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Professor Lu, William Weijia 呂維加

Title:
Professor
Ng Chun-Man Professorship in Orthopaedic Bioengineering

Biography

Professor Lu obtained his PhD degree from the University of Waterloo, Canada, in 1994, earning the “Distinguished Graduate Award.” In 1995 he joined the Department of Orthopaedics & Traumatology at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) as an Assistant Professor (non-clinical) and established the Orthopaedic Research Centre, where he has served as director to the present day. In 2001 he was promoted to the position of Associate Professor and was named a full Professor in 2009. Professor Lu specializes in the areas of orthopaedic biomechanics, biomaterials, and bionanotechnology as well as clinical bioengineering teaching and research. At HKU he is a key faculty member in the university’s Strategic Research Areas in Biomedical Engineering and Nano-biotechnology. Internationally, he has achieved substantial recognition in the field of bioengineering and is widely acknowledged as one of the top 1% scholars (2009-2013) according to ISI's Essential Science Indicators. He has been invited to hold honorary and visiting professor positions and has conducted open lectures in more than 40 internationally recognised universities, including the Department of Bioengineering, Columbia University; the Orthopedic Research Center, Department of Orthopaedics, Harvard Medical School, and the Biomedical Engineering and Research Center, University of British Columbia, Canada. He is devoted to teaching, having supervised 32 MPhil and Ph.D students and served on Faculty Higher Degrees Committee for the last 6 years.

Professor Lu has consistently secured significant funding for innovative research, including HK$47 millions in Hong Kong and $RMB20 million in PR China from a number of major funding bodies. He holds a number of patents for his innovations and has published more than 220 papers in international peer reviewed journals, with more than 3100 citations. Among the many honors and awards received by Professor Lu are the “Moe Basic Science Award” from the Scoliosis Research Society in 2003; the “Young Investigator Award” from the international journal Spine in 2004; and the “Best Oral Presentation Prize” (2003 and 2008) at the SICOT Triennial World Congress, the largest global society of orthopaedic surgeons with 4,000 members from more than 100 countries.

Professor Lu was nominated to serve as an international conference chairman or conference committee member on more than 40 occasions, including his recent appointment as the  Chairman of the Hong Kong International Conference on Biomedical Engineering (BME 2010) and as the Basic Science Committee Chairman of the SICOT 2008 Triennial World Congresses. He serves as a member of editorial boards and as a reviewer for more than 16 international and local journals, holding the position of Editorial Board Member of The Journal of Bone and Mineral Research (published by the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research and the highest-ranked journal in the field), as well as Associate Editor for theOrthopedic Journal of China.

 
Honours, Awards & Prizes
AwardeesAward DateHonours / Awards / PrizesCategory
Duan, B
2011-12-01Selective laser sintered Ca-P/PHBV nanocomposite scaffolds with sustained release of rhBMP-2 for bone tissue engineering: Best Paper Award at the 35th International Conference and Exposition on Advanced Ceramics and Composites (ICACC’11), Daytona Beach, FL, USA
Research Achievement
Ni, G
Li, Z
Lam, WMR
Chan, YL
2005-06-01Novel Sr-ha Bone Cement For Bone Fracture: From Laboratory To Clinical Applications.: Second-prize Award From The 9th National Challenge Cup Competition Organized By Ministry Of Science And Technology & Ministry Of Education
Research Achievement
Lu, D
Leong, JCY
2001-11-10A minimal invasive approach for anterior release in scoliosis correction using chemonucleolysis - spinal flexibility increase after chymopapain injection is dosage-dependent: The Best Paper Award for Associate, 21st Annual Congress of the Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association, Hong Kong, 10-11 November 2001
Research Achievement
Chen, Y
Xu, R
Lin, MC
Leong, JCY
2003-11-01Delivery of bone morphogenetic proteins 2 and 4 by use of adeno-associated viral gene therapy: Best Basic Science Paper Award, 23rd Annual Congress of the Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association, Hong Kong, 8-9 November 2003
Research Achievement
Chung, CY
Hanni, M
Leong, JCY
2003-11-01Best Paper Award for an Associate Fellow - "Invention of a new spinal implant for gradual scoliosis correction": 23rd Annual Congress of the Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association, Hong Kong, 8-9 November 2003
Research Achievement
Yuen, GWY
Tam, V
Lau, TW
2013-09-01Defective TGF beta signaling in bisphosphonates associated atypical femoral diaphyseal fracture: The 3rd Scientific Meeting of the Asian Federation of Osteoporosis Societies
Research Achievement
QIU, Y
2012-11-01Finite Element Analysis Of Treatment Options For Tibia Bone Loss In Revision Total Knee Arthroplasty: Basic Science Award, 32nd Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association Annual Congress 2012
Research Achievement
Peng, SL
2011-02-01Investigatioin of the cellular and molecular mechanism of the dual effect of strontium on bone: 2011 Johnson and Johnson Asia Outstanding Graduate Thesis Award in Biotech
Research Achievement
Chung, JCY
Leong, JCY
2003-11-01Second-Prize Award - "A new super-elastic spinal implant for gradual scoliosis correction": The 8th National Challenge Cup Competition organized by Ministry of Science and Technology & Ministry of Education, 2003
Research Achievement
Chu, YW
Wu, J
2002-04-01The Use Of Traditional Chinese Medicine Extracts On Experimental Fracture Healing: The 4th Annual Departmental Research Day, Department Of Orthopedics And Traumatology
Research Achievement
1997-11-01Biomechanical properties of the thin skin flap after administered by bFGF, Best Paper Award: Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association
Research Achievement
Lam, RWM
Wong, CT
2007-05-01Bone Composition and Crystal Structure after Strontium Treatment for Osteoporosis Goat Model.: Young Investigator Award, 8th Regional Osteoporosis Conference, The Osteoporosis Society of Hong Kong.
Research Achievement
Aladin, KDM
2006-09-01" Nano Biomechanics Of Type Ii Collagens In Human Intervertebral Discs": Best Paper Award; Conference on Biomedical Engineering, BME 2006. Hong Kong
Research Achievement
QIU, Y
Yao, J
2012-11-01Finite Element Analysis Of Treatment Options For Tibia Bone Loss In Revision Total Knee Arthroplasty: The Sicot/ccjr Meeting Award For Best Clinical Paper Presentation, The Combined 33rd Sicot & 17th Paoa Orthopaedic World Conference
Research Achievement
Lam, RWM
Wong, CT
Li, Z
Chan, WK
2008-08-24Fatty acid functinalizatioini strontium hydroxyapatite nanorod and application: SICOT Oral Presentation Award. SICOT/SIROT 2008 XXIV Triennial World Congress, Hong Kong, August 24-28, 2008
Research Achievement
Peng, SL
Wang, T
Li, Z
2010-03-01New Investigator Recognition Award.: 56th Annual Meeting of the Orthopaedic Research Society, New Orleans, Louisiana, March 6-9, 2010
Research Achievement
Tong, HW
Li, ZY
2011-12-01Electrospinning, characterization and in vitro biological evaluation of nanocomposite fibers containing carbonated hydroxyapatite nanoparticles: Highlights of 2010 in journal Biomedical Materials (2011), UK
Research Achievement
Tong, HW
2010-11-01Best Young Engineers Papers Award, for "Electrospun Fibrous Tissue Engineering Scaffolds: Topographic Cues and their Influence on Cell Behaviour": Hong Kong Institution of Engineers
Research Achievement
Sun, T
Wang, LP
Tong, HW
2011-01-01PIIID-formed (Ti, O)/Ti, (Ti, N)/Ti and (Ti, O, N)/Ti coatings on NiTi shape memory alloy for medical applications: Best Paper Award at the 2nd Advanced Welding & Joining Technology Conference (AWJTC), Harbin, China
Research Achievement
Lu, D
2004-11-01Spinal Flexibility Increase After Chymopapain Injection Is Dose Dependent: A Possible Alternative to Anterior Release in Scoliosis.: Young Investigator Award Winner, Spine: An International Journal for the Study of the Spine . 2004
Research Achievement
Aladin Kaderbatcha, DM
2007-11-17Association of Trp2 allele with changes in morphology and nano mechanics of the human intervertebral disc collagens: Best Basic Science Paper Award for Associate Member, 27th Annual Congress of the Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association, Hong Kong, November 17-18, 2007
Research Achievement
Sun, T
Wang, LP
Tong, HW
2011-01-01The Best Paper Award, for "PIIID-formed (Ti, O)/Ti, (Ti, N)/Ti and (Ti, O, N)/Ti Coatings on NiTi Shape Memory Alloy for Medical Applications": The 2nd Advanced Welding & Joining Technology Conference and International Forum on Recent Advances in Welding Science and Technology
Research Achievement
Leong, JCY
2003-09-01A novel Sr-HA bioactive bone cement for vertebroplasty: Moe Basic Science Award at 38th Annual Meeting of Scoliosis Research Society, Quebec City, Canada, Sep 2003.
Research Achievement
Leong, JCY
2003-09-01Novel bioactive bone cement for spinal surgery: Best Oral Presentation Award at 2nd SICOT/SIROT International Annual Conference, Cairo, Egypt, September 2003.
Research Achievement
Wang, T
Wen, C
2012-04-01Travel Award: the 2012 OARSI World Congress on Osteoarthritis
Research Achievement
Lam, SKL
Xiao, J
Ding, Y
Ruan, D
2008-10-23Development of a large animal model for kinematics study of the intervertebral disc allograft transplantation: Young Engineers Merit Award in the Best Young Engineers' Paper Competition and Best Oral Paper Presentation Award. BME 2008 Conference, Hong Kong, October 23-25, 2008
Research Achievement
Leong, JCY
2002-11-01Sr-HA bioactive bone cement: from lab to clinical trial: Orthopaedic Basic Science Award at the 22nd Congress of the Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association 2002
Research Achievement
Professional Societies
Term PeriodPositionProfessional Societies
1994-presentmemberInternational Society of Biomechanics
2000-presentmemberInternational Society of Biomaterials
2006-presentFounding memberBME Division, The Hong Kong Institute of Engineers
2000-presentCommittee MemberThe Chinese Orthopaedic Association
1998-presentAssociate memberThe Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association
2008-2010committee memberBME division, The Hong Kong Institute of Engineers
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