Neuroscience research has been gathering strong momentum and high-level funding around the world. HKU scholars have been active in various aspects of this field for some years. Now they are joining forces to seek new opportunities for collaboration and strengthen the focus on neuroscience within the University and the region.
Neuroscience offers great potential for understanding the brain and nervous system, and many other aspects of human brain processes and the respective behavioural outcomes. HKU researchers in the Faculties of Arts, Education, Engineering, Medicine and Social Sciences, who have notched up impressive research results in this field, are combining their strengths into the new Neuroscience SRT with the aim of promoting collaboration and advancing new research directions.
The Neuroscience SRT is starting from a strong base at HKU that includes a comprehensive spectrum of neuroscience research across the human lifespan; excellent neuroimaging, engineering and genomic research platforms; and a Partner State Key Laboratory of Brain and Cognitive Sciences. Members of the team have already achieved international recognition in such areas of neuroscience research as retinal detachments, learning and memory, social cognitive and affective processes, brain development and neuroregenerati, and dementia.
In joining forces, the Neuroscience SRT will focus on seven areas of interdisciplinary research:
- Basic neuroscience
- Engineering and neuroimaging
- Cognitive neuroscience
- Social affective neuroscience
- Clinical neuroscience
- Communication and education
The team will invite new scholars to the SRT and form a stronger research network across disciplines and institutions worldwide. The potential for working with partners beyond Hong Kong is very high, making neuroscience a field of strategic importance for HKU.
The Neuroscience theme forms a platform for pooling the great diversity of minds, both at HKU and beyond, to develop research networks with the aim of achieving advances and breakthroughs across the spectrum of this important field.
Professor T.M.C. Lee,