Global Partnerships for Medical Robotics
CUHK Deepening Ties with World Leading Institutes for Transdisciplinary Medical Robotics Research to Reshape the Future of Diagnosis and Treatment
The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) established partnerships with ETH Zurich, Imperial College London and Johns Hopkins University to deepen ties on transdisciplinary medical robotics research. The three top-notch overseas institutions will collaborate with CUHK through the planned Multi-Scale Medical Robotics Centre (MRC) which aims to develop effective and accessible imaging and robotic technologies that will reshape the future of medical diagnosis and treatment of diseases in multiple specialties, and ultimately, improve the quality of life of patients.
The signing ceremony for the partnerships was held on 31 January 2019, which was witnessed by The Hon Mrs Carrie LAM CHENG Yuet-ngor, The Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR); Professor Rocky S. TUAN, Vice-Chancellor and President of CUHK; and Mr. Nicholas W. YANG, Secretary for Innovation and Technology of the HKSAR Government.
The Chief Executive said, ‘Today’s global alliance is made up of three international institutions and CUHK, which are all pioneers in medical robotics. With the coming together of these four prestigious universities, and their world-class robotics expertise, I’m confident the planned Multi-Scale Medical Robotics Centre’s research will advance the diagnosis and treatment of multiple medical specialties.’
‘As a global, leading research university, CUHK is committed to the development of high-impact, cutting-edge research and the support of inter-disciplinary and international collaborations. The recent phenomenal support from the HKSAR Government has brought about a wonderful and golden opportunity for the advancement of innovation and technology in the city, the presentation of our research activities on the global stage, and the leveraging of our talents and established strengths in medicine and engineering. We are confident that the planned Medical Robotics Centre will lead to a wellspring of inspiration for the development and dissemination of medical robotic technology in Hong Kong and beyond,’ remarked Professor Tuan.
The planned MRC will conduct three major research programmes, namely ‘Endoluminal Multiscale Robotic Platforms for Diagnostics and Therapeutics’, ‘Magnetic-guided Endoluminal Robotic Platform’ and ‘Image-guided Robotic Interventions’, covering a wide range of specialties in medicine, including gastrointestinal endoscopy and surgery; cardiovascular and cardiac surgery; ear, nose and throat; neurology and neurosurgery; ophthalmology; orthopaedics; thoracic; and urology. Experts from engineering, computer sciences, and robotics will also be engaged on this platform.
The transdisciplinary team across universities in Hong Kong and worldwide will work together on this synergistic platform to forge new ways to translate biomedical engineering research innovations into medical technology advances, promoting a more sophisticated development of medical robots and instilling confidence into patients towards these innovations. The MRC will also focus on talent development by providing training for surgeons and engineers in robotic technologies. Besides, it will serve as an incubator to foster start-ups and spin-offs in biomedical engineering and healthcare technologies in Hong Kong.
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