I am most pleased and honoured to take up the Directorship of the School of Biomedical Sciences under the Faculty of Medicine, CUHK starting from January 2020.
Through amalgamating the former four pre-clinical Departments of Anatomy, Biochemistry (Medicine), Pharmacology and Physiology, the School of Biomedical Sciences was officially inaugurated on 8 January 2010 under the Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Since its formation, our School has put tremendous efforts and resources in promoting cutting-edge and translational research through interdisciplinary collaboration as well as quality graduate and undergraduate education.
Being the first of its kind in Hong Kong, our School has established three Thematic Research Programs (TRPs), namely:
Members of these three Programs, including those clinical Associate Members, have been supported by our Core Laboratories and Animal Holding Core which provide state-of-the-art equipment and specialized technologies. The different theme-based seminars and the annual School of Biomedical Sciences Research Day are two of the examples showing our ongoing commitment to the pursuit of research excellence.
Similarly, we have placed great importance on the provision of quality teaching and learning environment to our graduate and undergraduate students. With the consolidation of teaching manpower, synergies in graduate and undergraduate teaching have been made possible. The MPhil-PhD in Biomedical Sciences Program admitted its first cohort of students in 2010-11. The establishment of the Division of Education and the annual School of Biomedical Sciences Postgraduate Research Day are yet another two prominent examples showcasing our dedication to the quest of excellence in education. In the academic year 2016-17, our School introduced the new BSc in Biomedical Sciences Programme with a view to nurturing young talents conversant with biomedical sciences knowledge and skills who can engage themselves upon graduation in multiple career paths such as scientific research, health system policy and management, or clinical, pharmaceutical, diagnostics and healthcare related professions. In end 2016, the Advisory Board on Students’ Career and Development was formed in order to enhance the career competitiveness of our undergraduate and postgraduate students, and to maximize their exposure in the related fields of profession before graduation.
To promote stronger academic and scientific collaborations with other universities and research institutes and to further broaden the international outlook of our investigators and students, we have signed Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with a number of prestigious higher education and research institutions in the Mainland and overseas. Our School has also actively taken part in many outgoing and incoming visits to explore possible research and educational collaborations.
CHAN Man Lok, Andrew
Professor and Director
School of Biomedical Sciences
Faculty of Medicine
The Chinese University of Hong Kong