Press releases

Content is provided by our community of institutions, partners, researchers and journalists.

City University of Hong Kong, CityU, SaCas9-HF,CRISPR-Cas9
City University of Hong Kong (CityU)
04 Nov 2019
A team of researchers from City University of Hong Kong (CityU) and Karolinska Institutet has recently developed a new protein which can help increase the targeting accuracy in the genome editing process. It is believed that it would be useful for future gene therapies in human which require high precision.
The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)
03 Nov 2019
[This press release was originally issued on 19 June 2019] Two scientific research projects conducted by researchers of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) have received Higher Education Outstanding Scientific Research Output Awards (Science and Technology) 2018 from the Ministry of Education (MoE), including a second-class award in natural sciences, and another second-class award in technological innovation. The award presentation ceremony was held today (19 June) at Hong Kong Baptist University. Ms. Sharon Ko Yee-wai, Acting Deputy Secretary for Education, Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Dr. Clement Chen Cheng-jen, Chairman of the Council of Hong Kong Baptist University, Mr. Liu Zhiming, Deputy Inspector of the Education, Science & Technology Department of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the HKSAR, Mr. Li Naiyiu, President of Beijing-Hong Kong Academic Exchange Center, pres
The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)
01 Nov 2019
The pursuit of an improved quality of life by people with increasing requirements means that conventional technology with single and standardised measurements no longer meets consumer demand. The fabrication of personalised clothes and footwear is one of the important factors that has led to the development in smart living. Prof. Charlie C.L. Wang from the Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and his team have pioneered Shape Driven Technology. After further improvement and development, it is now equipped with the mature fast scanning, the big-data driven artificial intelligence and the digital knitting technology to achieve its mission of automatically fabricating personalised clothes and footwear according to individual forms. In the future, consumers will be able to place orders directly with manufacturers to fabricate customised wearable products in all kinds of styles, quickly and easily. It will take the operation mode of the manufacturing industry into a great leap towards realising the upgrade to Industry 4.0 (I4.0) / smart manufacturing. This project recently won the Silver Award in the 47th Geneva International Invention Exhibition.
The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)
01 Nov 2019
Four young researchers from The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) have been awarded China's Excellent Young Scientists Fund 2019. Each of them will receive a funding of RMB1.3 million to directly support their scientific research projects in Hong Kong to a maximum period of three years.
The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)
01 Nov 2019
A research team led by Professor Wei-Hsin Liao from the Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) has developed a lightweight smart materials-based energy harvester for scavenging energy from human motion, generating inexhaustible and sustainable power supply just from walking. Specifically, the device can capture biomechanical energy from the motion of the human knee and then convert it to electricity which can be used to power wearable electronics such as pedometers, health monitors, and GPS. This work has been published in Applied Physics Letters and recommended as a featured article by editors.
Diagram illustrating the microlensing event studied in this research.
National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ)
01 Nov 2019
Researchers using telescopes around the world confirmed and characterized an exoplanet orbiting a nearby star through gravitational microlensing.
Duke-NUS Medical School
01 Nov 2019
Antibodies against viruses from the same family as Ebola and Marburg have been detected in fruit bats and the human community hunting them, indicating cross-species virus transmission has occurred in the past, warns a global team of infectious disease scientists.
The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)
31 Oct 2019
The Faculty of Medicine of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) conducted the world’s first study to investigate the association between unrecognised obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) and postoperative cardiovascular complications. Results showed that patients with unrecognised severe OSA have a two-fold increased risk of postoperative cardiovascular complications compared to those without the disorder. The study has recently been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), suggesting that preoperative OSA screening should be considered in clinical practice to lower the risk of postoperative cardiovascular events.
The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)
31 Oct 2019
A recent study on children’s appraisals of gender nonconformity (GN) and a related intervention, led by researchers from the Gender Development Laboratory, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) in collaboration with The University of Hong Kong (HKU) and the University of Toronto Mississauga, reveals that a simple intervention may change the biases in the perception of young children against peers who break gender norms. The findings have been published in Child Development, the flagship journal of the Society for Research in Child Development.
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU)
31 Oct 2019
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) and the University of Surrey (Surrey) have forged a partnership to offer Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programmes that will allow doctoral students from various disciplines to attain a dual PhD from both institutions. The first programme will be launched in the research fields of hospitality and tourism, with further programmes to follow in other disciplines.
Asia Research News Partnerships
31 Oct 2019
With workshops around gamification and robotics in education, and a bigger focus on blended learning, EduTECH Asia is the event for future educators in Asia.
Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST)
30 Oct 2019
Development of novel agonist antibodies to treat cancer by collaboration between academia and industry
 MIB2 enhances inflammation by degrading CYLD
Ehime University
29 Oct 2019
A team of researchers at Ehime University revealed that E3 ubiquitin ligase MIB2 enhances inflammation by degrading the deubiquitinating enzyme CYLD. This finding was published on September 20 in The Journal of Biological Chemistry.
Tohoku University
29 Oct 2019
Drugs can be safely delivered to cancerous lymph nodes via the lymphatic system and then released inside the nodes using sound waves. Tohoku University researchers tested the treatment on mice with metastatic breast cancer and published their findings in the journal Scientific Reports.
City University of Hong Kong, CityU, CityUResearch
City University of Hong Kong (CityU)
28 Oct 2019
A recent research led by a scientist at City University of Hong Kong (CityU) has discovered an easily transmitted DNA piece that can make a new type of hyper-resistant and deadly superbug become hyper-virulent quickly, posing an unprecedented threat to human health.
Asia Research News Partnerships
25 Oct 2019
Fujitsu held the Singapore leg of its Fujitsu World Tour 2019, a series of trade showcases across 11 countries over six continents that presented the latest in Fujitsu’s technology, services and solutions. With the theme, Human Centric Innovation: Driving a Trusted Future, the event focused on insights and innovative technology solutions to connect and build trust among governments, businesses and individuals. The Fujitsu World Tour 2019 Asia Conference Singapore was attended by business decision-makers and IT influencers at JW Marriott Singapore South Beach on Tuesday, 22 October 2019.
Springer Nature
25 Oct 2019
New Nature Index rankings of universities aged 50 and under reveal that institutes in Asian countries are performing particularly well in terms of output of high-quality research
Hokkaido University
24 Oct 2019
Fossil coral records provide new evidence that frequent winter shamals, or dust storms, and a prolonged cold winter season contributed to the collapse of the ancient Akkadian Empire in Mesopotamia.
Duke-NUS Medical School
24 Oct 2019
Large-scale study to identify human adenovirus genotypes in Singapore leads to discovery of four new adenovirus strains and increase in strains linked to severe diseases. Researchers suggest use of antiviral therapies and adenovirus vaccines, and routine monitoring of adenovirus strains.
Asia Research News Partnerships
24 Oct 2019
Novel IDEAS Center will focus on delivering innovation in the application of palm oil in F&B
The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)
24 Oct 2019
By combining a compressive sensing algorithm with a digital holographic microscope, Prof. Shih-Chi CHEN of the Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and his research team have developed a high-speed imaging method. The new approach is able to produce two-photon microscopy images of a 3D sample in one second, which is at a speed three to five times that of the conventional point-scanning method. The research result has been published in the journal Optics Letters recently.
A single glucose-excited CN neuron extends bifurcated axonal branches
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)
23 Oct 2019
When a fly eats sugar, a single brain cell sends simultaneous messages to stimulate one hormone and inhibit another to control glucose levels in the body. Further research into this control system with remarkable precision could shed light on the neural mechanisms of diabetes and obesity in humans.
Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU)
23 Oct 2019
A research team from the School of Chinese Medicine at Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) has successfully developed a novel aptamer, i.e. a single-stranded piece of DNA, for the treatment of osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) with the aid of artificial intelligence (AI) technology. It is the first time a drug in Hong Kong has been granted orphan drug designation by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Asia Research News Partnerships
23 Oct 2019
Vitafoods Asia is a showcase of the latest ingredients, product developments and technology to shape the industry through science and innovation.
Ehime University
23 Oct 2019
Two new Pd-based initiating systems for C1 polymerization of diazoacetates were reported: Pd(nq)2/borate (nq = naphthoquinone, borate = NaBPh4) and [Pd(cod)(Cl-nq)Cl/borate] [cod = 1,5-cyclooctadiene, Cl-nq = 2,3-dichloro-1,4-naphthoquinone]. The former exhibited high activity, affording poly(alkoxycarbonylmethylene)s with high molecular weights in high yields. The latter was effective for controlling the stereostructure of the resulting polymers.
Asia Research News Partnerships
23 Oct 2019
There will be three breakout tracks at the summit: Data, Innovation and Empowering Patients.
The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)
22 Oct 2019
A recent study conducted by the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of the Faculty of Medicine at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) has validated the use of the UK Fetal Medicine Foundation (FMF) triple test for the prediction of preterm preeclampsia at 11-13 weeks’ gestation in a large Asian population. The findings have been published in the international journal American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.
Hokkaido University
21 Oct 2019
A group of neurons called the corticobasal ganglia projecting neurons are important for vocal learning in young birds, but not in adult birds, according to a study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).
21 Oct 2019
Project to explore new methodologies and use cases in the fields of quantum-inspired computing and artificial intelligence with the world’s 1st on-premises installation of Fujitsu Digital Annealer at SMU in Singapore.
Various flexible 3D structures produced by selective bonding technology
Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST)
21 Oct 2019
DGIST Professor Sohee Kim’s Team developed a technology to produce 3D soft and flexible devices by blowing balloons made of polymeric thin films. Can be made in various 3D shapes... Expected to have diverse medical and biomedical applications.