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Establishment of the Centre for Neuromusculoskeletal Restorative Medicine (CRNM), a CUHK InnoHK Centres

We are delighted to announce the formal establishment of the CRNM at the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park on March 1st of 2022.

Tissue Engineering and Restorative Medicine embodies the synergistic integration of a wide range of areas, including stem cells, nanotechnology, intelligent biomaterials and implants, systems engineering, molecular mechanism and gene target-based technologies, and others, all of which depend critically on cross-platform collaborations. The goal of CNRM is to integrate multiple disciplines in biomedical sciences, engineering, and clinical medicine, develop novel and enabling technologies, and build and maintain an educational infrastructure that attracts the best and brightest into the field to ensure future professional manpower development.

The formation of CNRM is purposed to be directly and programmatically relevant to the announced mission of the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park of developing modern day technology to achieve healthy aging. With the integration of biomedical sciences, clinical medicine, and bioengineering, CNRM aims to advance the scientific understanding of regenerative processes and translate this knowledge to clinical practice by means of engineering technologies. The advancement of regenerative therapies for the restoration of tissue and organ function is the central theme of regenerative medicine, and CNRM will be well positioned as the incubator and pipeline of enabling technologies that will be translationally carried out to reach clinical trials and product development. In addition to serving as a Centre of Research Excellence, a strategically developed CNRM will represent key infrastructural feature of the Hong Kong research enterprise to initiate and establish effective partnership and collaboration with other Research Centres that aim to enhance health for the citizens of Hong Kong, the Greater Bay Area, and neighbouring regions.

Collaborative Research Fund (CRF) Granted to Professor Louis Cheung to Investigate the Multifactorial Pathogenesis of Sarcopenia and a Potential Treatment Modality
Prof. Louis Cheung Prof. SW Law Dr. Simon Chow Dr. Ronald Wong Prof. Ling Qin Prof. Huating Wang

Congratulations to Professor Cheung and his lab for successfully granting support from the Collaborative Research Fund (CRF) to engage in a multidisciplinary collaboration to investigate the pathogenesis of sarcopenia in terms of neuromuscular junction deterioration and intramuscular fat infiltration. Sarcopenia is an age-related syndrome characterized by the general loss of skeletal muscle mass and strength. Cheung’s group has previously reported the prevalence is estimated to affect up to 40% of 65+ population in Hong Kong and is highly associated with fragility fractures.

The collaboration led by our flagship program of Musculoskeletal Ageing Research (Law SW, Chow SK, Wing RMY, Qin L, Wang HT) that also involves the collective efforts from University of Hong Kong (Siu PMF, Hu Y), the Stony Brook University of the USA (Rubin C), and the University of East Anglia of UK (Welch A) will employ cutting edge techniques to dissect the pathogenic mechanism.

CUHK Sports Medicine Team is Awarded in the CUHK “Positive Workplace Service Awards 2021 – Team Category”

Congratulations to the CUHK Sports Medicine Team for being recognized of their contribution in fostering a positive workplace at CUHK. As an awardee of the “Positive Workplace Service (PWS) Awards 2021 – Team Category”, the team was invited to attend the PWS Awards (2021) Presentation Ceremony on December 15, 2021 (Wednesday), and received the award from the Vice-Chancellor.

The team believes that TEAM WORK MAKES THE DREAM WORK. Teammates are always open minded & appreciative, they appreciate the distinctive characteristics of individual teammates and enjoy to learn from each other. Besides working, the team organizes “Active Friday” every week to play various type of sports together, which not only helped them to maintain good physical and mental health, but also build a strong team bonding among teammates.

All of us encountered lots of difficulties at the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak. With a belief of “everything is possible”, the team can still keep a positive mind and maintain positive communication, it contributes to the success in carrying out their work duties during the pandemic.

With their motto “Love Sports, Play Smart”, CUHK Sports Medicine Team will not only keep a positive attitude at work in the future, but will also promote a positive attitude towards sports in the community!

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Installation of QuantStudio 7 Pro Real-Time PCR System for High Throughput Gene Expression Analysis

Our department has recently installed a QuantStudio 7 Pro Real-Time PCR System for high throughput gene expression analysis in 384-well format. The System enables setting 6 exact temperatures within the 96 well reaction block for reaction optimization (5 degree Celsius or below between adjacent zone), which is not possible for the other existing systems in the market. The new system is equipped with 21 combinations of the excitation and emission wavelengths and supports multiplexing of 5-6 targets in a sample, significantly increasing the working efficiency, saving samples and allowing the generation of more robust data. The System can detect down to 1 DNA copy for Taqman probe, indicating high sensitivity. Our department is using the System for the analysis of expression of various markers in musculoskeletal tissues isolated from patients, animal models and cell culture model.
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