Dr. LUI Che-woo: Grooming clinician-scientists for the betterment of mankind
Growing Demand for Clinician-scientists
Medical research is of paramount importance in the face of an aging population, emerging infectious diseases and many other new public health threats. The development of medical-related innovation and research is expanding rapidly in Hong Kong and the demand for clinician-scientists is growing. Training of research talent requires abundant resources and time. Over the years, the Faculty of Medicine at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) has been committed to nurturing clinician-scientists, who play a crucial role in developing treatment and preventive measures for a variety of diseases. CUHK launched the Global Physician-Leadership Stream (GPS) in 2013 to groom undergraduate students and the CU Medicine 2035 programme in 2014 to recruit teaching and research professionals in medical research.
CUHK Receives USD2 Million from Dr. LUI Che-woo
A donation ceremony was held on 12 May 2016 to mark the launch of the award scheme. Officiating at the ceremony were Dr. LUI Che-woo, Mrs. LUI, Prof. Joseph SUNG, Vice-Chancellor and President of CUHK and Prof. Francis CHAN, Dean of Faculty of Medicine, CUHK.
In his opening address, Prof. Joseph SUNG stated, "The development of health science and medical technology is growing by leaps and bounds, and the healthcare sector is facing unprecedented challenges. There is a great sense of urgency to reform medical education and advance medical and scientific research. We hope that medical students with a strong passion for and potential in research can be given the opportunity to study abroad through the award scheme, so that they will return to the University to develop a career in teaching or research at the Faculty of Medicine, contributing to the Hong Kong community."
|I hope the scholarship will encourage and support talented medical students to fully realize their potential and bring innovative and diverse perspectives to future medical development.|
|Dr. LUI Che-woo, Founder and Chairman of K. Wah Group|
Dr. LUI Che-woo said, "The Lui Che Woo Distinguished Young Scholars Award aims to make a sustainable and positive impact on society rather than to emphasise an individual’s achievement. I hope the scholarship will encourage and support talented medical students to fully realize their potential and bring innovative and diverse perspectives to future medical development. Upon completion of their studies, they will come back to serve our community with new insights."
Prof. Francis CHAN said, "Training a clinician-scientist requires abundant resources and time and fortunately we are not alone on our way to reach the goal. Thanks to the generosity of Dr. LUI, our Faculty is able to give financial support each year to outstanding MBChB students to advance his or her knowledge, build a connection, gain international exposure and make contributions to society when he or she returns home. Cultivation of a clinician-scientist requires six years of undergraduate study of medicine, plus four years of advanced study in a research profession, so, in all, at least ten years. The establishment of the Lui Che Woo Distinguished Young Scholars Award is indeed a manifestation of the old saying "it takes ten years to grow a tree."
|Thanks to the generosity of Dr. LUI, our Faculty is able to give financial support each year to outstanding MBChB students to advance his or her knowledge, build a connection, gain international exposure and make contributions to society when he or she returns home.|
|Prof. Francis CHAN, Dean of Faculty of Medicine, CUHK|
Dr. LUI is a long-standing supporter of medical education and innovative research technology. The establishment of the award scheme will provide a platform for a new generation of medical scientists to contribute to healthcare services, education and medical research in Hong Kong.