Latest research findings on H3N2 influenza virus from HKU

Latest research findings on H3N2 influenza virus from HKU

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About the Research Team

The research was conducted by:

Dr Susan Chiu, Clinical Associate Professor of the Department of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, HKU

Dr Benjamin J Cowling, Associate Professor of the School of Public Health, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, HKU

Prof J. S. Malik Peiris, Tam Wah-Ching Professor in Medical Science and Chair Professor and Director of the School of Public Health, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, HKU

Professor Gabriel M. Leung, Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Control, School of Public Health, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, HKU

Background

Researchers in Hong Kong have a world-class reputation in research on influenza viruses, and a research group based at the University of Hong Kong have recently been awarded $80m from the University Grants Committee for a project entitled "Viral, Host and Environmental Determinants of Influenza Virus Transmission and Pathogenesis" under the coordination of Prof Malik Peiris, Tam Wah-Ching Professor in Medical Science, and Chair Professor and Director of the School of Public Health, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, HKU. Researchers in the School of Public Health HKU are supported by a large commissioned grant from the Health and Medical Research Fund, under the Food and Health Bureau of the HKSAR government.

The School of Public Health, HKU, was recently designated as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Control, the first such centre in HKU. 'After the SARS epidemic in 2003, Government has provided strong support for the development of infectious disease epidemiology research at the University through the Health and Medical Research Fund (incorporating the former Research Fund for the Control of Infectious Diseases). This signal award of Collaborating Centre status by the WHO is the culmination of this partnership between HKU and the Food and Health Bureau for the protection of the public"s health in Hong Kong and across our region', said Professor Gabriel M Leung, Director of WHO Collaborating Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Control, School of Public Health, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, HKU.

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