The Chinese University of Hong Kong Ophthalmic Research Centre: from the past to the future
The Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences of the Chinese University of Hong Kong was established in 1994 as the first academic ophthalmology department in Hong Kong. The department involves patient services, research, professional training, medical student teaching, post-graduate education, community services, international services and project development. For research, we conducted programs to advance ophthalmic surgery, clinical trials, epidemiology studies, investigative ophthalmology and basic sciences. A comprehensive ophthalmic research laboratory system is established for microscopies, genomics, molecular biology, cell biology, histopathology, analytical chemistry, experimental animals and bioinformatics. The Clinical Drug Trial Centre has been accredited by the China Food and Drug Administration since 2006. We work closely in clinical ophthalmology, research, training and education with the Shantou University / Chinese University of Hong Kong Joint Shantou International Eye Center. We have built a collaborative network in ophthalmic research with institutions in Hong Kong, mainland China and overseas. In 2015, we incorporated our Lim Por-yen Eye Genetics Research Centre, Pao So Kuk Macular Diseases Treatment and Research Centre and Lee Wing Kit Advanced Ophthalmic Training and Education Centre with the research laboratories to form the Chinese University of Hong Kong Ophthalmic Research Centre. While the existing Chinese University of Hong Kong Eye Centre mainly conducts clinical services and research, the 2 centers work together on patient orientated research to advance the investigation and treatment of common and rare eye diseases.
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