University presents the “Second Cheung On Tak International Award for Outstanding Contribution to Chinese Medicine” to Professor Han Jisheng, and receives donation from Cheung On Tak Charity Foundation

26 March 2014


The School of Chinese Medicine (SCM) presented the “Second Cheung On Tak International Award for Outstanding Contribution to Chinese Medicine” to Professor Han Jisheng, Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Honorary Director of the Neuroscience Research Institute of Peking University Health Science Center, at an Award Presentation Ceremony-cum-Award Winner’s Lecture today (26 March). The Award was conferred on Professor Han in recognition of his tireless efforts and remarkable achievements in research into the mechanism of acupuncture in pain control over the past 50 years.


Professor Han Jisheng has won funding a number of times from the National Institute of Health (NIH), USA, and the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Ministry of Health of the People’s Republic of China since his engagement in research on the mechanism of acupuncture in pain control in 1965. He designed the “Han’s Acupoint Nerve Stimulator (HANS)”, a device which has been widely used in clinical practice for pain management as well as for the treatment of drug dependence. In recent years, Professor Han has engaged in research on translational medicine by broadening the application of HANS to the treatment of autism and assisted reproductive medicine (including in vitro fertilisation) of which large-scale clinical trials are underway. Well-recognised for his research by scholars in China and overseas, Professor Han has been serving as a scientific consultant to the World Health Organisation and NIH, and has been appointed by the International Organisation for Standardisation to lead the drafting of the international standards for the electro-acupuncture stimulator.


The Award Presentation Ceremony was officiated by Mr. Cheung On-tak, Founder of Cheung On Tak Charity Foundation; Mr. Cheng Yan-kee, Chairman of the Council and the Court; HKBU, and Professor Albert Chan, President and Vice-Chancellor. In addition, a Cheque Presentation Ceremony was also held to express the University’s gratitude to Mr. Cheung On-tak who has earlier donated a precious collection of paintings, antiques and craftworks to the University for charity auction. More than HK$10 million was generated from the auction and was used for the Cheung On Tak International Award for Outstanding Contribution to Chinese Medicine.


In his welcoming remarks, Professor Albert Chan extended his warmest congratulations to Professor Han Jisheng for having won the award in recognition of his outstanding research achievements. Professor Chan said that having excelled in the areas of education, research, healthcare services and the promotion of Chinese medicine over 10 years, SCM came up with an idea of establishing an award to honour the experts and scholars with outstanding achievements in and contributions to Chinese medicine. The idea was realised with the generous support of the Cheung On Tak Charity Foundation and the Award was set up in 2011. The University thanked Mr. Cheung for his additional donation this year which brings the total amount he has donated to the University in support of the award to more than HK$16 million.  


Following the ceremony, Professor Han delivered the Award Winner’s Lecture entitled “Translational Medicine of Acupuncture Research” to share with the audience his wealth of research experience accumulated over nearly five decades. 


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(From left) Professor Albert Chan, Mr. Cheng Yan-kee, Professor Han Jisheng, Mr. Cheung On-tak, Professor Chen Kaixian, Chairman of Panel of Adjudicators of the Second Cheung On Tak International Award for Outstanding Contribution to Chinese Medicine, and Professor Lu Aiping, Dean of the School of Chinese Medicine

Mr. Cheng Yan-kee (second from left), Professor Albert Chan (left) and Professor Lu Aiping (right) receive the cheque on behalf of HKBU from Mr. Cheung On-tak