School of Biomedical Sciences
The Chinese University of Hong Kong 香港中文大學

Led by members of the School of Biomedical Sciences, three research proposals have been selected for the Research Grants Council (RGC) Collaborative Research Fund (CRF) 2023-24.

Prof. Stephen K.W. Tsui, Professor and Associate Director (Research) of our School, was awarded the Collaborative Research Equipment Grant (CREG) with a total of HK$7.3 million for the project named "A Long-read and high throughput DNA sequencing platform for studying genomic landscapes and metagenomics involvement in human diseases". In addition, Prof. So Hon-cheong and Prof. Tian Xiaoyu, both Associate Professors of our school received the Young Collaborative Research Grant (YCRG). Prof. So was awarded a total of HK$4.67 million for the project entitled “Uncovering the Whole Spectrum of Genetic Variations Underlying Schizophrenia and its Prognosis: A Whole-genome Sequencing (WGS) Study and Prediction Modeling with Machine Learning Approaches”. Prof. Tian received a total of HK$3.66 million. The grant will support her research proposal entitled "Intercepting the Mitochondrial-to-Nuclear Communication for Treatment of Vascular Inflammation and Atherosclerosis".

The Collaborative Research Fund (CRF) supports multi-investigator and multidisciplinary research groups in the University Grants Committee (UGC)-funded universities. It encourages more research groups to engage in creative, high-quality, cross-disciplinary projects. We would like to extend our warmest congratulations to Prof. So, Prof. Tian and Prof. Tsui for their remarkable achievement in securing the CRF. This recognition reflects their unwavering dedication and commitment to research.

The related coverage by the Communications and Public Relations Office, CUHK can be viewed HERE.

(From left) Prof. So Hon-cheong, Prof. Tian Xiaoyu and Prof. Stephen K.W. Tsui