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SHKP and CUHK present Nobel Chemist Lecturing on how Antibiotics Fight Infectious Diseases

2011-01-13

Sun Hung Kai Properties (SHKP) and The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) presented a public lecture by 2009 Nobel Chemistry Laureate Venkatraman Ramakrishnan on how Antibiotics Block the Protein Factory of Pathogenic Bacteria. The lecture was the 17th installment of the widely acclaimed Sun Hung Kai Properties Nobel Laureates Distinguished Lectures Series and was received with enthusiasm by over 350 academics, students and members of the public.

SHKP Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer Patrick Chan said: “SHKP advocates ‘Building Homes with Heart’ and is dedicated to promoting education and life-long learning in various ways as part of our commitment to good corporate citizenship. We are very pleased to have been sponsors of the Sun Hung Kai Properties Nobel Laureates Distinguished Lectures Series with the Chinese University since 2004. The lectures have brought Hong Kong many world-class scholars and scientists to explain their fields of expertise and breakthroughs, and the result is that Hong Kong people have broader vision and the desire to pursue further knowledge.”

CUHK Pro Vice-chancellor Kenneth Young began by thanking SHKP for its support over the past seven years. He went on to say that: “Professor Ramakrishnan and his associates determined for the first time in 2000 that the atomic structure of part of a ribosome that secretes protein is elucidated in a sense analogous to the work of Watson and Crick in determining the atomic structure of the DNA more than half a century ago. Professor Ramakrishnan then made very important further discoveries, determining how antibiotics can stop protein production. His research on ribosomes won him the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2009. His work has great translational potential, as many scientists are now employing the models he created to develop new antibiotics for combating pathogenic bacteria. This has become an urgent task, as we are now facing more and more bacterial infections that are difficult to treat and resistant to the antibiotics that doctors now have at their disposal.”

The lecture was shown live at local universities and the Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks to reach a broader audience. A hyperlink to the webcast was also provided by Hong Kong Education City for secondary school teachers and students. There was also a live feed to the Peking, Fudan, Shanghai Jiao Tong, Tsinghua, Zhejiang, Nanjing and Sun Yat-sen Universities on the mainland.

The Sun Hung Kai Properties Nobel Laureates Distinguished Lectures Series were inaugurated in 2004 with The Chinese University of Hong Kong. The series brings Nobel Laureates to speak to a broad cross-section of the community, to promote discovery and the dissemination of knowledge, encouraging life-long learning and innovation. After this 17th installment of the series, 24 Nobel Laureates or renowned scholars have lectured in Hong Kong.

Patrick Chan (left) and Prof. Joseph Sung, Vice-Chancellor, CUHK (right) presenting a souvenir to Professor Ramakrishnan
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Patrick Chan (left) and Prof. Joseph Sung, Vice-Chancellor, CUHK (right) presenting a souvenir to Professor Ramakrishnan

The lecture is warmly received with a full house of 350 audience
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The lecture is warmly received with a full house of 350 audience

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