HKBU cohosts first WHO meeting in Hong Kong on flu vaccines
25 Jan 2013
HKBU is cohosting the first World Health Organisation (WHO) integrated meeting on the development and clinical trials of influenza vaccines on campus from 24 to 26 January.
The meeting has brought together over 200 leading experts from around the world to tackle the disease which has global impact. The meeting aims to review the current status of research in the area of new influenza vaccines, focusing on strategies to induce broadly protective and long-lasting immune responses; to discuss recent data from clinical trials of pandemic and seasonal influenza vaccines, and to define a research agenda for the accelerated development of novel influenza vaccines.
In his opening remarks, Professor Albert Chan, President and Vice-Chancellor, said that HKBU was honoured and privileged to cohost the important meeting with WHO. He said the development and successful clinical trials of vaccines that induce broadly protective and long-lasting immune responses against this dangerous and constantly mutating disease in animals and humans could save millions of lives and billions in economic losses.
Professor Dominic Lam, Fung Hon Chu Endowed Chair of Humanics of HKBU’s Institute of Creativity, presented a paper on “Oral application of influenza vaccines.” Currently, an HKBU team composed of members from the School of Chinese Medicine and the Faculty of Science is studying the vaccine, particularly for gastrointestinal disease. The meeting could help promote HKBU’s research in this area.
In addition, an exhibition of paintings by Professor Dominic Lam is also being held at the Dr. and Mrs. Sze Chi Ching Exhibition Gallery.