HK$230 million donation to advance translational Chinese medicine research

30 Apr 2024

HKBU announced the establishment of the Wu Jieh Yee Institute of Translational Chinese Medicine Research (the Institute), a new entity that is equipped with advanced research infrastructure and provides a platform for high-quality translational Chinese medicine research, with the aim of generating scientific research outcomes that can be applied to society.

The establishment of the Institute is made possible by a generous donation of HK$230 million to HKBU from Wu Jieh Yee Charitable Foundation. The donation will drive the standardisation and internationalisation of Chinese medicine, and further advance the international status of Chinese medicine through the application of cutting-edge technology and digitalisation.

At the opening ceremony of the Institute held on 26 April, Dr Clement Chen, Chairman of the Council and the Court at HKBU, commended the Wu Jieh Yee Charitable Foundation for upholding the noble aspirations of the late Dr Wu Jieh Yee in promoting higher education and improving the quality of medical service. “The newly established Wu Jieh Yee Institute of Translational Chinese Medicine Research, grounded in traditional Chinese medicine, will integrate scientific principles into its theoretical, diagnostic and treatment protocols, and introduce innovative thinking and methodologies to Chinese medicine,” said Dr Chen.

Speaking at the ceremony, Professor Alex Wai, President and Vice-Chancellor, said: “I hope that the Institute can become a modern Chinese medicine development platform in Hong Kong, leveraging cutting-edge equipment, information and intelligent database, diagnosis and prescriptions assisted by artificial intelligence, as well as personalised medical management systems to advance smart Chinese medicine, explore more cooperation opportunities between Guangdong and Hong Kong, and offer more impactful, cutting-edge technologies and applications for the nation and society.”

The officiating guests of the opening ceremony included Wu Jieh Yee Charitable Foundation representatives Dr Philip Wu, Mrs Amy Wu, Mr Jason Wu, Mr Victor Chan, Mrs Monica Yuen, Mrs Tansy Tom, Mr Raymond Chan, and Mr Mason Wu; together with HKBU representatives Dr Clement Chen; Professor Alex Wai; Professor Lyu Aiping, Vice-President (Research and Development) cum Dean of Graduate School and Acting Dean of School of Chinese Medicine; Professor Terence Lau, Interim Chief Innovation Officer and Director of the Wu Jieh Yee Institute of Translational Chinese Medicine Research; and Professor Bian Zhaoxiang, Associate Vice-President (Clinical Chinese Medicine) cum Hospital Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Chinese Medicine Hospital.