Biology undergraduate student wins international award for research on Parkinson's disease
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.