Medical Research Conference

You are cordially invited to attend the 27th Medical Research Conference. This annual research conference aims at fostering intra-department, inter-department/school and inter-university collaborations in research.

In view of the emergence of the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus in the community, the conference will be held in virtual format.

Organising Committee

Prof Wai Kay Seto

Dr Michael Cheung
Dr Joanne Chiu
Dr Harry Gill
Dr Gary Lau
Dr Paul Lee 
Dr Philip Li
Dr Judith Mak
Dr Desmond Yap
Dr Pauline Yeung


Please click here for registration.

Deadline for Registration: January 12, 2022 (Wednesday)

Conference Information


Date: January 15, 2022 (Saturday)

Time: 09:00 – 18:00

Venue: Virtual Conference

Topics: Basic science, translational and clinical research 

Organiser: Department of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong, Queen Mary Hospital, Hong Kong 

Language: The official language of the Conference is English. There will be no simultaneous translation. 

Continuing Professional Education (CPE) accreditations: Points will be awarded by the Hong Kong College of Physicians and non-specialists (HKMA, HKDU, HKAM & DH). The completed sheets will be returned to each awarding institution at the completion of the Conference.

For enquiries, please contact the Conference Secretariat:
Medical Research Conference Secretariat
Department of Medicine
Room 405, Professorial Block
Queen Mary Hospital
Pok Fu Lam
Hong Kong

Tel: (+852) 2255-6709
Fax: (+852) 2855-1143

Whilst every attempt has been made to ensure that all aspects of the conference announced will take place as scheduled, the Organising Committee reserves the right to make changes at any time should the need arise. 



09:00 - 09:05
Opening Remarks by Prof Chak-Sing Lau, Head, Department of Medicine
09:05 - 09:10
Speech by Prof Wai-Kay Seto, Chairman of 27th MRC
09:10 – 09:35

Technology transfer at The University of Hong Kong

Chairman: Prof Wai-Kay Seto

Dr Katherine Gan, Senior Manager, Business Development, Technology Transfer Office, HKU
09:35 – 10:25

Chairmen: Prof Aimin Xu and Prof Man-Fung Yuen

1. Activation of the gp130 receptor: a panacea for the treatment of metabolic diseases? - Prof Mark Febbraio, NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow & Investigator, Head, Cellular & Molecular Metabolism Laboratory, Drug Discovery Biology, Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Monash University

2. Nucleic acid aptamers as versatile diagnostic tools - Prof Julian Tanner, Professor, School of Biomedical Sciences, Assistant Dean (Biomedical Sciences Curriculum), Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, Associate Director (Teaching and Learning), School of Biomedical Sciences, HKU


10:25 – 10:45
Break Time
10:45 – 12:00

Chairmen: Prof Wai-Keung Leung and Prof David Siu

1. Developing innovations in AI in gastrointestinal endoscopy  - Dr Yuichi Mori, Associate Professor, Digestive Disease Centre, Showa University Northern Yokohama Hospital

2. Biomaterials used in medicine and their translational pathway - Prof Kelvin Yeung, Professor, Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, HKU

3. Development of a novel LAA Occluder for stroke prevention in AFDr Yat-Yin Lam, Consultant Cardiologist, Hong Kong Asia Heart Centre, Canossa 

12:00 – 13:30
Poster Session (12:30 - 13:30)
Clinical Research
Basic Science & Translational Research
Dr Michael Cheung 
Dr Pauline Yeung

Poster Session - Clinical Research

Dr Vera Chan
Dr Susan Yung

Poster Session - Basic Science and Translational Research

13:30 – 14:30


(13:30 – 13:50)

Chairman: Prof Chak-Sing Lau

1. Translating scientific discoveries into clinical impact - Prof Dennis Lo, Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Medicine, Director of the Li Ka Shing Institute of Health Sciences, Li Ka Shing Professor of Medicine, Professor of Chemical Pathology, Director of State Key Laboratory of Translational Oncology, CUHK

(13:50 – 14:10)

Chairman: Prof Anskar Leung

1. The two swallowsProf Tak-Wah Mak, Professor, Department of Pathology, HKU; Director of the Campbell Family Institute for Breast Cancer Research, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre; Professor, Departments of Medical Biophysics and Immunology, Senior Scientist in the Division of Stem Cell and Developmental Biology at the Advanced Medical Discovery Institute, University of Toronto

(14:10 – 14:30) 3. Round-table discussion
14:30 – 14:40
Break Time
14:40 – 15:30

Oral Session

Chairmen: Prof Ivan Hung and Prof Kathryn Tan

Basic Science & Translational Research

1. The potential effects of Mirabegron on extended potential stem cell (EPSC)-derived beige adipocytes--as a new therapeutic drug for metabolic disease – Ms Ying Cheng, PhD student, Department of Medicine, HKU
2. Shift of the core gut virome after Helicobacter pylori eradication therapy – Ms Lingling Wang, PhD student, Department of Medicine, HKU

Clinical Research

1. Short–course oral vitamin A and aerosolisation diffuser olfactory training as combination treatment for olfactory dysfunction in long COVID patients: an open–label, randomised controlled trial – Dr Wai-Hin Chung, Resident, Queen Mary Hospital
2. Biomarker-based risk prediction of heart failure and death in double valve surgery – Ms Yi-Kei Stephanie Tse, MBBS/MRes[Med] student, HKUMed


15:30 – 16:20

Chairmen: Prof Raymond Cheung and Prof Sydney Tang

1. Sodium Management software for fluid control on new HD machines - Dr Pascal Kopperschmidt, Director Therapy Architect, Fresenius Medical Care

2. Approaches to implementing acute stroke research findings to achieve population benefit - Prof Gary Ford, Chief Executive Officer, Oxford Academic Health Science Network; Consultant Physician, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; Professor of Stroke Medicine, University of Oxford
16:20 – 16:30
Break Time
16:30 – 17:45

Chairmen: Prof Eric Tse and Dr Thomas Yau

1. Innovations in cellular therapies - Prof William Hwang, Medical Director and Senior Consultant, National Cancer Centre Singapore

2. Management of SID patients with CLL and MM - Prof Hartmut Link, Private Practice Haematology and Medical Oncology, Kaiserslautern

3. Development of oral arsenic trioxide – the past, the present and the future - Prof Cyrus Kumana, Emeritus Professor, Department of Medicine, HKU

17:45 – 17:50
Closing Remarks by Prof Wai-Kay Seto, Chairman of 27th MRC

Poster Presentation

Poster Presentation List

Clinical Research

Ab No Specialty / Division Author Abstract Title Presentation File
05 Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology Dr Chan Chiu Wai Shirley Epidemiology, mortality and effectiveness of prophylaxis for Pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia among rheumatic patients: a territory-wide study  pdf
11 Endocrinology and Metabolism Dr Lui David Tak-Wai A prospective study of the impact of glycaemic status on clinical outcomes and anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibody responses among patients with predominantly non-severe COVID-19  pdf
36 Dermatology Dr Chan Wai Man Mandy Genome-wide association study of atopic dermatitis in Hong Kong  pdf
41 Respiratory Medicine and Critical Care Medicine Dr Kwok Wang Chun Development of a prediction model on disease recurrence for low-risk resected stage I lung adenocarcinoma with high prevalence of EGFR mutations  pdf
45 Cardiology Mr Li Ron Hang Long Epidemiology and microbiology of infective endocarditis in Hong Kong, 2002 – 2019  pdf
64 Cardiology Mr Leung Ka Lam Calvin Clinical outcomes among patients with acute coronary syndrome and concomitant multivessel disease based on a novel angiography-based index in non-culprit vessels  pdf
76 Cardiology Ms Li Kwan Yu 3-year outcomes in stable coronary artery disease patients with diabetes based on a novel index: computational pressure-flow dynamics derived fractional flow reserve  pdf
83 Geriatrics Dr Ip Chin-Tung Whitney Changes in pattern of elderly abuse during COVID-19 pandemic  pdf
94 Infectious Diseases Dr Zhang Ruiqi Ricky Antibody response of BNT162b2 and CoronaVac platforms in COVID-19 recovered individuals against SARS-CoV-2 wild type and delta variant  pdf
96 Infectious Diseases Ms Liu Danlei Correlation of immunogenicity and reactogenicity of BNT162b2 and CoronaVac SARS-CoV-2 Vaccines  pdf
99 Geriatrics Dr Yuen Jacqueline Impact of careful hand feeding program on feeding tube use in patients with advanced dementia  pdf
32 Neurology Mr Chua Jinghui Bryan LDL-cholesterol and risk of recurrent vascular events in Chinese ischemic stroke patients with and without significant atherosclerosis  pdf


Basic Science & Translational Research and Clinical Research

Ab No Specialty / Division Author Abstract Title Presentation File
02 Nephrology Mr Wong Cheuk Yin Major vault protein contributes to tubulo-interstitial inflammation and fibrosis in a murine model of chronic kidney disease  pdf
27 Neurology Ms Ma Ke Pharmacological inhibition of fatty acid-binding protein 4 is neuro-protective in the acute phase of ischemic stroke  pdf
28 Endocrinology and Metabolism Dr Kesavamoorthy Gandhervin Macrophage glucose transporter-1 mediates obesity-induced non-alcoholic fatty liver disease in mice  pdf
31 Gastroenterology and Hepatology Dr Zhang Saisai Absence of fumaric acid as a fecal biomarker for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease  pdf
37 Endocrinology and Metabolism Dr Xu Lu Deciphering the molecular mechanism of signal transducing adaptor family member (STAP) 1 in the regulation of hepatic lipid metabolism  pdf
38 Endocrinology and Metabolism Ms Wu Xuerui Serum thrombospondin-2 Levels are closely associated with the Severity of metabolic syndrome and metabolic associated fatty liver disease  pdf
55 Endocrinology and Metabolism Dr Wang Baile The mechano-sensitive ion channel Piezo1 controls the cell fate determination of bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells  pdf
59 Neurology Ms Chang Eun Seo (Eunice) Long-term intermittent treatment of brain penetrant LRRK2 inhibitor reduces brain alpha-synuclein oligomers without adverse peripheral effects in LRRK2R1441G mutant mice  pdf
84 Respiratory Medicine and Critical Care Medicine Kwok Hoi Hin Drug-resistant subpopulation in ALK-rearranged lung adenocarcinoma release CCL20 to modulate tumor immune microenvironment  pdf
90 Infectious Diseases Ms Lam Hoi Ying Athene Evaluation of an antigen detection rapid diagnostic test for detection of SARS-CoV-2 in clinical samples  pdf
101 Respiratory Medicine and Critical Care Medicine Ms Yang Jiashuang Establishment of peripheral blood lymphocytes and lung tumor organoids co-culture model  pdf
82 Gastroenterology and Hepatology Dr Cheung Ka Shing Benefit of aspirin on mortality reduction of gastrointestinal cancer prevention versus risk of mortality from major bleeding in subjects after Helicobacter pylori eradication: a territory-wide study  pdf

Professional Accreditation
Your feedback on this conference will assist us to plan for future conferences that meet your needs, educationally and professionally. Please complete the evaluation and CME/ CNE/ CPD application(s) on or before 23 January 2022:

27th MRC Evaluation Form QR Code 


 College / Programme  Group  Category  Points
 The Hong Kong College of Anaesthesiologists  PP  NA  7.5
 Hong Kong College of Community Medicine
 PP  PP  6
 The College of Dental Surgeons of Hong Kong
 PN  PB  7.5
 Hong Kong College of Emergency Medicine
 CME  PP  6 
 The Hong Kong College of Family Physicians
 OEA  5.02   5 
 The Hong Kong College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists  PP  PN  5 
 The College of Ophthalmologists of Hong Kong  CME  PP  7.5
 The Hong Kong College of Orthopaedic Surgeons  PP  B   5 
 The Hong Kong College of Otorhinolaryngologists  OT  5  7.5
 Hong Kong College of Paediatricians   E  PP  6
 The Hong Kong College of Pathologists  CME  PP   7.5
 Hong Kong College of Physicians   PP   PP   7.5
 The Hong Kong College of Psychiatrists  PP  OP  6
 Hong Kong College of Radiologists  B  PP   7.5
 The College of Surgeons of Hong Kong  CME  PP  6 
 MCHK CME Programme
 CME  Passive  5

Past Conferences

Past Dates
27th MRC - January 15, 2022 (Saturday) - ProgramPoster Presentation ListAbstract Book
26th MRC - January 16, 2021 (Saturday) - ProgramPoster Presentation ListPresentation GuidelinesAbstract Book, Photos
25th MRC - January 18, 2020 (Saturday) - ProgramPoster Presentation ListPresentation GuidelinesAbstract Book, Photos
24th MRC - January 19, 2019 (Saturday) - ProgramPoster Presentation ListPresentation GuidelinesAbstract Book, Photos
23rd MRC - January 20, 2018 (Saturday) - ProgramPoster Presentation ListPresentation GuidelinesAbstract Book, Photos
22nd MRC - January 14, 2017 (Saturday) - ProgramPoster Presentation ListPresentation GuidelinesAbstract Book, Photos
21st MRC - January 16, 2016 (Saturday) - ProgramPoster Presentation ListPresentation Guidelines, Abstract Book
20th MRC - January 17, 2015 (Saturday) - ProgramPoster Presentation ListPresentation Guideline
19th MRC - January 18, 2014 (Saturday) - ProgramPoster Presentation ListPresentation Guidelines
18th MRC - January 12, 2013 (Saturday) - ProgramPoster Presentation ListPresentation Guidelines
17th MRC - January 14, 2012 (Saturday) - ProgramPoster Presentation ListPresentation Guidelines