The Centre for Cancer and Inflammation Research (CCIR) was officially declared open today (9 December) by the School of Chinese Medicine. By setting up a Chinese Medicine Specimen Bank, the Centre will concentrate its research on the most commonly occurring types of cancers in Hong Kong, such as lung cancer, breast cancer and colorectal cancer, as well as inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis.
The Chinese Medicine Specimen Bank, set up under the Centre, will study patients visiting the Chinese Medicine Clinic in the Jockey Club Cancer Rehabilitation Centre and the 10 existing Chinese Medicine clinics of the School. It will archive samples such as serum, urine and saliva of patients suffering from lung cancer, breast cancer, colorectal cancer and rheumatoid arthritis and their clinical data for future clinical research.
Riding on the strength of the development of Chinese medicine, the Centre consolidates the experts, resources and facilities of the School with the aim of scaling new heights through groundbreaking research into cancer and inflammation in the years to come.
Officiating at the opening ceremony held today were Professor Ng Ching-fai, President and Vice-Chancellor; Professor Liu Liang, Dean of Chinese Medicine; Professor Wendy Hsiao, Associate Dean of Chinese Medicine; and Professor David Fong, Director of the Research and Development Division, School of Chinese Medicine.
Speaking at the event, Professor Ng said that HKBU attaches great importance to research work and upholds the belief that creating knowledge through research is one of the missions of a university. Academic staff who are devoted to research would be role models for students, inspiring them to search for truth and knowledge and to contribute to the community.
Professor Liu said inflammatory and cancerous conditions cover a wide range of human illnesses, with most cases being difficult to treat. By setting up the Centre, the School aims at searching for the cause of these refractory diseases as well as novel therapeutic strategies by combining Chinese Medicine and modern scientific technology.
The Centre was established with funding of about $2 million from HKBU and $1 million from Ms. Delia Chan, an alumna of the School of Chinese Medicine, HKBU.