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Two CUHK Scholars Named Croucher Senior Research Fellows

Prof. Huang Yu (front) and Prof. James Lau

Two top research academics from CUHK were presented the prestigious Senior Research Fellowships of The Croucher Foundation on 3 April. Prof. Huang Yu, professor of the School of Biomedical Sciences and director of the Institute of Vascular Medicine, received the Croucher Senior Research Fellowship, while Prof. James Y.W. Lau, Professor of Surgery and director of the Endoscopy Centre at the Prince of Wales Hospital, was awarded the Senior Medical Research Fellowship.

Prof. Huang Yu is recognized as one of the leading scientists in vascular biology research. In recent years, Professor Huang and his team have been trying to elucidate cellular and molecular events involved in the initiation and progression of endothelial cell dysfunction in hypertension, obesity, diabetes, estrogen deficiency and ageing, to uncover novel relevant biomarkers for vascular pathogenesis. They are currently attempting to reveal novel molecular mechanisms and signaling crosstalk that collectively mediate physical exercise-induced vascular benefits in obese and diabetic animals, aiming at exploring new therapeutic strategies for vascular diseases.

Prof. James Y.W. Lau is known internationally for his clinical research in the management of acute upper gastrointestinal bleeding from non-variceal causes. His research has led to significant reductions in further bleeding (less than 5%), requirement for surgery and deaths (less than 1%) in patients with upper gastrointestinal bleeding. Professor Lau is currently leading multicenter international studies in determining the adjunctive role of interventional radiology to endoscopic treatment. It is hoped that his current research will achieve the aim of 'zero' re-bleeding in patients with acute non-variceal upper gastrointestinal bleeding.

The Croucher Senior Research Fellowships scheme was first introduced in 1997. A total of 23 scholars from CUHK have been awarded the Croucher Senior Research Fellowships since its inception.