Health and Wellness

HKBU SCIENCE strongly believes science discovery with emphasis on contributions to the health wellbeing of the humankind plays an increasingly important role in nowadays society. Bringing together scholars from a wide-range of units with expertise in health research, we try to expand our research capacity and prominence in the areas of health and wellness.

Food Safety and Public Health

In recent decades, rapid industrialization and technological advancement, changing agricultural practices and globalization of food supply, among other factors, have created new and emerging food safety threats. The production of large amounts of synthetic industrial chemicals and pollutants has destructive consequences to our ecosystem.

In order to address the emerging issues and diverse aspects of food safety, chemical and biological analyses of both environmental and human samples (blood, breast milk, placenta and urine) have been the focus of the investigation to characterize the biological actions of chemical pollutants and identify the risk of human exposure.

Professor Chris Wong
Department of Biology

Our research aims at safeguarding ecological and human health through analysis of relevant scientific data, improving food safety standards, via related testing and certification and fostering inter-disciplinary collaboration in Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta Region.   

 
     

Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer ’s Disease (AD) is a progressive and degenerative brain disorder among the older population that slowly destroys the victim’s cognitive functions. AD has become the fourth leading cause of death in adults and more than 135 million AD patients by 2050 in global are being projected. Discovery and development of safe and more effective drugs from detection, diagnostics to therapeutics will therefore have tremendous value for both scientific and economic perspectives.

An early diagnosis and intervention can certainly ameliorate the symptoms and attenuate the progression of this devastating disease. Our work brings a new vista and high impact on the development of medical diagnosis and novel drugs for AD and other related neurodegenerative diseases.

Professor Ricky Wong
Department of Chemistry

The proprietary lead compounds we invented can selectively target to Alzheimer’s peptides in the brain. This offers potential for early detection and diagnostics of the disease.   

 

Dr Li Hung Wing
Department of Chemistry

Development of early detection techniques before the onset of clinical symptoms and powerful imaging technique for AD diagnosis are crucial to monitoring the disease’s progression.  

Professor Ken Yung
Department of Biology

Some of these compounds also show a protection of brain cells against neurotoxicity induced by the Alzheimer’s peptides. This provides important therapeutic and clinical potential for AD treatment.