With the approval of the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China (MOE), The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) has joined hands with Jinan University to establish the MOE Key Laboratory of Regenerative Medicine (The Chinese University of Hong Kong – Jinan University). Plaque-unveiling ceremonies of the Laboratory were held in Hong Kong and Guangzhou on February 29. Officiating guests include Mr. Lei Zhengang, Director of the Department of Cultural Affairs, Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council; Prof. Hu Jun, President of Jinan University; Mr. Liu Zhiming, Deputy Inspector of the Department of Educational, Scientific and Technological Affairs, Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the HKSAR; and Prof. Joseph Sung, Vice-Chancellor of CUHK.
The joint laboratory aims to develop a range of innovative techniques for regenerating tissues and organs, which will contribute to the betterment of human health. Prof. Sung remarked at the ceremonies at CUHK and Jinan University that the Laboratory not only serves as an important training base for scientific talents, but also provides a channel for CUHK researchers to contribute to the development of national scientific research. The two universities will further enhance their cooperative ties on relevant research with complementary advantages, as well as the cultivation of talents, which will go towards constructing an influential research base at an international level.'
MOE Key Laboratories are an important part of national science and technology development, focusing on the nurture of innovative individuals and the facilitation of research development. The joint laboratory has appointed Prof. Chan Waiyee, Director of the School of Biomedical Sciences of CUHK , as the co-director of the laboratory. Researchers from the two universities will jointly conduct research on (1) the use of stem cells in bone, heart and nerve repairs; (2) the use of stem cells to heal the brain after stroke; (3) understanding how tissues and organs normally develop and (4) discovering small chemical molecules that could fabricate stem cells and tissues.