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Professor Yuen, Kwok Yung 袁國勇

Title:
Chair of Infectious Diseases
Professor (Clinical)
Henry Fok Professor in Infectious Diseases

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Professor Yuen, Kwok Yung 袁國勇

Title:
Chair of Infectious Diseases
Professor (Clinical)
Henry Fok Professor in Infectious Diseases

Also Cited As:
Yuen, Kwok-yung

Biography

Yuen Kwok-yung (traditional Chinese: 袁國勇), Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering (Basic Medicine and Health) and Gold Bauhinia Star Awardee of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China, was born in Hong Kong and graduated from the Medical School at the University of Hong Kong. He is also Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (Lond, Edin), Surgeons(Glas) and Pathologists(UK). After years of clinical and laboratory training, he established the infectious disease service and rapid molecular diagnosis for cytomegalovirus and tuberculosis at the Queen Mary Hospital, the teaching hospital of the University of Hong Kong.

 

In the outbreak of avian influenza virus H5N1 in 1997 in Hong Kong, Professor KY Yuen was the first to report in Lancet about the unusual clinical severity and high mortality of infected patients which could be identified by the in-house designed molecular test at his laboratory[1]. During the outbreak of SARS in 2003, he led his team in the discovery of the SARS coronavirus and was honoured as Asian heroes of the year in April by Time Asia Magazine[2,3,4]. Subsequently he found the natural reservoir of SARS coronavirus like virus in Chinese horseshoe bat and renewed the interest of bats as the source of novel microbes causing emerging infectious diseases[5]. His success in finding novel microbes in human and animals is exemplified by the discovery of human coroanvirus HKU1[6], bat coronavirus HKU2 to 13[7,8,9], bovine and porcine hokovirus[10] and Laribacter hongkongensis in fish and human[11,12].

 

Yuen Kwok-yung, is currently the Chair of Infectious Diseases of the Department of Microbiology of the University of Hong Kong. He is also the co-director of the state key laboratory of emerging infectious disease of China in Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, and the founding co-director of the Hong Kong University-Pasteur Research Centre. His 900 publications with over 28,000 citations are mainly related to the research of novel microbes or emerging infectious disease agents.

 
Honours, Awards & Prizes
AwardeesAward DateHonours / Awards / PrizesCategory
Levin, Y
Li, TW
Li, PY
Xu, T
Wong, TY
2012-10-01Dose sparing intradermal trivalent influenza (2010/2011) vaccination overcomes reduced immunogenicity of the 2009 H1N1 strain: Best Abstract in Clinical Medicine (Oral), 18th Medical Research Conference, Department of Medicine, HKU; 2013
Research Achievement
2003-07-07SARS Heroic Medical (A group of community organization, supported by HA, Home Affair Bureau, the Health Welfare and Food Bureau "Hong Kong, Our Home-Salute to Health Care Workers")
Research Achievement
2011-07-01Faculty Outstanding Research Award: LKS Faculty of Medicine, HKU
Research Achievement
2003-11-01Outstanding Researcher Award 2002-2003 (The Unievrsity of Hong Kong)
Research Achievement
2004-07-01Award of the Silver Bauhinia Star 2004, Hong Kong Government
Research Achievement
2004-11-01Special Research Achievement Award for the Research Team in the Department of Microbiology 2004.: The University of Hong Kong
Research Achievement
Cheng, VCC
Tai, JWM
2010-04-01Outstanding Team Award - Microbiology and Infection Control Team, Queen Mary Hospital: Hospital Authority
Others
1996-05-20Medical Society, HKUSU: Best Teachers Award, May 20, 1996
Research Achievement
2003-07-07Anti-SARS Gold Badge Award 2003 for outstanding contribution to combating against SARS 2003 (Hospital Authority Hong Kong West Cluster)
Research Achievement
Cheung, KK
Lee, KC
2013-07-01Springer Poster Prize For Outstanding Poster Presentation Of Research In The Field Of Metabolomics In The Metabolomics Society 2013 Conference: Metabolomics Society 2013 Conference
Research Achievement
2018-01-01State Scientific and Technological Progress Award (Special class): State Council of the People's Republic of China, 國家科學技術進步獎 (特等), 中華人民共和國國務院
Research Achievement
Li, L
Shu, Y
Feng, Z
Gao, GF
Yuan, Z
Wang, Y
Yu, H
Wang, D
Gao, H
Wang, C
Zheng, S
Yang, S
Yang, W
Cao, B
Li, Q
Zhou, J
Liu, D
Gao, R
Wu, N
Hu, Y
Yao, H
Zhang, X
Yu, L
Zheng, S
Wu, F
Lu, H
Wang, J
Xia, S
Cui, D
Bai, T
Liang, W
Wu, G
Jie, Z
Guo, J
Sheng, J
Diao, H
Xiang, N
Yang, Y
Zhao, X
Tang, L
Zhou, S
Yu, F
Zhu, D
2018-01-01National Grand Prize, 2017 National Science and Technology Progress Award: State Council of the People's Republic of China, 国家科学技术进步奖特等奖, 中华人民共和国国务院
Research Achievement
2018-07-01Award of the Gold Bauhinia Star 2018: Hong Kong SAR Government
Others
Li, C
Zhu, H
Li, TW
Li, PY
Chan, TCI
Cheng, VCC
2015-01-01Best Abstract in Clinical Medicine (Oral) - "Immunogenicity of Intradermal Trivalent Influenza Vaccine with Topical Imiquimod, a Double Blind Randomized Controlled Trial": 20th Medical Research Conference 2015, Department of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong
Research Achievement
Lee, CK
Lee, KL
Yan, WW
Chan, K
Chan, WM
Ngai, CW
Law, KI
Chow, FL
Liu, R
Lai, KY
Lau, CC
Liu, SH
Lin, CK
2014-01-01Best Abstract in Clinical Medicine (Oral) - "Hyperimmune Intravenous Immunoglobulin Treatment: A Multicenter Double Blind Randomized Controlled Trial for Patients with Severe A (H1N1) pdm 09 Infection": 19th Medical Research Conference 2014, Department of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong,
Research Achievement
Li, TW
Wong, TL
ZHANG, R
Chan, BCY
Wai, HH
Chan, LW
Fong, HPY
Hui, RKC
Kong, KL
Leung, ACF
Ngan, AHT
Tsang, LWK
Yeung, APC
Yiu, GCN
Yung, W
Lau, JY
2016-02-01Research Output Prize 2015-16: Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong, The Lancet Infectious Diseases
Research Achievement
Professional Societies
Term PeriodPositionProfessional Societies
Doctoral Level MemberThe International Society of Travel Medicine
Registered Medical PractitionerThe Medical Council of Hong Kong
AcademicianChinese Academy of Engineering (Medicine and Health)
Specialist in PathologyThe Medical Council of Hong Kong
FellowThe Royal College of Pathologists, the United Kingdom
MemberThe Hong Kong Medical Association
FellowThe Hong Kong College of Pathologists
FellowThe Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
FellowAmerican Society for Microbiology
FellowInfectious Diseases Society of America
FellowThe Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
FellowAmerican College of Physicians
FellowThe Royal College of Physicians of London
FellowThe Hong Kong Academy of Medicine
Founding MemberThe Academy of Sciences of Hong Kong
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