CityU’s 6th HK Tech Forum focuses on metabolism in health and disease

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Eminent academics from around the world shared their insights on complex signaling networks in various metabolic pathways at the HK Tech Forum on Metabolism in Health and Disease organized by the Hong Kong Institute of Advanced Studies (HKIAS) and the Department of Science Biomedical (BMS) of the city. University of Hong Kong (CityU) from 15 to 16 December.

This was the sixth in the HK Tech Forum series, which was started by CityU President Way Kuo. He focused on revealing how various signaling pathways in the metabolism of oxygen, glucose, lipids, proteins and other nutrients offered a better understanding of human physiology and disease.

At the opening ceremony on December 15, President Kuo warmly welcomed participants, saying that deeper mechanistic insight into complex signaling networks in metabolic pathways would advance our understanding of human metabolism and its role in homeostasis and the pathogenesis of diseases.

Professor Michael Yang Mengsu, Vice President (Research and Technology) and Professor Yeung Kin Man of Biomedical Sciences, and Professor Huang Yu, Head of BMS and Professor Jeanie Hu of Biomedical Sciences were the co-chairs.

The first day of the forum started with a keynote talk by Professor Gregg Semenza, 2019 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine and Professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, USA. His topic was “Regulation of Metabolism by Hypoxia-Inducible Factors”, discussing the mechanisms and consequences of hypoxia-inducible factor-mediated homeostatic responses that modulate tumor metabolism.

Other world experts were invited to give keynote lectures on issues related to metabolism.

Professor Li Peng, President of Zhengzhou University, China and Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, discussed the regulation of lipid droplet fusion and storage. Professor Rao Zihe from Tsinghua University, China and…

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