State of the Faculty Address 2021

31 ● The following Faculty members have been granted a total of HK$61.02M from the RGC One-off Collaborative Research Fund COVID-19 and Novel Infectious Diseases Research Exercises (2020-2021) : — Professor Chen Zhiwei (Microbiology ) Project: Mechanism of immune control against COVID-19 (HK$8.63M) — Professor Benjamin John Cowling (Public Health) Project: Superspreading of COVID-19: epidemiology and control (HK$8.98M) — Dr Patrick Ip (Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine ) Project: Impact of COVID-19 pandemic on Hong Kong children and support to families during crisis (HK$6.93M) — Professor Jin Dong-yan (Biomedical Sciences ) Project: Mechanism of inflammasome activation by SARS-CoV-2 (HK$8.43M) — Dr Lam Tsan-yuk (Public Health) Project: Role of pangolins in the emergence of SARS-CoV-2 and other viruses in humans (HK$5.79M) — Professor Leo Poon Lit-man (Public Health) Project: Replication-defective SARS-CoV-2 mutant vaccines with abnormal codon usages (HK$6.98M) — Professor Paul Tam Kwong-hang (Surgery ) Project: Comparison of paediatric and adult responses to coronavirus infection - a molecular, cellular and tissue study (HK$5.59M) — Professor Ian Wong Chi-kei (Pharmacology and Pharmacy ) Project: A multinational big data COVID-19 epidemiological study on post-infection outcomes (ACESO) (HK$9.69M) ● Six Faculty members were granted a total of HK$56.96M on Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Studies by Food and Health Bureau, HKSAR Government: — Professor Benjamin John Cowling (Public Health) Project: Randomized trial of COVID-19 booster vaccinations (Cobovax trial ) (HK$7.63M) — Professor Cindy Lam Lo-kuen (Family Medicine and Primary Care ) Project: The long term spill-over impact of COVID-19 on health and healthcare of patients with non-communicable diseases: an in-depth outcome and health economic evaluation (HK$9.33M) — Professor Lau Yu-lung (Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine ) Project: To compare the reactogenicity and immunogenicity of the 3 recommended COVID-19 vaccines in young adolescents in Hong Kong (HK$10M) — Dr Kathy Leung Sze-man (Public Health) Project: Quantifying the impact of different public health and social measures on population mixing vis-à-vis contact matrices in Hong Kong (HK$9.99M) — Dr Michael Ni Yuxuan (Public Health) Project: Psychobehavioural responses to COVID-19 and vaccine confidence in Hong Kong (HK$10M) — Professor Ian Wong Chi-kei (Pharmacology and Pharmacy ) Project: COVID-19 vaccines adverse events response and evaluation (CARE) programme (HK$10M)