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.