1992 …2022

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Chinese Name

翁建霖

Biography

Professor Ken K.L. YUNG received his DPhil from the University of Oxford, UK in Neuroscience. He then joined the Hong Kong Baptist University and started his lab. His current research mainly focusses on the causes and treatments of neurodegenerative diseases. His lab has developed a nanomaterial-based technology for harvesting autologous neural stem cells from the brain of living subjects. This unique patented technology forms an important basis for personalized neural stem cell replacement therapy for patients with neurodegenerative diseases. Currently, his research team has also pioneered in nanomaterial-based cell differentiation device that can minimize the risk of tumorigenesis for stem cell therapy. These technologies have won several international innovation awards and gained over 15 patents in China, the United States, Europe, and Hong Kong.

Professor Yung has proactively engaged with the broader international scientific community and with community affairs. He was a member of the International Brain Research Organization and sat on the expert panel of China’s Ministry of Science and Technology. He is past President of the Hong Kong Movement Disorder Society and advisor for Hong Kong Parkinson’s Disease Foundation.

Research Interests

Stem cell therapy on neurodegeneration diseases

Neurobiology and neuropharmacology

Environmental neuroscience

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

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