PolyU-led research projects secure HK$27.8m funding to enhance the community's well-being
The funded health-related research projects include the followings:
1. Development of a colistin/adjuvant antimicrobial regimen that exhibits low toxicity and high efficacy in combating multidrug-resistant bacterial pathogens (led by Professor CHEN Sheng, Professor of Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology, PolyU; and funding amount at HK$ 6 million)
2. Early Detection of progressive adolescent idiopathic scoliosis and optimization for non-surgical treatments using novel 3D ultrasound imaging (led by Professor ZHENG Yongping, Head, Department of Biomedical Engineering and Henry G. Leong Professor in Biomedical Engineering, PolyU; and funding amount at HK$ 8.4 million)
3. Tackling grand challenges in food safety: a big data and IoT enabled approach (led by Professor CAO Jiannong, Chair Professor of Distributed and Mobile Computing, Department of Computing, PolyU; and funding amount at HK$ 5.4 million)
4. Effective of bright light therapy, myopic defocus, atropine and the combinations for controlling myopic eye growth in schoolchildren:
Details of the research projects are listed in the Appendix.
"Committed to conducting impactful research for the benefit of the community, PolyU has made healthcare and medical-related research one of our foci of research. From drug development, AI-powered medical images, predictive analytics and diagnosis, to surgical robotic systems and preventive medical intervention, we are leveraging our cross-disciplinary strength to come up with solutions to help prevent and treat illnesses as well as to enhance the health and well-being of the community," said Ir Professor Alex Wai, Vice President (Research Development)
The 10 PolyU projects funded by RIF received a total of HK$65 million, representing one-third in terms of both funding and number of projects of the RIF in 2018/19. Other than the health-related projects, the other projects are related to the development of smart city, transportation and marine reclamation.
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