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SCM hosts distinguished lecture to explore the relationship between autophagy and cancer therapy

28 Jul 2016

Speakers and officiating guests gather at the distinguished lecture
Speakers and officiating guests gather at the distinguished lecture

The School of Chinese Medicine (SCM) organised a distinguished lecture in collaboration with the Institute of Creativity yesterday (27 July). At the lecture, five scientists from the US, the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong spoke about the relationship between autophagy and cancer therapy, including the role of autophagy in cancer and targeting autophagy for the development of anticancer drugs. Sponsored by the Hung Hin Shiu Charitable Foundation, the lecture was attended by faculty members, researchers and students from SCM, the Faculty of Science as well as other local institutions.

Autophagy is a metabolic stress response and a mechanism of natural cellular degradation. Although the role of autophagy in cancer is complex and not yet fully understood, it is believed that autophagy is a crucial process for the adaptation of cancer cells to environments with different levels of nutrient availability. Understanding autophagy in cancer could lead to new strategies for controlling cancer.

Guest lecturer Professor Jiang Xuejun from the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and the Weill Medical College of Cornell University, USA gave a talk on “To Be or Not to Be, A Dilemma of Cellular Metabolism and Autophagy” while Professor Xu Hongxi from the School of Pharmacy, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine spoke on the “Identification and Mechanism Study of Novel Anti-Cancer Components from Garcinia Species”. Professor Yu Jun from the Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong introduced “Genome and Epigenome Research in GI Cancer” and Dr Yue Jianbo from the Department of Biomedical Sciences, City University of Hong Kong elucidated the “Application of Autophagy Inhibitors to Treat Cancer and Viral Infection”, while Dr Kwan Hiu-yee from SCM, HKBU delivered a talk entitled “The Fuel for the Growth of Cancer Cells”.