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Congratulations to our Medical Students!



We are very proud that four of our own department's medical students were awarded the 2020 and 2021 HKSAR Innotech Scholarship at yesterday's ceremony. From left to right: Mr. Allan Chu (MBBS Class of 2025 and our MRes candidate), Dr. Suzanna Kwok (MBBS Class of 2021 and our MRes candidate), Ms Stephanie Poon (MBBS Class of 2023 and our MRes candidate), Ms Charlene Chau (MBBS Class of 2022 and our undergraduate research intern).

As a small department, we are especially grateful for our students' trust and interest in our research projects. We hope the award is a testament to the support and mentorship that we, as a department, provide to each and every student that we take under our wing! If you're interested in research, please consider working with us at HKU Ophthalmology!


Here are some of our awardees' publications with us, with more to follow soon:


Dr. Suzanna Kwok:


1. Kwok SS, Wong FS, Shih KC, Chan YK, Bu Y, Chan TC, Ng AL, Lo AC, Tong L, Yam GH, Jhanji V. Lycium barbarum Polysaccharide Suppresses Expression of Fibrotic Proteins in Primary Human Corneal Fibroblasts. J Clin Med. 2020 Nov 6;9(11). doi: 10.3390/jcm9113572. PubMed PMID: 33171906; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC7694544.


2. Kwok SS, Shih KC, Bu Y, Lo AC, Chan TC, Lai JS, Jhanji V, Tong L. Systematic Review on Therapeutic Strategies to Minimize Corneal Stromal Scarring After Injury. Eye Contact Lens. 2019 Nov;45(6):347-355. doi: 10.1097/ICL.0000000000000584. PubMed PMID: 30724841.


3. Kwok SS, Bu Y, Lo AC, Chan TC, So KF, Lai JS, Shih KC. A Systematic Review of Potential Therapeutic Use of Lycium Barbarum Polysaccharides in Disease. Biomed Res Int. 2019;2019:4615745. doi: 10.1155/2019/4615745. eCollection 2019. PubMed PMID: 30891458; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6390233.


4. Fu L, Kwok SS, Chan YK, Ming Lai JS, Pan W, Nie L, Shih KC. Therapeutic Strategies for Attenuation of Retinal Ganglion Cell Injury in Optic Neuropathies: Concepts in Translational Research and Therapeutic Implications. Biomed Res Int. 2019;2019:8397521. doi: 10.1155/2019/8397521. eCollection 2019. Review. PubMed PMID: 31828134; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6885158.


5. Bu Y, Shih KC, Kwok SS, Chan YK, Lo AC, Chan TCY, Jhanji V, Tong L. Experimental modeling of cornea wound healing in diabetes: clinical applications and beyond. BMJ Open Diabetes Res Care. 2019;7(1):e000779. doi: 10.1136/bmjdrc-2019-000779. eCollection 2019. Review. PubMed PMID: 31803484; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6887488.


Ms Charlene Chau:


1. Chau CYC, Chow LLW, Sridhar S, Shih KC. Ophthalmological Considerations for COVID-19 Vaccination in Patients with Inflammatory Eye Diseases and Autoimmune Disorders. Ophthalmol Ther. 2021 Jun;10(2):201-209. doi: 10.1007/s40123-021-00338-1. Epub 2021 Mar 6. PubMed PMID: 33675508; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC7936587.


2. Chau CYC, Shih KC, Chow LLW, Lee VHF. Considerations for Use of Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors in Cancer Therapy for Patients with Co-Existing Thyroid Eye Disease. Ophthalmol Ther. 2021 Mar;10(1):5-12. doi: 10.1007/s40123-020-00317-y. Epub 2020 Nov 4. PubMed PMID: 33146864; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC7886920.


Ms Stephanie Poon:


1. Poon SHL, Wong WHL, Lo ACY, Yuan H, Chen CF, Jhanji V, Chan YK, Shih KC. A systematic review on advances in diagnostics for herpes simplex keratitis. Surv Ophthalmol. 2021 May-Jun;66(3):514-530. doi: 10.1016/j.survophthal.2020.09.008. Epub 2020 Nov 10. Review. PubMed PMID: 33186564.


2. Wong HL, Poon SHL, Bu Y, Lo ACY, Jhanji V, Chan YK, Shih KC. A Systematic Review on Cornea Epithelial-Stromal Homeostasis. Ophthalmic Res. 2021;64(2):178-191. doi: 10.1159/000509030. Epub 2020 May 29. PubMed PMID: 32474566.


3. Poon SHL, Wong WHL, Bu Y, Lo ACY, Jhanji V, Chan YK, Shih KC. A Systematic Review of Emerging Therapeutic Strategies in the Management of Chemical Injuries of the Ocular Surface. Eye Contact Lens. 2020 Nov;46(6):329-340. doi: 10.1097/ICL.0000000000000715. PubMed PMID: 32452924.

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