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Harvesting Hopes for Neurodegenerative Diseases - Professor Ken Yung Kin Lam, Ma Pak Leung Endowed Professor in Innovative Neuromedicine


“The neurosystem is the most important organ in the human body, as it controls all movements and commands automatic responses. However, many neurodiseases have no cure yet, and therefore we need to find the causes of these diseases as well as their ultimate cures.” 


It is the unrelenting quest for cures for untreatable diseases that led Ken Yung Kin Lam, the Ma Pak Leung Endowed Professor in Innovative Neuromedicine at Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU), to create a trove of impactful research studies on neurodegenerative diseases and innovative neuromedicine. In a teaching and research career spanning more than 20 years, Professor Yung has published more than 170 international journal articles in high impact SCI journals and won over 40 international and national invention and innovation awards for his discoveries. The honours include prestigious trophies such as Gold Medals from the International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva and the Gold Prize in the Technology Start-up Award under the Fifth Bank of China (HK) FITMI Achievement Award, to name but a few. Undoubtedly, Professor Yung has played a highly significant role in the field of neuroscience.


Always with a smile on his face, Professor Yung has appeared in many science programmes on local television, presenting understandable analyses on complicated scientific topics in his capacity as an expert. He was most well-known for a research study he led: a systematic meta-analysis on the association between air pollution and neurodegenerative diseases. The findings showed that whenever the level of PM2.5 hit danger levels, a higher incidence occurred of neurodiseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases in the city. His findings have garnered both territory-wide and international attention. The study, which was published in 2019, was recognised by the Web of Science as being the top 1% cited paper in the field within the first year of its publication.


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[Source: HKBU Foundation eNews]