor: Research Fund for the Control of Infectious Diseases
    Principal investigator: Prof. Fung Yin-wan Wendy, Faculty of Science

  22. Role of Toll-like Receptors in Naturally Occurring Influenza (HK$799,588)
    Sponsor: Research Fund for the Control of Infectious Diseases
    Principal investigator: Dr. Lee Lai-shun Nelson, Department of Medicine and Therapeutics

  23. Role of H3K27 Trimethylation in Hepatitis B Virus-induced Hepatocarcinogenesis (HK$798,280)
    Sponsor: Research Fund for the Control of Infectious Diseases
    Principal investigator: Prof. Cheng Sze-lok Alfred, Institute of Digestive Disease

  24. Differential Gene Expression Profiles of CD4+/CD8+ T Cells in HIV, HCV Monoinfected and HIV/HCV Coinfected Patients (HK$800,000)
    Sponsor: Research Fund for the Control of Infectious Diseases
    Principal investigator: Prof. He Ming-liang, Stanley Ho Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases

  25. Modulatory Effects of Antimicrobials on the Pathogenicity of Community-acquired Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus ( CA-MRSA) in Hong Kong (HK$794,072)
    Sponsor: Research Fund for the Control of Infectious Diseases
    Principal investigator: Prof. Margaret Ip, Department of Microbiology

  26. Profiling of Substrate-specificity and Rational Design of Broad-spectrum Peptidomimetic Inhibitors for Main Proteases of Coronaviruses (HK$799,092)
    Sponsor: Research Fund for the Control of Infectious Diseases
    Principal investigator: Prof. Wong Kam-bo, Department of Biochemistry

  27. Study on the Effect of Pregnancy on the Activity and Infectivity of Hepatitis B Virus in Women with Chronic Hepatitis B Infection (HK$800,000)
    Sponsor: Research Fund for the Control of Infectious Diseases
    Principal investigator: Prof. Lao Tzu-hsi Terence, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

  28. The Use of Serum Hepatitis B Viral DNA in Prognostication of Liver Cancers Undergoing Non-surgical Therapy (HK$80,000)
    Sponsor: Research Fund for the Control of Infectious Diseases
    Principal investigator: Dr. Chan Lam Stephen, Department of Clinical Oncology

  29. Human MicroRNA Profiling in Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Infections: Potential Association with Strain Virulence and Host Predisposition (HK$799,972)
    Sponsor: Research Fund for the Control of Infectious Diseases
    Principal investigator: Dr. Leung Tung-yiu Eric, Department of Microbiology

  30. Virus RNA Replication and Transcription as a Restriction to Host Adaptation of Influenza Viruses (HK$798,256)
    Sponsor: Research Fund for the Control of Infectious Diseases
    Principal investigator: Prof. Chan Kay-sheung Paul, Department of Microbiology

  31. Elucidating Functional Significance of Hepatitis B Virus Subgenotype Cs Genomic Markers (HK$787,428)
    Sponsor: Research Fund for the Control of Infectious Diseases
    Principal investigator: Prof. Tsui Kwok-wing Stephen, School of Biomedical Sciences

  32. Development of a Non-invasive Algorithm for Advanced Liver Fibrosis in Chronic Hepatitis B (HK$259,140)
    Sponsor: Research Fund for the Control of Infectious Diseases
    Principal investigator: Prof. Chan Lik-yuen Henry, Department of Medicine and Therapeutics

  33. Expression Analysis of Putative Small Regulatory RNAs in Mycobacterium Tuberculosis: Effects of Growth Phase and Oxidative Stress (HK$149,000)
    Sponsor: Research Fund for the Control of Infectious Diseases
    Principal investigator: Dr. Au Tai-kong, Department of Micorbiology

  34. Effect of Genetic Polymorphisms and Gene Expression on Chemotherapy-related Toxicities in Chinese Breast Cancer Patients (USD$250,000)
    Sponsor: GlaxoSmithKline Oncology International Ethnic Research Initiative Grant
    Principal investigator: Prof. Winnie Yeo, Department of Clinical Oncology

  35. Initial Study on the Roadmap for Design Entrepreneur in Hong Kong—A Case Research Approach (HK$1,313,429)
    Sponsor: Commerce and Economic Development Bureau
    Principal investigator: Prof. Au Yuk-fai Kevin, Centre for Entrepreneurship

  36. Evaluation of the Test Performance and Cost-effectiveness of Medical Surveillance Programs for Workers Exposed to Silica Dusts (HK$1,590,800)
    Sponsor: Pneumoconiosis Compensation Fund Board Research Fund
    Principal investigator: Prof. Tse Lap-ah, Department of Community and Family Medicine

  37. A Longitudinal Study of the Prevalence, Incidence and Predictors of Seasonal Influenza Vaccination among Children Aged from 6 Months to 5 Years Old in Hong Kong (HK$799,815)
    Sponsor: Research Fund for the Control of Infectious Diseases
    Principal investigator: Prof. Lau Tak-fai Joseph, Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health and Primary Care

  38. REM Sleep Behavioral Disorder and Psychiatry: A Hidden But Potential Serious Condition. A Case-Control Study (HK$616,951)
    Sponsor: Health and Health Services Research Fund
    Principal investigator: Prof. Wing Yun-kwok, Department of Psychiatry

  39. 3D Object Matching Based on Surface Flexibility and Gravitational Fields (HK$98,000)
    Sponsor: Microsoft Research Asia
    Principal investigator: Prof. Liu Jian-zhuang, Department of Information Engineering

  40. Xiqu Information Centre 2009/10 (HK$400,000)
    Sponsor: Hong Kong Arts Development Council
    Principal investigator: Prof. Tsai Tsan-huang, director of Cantonese Opera Research Programme

  41. An Assistive Communication Brain-Computer Interface for Traditional Chinese Character Input: the P300 Chinese Speller (HK$999,557)
    Sponsor: Innovation and Technology Fund
    Principal investigator: Prof. Wang Shiu-yuan William, Department of Electronic Engineering

  42. Psychiatric Comorbidity and Cognitive Dysfunction in Primarily Ketamine Users—A Closer Look (HK$1,133,100)
    Sponsor: Beat Drugs Fund
    Principal investigator: Prof. Tang Wai-kwong, Department of Psychiatry

  43. Novel Widely-tunable Femtosecond Fiber Laser Technology for Autofluorescence Imaging in Endoscopic Applications (HK$950,000)
    Sponsor: Innovation and Technology Fund
    Principal investigator: Prof. Chan Kam-tai, Department of Electronic Engineering

  44. Flagship Collaboration Project: Surveillance Surveys on Population-based Responses to Human Swine Influenza in Hong Kong (HK$1,236,128)
    Sponsor: Research Fund for the Control of Infectious Diseases
    Principal investigator: Prof. Lau Tak-fai Joseph, Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health and Primary Care

  45. Efficient and Accurate Quantification and Turnkey Software Development for Dynamic Contrast Enhanced MR Imaging (HK$999,580)
    Sponsor: Innovation and Technology Fund
    Principal investigator: Prof. Heng Pheng-ann, Department of Computer Science and Engineering

  46. Low-cost Linear Optical Modulator for Multiservice Wireless Networks Distribution (HK$999,999)
    Sponsor: Innovation and Technology Fund
    Principal investigator: Prof. Tsang Hon-ki, Department of Electronic Engineering

  47. Power-Management Circuit for Passive UHF RFID Tag (HK$999,545)
    Sponsor: Innovation and Technology Fund
    Principal investigator: Prof. Leung Ka-nang Alex, Department of Electronic Engineering

  48. Algorithmic Approach to Enhance Product Advertisement in Social Networks (HK$999,000)
    Sponsor: Innovation and Technology Fund
    Principal investigator: Prof. Lui Chi-shing John, Department of Computer Science and Engineering

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