The “Lee Siu Lun and Ho Ting Sik Research Fund in Lung Health and Disease” (李兆麟何廷錫胸肺研究基金) was established with a generous donation of HK$10 million from Mr Lee Siu-Lun and Mr Ho Ting-Sik to the Department of Medicine at HKU.
The jointly named Research Fund embodies the admirable trust between the families of Mr Lee and Mr Ho in promoting lung health and in the fight against lung diseases.
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in Hong Kong. Through the detection of gene targets, lung cancer can be treated with molecular targeted therapy. Testing for lung cancer gene targets can be performed on cell-free tumour DNA found in the blood using different molecular biology methods. The research project will aim to identify the different biomarkers of lung cancer and their changes, along with appropriate treatments. This will help to refine the practice of personalised medicine, and will also enhance the understanding of the molecular pathology and clinical progression of lung cancer.
On August 17, 2016, President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Mathieson and Dr Christina Mathieson welcomed members of the families and their friends at the Research Fund’s dedication ceremony. It was a festive occasion with Mr Lee and Mr Ho unveiling the commemorative plaque which will be subsequently on display at a new laboratory at the Department of Medicine.