Event Highlight | Inaugural Lecture of the Croucher Professorship in Medical Science by Professor Siew Ng: A Magical Pursuit (21 March 2023)
Professor Siew Ng from the Department of Medicine and Therapeutics at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)’s Faculty of Medicine (CU Medicine) has been named the Croucher Professor in Medical Sciences, the very first named professorship bestowed in the name of Croucher Foundation. In the inaugural lecture, Professor Ng, a world-renowned clinician-scientist studying the gut microbiome, shared her life journey as a scientist and an entrepreneur, and the highs and lows in her pursuit of her dream as a “microbe hunter”.
This prestigious recognition is another milestone in her remarkable medical and research achievements, which were previously acknowledged with the Senior Medical Research Fellowship from The Croucher Foundation in 2020. At the inaugural ceremony, Professor Ng delivered an inspiring speech about the path she has taken to reach these new heights, and of course, some ups and downs during the journey.
Professor Ng is currently the Assistant Dean (Development) of CU Medicine; Professor, Department of Medicine and Therapeutics; Associate Director of the Centre for Gut Microbiota Research; and Director of the Microbiota I-Center (MagIC). She has published more than 320 peer-reviewed papers in international journals, including The Lancet, Nature Genetics and Cell Host & Microbe. Her research has received numerous awards, including the 2017 Sir David Todd Lectureship and 2020 Ministry of Education Higher Education Outstanding Scientific Research Output Award. She was named a Highly-cited Researcher by Clarivate for three consecutive years, from 2020 to 2022. Recently she received the Higher Flyer Innopreneur Award and the Most Popular Innopreneur Award from the Federation of Hong Kong Industries.
About the Croucher Professorship in Medical Science
The Croucher Foundation was established by the late Noel Croucher in 1979. After a long, successful career in Hong Kong, Mr Croucher took the momentous decision to give away his entire life’s fortune to support science, technology and medicine. By keeping a sharp focus on the promotion of scientific excellence, he expected that Hong Kong would gradually gain recognition as a world-class centre for education and research, to the benefit of the whole community. The Foundation is delighted that through this endowment, Mr Croucher’s inestimable contribution to Hong Kong science can be recognised.
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