School of Chinese Medicine receives donation to launch wearable acupoint diagnostic and treatment device project
29 Jan 2016
The School of Chinese Medicine (SCM) recently received a donation of HK$500,000 from Ms Flora Chan, Executive Director, New World Strategic Investment Limited as a start-up fund for a wearable acupoint diagnostic and treatment device. In recognition of Ms Chan’s generosity to the University, a cheque presentation ceremony was held today (29 January) with Ms Chan and Professor Lu Aiping, Dean of the School of Chinese Medicine, as the officiating guests.
Dr Zhang Shiping, Associate Professor of the Teaching and Research Division of SCM, who is the principal investigator of the project, said that more than half the world’s population will have suffered from knee pain in their lifetime. The main cause of chronic knee pain is knee osteoarthritis, which results from knee degenerative disease. Apart from joint replacement surgery, the existing medical treatments for knee degenerative disease are not very satisfactory.
Dr Zhang therefore plans to design and develop a wearable acupoint diagnostic and treatment device to address knee pain. Applying the principles of acupuncture and combining it with new technologies such as wireless internet and artificial intelligence, the device can be easily worn by patients to perform treatment on their own, and both the healthcare providers and patients can monitor the condition of the affected knee and assess treatment progress.