Leung, Victor Yu Leong 梁宇亮
Victor Leung obtained his bachelor's degree in Biochemistry and subsequently PhD in Molecular and Developmental Genetics from The University of Hong Kong in 2003 under the mentorship of Kathryn Cheah, Ph.D. After graduation he received training under the mentorship of Koichi Masuda, M.D. in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Biochemistry, Rush Medical College in Chicago, and later Rocky Tuan, Ph.D. in University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, specializing in musculoskeletal regeneration and bioengineering. Since 2011, he has been appointed as the Director of the Intervertebral Disc Biology & Regenerative Engineering Program in the department and has been a member of the Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Consortium and Centre for Reproduction, Development and Growth of the institute. He is the recipient of 2010 Webster Jee Young Investigator Award of the International Chinese Hard Tissue Society (ICHTS) for his contribution to the musculoskeletal research and has received personal and team awards in local and international conferences for research excellence. He served in the committee of the Orthopedic Research Society (ORS). Currently he is an active member of the ORS and AOSpine, and a reviewer for peer-reviewed scientific journals including Spine, J Orthop Res, Arthritis Res Ther, and J Bone Joint Surg.
His research interests are in understanding of the spine and regenerative medicine for the associated degenerative disease. Special focus includes molecular and cell biology of the intervertebral disc and strategies for treating disc degeneration in particular using stem cell-based engineering or therapeutic approaches. He is also interested in utilizing chemical genetics to search for molecules that modulate proteoglycan metabolism to promote functional restoration of the joints.
|Awardees||Award Date||Honours / Awards / Prizes||Category|
|2007-12-01||Best Poster Award "High throughput screening of chemical compounds for the treatment of osteoarthritis": 12th Ressearch Postgraduate Symposium, The University of Hong Kong||Research Achievement|
|2013-04-01||Best Poster Award " Screen of Small Molecule Compounds for Intervertebral Disc Degeneration by Chemical Genetics": East meets West Symposium, Shenzhen, China, April 8-9, 2013||Research Achievement|
|2013-09-01||Defective TGF beta signaling in bisphosphonates associated atypical femoral diaphyseal fracture: The 3rd Scientific Meeting of the Asian Federation of Osteoporosis Societies||Research Achievement|
|2008-01-01||Age-related degeneration of lumbar intervertebral disc in rabbit reveal by deuterium oxide-assisted MRI: Best Poster Award, World Forum for Spine Research - the intervertebral disc, first Japanese meeting, Kyoto, Japan, January 23-26, 2008||Research Achievement|
|2000-12-01||Nominated Paper of Best Presentation "Regulation of gene expression in hypertrophic chondrocytes”: 5th Research Postgraduate Symposium, Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong||Research Achievement|
|2011-11-01||Abstract Award "The Effect of Mesenchymal Stem Cells in Stimulating Intervertebral Disc Cells: A Comparative Study Towards Disc Regeneration": Days of Molecular Medicine, AAAS, Nov 10-12, Hong Kong||Research Achievement|
|2013-04-08||First prize for poster section: Screen of Small Molecule Compounds for Intervertebral Disc Degeneration by Chemical Genetics.: East meets West Symposium, Shenzhen, China, April 8-9, 2013||Research Achievement|
|2014-05-01||Best Participation Award: World Forum for Spine Research, Xian, China, May 2014||Research Achievement|
Chan Li, LC
|2008-01-01||Best Poster Award "Age-related degeneration of lumbar intervertebral discs in rabbits revealed by Deuterium Oxide-assisted MRI": World Forum for Spine Research - the intervertebral disc, first Japanese meeting, Kyoto, Japan, January 23-26, 2008||Research Achievement|
|2010-03-01||Webster Jee Young Investigator Award: International Chinese Musculoskeletal Research Society (Previously known as ICHTS)||Research Achievement|
|2008-01-23||Age-related degeneration of lumbar intervertebral discs in rabbits revealed by Deuterium Oxide-assisted MRI: Best General Poster Award, World Forum for Spine Research - the intervertebral disc, first Japanese meeting, Kyoto, Japan, January 23-26, 2008||Research Achievement|
|2011-11-01||Young Investigator Award: The 2011 Meeting of the Days of Molecular Medicine (DMM)||Research Achievement|
|2017-03-01||NIH sponsored travel award : International Consortium of Vertebral Anomalies & Scoliosis/ International Consortium of Scoliosis Genetics||Research Achievement|
|Term Period||Position||Professional Societies|
|2005 -||Member||Centre of Human Developmental and Birth Defects, Hong Kong|
|2005 -||Member||Hong Kong Society for Developmental Biology, Hong Kong|
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