16 January 2017

CUHK Prof. Joseph JY Sung and his team received
The State Natural Science Award second-class award



The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) has received six awards in the 2016 State Science and Technology Awards ceremony, making it the local tertiary institution which received the highest number of awards.  The research team formed by Prof. Joseph JY Sung, Vice-Chancellor and President of CUHK and Mok Hing Yiu Professor of Medicine, Prof. Jun Yu, Professor of the Department of Medicine and Therapeutics, Prof. Francis KL Chan, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Dr. William KK Wu, Assistant Professor of the Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care and the Institute of Digestive Diseases, and Prof. Simon SM Ng, Professor of the Department of Surgery, was honoured with the State Natural Science Award (SNSA) second-class award for the project entitled ‘Integrative Research on Molecular Pathogenesis, Diagnostic Biomarkers and Prevention for Colorectal Cancer’. 

Colorectal cancer (CRC) is one of the most common malignancies. The research team led by Prof. Joseph JY Sung has been investigating the epidemiology, screening, molecular pathogenesis and biomarkers of CRC for 15 years. The team has achieved several breakthroughs, including leading an Asia-Pacific working group to study the epidemiology and risk factors of CRC and formulating a guideline on CRC screening; unveiling the mutational landscape of CRC in the Chinese population and discovering new fusion genes and high-frequency mutated genes; identifying novel epigenetic alterations and signaling pathway dysregulation in CRC; and identifying novel biomarkers for non-invasive diagnosis of CRC. 

The State Science and Technology Awards 

The State Science and Technology Awards, administered by the State Council of the People's Republic of China, are highly prestigious in the national science and technology sector. They aim to recognise outstanding contributions to scientific and technological progress by citizens and organisations, commend the enthusiasm and creativity of scientists and technologists, accelerate the development of scientific and technological undertakings.

The winning team of SNSA 2-class award (from right): Prof William KK Wu, Research Assistant Professor of the Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care and the Institute of Digestive Diseases; Prof. Jun Yu, Professor of the Department of Medicine and Therapeutics; Prof. Joseph JY Sung, Vice-Chancellor and President of CUHK and Mok Hing Yiu Professor of Medicine; Prof. Francis KL Chan, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine; and Prof. Simon SM Ng, Professor of the Department of Surgery.
The winning team of SNSA 2-class award (from right): Prof William KK Wu, Research Assistant Professor of the Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care and the Institute of Digestive Diseases; Prof. Jun Yu, Professor of the Department of Medicine and Therapeutics; Prof. Joseph JY Sung, Vice-Chancellor and President of CUHK and Mok Hing Yiu Professor of Medicine; Prof. Francis KL Chan, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine; and Prof. Simon SM Ng, Professor of the Department of Surgery.

 The research team on ‘Integrative Research on Molecular Pathogenesis, Diagnostic Biomarkers and Prevention for Colorectal Cancer’
The research team on ‘Integrative Research on Molecular Pathogenesis, Diagnostic Biomarkers and Prevention for Colorectal Cancer’

The research team led by Prof. Joseph JY Sung has been investigating the epidemiology, screening, molecular pathogenesis and biomarkers of Colorectal cancer for 15 years.
The research team led by Prof. Joseph JY Sung has been investigating the epidemiology, screening, molecular pathogenesis and biomarkers of Colorectal cancer for 15 years.

The research team introduces the ‘Integrative Research on Molecular Pathogenesis, Diagnostic Biomarkers and Prevention for Colorectal Cancer’.
The research team introduces the ‘Integrative Research on Molecular Pathogenesis, Diagnostic Biomarkers and Prevention for Colorectal Cancer’.