The Age-old Battle with Plagues 疫中求勝

Since its founding, HKUMed has played a pivotal role in the treatment and control of disease outbreaks in Hong Kong. This expertise has only grown over the past 135 years, with researchers across Schools and Departments becoming global leaders in epidemiology and virology.

This foundation, alongside strong relationships with clinicians, scientists and public health authorities in mainland China meant the Faculty’s scientists produced some of the earliest research into what we now know as SARS-CoV-2, the virus behind the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our scientists from the School of Public Health brought to light the epidemiological dynamics of the novel virus by analysing its transmission data, thereby enabling HKUMed in issuing a warning to the global community over the risk to public health.

Our clinician-scientists from the Department of Microbiology was also able to confirm person-to-person transmission of SARS-CoV-2 through a variety of imaging and empirical investigation methods. Their findings had a major impact on control strategies to limit the spread of the virus.

Our scientists and clinicians have continued to lead the study of COVID-19, from diagnostics to pathogenesis, disease models, treatment and vaccines.







The art installation “Suriv” by Henry Chu is split into two acts.

The first act is inspired by the colourful microscopic images of human organoid cells that have been infected by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. These images are then used to create colours and shapes based on epidemiological data collected throughout the pandemic.

The second act is an innovative rendition of a retro 8-bit shooter game. Data collected by HKUMed researchers on past infections, as well as projected transmission trajectory of plagues and epidemics, acts as laser bullets that would fire away to “defeat” the virus. The piece also implements data processing techniques, showcasing real-time infection numbers in Hong Kong at a given time during the day, thereby illustrating our strenuous but determined battle against the virus.




Commission Artist 委約藝術家

Henry Chu 朱力行

Henry Chu is an award-winning Hong Kong-based designer, new media artist and programmer.

With his background in electrical and computer engineering, Henry specializes in interactive web design and founded pill & pillow, in 2004. He bridges the virtual and the physical and curates interactive, reactive experiences through pioneering technologies such as computational algorithms and kinetic sensors in his works, which have since then been showcased by MoMA New York, Louis Vuitton Digital Discoveries and more. Selected by Cutout Magazine as one of the 10 Best Interactive Agencies for Ideas, his independent studio has won more than 120 local and international awards for its innovative approaches, including HKDA Global Design Awards Gold Award, Hong Kong Independent Short Film & Video Awards Gold Award, London International Awards Gold Award, Cannes Festival Bronze Lion.


憑藉在電機工程學方面的背景,他主要從事互動網頁設計,並在2004年創辦了pill & pillow。他擅長把虛擬和實體連結,並通過電腦算法和運動傳感器等先進技術加強作品的互動性。他的作品曾在紐約現代藝術博物館、Louis Vuitton Digital Discoveries等機構展出。他的獨立工作室曾獲《Cutout》雜誌評選爲十大創意互動機構之一,公司旗下出品曾贏得逾120個本地和國際獎項,包括香港設計師協會環球設計大獎金獎、香港獨立短片及錄像比賽金獎、英國倫敦國際獎金獎、戛納電影節銅獅獎等。