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HKU distinguished scholar receives Croucher Senior Medical Research Fellowship Award

07 December 2018

Distinguished scholar, Professor Sydney Tang Chi-wai from The University of Hong Kong was among the seven awardees honoured by The Croucher Foundation for their excellent scientific research achievements this year.

Croucher Senior Medical Research Fellowship 2019
Professor Sydney Tang Chi-wai
Chair of Renal Medicine and Yu Professor in Nephrology,
Department of Medicine, LKS Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong.

About Professor Sydney Tang Chi-wai
Professor Sydney Tang’s research focuses on understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms of chronic progressive kidney disease that universally heralds the development of end-stage kidney failure. He has made seminal observations on the role of the kidney tubule cell in orchestrating kidney inflammation and fibrosis in proteinuric nephropathies and diabetic kidney disease, the commonest causes of kidney failure worldwide. Chronic kidney disease affects around 10% of the world population and is a significant public health problem. The Croucher Senior Medical Research Fellowship will enable Professor Tang to utilize high-throughput platform technologies to further dissect the role of innate immunity in different resident and myeloid cells during renal inflammation, a critical step leading to kidney fibrosis and ultimate organ failure. Novel therapeutic targets identified from these investigations could pave the way for future drug development to advance treatment of chronic kidney disease that currently lacks specific therapy.

The Croucher Senior Medical Research Fellowships
The Croucher Senior Medical Research Fellowships scheme was first introduced in 1997. It is awarded to local academics who have excelled in scientific research work as judged by leading international scientists invited to provide confidential reviews of candidates nominated in a competitive exercise. Funds are awarded to the universities of the fellowship recipients, enabling the university to recruit replacement teachers to take over the award winner’s duties for the period of the fellowship. This enables the awardees to devote more time and effort to research work.

The value of the award includes a HK$2 million research grant and the cost of a replacement teacher/clinical medical staff for a twelve-month period, currently stands at a maximum of HK$2,426,100 for the Senior Medical Research Fellowships.

For the Croucher Foundation press release, click here.



The Honorable Mr. Matthew Cheung Kin-Chung (Chief Secretary of the HKSAR Government) presents the Croucher Senior Medical Research Fellowship 2019 to Professor Sydney Tang Chi-wai (Chair of Renal Medicine and Yu Professor in Nephrology, Department of Medicine, LKS Faculty of Medicine, HKU).

 

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Professor Sydney Tang Chi-wai,Chair Professor of Renal Medicine and Yu Professor in Nephrology, Department of Medicine, LKS Faculty of Medicine, HKU is awarded Croucher Senior Medical Research Fellowship 2019.