Areas of Excellence
The Areas of Excellence (AoE) scheme was launched by the University Grants Committee in 1997 to provide a platform to nurture areas of international excellence through high-quality research and inter-institutional collaboration. It was later transferred to the Research Grants Council in February 2012. Of the 18 AoE projects awarded to date, HKU has coordinated 8 and has participated in a further 6 coordinated by other local institutions.
The overarching goal is to enhance public and animal health by developing a multi-disciplinary influenza research programme of international excellence through the integration of basic, clinical, and epidemiological research spanning the animal-human interface.
Project Coordinator: Professor J.S.M. Peiris, School of Public Health (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) is a cancer of particular relevance to Hong Kong because of its high incidence among Southern Chinese and its rarity elsewhere in the world. This AoE team seeks to better understand the molecular and genetic mechanisms of this cancer to enable early diagnosis and new improved treatment options; and aims to study its epidemiology in order to identify preventable risk factors.
Project Coordinator: Professor M.L. Lung, Department of Clinical Oncology (email@example.com)
The AoE aims to bring together inter-institutional efforts from the area of synthetic, polymer, material and physical chemistry, and interdisciplinary expertise through national/international collaboration in physics and device engineering towards developing an international eminent research centre in the area of molecular functional materials towards addressing energy-related issues.
Project Coordinator: Professor V.W.W. Yam, Department of Chemistry (firstname.lastname@example.org)
This AoE aims to develop next generation multi-scale electronic design automation (EDA) tools that combine the atomistic simulation of individual devices, the coarse-grained modeling of integrated circuitries and simulation of electric signals propagation and interference.
Project Coordinator: Professor G. Chen, Department of Chemistry (email@example.com)
The Institute has gained a reputation as the premier research centre for economic policy and business strategy in Hong Kong, especially among local policy-makers. The AoE project completed in 2006; however, the work of the Institute has been continuing, pursuing its mission and objectives.
Project Coordinator: Professor R.Y.C. Wong, School of Economics and Finance (firstname.lastname@example.org)
This AoE combines the expertise of leading academics with high international repute in chemistry and life sciences. The mission is to implement world-class science and technology in the area of drug discovery and synthesis.
Project Coordinator: Professor C.M. Che, Department of Chemistry (email@example.com)
This AoE conducts research to develop innovative technologies for early detection, assessment, prediction and control of impacts arising from hypoxia (low oxygen), endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) and emerging chemicals of concern (ECCs) in the marine environment.
Project Coordinator: Professor S.S. Wu, School of Biological Sciences (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Skeletal disorders are one of the world's most serious health problems, causing long-term pain and physical disability for hundreds of millions of people and impacting on the quality of life as we age. Therefore, understanding skeletal disorders is of enormous health, social, and economic importance.
Project Coordinator: Professor K.S.E. Cheah, School of Biomedical Sciences (email@example.com)