Facial recognition and public Wi-Fi are becoming more widespread in our daily lives. But have you ever considered that hackers are waiting around every corner to steal your credentials for profit? Fortunately, there are dedicated teams working tirelessly to combat these illegal activities. Two research teams from CUHK are hitting back at hack attacks as they examine vulnerabilities in facial recognition software and the configuration of virtual private networks and Wi-Fi networks.
Dialysis is inconvenient and debilitating for millions of people worldwide with chronic kidney disease (CKD), with a major negative impact on their daily lives. Even worse, there are no treatments for the major marker of the condition, kidney fibrosis – meaning the root of the problem cannot be tackled. However, thanks to a CUHK research team, that could change: while searching for an effective gene therapy for the disease, they discovered something surprising – tiny particles of gold alone are capable of treating it. So far, they’ve proved it works in mice; now they’re working towards trialling it in people.
Tick-tock, tick-tock: the climate clock is making an alarming sound, counting down the amount of time we have left to save the earth. Scorching heat and potentially devastating flooding are both on the rise. Two recent CUHK studies have explored what we can do about that: while one is helping the authorities map floods and take contingency measures, the other predicts an ever hotter future, and suggests ways we can mitigate the heat’s most debilitating effects.
It might surprise you that our immune systems have a memory, and it is crucial in our battle against diseases like COVID-19. The secret of improving this memory might be living inside you already. A research team from CUHK’s Faculty of Medicine has discovered the critical role that certain gut bacteria can play in lengthening the duration of immune responses to COVID-19 vaccines. The problem is, not everyone has them. As a result, they’ve come up with a supplement containing the beneficial bacteria, and demonstrated how effective it can be in boosting immunity. Now they’re looking at what our gut microbiome can do to protect us from other diseases.
CUHK has recently organised several events that demonstrate its research excellence in promoting innovation and technology. At the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society – Asia Pacific Conference 2023, 1000 research leaders and industry experts from around the world shared the latest breakthroughs; Innovation Day gathered over 40 CUHK start-ups to showcase the results of industry-academia-research collaboration; Entrepreneur Day provided a platform for academics, students, alumni, investors and industry to advance the entrepreneurship agenda; and the CUHK Robotics Open Day presented cutting edge discoveries to the wider community.
CUHK-led collaborative research predicts that in 2040-49, extreme weather will become more common in Hong Kong, with the number of hot nights and amount of extreme rainfall increasing significantly.
Scientists at CUHK has developed an edible, biodegradable food packaging from bacterial cellulose which could potentially replace disposable plastic packaging.
Professor Yi-Chun Lu’s team found a new molecular catalyst that could help to boost the performance of polysulfide-based flow batteries.
A joint study between CUHK and the University of South Australia shows that mussels, which play critical roles in ecosystems, can withstand marine heatwaves by regulating their body functions.
CUHK’s engineering faculty has developed a magnetically powered microrobot that can remove biofilm build-up inside medical devices, prevent serious infections and aid patients’ recovery.