SCM research student receives Webster Jee Travel Award from Chinese Medical Association

6 November 2014


Mr Liang Chao, PhD student of the School of Chinese Medicine (SCM) was recently selected as the Webster Jee Travel Awardee at the 7th International Conference on Osteoporosis and Bone Research organised by the Chinese Medical Association (CMA) in Xiamen, China. He was invited to present his outstanding research paper entitled “Aptamer-Functionalised Lipid Nanoparticles (LNPs) Targeting Osteoblasts as a Novel RNA Interference-Based Bone Anabolic Strategy” at the meeting. 


The paper introduced an aptamer-functionalised lipid nanoparticles (LNPs) delivery system which could achieve accumulation of osteogenic siRNAs in osteoblasts and promote bone formation in animal models with established osteoporosis. This study facilitates cellular level delivery of osteogenic siRNAs and clinical translation of RNA interference strategy in skeletal metabolic disease with impaired bone formation. 


Mr Liang was honoured to be selected as the recipient of the Webster Jee Travel Award. He thanked his two supervisors Professor Lu Aiping, Dean of the School of Chinese Medicine, and Dr Zhang Ge, Associate Director of the Teaching and Research Division, for the guidance and encouragement they provided during his studies at the Institute for Advancing Translational Medicine in Bone and Joint Diseases of SCM. He said he hopes to achieve more interesting findings in the translational medicine field.


The International Conference on Osteoporosis and Bone Research was co-organised by three globally influential societies, namely the Chinese Society of Osteoporosis and Bone Mineral Research of CMA, the International Bone and Mineral Society and the International Chinese Musculoskeletal Research Society. Many renowned professors and researchers were invited to share their most up-to-date findings and experience in the field of osteoporosis and bone mineral research.


Mr Liang Chao wins the Webster Jee Travel Award for his outstanding paper