Key medical researchers take role in AoE projects
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Three CityU scientists, all from the Department of Biology and Chemistry (BCH), will take an active role as key collaborative partners in the Area of Excellence (AoE) Scheme. The Scheme, now in its second round, was introduced in 1995 by the University Grants Committee with the aim of promoting excellence in research and other scholarly activities in selected areas among local universities.
Also from BCH, Dr Michael Yang and Dr H L Kwong will team up with researchers from the University of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and three other institutions to set up an institute for drug research. CityU scientists will develop a genomics-based drug discovery platform to support the HK$48 million collaborative project on developing molecular technology for drug discovery and synthesis. Dr Yang, Director of CityU's, one of the University's four applied research centres, has long been a pioneer in the area of DNA-based medical technology.
In the latest round of bidding for AoE funding, the UGC received 55 proposals, from which four entered the final shortlist. CityU is now involved with two of the three winners.