Li Shu Fan Medical Foundation Professorship in Clinical Oncology
The Li Shu Fan Medical Foundation established two Li Shu Fan Medical Foundation Professorships in Clinical Oncology in 2013 and 2014 in support of academic research in clinical oncology.
During his inaugural lecture on 11 March 2014, Prof. Tony S.K. MOK as Li Shu Fan Medical Foundation Professor of Clinical Oncology at CUHK declared war against lung cancer.
Fighting cancer is like fighting a war, he said. Unfortunately we have been losing the battle against lung cancer for many years. Global casualties from lung cancer amounted to 1 million in 2011. Only in recent years with the development of molecular targeted therapy have we begun to gain some ground in this fight.
In his lecture, Prof. Tony MOK expounded on the mechanism of molecular targeted therapy, which can be used to target tumours by understanding the molecular profile of each individual lung cancer cell. In future, Prof. MOK hopes to optimise treatment for patients with known driver oncogene through sophisticated detection using a strategy of combination therapy and combating resistance.
Prof. MOK also urged doctors, patients, families, advocates, researchers, pharmaceutical companies and governments to join hands and develop novel strategies in research and care delivery. He believed that only with such an effort will we eventually be the victors in this war against lung cancer.
Snapshot from the fascinating lecture
(From left) Prof. Francis CHAN, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, CUHK; Dr. KO Wing-man, Secretary for Food and Health, HKSAR; Prof. Tony MOK, Li Shu Fan Professor of Clinical Oncology, CUHK; Dr. Walton LI, Chairman, Board of Governors, Li Shu Fan Medical Foundation; and Prof. Joseph SUNG, Vice-Chancellor and President, CUHK.
In future, Prof. MOK hopes to optimise treatment for patients with known driver oncogene through sophisticated detection using a strategy of combination therapy and combating resistance.
Prof. Tony S.K. MOK was trained at the University of Alberta and subsequently completed a fellowship in medical oncology at the Princess Margaret Hospital in Canada. He returned to Hong Kong in 1996 to pursue an academic career. He is now a Professor in the Department of Clinical Oncology at CUHK.
His main research interest focuses on biomarker and molecular targeted therapy in lung cancer. He is a co-founder of the Lung Cancer Research Group and has led a number of important multinational clinical trials including the IRESSA Pan-Asia Study (IPASS), a landmark study that established the role of first-line gefitinib in patients with EGFR mutation.
Prof. MOK has contributed to over 180 articles in international peer review journals, including The New England Journal of Medicine, Science, Lancet and Journal of Clinical Oncology, and contributed to multiple editorials and textbooks. He is an Associate Editor of Journal of Clinical Oncology and Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology. He has also authored six books in Chinese and hosted three television series in Hong Kong.
About Li Shu Fan Medical Foundation Professorship in Clinical Oncology
The Li Shu Fan Medical Foundation established two Li Shu Fan Medical Foundation Professorships in Clinical Oncology at the CUHK Faculty of Medicine in February 2013 and February 2014 in support of academic research in clinical oncology and in memory of the late Dr. LI Shu Fan. Each professorship lasts for a period of ten years. The incumbents of the Professorship are Prof. Anthony CHAN Tak-cheung and Prof. Tony MOK from the Department of Clinical Oncology at CUHK.
Prof. Joseph SUNG (left) presents a certificate of appreciation to Dr. Walton LI.
A group photo of CUHK members and representatives of Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital.