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Apart from organizing international meetings, HBHA has also solely or jointly with other departments/centres (including Biopharmaceutical Development Centre, Department of Anaesthesiology, Department of Anatomy, Department of Medicine, Genome Research Centre and Osteoporosis Centre) invited 19 overseas experts since the Centre's establishment in 2004 to share their research experiences with all University colleagues. HBHA values these opportunities to work with other departments and centres in exchanging expertise and promoting the awareness of healthy aging.

Sept 17, 2004 Title: Effect of hyperglycaemia and insulin on the ischaemic heart
Speaker: Prof N Wah Cheung, Clinical Senior Lecturer, University of Sydney
Nov 15, 2004 Title: Antioxidant Actions of Melatonin and Implications for the Aged
Speaker: Prof Russel J. Reiter, Department of Cellular and Structural Biology, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A.
Jan 25, 2005 Title: Glucose-mediated abnormality of Cu(II) metabolism as a key factor underpinning the cardiovascular complications of diabetes
Speaker: Prof Garth J S Cooper, Professor in Biochemistry & Clinical Biochemistry, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Mar 31,2005 Title: Parkinson's Disease as a prototype with Stem Cell as a clinical cure
Speaker: Prof Rabi Simantov, Andre Lowff Professor of Neurogenetics, Department of Molecular Genetics, Weizmann Institute of Science
April 6, 2005 Title: The role of Acetylcholinesterase inhibitor in the Treatment of Vascular Dementia
Speaker: Prof Peter Paul De Deyn, Head, Laboratory of Neurochemistry and Behaviour, Born-Bunge Fundation, Univeristy of Antwerp & Head, A.Z. Middelheim, Department of Neurology, University of Antwerp, Belgium
Apr 13, 2005 Title: Environmental factors in neurodegenerative disease
Speaker: Dr Rosemary Waring, Reader in Human Toxicology, School of Biosciences, University of Birmingham
May 9, 2005 Title: Hyperosmolality signals differentiation of renal medulla - story of TonEBP transcriptional activator
Speaker: Professor H. Moo Kwon, Professor of Medicine and Physiology, University of Maryland, USA
June 30, 2005 Title: TGF-beta  Superfamily Signaling Pathways Throughout Development
Speaker: Professor Martin M. Matzuk, MD, PhD, Stuart A. Wallace Chair and Professor, Departments of Pathology, Molecular and Cellular Biology, and Molecular and Human Genetics, and Developmental Biology Program, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston
Aug 10, 2005 Title: Application of neuroproteomics to understand neuronal plasticity and brain disorders
Speaker: Dr Ka wan Li, Department of Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology, Centre for Neurogenomics and Cognitive Research Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Aug 16, 2005 Title: Advanced glycosylation end products, molecules that cause diabetic complication
Speaker: Dr. Horng-Mo Lee, Professor and Director, Institute of Cell and Molecular Biology, Taipei Medical University, Taipei, Taiwan
Oct 14, 2005 Title: Lipid-Induced Insulin Resistance: Mechanisms and Therapeutic Approaches
Speaker: Professor Edward W Kraegen, Head of Diabetes group, Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Australia
Oct 24, 2005 Title: Genetics of Bone Disease
Speaker: Prof Stuart H. Ralston, Professor of Rheumatology, University of Edinburgh
Nov 1, 2005 Title: Epac: a novel cAMP target with therapeutic applications?
Speaker: Dr John P. de Koning, General Director, Semaia Pharmaceuticals, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Nov 29, 2005 Title: A New Treatment of Alzheimer's Disease within the next 5 years?
Speaker: Prof Ezio Giacobini, Department of Rehabilitation and Geriatries, University of Geneva Medical School, Geneva
Dec 16, 2005 Title:
Hyperparathyroidism & Calcimimetics
Prof DJ Hosking, Department of Medicine, City Hospital, UK
Feb 20, 2006 Title: Morphological Basis of Hippocampal Plasticity Following Stress and Learning: Electron Microscope studies
Speaker: Prof Michael G. Stewart, Department of Biological Sciences, The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK
Sep 29, 2006 Title: Skeletal Anabolic and Anti-senescence Actions of PTHrP
Speaker: Professor Dengshen Miao, Director of the Research Centre for Bone and Stem Cell, Department of Human Anatomy, Nanjing Medical University, China; Adjunct Professor, Department of Medicine, McGill University, Canada
Jan 23, 2007 Title: Myography and the molecular regulation of small artery function in health and disease: New insights through combined gene interference, calcium imaging and myography
Speaker: Dr Harm Knot, Adjunct Professor, Departments of Pharmacology & Therapeutics Internal Medicine (Cardiology) and Pharmaceutics (Clinical Pharmacology), University of Florida, Florida, USA and Adjunct Professor, Instit. For Regenerative Medicine, Wake-Forest University Medical School, North Carolina, USA
Feb 8, 2007 Title: Briefing Session on the Biospherix in vitro C42 and in vivo A84 systems
Speakers: Dr JCW Mak, Department of Medicine and Dr ML Fung, Department of Physiology
Feb 14, 2007 Title: Parametric control and analysis in the use of the prepulse inhibition paradigm: Application in patients, animals and drug studies
Speaker: Professor Joram Feldon, Professor, Laboratory of Behavioural Neurobiology, ETH Zurich, Schwerzenbach, Switzerland
May 21, 2007 Title: Oxidative Stress in Patients with Airway Diseases
Speaker: Dr Judith CW Mak, Department of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong
Title: Adipokines as a Novel Player in Aging-related Diseases: From Risk Prediction to Therapeutic Application
Speaker: Professor Aimin Xu, Department of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong
June 14, 2007 Title: The clinical significance of neuronal and muscle autoantibodies in autoimmune neurological disorders
Speaker: Dr Koon-ho Chan, Department of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong
Title: Road to Bio-artificial Pacemaker
Speaker: Dr David Chung-wah Siu, Department of Human Anatomy and Cell Biology, University of California, Davis, US
Title: Homocysteine and one-carbon metabolism in aging and Alzheimer's disease
Speaker: Professor Ramon Diaz-Arrastia, Department of Neurology, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Centre, Dallas, Texas, US
18 Sep  2007 Title: Autonomic disorders in 2007 – Recognition, investigation and management
Speaker: Professor CJ Mathias, Professor of Neurovascular Medicine, Neurovascular Medicine Unit, Imperial College London at St. Mary’s Hospital & Autonomic Unit, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square & Institute of Neurology, University College London, UK
17 Oct 2007 Title: Tissue factor and cardiovascular disease
Speaker: Dr Felix Tanner, Assistant Professor, Cardiology and Vascular Biology, Head Cardiovascular Research, Division of Cardiology, Institute of Physiology, University Zurich, Switzerland
4 Dec 2007 Title: Molecular pathogenesis of Graves’ Ophthalmopathy
Speaker: Professor Terry J Smith, Professor and Head of Division of Molecular Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA, Harbor-UCLA Medical Centre, USA
30 Jan 2008 Title: O-GlcNAc and circadian clock: Emerging players in metabolism
Speaker: Dr Xiaoyong Yang, Gene Expression Laboratory, The Salk Institute, USA
4 Feb 2008 Title: Epsin in clathrin/ubiquitin-mediated endocytosis: Implications in normal and patho-physiology
Speaker: Dr Hong Chen, Boyer Centre for Molecular Medicine, Department of Cell Biology and Pathology, Yale University School of Medicine, USA
26 Feb 2008 Title: Progress in targeting HDL to Lower the Risk of CVD
Speaker: Professor Norman CW Wong, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, University of Calgary, Canada
18 March 2008 Title: What is hydrogen sulfide doing in the heart
Speaker: Dr JS Bian, Assistant Professor, Cardiovascular Biology Research Group, Department of Pharmacology, National University of Singapore
2 May 2008 Title: Mitochondria in Parkinson’s Disease
Speaker: Professor AHV Schapira, Department of Clinical Neurosciences Institute of Neurology, Queen Square, University College London, UK
Title: Genomic approaches to brain diseases
Speaker: Professor Guy Rouleau, Centre for the Study of Brain Disease, CHUM Research Centre & Department of Medicinem Faculty of Medicine, University of Montreal, Canada
24 June  2008 Title: Expanding roles for the Type III thyroid hormone Deiodinase
Speaker: Prof Charles H Emerson, Professor Emeritus of Medicine, University of Massachusetts, USA
26 June  2008 Title: Beginning vision: From single cell physiology to Regenerative Medicine
Speaker: Dr Tian Xue, Department of Neuroscience, School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, USA
30 June 2008 Title: Early diabetic retinopathy as a risk marker of cardiovascular disease
Speaker: Professor Tien Wong, Professor and Head, Department of Pathalmology, University of Melbourne, Managing Director, Centre for Eye Research, Australia
4 Sep 2008 Title: Novel genes associated with memory: Possible relevance to Alzheimer’s Disease
Speaker: Professor Remi Quirion, Professor and Scientific Director of the Douglas Hospital Research Centre, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
9 Sep 2008 Title: Recent innovations in oculoplastic surgery
Speaker: Dr Carol Yu, Department of Ophthalmology, Caritas Medical Centre
9 Oct 2008 Title: Genetics mechanisms of recurrent central apnea
Speaker: Dr Kingman Strohl, University Hospital Cleveland Medical Center, USA
19 Nov 2008 Title: Molecules to man: Targeting fibrosis and diabetic complications
Speaker: Dr Darren Kelly, Department of Medicine, the University of Melbourne, St. Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, Australia
Sep 15, 2009 Title: Protection of the stressed heart from ischemia
Speaker: Prof Alexander (Sandy) S. Clanachan, Department of Pharmacology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
Sep 17, 2009 Title: Late INa, Ca2+ overload and post-ischemic LV dysfunction
Speaker: Prof Alexander (Sandy) S. Clanachan, Department of Pharmacology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
Jan 14,  2009 Title: Neurocircuitry and Glucose Homeostasis
Speaker: Dr Tony KT Lam, John Kitson Mclvor Chair in Diabetes Research, Toronto General Hospital & University of Toronto
Jan 23,
Title: ‘Free’ Testosterone for Men
Speaker: Dr. Clement Ho, Department of Clinical Biochemistry, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, University of Edinburgh
Feb 19, 2009 Title: Controlling Beat-to-Beat Variability of Repolarization is Anti-Arrhythmic
Speaker: Professor Marc A Vos, Head, Department of Medical Physiology,
University of Utrecht, The Netherlands
Apr 9, 2009 Title: Improving Cardiac Function Post Myocardial Infarction: Role Of Stem Cells
Speaker: Dr Qingping Feng
Departments of Medicine, Physiology and Pharmacology
University of Western Ontario, Canada
Apr 29, 2009 Title: Cardiovascular Risk - A View From East To West
Speaker: Professor Bernard Cheung
Department of Clinical Pharmacology
School of Clinical and Experimental Medicine
College of Medical and Dental Sciences
University of Birmingham, England
Title: Methylarginines And Cardiovascular Homeostasis In End-Stage Renal Disease: Translational Research Goes Both Ways
Speaker: Dr Arduino A Mangoni
School of Medicine, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia
June 5, 2009 Title: Restoration of visual function in retinal degeneration mice by ectopic expression of melanopsin
Speaker: Dr Lin Bin, Department of Neurosurgery
Massachusetts General Hospital
Sep 15, 2009 Title: Protection of the stressed heart from Ischemia
Speaker: Prof Alexander (Sandy) S. Clanachan,
Department of Pharmacology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
Sep 17, 2009 Title: Late INa, Ca2+ overload and postischemic LV dysfunction
Speaker: Prof Alexander (Sandy) S. Clanachan,
Department of Pharmacology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
Nov 23, 2009 Title: Replace, Repair and Regeneration in the Eye
Speaker: Dr Carl Sheridan, Eye and Vision Sciences, School of Clinical Sciences
 University of Liverpool, UK
Dec 2, 2009 Title: Cognitive impairments in the aging community – Challenges to early detection and intervention
Speaker: Professor Linda Lam, Department of Psychiatry, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Jan 15, 2010 Title: Type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and cardiovascular disease
Speaker: Professor Paul Huang
Director, Cardiac Metabolic Syndrome Program, Harvard Medical School
Feb 23, 2010 Title: Merck Biosciences Seminar - Inflammation in Health and Disease
  1. Glyocogen Synthase Kinase-3 (GSK-3) Inhibitors: Its Signaling Role in Development and Disease
  2. NF-kB Activation: A Molecular Link Between Chronic Inflammation and Cancer
Speaker: Dr. Chandra Mohan
Senior Director, Technical Service, Merck Biosciences
May 5, 2010 Title: The Promises of Stem Cell Medicine.  What are the realities? What are the difficult questions
Speaker: Professor Renee A. Reijo Pera
Stanford Center for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research and Education
Institute for Stem Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine
Basic and Translational Research Women’s Health at Stanford
Reproductive Biology and Stem Cell Program
Aug 2, 2010 Title Molecular Mechanism of Granule-Granule Fusion Contributing to
Biphasic Insulin Secretion
Speaker Professor Herbert Y Gaisano
Division of Fundamental Neurobiology
Toronto Western Research Institute (TWRI) 
Departments of Medicine & Physiology
University of Toronto, Canada
Nov 25, 2010 Title: Tackling the Complexity of Metabolic Disease
Speaker: Professor David James
Director, Diabetes and Obesity Research Program
Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Sydney, Australia
4 January 2011 Title: Adipose Tissue Inflammation and Metabolic Complication
Speaker: Prof Jae Bum Kim, School of Biological Sciences, Seoul National University”

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