Naming Ceremony of the Stanley Ho Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases
In recognition of a generous donation of HK$25 million from Dr. Stanley Ho, G.B.S., to support research on infectious diseases, The Chinese University of Hong Kong has named the Centre after Dr. Ho. The Naming Ceremony of the Stanley Ho Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases was held at the Prince of Wales Hospital today. Officiating at the ceremony were Dr. Stanley Ho, G.B.S., Mr. Patrick W. M. Huen, Executive Director and CEO of Seng Heng Bank Limited, Macau, Professor Lawrence J. Lau, Vice-Chancellor of CUHK, Professor Fok Tai-Fai, Dean of Medicine, CUHK and Professor Joseph J. Y. Sung, Director, the Stanley Ho Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases, CUHK.
¡§A memorandum of understanding was signed as early as 2002 between The Chinese University and the medical and health authorities of the Macau SAR to forge closer cooperation. Such links have been further strengthened since 2005 following a generous gesture of the Dr. Stanley Ho Medical Development Foundation to sponsor Macau¡¦s health care professionals to come to CUHK for continuous medical education. Today, thanks to yet another magnificent donation from Dr. Ho, our CEID is in a position to scale new heights in its work against the outbreak and spread of infectious diseases in Hong Kong, Macau and the neighbouring region,¡¨ said Professor Lawrence J. Lau.
¡§We need a healthy environment to nurture a healthy population, and a healthy population is the basis of economic and social prosperity. To enhance public health is not the responsibility of a small group of people, but the joint responsibility of the community. Since the inception of the Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases in late 2003, the Centre, under the leadership of Professor Joseph Sung, has conducted a lot of meaningful research works to fight against infectious diseases. I am indeed highly privileged to have the Centre named after me. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all members of the Centre for their contributions for the benefit of the whole community,¡¨ said Dr. Stanley Ho.
In Hong Kong, amongst various infectious diseases, it has been estimated that up to 60 per 10,000 of the elderly population are hospitalized annually for influenza-associated complications. Researchers at the Stanley Ho Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases have conducted a series of pre-clinical experimental and clinical studies to explain the pathogenesis of influenza infection on human cell and organ damages, and how to manage the disease to reduce the healthcare burden of the society. Some of these results were announced today.
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