HKBU receives HK$20 million to support research development of Centre for Cancer and Inflammation Research

10 November 2010


Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) recently received a generous donation of HK$20 million from the Wu Jie Yee Charitable Foundation Limited for the research development of the Centre for Cancer and Inflammation Research of the School of Chinese Medicine.

In recognition of the Foundation’s support, the Centre has been named the “Shum Yiu Foon Shum Bik Chuen Memorial Centre for Cancer and Inflammation Research” in memory of Ms. Shum Yiu Foon and Ms. Shum Bik Chuen, sisters who worked as helpers of the Wu family.

A naming ceremony was held today (9 November) on the HKBU campus. Officiating guests were Dr. Patrick Wu and Dr. Philip Wu, Directors of Wu Jie Yee Charitable Foundation Limited; Mr. Wilfred Wong, Chairman of the Council and the Court of HKBU; Professor Albert Chan, President and Vice-Chancellor of HKBU; and Professor Liu Liang, Dean of the School of Chinese Medicine of HKBU.

Ms. Shum Yiu Foon and Ms. Shum Bik Chuen were dedicated helpers of the Wu family. The two sisters were devoted to serving the Wu family, bringing up the children and helping with household chores with such love and dedication that they came to be regarded as family members and are constantly remembered by the Wu family. Unfortunately, they both passed away after suffering from cancer.

At the ceremony, Dr. Patrick Wu said: “It is important to search for the causes of cancer and inflammation and to explore novel therapeutic strategies. We hope that the donation will enable the Centre to scale new heights in its research, based on the School of Chinese Medicine’s excellent research output, advanced research facilities and professional team of researchers and teachers.”

In his speech, President Albert Chan said: “The Centre’s research work is closely related to public health and is also one of the key research areas to be strengthened by the University. Riding on the rapid development of Chinese medicine, I hope that the Centre will further advance through groundbreaking research into cancer and inflammation in the years to come.”

Professor Liu Liang, Dean of the School of Chinese Medicine and Director of the Centre, said: “The Centre’s research output is not merely significant for the Chinese medicine profession but will also provide insights into pathology and treatment in Western medicine.”

Established in 2009, the Centre concentrates 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 Centre has an excellent team of researchers in Chinese medicine from Hong Kong, Mainland China as well as other countries. The work of the Centre is supported by a wide range of advanced research facilities.

The Centre is honoured to have renowned scholars serving as academic advisors and thus offers a platform for international collaboration on anti-cancer and anti-inflammation research. They are Professor Tommy Cheng, Henry Bronson Professor of Pharmacology, Department of Pharmacology of Yale University School of Medicine in the US and Academician of Academia Sinica in Taiwan; Professor Ze’ev A. Ronai, Associate Director of NCI-Designated Cancer Center of Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute in the US; Professor So Kwok-fai, Chair Professor and Head of the Department of Anatomy of The University of Hong Kong and Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences; Professor Sun Handong, Researcher and Former Director of Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences and Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences; Professor Kenneth Wu, President of National Health Research Institutes of Taiwan and Academician of Academia Sinica of Taiwan; Professor Yao Xinsheng, Honorary President of the College of Pharmacy of Jinan University in China and Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering.

Wu Jie Yee Charitable Foundation Limited was founded in 1982 by Dr. Wu Jie Yee, the former Chairman of the Board of Directors of Wing Lung Bank. The Foundation aims to serve the community by helping the needy and supporting education. Over the years, the Foundation has spared no effort in promoting the quality of teaching and research as well as improving the quality of medical services in Hong Kong and in Mainland China.