Our Faculty’s strategic areas place heavy emphasis on collaborative research efforts; faculties and departments are not silos, they are an inextricable part of the University community, just as universities are a part of the wider community and international fields of knowledge.
Regionally and internationally we take pride in our world-class researchers who continue to engage in a plethora of collaborative research initiatives, public-private partnerships, world-class seminars and symposia, community workshops, and public outreach, with the goal to improve global human health.
The Centre of Influenza Research at HKU is one of 12 laboratories worldwide designated as a WHO H5 reference laboratory. Its mandate is to provide international reference laboratory services and training onH5 and other animal influenza viruses with zoonotic potential, to provide WHO with data and risk assessment relevant to such zoonotic threats and advice on selection of relevant viruses for pre-pandemic vaccine development. As part of these responsibilities the HKU laboratory takes part in the twice-yearly WHO influenza vaccine strain selection meetings. Over the years the HKU laboratory was involved in aiding and training to countries such as Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, India, Sri Lanka, and Cambodia.
Visit their website at: www.who.int/influenza/gisrs_laboratory/h5_reflabs/en/