Scientists earn top fellowships

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 24 March, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 24 March, 2005, 12:00am

Eight top scientists from four Hong Kong universities have been awarded Croucher Senior Research Fellowships.

They are Zhou Xunyu, Wei Juncheng, Xia Keqing, Irene Ng Oi-lin, Joseph Sriyal Malik Peiris, Maria Lung Li, Dr Hannah Hong Xue and Li Ping.

Presentations were made by Justice Andrew Li, Chief Justice of the Court of Final Appeal, last week.

The fellowships, while giving each recipient a cash award of $40 000, will allow the scientists to concentrate on their research for up to a year by paying for their academic replacements.

The Chinese University of Hong Kong recipients were mathematician Professor Wei, physicist Professor Xia and Professor Zhou, who works in financial system engineering.

University of Hong Kong winners were Professor Ng, who is researching the molecular genetic features of liver cancer, and famous 'Sars hero' Professor Peiris, who will continue his research on the avian flu virus H5N1. Professor Ng and Professor Peiris were both awarded the Medical Research Fellowships.

City University of Hong Kong's Professor Li, an electronic engineering professor, received his fellowship for his research project on fourth generation mobile communication systems.

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology's winners were molecular oncologist Professor Lung, who is working on deciphering the molecular genetic structures for two forms of cancer, and Dr Hong, associate professor of biochemistry and director of Bioinformatics Centre and Applied Genomics Laboratory, who is researching schizophrenia and other neurological diseases.

Schizophrenia affects one per cent of the entire world population.