In 2005, the University celebrated the inauguration of the first 8 Endowed Professorships,
a milestone in the University's history.
To date, a total of 116 Endowed Professorships have been established.
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Professor Richard Yu & Mrs Carol Yu

Yu Professorship in Nephrology

"We hope and expect that our endowment will nurture and encourage young clinicians and scientists to conduct analysis and improve on the prevention and management of kidney diseases. We are confident that the Division of Nephrology will continue to contribute to the fine and noble tradition of medical teaching and research in our alma mater."

Professor Richard Yu & Mrs Carol Yu

Sydney C W Tang

Sydney C W Tang

Appointed in 2012

The Division of Nephrology at the Department of Medicine has gained international recognition for its pioneering work in many areas of nephrology and cell biology.  The Division cares for people with kidney diseases and is at the forefront of research into the treatment various nephropathies including IgA nephropathy, the most common form of primary kidney disease in the world.

Professor Sydney Tang, a physician and nephrologist by training, is recognised for his research in IgA nephropathy and for his scientific observations of the pathogenesis of proteinuric and diabetic nephropathy. His team is among the first to recognize the impact of excessive urinary proteins in inducing kidney tubule inflammation and injury as a critical step in the progression of chronic kidney disease to end-stage kidney failure.

As a researcher, Professor Tang has made significant contributions to the field of basic and clinical sciences in Nephrology. While as a clinician, he cares for patients with kidney disease, ranging from the management of acute and chronic nephropathies to the care of dialysis and kidney transplant patients.

Professor Tang graduated from The University of Hong Kong in 1991, and obtained MD and PhD degrees in 2001 and 2005, respectively. He has received training at Guy's Hospital, at the University of London, and at Seattle Children's Research Institute, University of Washington, in the USA. He joined The University of Hong Kong as Clinical Associate Professor in 2006 and was promoted to Clinical Professor in 2010.

His research achievements are reflected by his prolific bibliography, editorships in various international journals, authorships in review articles and commentaries in journals of high ranking in his field. Professor Tang also lectures as a plenary speaker at international conferences.

Professor Tang has been awarded the Faculty Teaching Medal in 2009 for his excellence in teaching. At the postgraduate level, he mentors PhD, MD and MPhil students, and serves the Hong Kong College of Physicians as Secretary of the Basic Physician Board and Committee Member of the Specialty Board in Nephrology. He is also a sub-committee chairman of the Licentiate Committee of the Hong Kong Medical Council.

As a Council Member of the Hong Kong Society of Nephrology, Honorary Treasurer of the Asian Pacific Society of Nephrology, and Core Subcommittee Member of the International Society of Nephrology Global Outreach Programme, he extends his service to provide education to patients and nephrology trainees across Hong Kong, mainland China, the Asia Pacific Region and beyond.

Professor Tang serves a number of local education bodies as well as the Hong Kong Anti-Cancer Society as Executive Member and the Hong Kong Tuberculosis, Chest & Heart Diseases Association as Director. He has been awarded Ten Outstanding Young Persons of Hong Kong in 2007, and is presently Vice-Chairman of The Outstanding Young Persons' Association.

Former Holder(s):

Daniel T M Chan

Appointed in 2008

The Nephrology Division at the Department of Medicine has a long tradition at The University of Hong Kong and has gained a reputation internationally for innovative research into kidney diseases. The division has evolved continuously since its formative days in the 1960s under the leadership of Professor Richard Yu. Today the Nephrology Division cares for people with kidney diseases, dialysis patients, and kidney transplant recipients and has obtained recognition for its work in many areas of nephrology and cell biology.

Professor Chan, who graduated from The University of Hong Kong in 1985, is a world expert in the treatment of kidney diseases that complicate systemic lupus erythematosus. His research team has also made significant contributions in the areas of peritoneal dialysis and viral hepatitis in patients on dialysis or after kidney transplantation. His research has resulted in much improved treatment outcomes of patients. A major achievement is the development of a new immuno-suppressive treatment regime for severe lupus nephritis that has replaced the previous standard therapies in use since the 1970s. The high efficacy, as well as the better tolerability, of this new treatment has been welcomed by patients and doctors alike, and this treatment pioneered by Professor Chan and his team is now established internationally as the new first-line therapy for this common and important disease.

Professor Chan received training in nephrology and internal medicine at Queen Mary Hospital and Guy’s Hospital in London. He became Professor of Medicine in 1999, was promoted to Personal Chair in 2005, and received the Yu Professorship in Nephrology in 2007.

He has actively led research into clinical studies to look for newer and better methods to treat patients, and basic science studies on the mechanisms that lead to disease in lupus nephritis, which can potentially lead to the discovery of new methods to tackle the diease with regard to both prevention and treatment.

Professor Chan is a Fellow of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of London, Edinburgh, and Glasgow, and the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine. He has previously served as President of the Hong Kong Society of Transplantation and Programme Director of the Advanced Internal Medicine Board and Nephrology Board of the Hong Kong College of Physicians, and is currently Chairman of the Nephrology Board. He also sits on the Executive Committees of the Asian Society of Transplantation and the Asian Pacific Society of Nephrology, and is presently Associate Dean of the Medical Faculty at The University of Hong Kong.

Professor Chan’s research achievements have gained much international recognition, and he has been invited repeatedly to lecture at leading academic conferences such as the American Society of Nephrology meetings. His research has been published in leading journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine. He has over two hundred original articles in peer-reviewed international journals, and his papers have repeatedly received citation rankings in the top 1% according to Essential Science Indicators.