Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) received a generous donation of HK$75 million from the Vincent and Lily Woo Foundation for the establishment of the Vincent V.C. Woo Chinese Medicine Clinical Research Institute. The naming ceremony was held on 15 November to recognise the Foundation’s support for the University’s Chinese medicine development.
The ceremony was officiated by Ms. Alice Woo, Chair of the Vincent and Lily Woo Foundation, together with HKBU representatives including Dr. Clement Chen, Chairman of the Council and the Court; Professor Alexander Wai, President and Vice-Chancellor; Professor Lyu Aiping, Vice-President (Research and Development) cum Dean of Graduate School; and Professor Bian Zhaoxiang, Associate Vice-President (Chinese Medicine Development) cum Founding Director of the Vincent V.C. Woo Chinese Medicine Clinical Research Institute.
In his remarks, Professor Wai commended Ms. Woo as a dedicated philanthropist who has devoted decades to supporting the development of education and medicine in Mainland China, Hong Kong and the US. He also expressed his gratitude to Ms. Woo for her tremendous contributions to various HKBU projects, including a collaborative research project conducted by the School of Chinese Medicine and Cornell University entitled “East Meets West: A Revolutionised Nanotechnology Approach to Modernise the Delivery of Chinese Medicine for Vast Improved Cancer Therapeutic Efficacy” and the Vincent V.C. Woo Endowed Associate Professorship in Chinese Medicine.
Speaking at the Ceremony, Ms. Woo expressed her appreciation to HKBU for honouring her respected father by naming the Institute after him. She hopes the research outcomes of the Institute would benefit more patients, promote the collaboration of Chinese and Western medicine, contribute to the standardisation, modernisation and internationalisation of Chinese medicine and nurture more Chinese medicine research talents.
Professor Bian thanked the Foundation and introduced the vision and mission of the Institute. The Institute has been conducting 17 clinical studies on Chinese medicine, covering eight target diseases.
Following the ceremony, guests toured the new Institute located at Room 105 of the Academic and Administration Building, Room 205 and the third floor of the Jockey Club School of Chinese Medicine Building to know more about the latest development of the School, accompanied by Professor Li Min, Associate Dean (Teaching & Learning); Professor Han Quanbin, Professor of the Teaching and Research Division; Dr Cheung King-ho, Vincent V.C. Woo Endowed Associate Professor in Chinese Medicine; and other HKBU representatives.
SCM sincerely appreciates the generosity of the Vincent and Lily Woo Foundation. The donation will contribute to advancing the clinical research in Chinese medicine and increasing the influence of Chinese medicine in the international arena.