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The major aim in setting up the Centre for Cancer Research is to promote inter-departmental collaborations, multi-disciplinary studies and shared use of resources and expertises in Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong. By identifying mutual research interests, colleagues from different disciplines in the Faculty could be teamed up to work together to tackle key challenges in cancer. Our hope is for the Centre to serve as the convening platform for cancer research at the University.

Cancer will continue to be a dominant challenge to the community as a cause of morbidity and mortality. The Centre aims to establish strong research programmes to combat cancers, especially those affecting this part of the world. By integrating clinical, basic and translational research programmes, we work towards the development of cancer prevention, early detection and effective treatment; and seek to establish the Centre as a global leader in the field of cancer research. The cancer research initiatives lie largely in the following areas:

  • cancer stem cells
  • genetics, genomics and epigenetic study of cancers
  • cancer cell signalling
  • inflammation and cancer
  • cancer imaging and detection
  • molecular targeted therapies

In addition to fostering internal collaboration, the Centre also serves as a platform for international collaboration. We interact closely with other cancer research institutes worldwide to broaden our collaboration network. To facilitate knowledge exchange, prominent leaders in cancer research are often invited to our Centre to give seminars and interact with our members. The hosting of The Hong Kong International Cancer Congress is one of our major events to promote local, regional and international collaboration in cancer research and patient care.

Xin-Yuan Guan, Professor
Centre for Cancer Research
Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine
The University of Hong Kong


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