The Shun Hing Lecture Series invited Dr. Victor Joseph Dzau, a world renowned cardiologist and the President of the US National Academy of Medicine (NAM), to The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) on 18 September 2018 as the guest speaker for the Shun Hing Lecture. Dr. Dzau spoke on the topic "Medical and Technological Breakthroughs Shaping the Future of Health and Medicine and Their Implications for Society", attracting about 250 CUHK staff and students, alumni, high school students and members of the public. After his lecture, Dr. Dzau had a fruitful interaction with the audience and he encouraged the youth to participate in scientific and medical research.
Born in Shanghai, Dr. Dzau spent his teenage years in Hong Kong and received medical training in Canada. He specialized in cardiovascular medicine and molecular medicine and was a pioneer in gene therapy.
Dr. Dzau is a dynamic researcher and a global leader in health care policy. He has designed and led important initiatives, including the Commission on a Global Health Risk Framework for the Future, to make recommendations for an effective global architecture for recognizing and mitigating the threat of epidemic infectious diseases. The launch of the NAM Grand Challenges in Healthy Longevity represents his vision to inspire coalescence across disciplines and sectors around a shared priority and an audacious goal to advance health.
Among his many honours and recognitions are the American Heart Association Distinguished Scientist Award, the Max Delbrück Medal from Germany, and the Henry Freisen International Prize. In 2014, Dr Dzau received the Public Service Medal from the President of Singapore. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the UK Academy of Medical Sciences, Academia Sinica and the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. He has also received honorary doctorates from 13 internationally renowned institutions.
Video recap: http://www.cpr.cuhk.edu.hk/cutv/category/21