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Antony and Nina Chan

Antony and Nina Chan Professorship in Paediatric Immunology

As the parents of two young children, we clearly understand the importance of health and medical advancement for the next generation. We hope this Professorship can contribute to delivering effective immunological solutions for human diseases.

Antony and Nina Chan
Tu Wenwei

Tu Wenwei

Appointed in 2019
The University of Hong Kong (HKU) established Hong Kong’s first Paediatric Department in 1964. Over the years, the Department of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine has contributed significantly to the improvement of child and adolescent health through pioneering health services.

These contributions also include the training of many outstanding paediatricians and researchers, and conducting impactful research in numerous fields, including immunology. The department is recognised as a pre-eminent international paediatric centre in Asia striving for the health and well-being of children and youths.

Professor Tu Wenwei is Professor of the Department of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at HKU. Professor Tu is a renowned paediatric immunologist and is known internationally for his outstanding contributions to the field of translational immunology.

Professor Tu is a creative and productive researcher, and has made numerous original scientific contributions with significant translational value for clinical applications. He provided proof-of-concept of a novel therapeutic strategy for treating influenza by targeting the host rather than the virus, thereby reducing the opportunity for the emergence of drug-resistant viruses. Professor Tu also provides a strong preclinical proof of principle for a novel therapeutic approach to boost human γδ-T-cell immunity against Epstein-Barr Virus-associated tumours using pamidronate, an old drug for the treatment of osteoporosis.

He developed novel strategies for inducing immune tolerance in the treatment of graft rejection, graft versus host disease, and autoimmune diseases. He was also the first scholar in the Greater China Area to successfully establish the humanised mouse model, which can provide a powerful, low-cost platform for further biomedical research.

Professor Tu trained as Paediatrician with degrees of Bachelor and Master of Medicine in Mainland China (1984-92), and received his PhD from HKU in 1999. After seven years of further research training at Stanford University, he joined HKU in 2006 and focused on developing a translational immunology research programme. He has trained 20 postgraduate (PhD and MPhil) students, two of whom were honoured with
Outstanding Research Postgraduate Student Awards at the University. In the past decade, Professor Tu had examined more than 40 postgraduate students for their work.

As President (2012-14) and Council Member (since 2007) of the Hong Kong Society of Immunology, he has also organised a series of symposia and meetings with colleagues to enhance the teaching of immunology in Hong Kong.

Professor Tu serves as an editorial board member for many international and national scientific journals. He is also a member of or reviewer for research organisations in Mainland China and overseas, such as the Chinese National 1000 Talent Program; the Chang Jiang Scholars programme; the Chinese National Natural Science Foundation of China Medical Research Committee; the Chinese State Scientific and Technological Progress Award; the Singapore National Medical Research Council; the Hungarian Scientific Research Fund; and the Ireland Health Research Board among others.

He was awarded second prize of the Chinese Science and Technology Progress Award by the Ministry of Education and the Faculty Outstanding Research Output Award. He is regularly invited to give plenary and keynote lectures to medical and bio-medical societies and other universities.

As an Assistant Dean (Research Affairs, 2011-13), Chairman of the Departmental Research Postgraduate Committee (2011-15), and member of many Faculty and University Committees, Professor Tu regularly participates in the administration of faculty and university activities, including the management of the faculty-based Core Facilities, evaluation of internal research grants and other research affairs.