State of the Faculty Address 2021

29 International ● Professor Chen Honglin (Microbiology ) was granted US$5.51M in a partnering agreement with the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI ) to evaluate a nasal spray COVID-19 vaccine made with live attenuated influenza viral vector, as part of a collaboration extension to rapidly develop a vaccine candidate against COVID-19. Major Research Support Local ● The following Faculty members have been granted a total of HK$167.235M under the Theme-based Research Scheme 2021/22 of the Research Grants Council: — Professor Jin Dong-yan (Biomedical Sciences ) and his team Project: Ecology, molecular virology and pathogenesis of SARS-CoV-2: From bedside to bench and back (HK$42.278M) — Dr Vincent Lui Chi-hang (Surgery ) and his team Project: Translating disease-mechanism discoveries to improve treatment of biliary atresia, an intractable newborn liver disease (HK$56.127M) — Professor Leo Poon Lit-man (Public Health) and his team Project: Virological, immunological and epidemiological characterization of COVID-19 (HK$68.83M)