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Academic Visit to Guangzhou

Our academic team recently embarked on a prestigious visit to Guangzhou from 8th to 10th April! We had the privilege of meeting with experts in the fields of food science, nutrition, and health from three renowned universities in China: South China University of Technology (SCUT), South China Agricultural University (SCAU), and Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU).  During this visit, we also had the honor of witnessing the cutting-edge lab equipment and facilities available at these institutions. Having the incredible opportunity to immerse ourselves in the vibrant academic environment of these universities, we gained invaluable insights and established meaningful connections with fellow scholars.

12 Apr, 2024


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Presentation Ceremony for the Outstanding Student Award Presidential Student Leadership Award 2023

𝐏𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐂𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐧𝐲 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐎𝐮𝐭𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐒𝐭𝐮𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐀𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐝 & 𝐏𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐒𝐭𝐮𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐋𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐩 𝐀𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐝 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟑    We are delighted to announce that two of our students from the BSc (Hons) in Food Safety and Technology have been recognized at the Presentation Ceremony for the Outstanding Student Award & Presidential Student Leadership Award 2023/24. Miss CHAN Yee-ting has been honored with the prestigious “Presidential Student Leadership Award of the Faculty of Science” in recognition of her outstanding efforts and invaluable contributions to the community. Mr. LO Kin-long Kenneth has been awarded the “Outstanding Student Award of the Department of Food Science and Nutrition” for his exceptional academic performance. These awards serve as a testament to their unwavering dedication to academic excellence and exceptional leadership qualities. We are immensely proud of all our award recipients and are excited for the bright futures that lie ahead for them.

5 Apr, 2024


Outstanding Work by FSN Students New and Exceptional Stories Website

Outstanding Work by FSN Student - New and Exceptional Stories

Dive into the enlightening journey of our talented undergraduate student, Ms. Zhang Xiaoxu! As a student in the Food Safety & Technology programme, she embarked on a groundbreaking research project. Ms. Zhang focused on harnessing the extraordinary potential of two remarkable berries, renowned for their medicinal qualities. Her research aimed to unlock their power in enhancing gut health. 🩺What makes this research particularly exciting is its potential implications for managing type 2 diabetes. Learn more about the research story:

7 Mar, 2024


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Dr James Fang Named One of the Six Pew Marine Fellows Worldwide

Dr James Fang Named One of the Six Pew Marine Fellows Worldwide Dr James Kar-Hei Fang, Associate Professor in the Department of Food Science and Nutrition, has been selected as one of the six global recipients for the 2024 Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation. Dr Fang is the sole recipient from the entire East Asia region this year. The Pew Marine Fellows are selected by an international expert committee of marine science through a rigorous nomination and review process. Each recipient of the Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation is granted US$150,000 over three years to pursue a research project dedicated to marine conservation. Dr. Fang’s research focuses on restoring pearl oyster reefs in order to promote marine environmental health, biodiversity and seafood sustainability in Hong Kong. Learn more: 方家熙博士被任命為全球六名皮尤海洋學者之一 食品科學及營養學系副教授方家熙博士獲選為2024年度皮尤海洋保育研究基金的全球六位獲獎者之一,而方博士更是本年度整個東亞地區的唯一獲獎者。皮尤海洋學者是由國際海洋科學專家委員會透過嚴謹的提名和審查程序中選出。皮尤海洋保育研究基金向每位獲獎者提供三年共15萬美元資助,開展海洋保育導向的研究項目。方博士的研究主題是透過重建珍珠貝礁促進香港的海洋環境健康、生物多樣性和海洋食品可持續性。請點擊了解更多有關信息:   

6 Mar, 2024


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FSN Research Salon Microbiota and Human Health

FSN Research Salon titled “Microbiota and Human Health” Please find the details below: Date:   19 Mar 2024 (Tuesday) Time:   09:30am to 12:30pm Venue: Y302, Lee Shau Kee Building (Block Y), The Hong Kong Polytechnic University *All are welcome and prior-registration is required by clicking HERE.

6 Mar, 2024


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FSN Research Salon on Food and Human Health Metabolic Disorders

FSN Research Salon titled “Food and Human Health Metabolic Disorders”  Please find the details below: Date:   26 January 2024 (Friday) Time:   10am to 12nn Venue: Y716, Lee Shau Kee Building (Block Y), The Hong Kong Polytechnic University *All are welcome and prior-registration is required by clicking HERE.    

8 Jan, 2024


Media Interview with Prof Wong KH


在全球50歲以上的女性中,每三位就有一位可能患上骨質疏鬆性骨折,而男性則每五位就有一人患病。香港理工大學(理大)未來食品研究院院長兼食品科學及營養學系教授黃家興教授領導的研究團隊成功研發了「蟲草菌絲體Cs4多醣蛋白功能化納米硒」,經實驗證明可有效治療骨質疏鬆症。 骨質疏鬆主要影響更年期女性,因雌激素減少而導致骨質流失。研究團隊利用Cs4多醣蛋白穩定納米硒,促進骨細胞吸收,有效治療骨質疏鬆症。黃家興指出,這項創新的研究成果已獲得國家發明專利,並將與業界合作推出相關保健品,預計將進行臨床試驗,深入研究Cs4-SeNPs對人體骨細胞的作用。 這項重要的突破將為骨質疏鬆患者帶來曙光,也展現了香港理工大學在醫學研究方面的卓越成就! 請點擊了解更多有關信息:   

4 Jan, 2024


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Now TV Programme - Medicine Online: Tips for Healthy Breakfasts by Dr Kenneth LO

Now TV Programme - Medicine Online: Tips for Healthy Breakfasts by Dr Kenneth LO  Dr Kenneth LO Ka-hei, Assistant Professor of the Department of Food Sicence and Nutrition (FSN) was interviewed by the Now TV programme “Medicine Online” to expound upon the significance of eating breakfast and the healthy way to have it. Dr Lo explained the benefits of breakfast, as well as the recommended food, timing, and portion size for healthy breakfasts. Click the link below to watch more about the Now TV programme:    Now新聞 - 杏林在線: 羅家禧博士分享健康早餐貼士 羅家禧博士日前於Now TV節目《杏林在線》接受訪問,講解進食早餐的重要性和健康吃早餐的方式。羅博士分享了早餐的益處,以及健康早餐的食物、進食時間及分量建議。歡迎透過以下連結,觀賞網上報道: 

20 Dec, 2023


Worlds Top 2 Scientists by Stanford University

PolyU FSN Scholars Ranked as the World Top

Congratulations to the 5 scholars from our Department of FSN who have been recognized among the top 2% of scientists worldwide, as per Stanford University's latest ranking. This recognition is a testament to our outstanding research excellence across various fields and the significant impact we've achieved. The data is based on the October 1, 2023, snapshot from Scopus, providing comprehensive metrics like citations, h-index, co-authorship-adjusted hm-index, and more. Join us in applauding our distinguished scientists for this remarkable achievement. Your unwavering dedication is making a profound impact on the world of science! Learn more:

9 Nov, 2023


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Research Breakthrough: Cs4-SeNPs that can manage postmenopausal osteoporosis

Prof. Wong Ka-hing and his team at FSN have developed Cs4-selenium nanocomposites (Cs4-SeNPs) to manage postmenopausal osteoporosis. Selenium is crucial for bone health and metabolism, and with its well-characterized structure and high stability, Cs4-SeNPs showed promising results in inducing proliferation, differentiation, and mineralization in pre-osteoblast cells. In animal studies, Cs4-SeNPs demonstrated bone protective effects against OVX-induced osteoporosis by promoting bone formation, inhibiting bone resorption, and improving bone microarchitecture.  This patented project has gained international recognition with various awards and was recently published in the Journal of Functional Foods. Further investigations are underway to explore Cs4-SeNPs' stability, absorption, and metabolism. Prof. Wong and his team look forward to collaborating with the industry for the development of health food products and drugs based on this ground-breaking nanotechnology. Read the full research paper: 《蟲草菌絲體Cs4多醣蛋白功能化納米硒 : 一種有助於管理更年期骨質疏鬆症的新型納米礦物質》   最近,我系的黃家興教授及其研究團隊成功運用人體必須的微量礦物質「硒」,以及從冬蟲夏草中提煉的「多醣蛋白」,製備出高穩定性的「新型Cs4多醣蛋白功能化納米硒」,對於管理更年期骨質疏鬆症具有重大幫助。   骨質疏鬆症是一種代謝性骨骼疾病,其特點是骨質密度下降,骨微結構退化,增加了骨折風險。隨著全球老齡化,骨質疏鬆症已成為一個嚴重的公共健康問題,影響全球超過兩億人,給社會帶來巨大的經濟和醫療負擔。目前,臨床治療更年期骨質疏鬆症主要使用雌激素替代療法(HRT)。然而,最近的研究顯示HRT可能增加患乳癌、中風、心血管疾病等風險。因此,迫切需要開發一種新的更年期骨質疏鬆症治療方法。   硒是人體健康必需的微量元素之一,具有廣泛的生理功能。 在過去幾十年的大量研究表明,缺硒與大骨節病、骨量減少以及骨質疏鬆症有密切關係,揭示出硒在骨代謝中的重要角色。近年,利用納米技術獲得的納米硒,因其生物相容性高、毒性低和生物活性顯著而成為新的研究熱點。然而,迄今為止,有關納米硒對骨健康的研究仍然相對有限。   冬蟲夏草是一種珍貴的藥用真菌,在中國作為滋補食品及治療中藥已有700多年的歷史。藥理學和臨床研究表明,多醣蛋白是蟲草菌絲體 (Cs4) 的主要生物活性成分之一,具有廣泛的健康促進和治療作用,如免疫調節、抗腫瘤、以及骨保護等。利用Cs4多醣蛋白作為穩定劑,黃家興教授成功製備出高穩定性的新型Cs4多醣蛋白功能化納米硒(Cs4-SeNPs)。研究發現,Cs4-SeNPs(10μM)能顯著地誘導前成骨細胞的增殖、分化以及骨礦化。更重要的是,團隊利用去卵巢小鼠(更年期骨質疏鬆症的動物模型)驗證了口服Cs4-SeNPs (25, 50 & 500 µg/kg BW/day) 6周後,能通過促進骨形成,減低骨流失和改善骨微結構,展現出顯著的體內骨保護作用。   該研究團隊將進一步探討Cs4-SeNP的胃腸穩定性、腸道吸收率、代謝途徑等領域。團隊的長遠目標是為更年期骨質疏鬆症患者開發一種高品質、安全及有實證的新型保骨素,全面提升他們的骨健康及生活質素。   歡迎透過以下連結觀看傳媒報導: 香港商業電台- 東方日報 - am730 - 大公報 - 文匯報 -

6 Nov, 2023


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