Inauguration Ceremony of "The CUHK-BGI Innovation Institute of Trans-omics"

The Inauguration Ceremony of the CUHK-BGI Innovation Institute of Trans-omics (The Innovation Institute) was held at Cho Yiu Hall, CUHK on 18 July 2011. The Innovation Institute is jointly established by The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and BGI (previously known as Beijing Genomics Institute) – Shenzhen, China.

The officiating guests included Prof. Ying-Li Liu, former member of the Standing Committee and Executive Vice-Mayor of Shenzhen Municipal Government, President of Shenzhen Entrepreneur Association and Honorary Fellow of CUHK; Prof. Huan-Ming Yang, Chairman and Professor, BGI; Prof. Joseph J.Y. Sung, Vice-Chancellor of CUHK; Mr. Jin-Qiang Mo, Deputy Director General of Education, Science and Technology Department of Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the HKSAR; Ms. Yu-Rong Guo, Secretary of Shenzhen Municipal Education Committee and Director of the Shenzhen Municipal Education Bureau; Prof. Jian Wang, President of BGI; and Prof. Wai-Yee Chan, Founding Director of The Innovation Institute and Director of School of Biomedical Sciences, CUHK.

During the Ceremony, Prof. Liu, Prof. Yang and Prof. Sung delivered speeches addressing the missions and visions of The Innovation Institute and the history of collaboration between CUHK and BGI, whereas Prof. Chan introduced the development plans of The Innovation Institute. The Ceremony was followed by a public lecture of Prof. Yang entitled "Genomics and Personalized Medicine".

Our School will play a significant role, with close coordination with the Office of Academic Links (China), in setting up the various aspects of The Innovation Institute so as to ensure its smooth operation and collaboration with the BGI-Shenzhen in the near future.  Apart from the directorship taken up by our School Director, Prof. Stephen Tsui and Mr. Chi-Ho Chan have been appointed as the Associate Director (Education) and Senior Manager (Administration), respectively.  Other Teachers of the School will also contribute substantially to the teaching of the postgraduate programmes in genomics and bioinformatics to be offered by its Graduate Division of Genomics and Bioinformatics from the academic year 2011/12 and of other postgraduate programmes in different fields of genomic sciences to be available in the next few years.

With the advanced technologies available at the CUHK and the BGI-Shenzhen and the long history of research collaboration between both sides, The Innovation Institute will be favorably positioned to nurture multi-disciplinary experts and talents and advocate innovative thinking in the many known and unknown fields of genomic sciences, and to promote applications of cross-disciplinary research in clinical genomics.

Please visit HERE for the press release on the event.

Prof. Wai-Yee Chan introducing the development plans of the CUHK–BGI Innovation Institute of Trans-omics

(from left) Prof. Wai-Yee Chan; Ms. Yu-Rong Guo; Prof. Ying-Li Liu; Prof. Joseph J.Y. Sung; Prof. Huan-Ming Yang; Mr. Jin-Qiang Mo; Prof. Jian Wang

(from left) Prof. Wai-Yee Chan; Dr. Ambrose So; Prof. Ying-Li Liu

Prof. Jack Cheng, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, CUHK (2nd from left); Prof. Wai-Yee Chan (3rd from left); Dr. Ambrose So (4th from right); Prof. Ying-Li Liu (3rd from right); Prof. Jian Wang (2nd from right)

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School of Biomedical Sciences Research Day 2011
Symposium organized by the Stem Cell and Regeneration Center
Inauguration Ceremony of "The CUHK-BGI Innovation Institute of Trans-omics"
Inauguration Ceremony of the Executive Committee of Postgraduate Student Association of the School of Biomedical Sciences
Orientation Ceremony for the freshmen of the Division of Biomedical Sciences, SBS
New SBS Flyer

Appointments of Prof. Wai-Yee Chan as Founding Director and Prof. Stephen K.W. Tsui as Associate Director (Education) of "The CUHK-BGI Innovation Institute of Trans-omics"
Appointment of Prof. David Yew as Core Member of the Research Advisory Group (RAG) of the Narcotics Division, the Security Bureau, HKSAR
The NSFC Grants 2011 obtained by School members
RGC GRF 2011-12 obtained by School members
Prof. Hsiao-Chang Chan being awarded the National Major Basic Research Program (973 funding program)

The 13th International Symposium of the Society of Chinese Bioscientists in America
Conference on "Stem Cell, Regenerative Medicine and Cancer"
Visit of the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC)
Visit of the Vice-Minister of The Ministry of Education of China

People Portrait - Prof. Yin XIA, Assistant Professor
People Portrait - Miss Shen GU, Ph.D. Student
People Portrait - Miss Jielin CHEN, Ph.D. Student
New Faces - Mr. TING James Wai Ming, Dissecting Laboratory Manager
Announcements - Retirement and New Capacities of Prof. David Yew and Prof. W. H. Kwong
Announcements - Promotion of Mr. Eugene Wong to Laboratory Technologist

School of Biomedical Sciences Postgraduate Research Day 2011

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