31 Jul 2008 (Thursday)

Biology undergraduate student wins international award for research on Parkinson's disease
生物系同學獲日本神經科學學會嘉許   成為本港唯一得獎本科生


Cathy Lui (right) and Professor Ken Yung share their insights into neuroscience with international scholars in Japan
雷雅萍同學(右)和翁建霖教授到日本與海外學者就神經科學進行交流

Biology student Cathy Lui (Year 3) has won a travel award to attend the 31st Annual Meeting of the Japan Neuroscience Society in Tokyo. Cathy won the award for her outstanding honours project on therapeutic strategies to treat Parkinson’s disease. She was the only undergraduate from Hong Kong to win this award. Most of the other awardees were postgraduates from different parts of the world. Among them were three MPhil students and a post-doctoral research fellow from HKBU. They are Olivia Ng, Chu Man-tak, Hung Wing-yee and Tyler Leung.

 

Parkinson’s disease is caused by the progressive loss of dopaminergic neurons in the human brain. Cathy’s project investigated the role of a molecule called Nestin, which exists in children’s brains, in protecting and restoring dopaminergic neurons. Cathy’s research findings showed that Nestin tends to play a positive role in protecting and restoring dopaminergic neurons, thereby enabling treatment of Parkinson’s disease in its early stages.

 

Cathy has just become an MPhil student and will continue her studies of Parkinson’s disease. “I love my research work very much,” says Cathy. “My goal is that by becoming a proactive researcher I can make contributions to medical science. The great freedom I enjoy at HKBU encourages me to bring creativity to my research. I would also like to thank my supervisor, Professor Ken Yung, for his encouragement and inspiration,” said Cathy.



生物系三年級雷雅萍同學最近憑著探討柏金遜症診治方法的畢業論文獲日本神經科學學會頒發獎項,成為本港唯一獲得此獎項的大學本科生,前往日本東京參加第31回日本神經科學大會,其他得獎者均多為來自世界各地的研究生,包括四名浸大研究博士生吳芷樺、朱文徳、孔穎怡和梁卓雄。

 

柏金遜症與人體腦部神經細胞逐漸衰退息息相關,雷同學的畢業論文探討一種名為Nestin的蛋白質在保護和修復腦部神經的角色,Nestin只活躍於兒童的腦部,並隨著人長大漸漸消失。雷同學的研究結果表示,Nestin可保護和修復腦部神經,相信對診治早期柏金遜症有正面作用。

 

雷同學剛開始在浸大修讀碩士課程,並繼續進行有關柏金遜症的研究工作,特別是研究如何延長Nestin在人體的活躍時間,期望研究對將來診治柏金遜症可帶來啟示。雷同學說:「我非常熱愛研究工作,目標是透過研究為醫學帶來一點貢獻。浸大給我很大的自由從事喜愛的研究,讓我從中發揮創意。我特別感謝翁建霖教授對我的鼓勵和啟發!」
 

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