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HKU Faculty of Dentistry Bulletin: September 2017

Upcoming Events

35th Anniversary Symposium and Gala Dinner to be Held on 23 November 2017

2017 marks the 35th Anniversary of the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Hong Kong. The Faculty will be hosting the most anticipated one-day Scientific Symposium at the Prince Philip Dental Hospital, together with a Gala Dinner at Harbour Grand Hong Kong in the evening on 23 November 2017.

At the dinner, we will also celebrate the Faculty being ranked the world's No.1 Dental Faculty for the second year in a row, by the 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

Please come and join us on this special occasion. Details are as follows:

Date: 23 November 2017 (Thursday)

Time:8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Venue:Lecture Theatre 1, Prince Philip Dental Hospital
* CME/CPD Credits
For registration and program details, please visit:

Gala Dinner
Time:6:00 pm Cocktail Reception | 7:00 pm Dinner
Venue:Harbour Grand Hong Kong, 1/F Grand Ballroom, 23 Oil Street, North Point, Hong Kong

We look forward to seeing you there!

To enjoy our early bird registration, please visit below link:


Knowledge Exchange & Community Engagement

Oral Health Exhibition Held on National Love Teeth Day on 20 September 2017

To celebrate China's National Love Teeth Day, the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Hong Kong organised the Oral Health Exhibition for the general public as well as the Workshop on Tobacco Cessation Counselling for dental students on 20 September 2017 in the premises of the Prince Philip Dental Hospital.

The Exhibition provided the public with oral health information, brushing and flossing demonstrations, quizzes and games to enhance oral health knowledge.

The opening of the Exhibition was officiated by Prof Thomas Flemmig, Dean of the Faculty, together with Prof Chu Chun Hung, Associate Dean (External Relations) and Prof Edward Lo Chin Man, Chair Professor of Dental Public Health. It attracted more than 200 visitors that included dental patients, elderly and parents bringing with their children who concerned about their dental health and hygiene.

The evening Workshop included a seminar to present research findings on “Dental students’ awareness, preparedness and barriers towards managing tobacco-using patients”. It introduced tobacco-cessation counselling, shared knowledge on epidemiology, and correct use of pharmacotherapy. It also provided suggestions to improve anti-tobacco trainings in HKU. Furthermore, the workshop gave a hands-on Nicotinelle Product Training.


Faculty News

The 53rd Annual Meeting of ISO/TC 106 Concludes Successfully in Hong Kong

The Annual Meeting of the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO)/Technical Committee 106 (TC 106) Dentistry concluded successfully in Hong Kong. It was hosted by the Innovation and Technology Commission, and organised by Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Hong Kong (HKU). This international meeting was held the 2nd time in Hong Kong from 20 to 25 August 2017 at the main campus of HKU. The first time was in 1986.

This was the 53rd Annual Meeting of ISO/TC 106 Dentistry and over 65 meeting sessions were scheduled. More than 300 experts and delegates in dentistry from over 20 member economies and organisations in liaison with ISO attended these meetings. The meeting produced very fruitful discussions that contributed to about 60 new international dental standards.

The ISO/TC 106 Dentistry, currently having 44 member economies with various subcommittees and working groups, has published 175 ISO standards.

Lastly, the Faculty would like to express our heartfelt thanks to Dr James Tsoi Kit Hon, Assistant Professor in Dental Materials Science, for his unparalleled contribution in organising this meeting.

Prof Thomas Flemmig, Dean, Faculty of Dentistry
(front row, second from the left) welcomes the international participants at the course

First Osteology Research Academy Course in Hong Kong

The first Osteology Research Academy Course was held on 3-6 July 2017 in Hong Kong, in collaboration with the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Hong Kong. It attracted 33 participants from 11 different countries. Interested researchers from Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and the UK attended the 4-day course on good scientific practice and research methodology.

The course provided excellent opportunity of close contact and discussions with renowned and experienced presenters, networking with other young researchers from all over the world. It provided an in-depth and comprehensive overview of pre-clinical and clinical research methods. Both the presenters and the participants enjoyed the course and excellent response in all aspects was received.


Awards and Achievements

Mr Godfrey Ngai Shing Kin

Honorary University Fellowship to be Conferred on Mr Godfrey Ngai Shing Kin

In recognition of Mr Godfrey Ngai’s contributions to the University and society, the University of Hong Kong (HKU) conferred the most prestigious award, the Honorary University Fellowship to him at the award presentation ceremony, presided by the Pro-Chancellor of the University Dr the Honourable Sir David Li on 26 September 2017.

Mr Godfrey Ngai was an instructor in Dental Technology in HKU Faculty of Dentistry from 1981 to 1998. His subsequent advancement in the dentistry profession has been significant.  His biography can be viewed from:

Mr Ngai created the Modern Dental Laboratory (MDL) Company Limited in 1996. MDL becomes a global group of companies and the largest provider of dental laboratory services worldwide. Mr Ngai has unwaveringly supported HKU’s Faculty of Dentistry in postgraduate teaching and research, and the advancement of dental technology through collaborative research with MDL.

Please join us to express our heartfelt gratitude to Mr Ngai for his tremendous and continuous support to the Faculty and University.


Implant Dentistry Commented for "Design and Quality" in Prestigious Greater China Awards

The Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) in Implant Dentistry of the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Hong Kong was commented for "Design and Quality" in prestigious Greater China awards!

The Greater China MOOC Symposium (GCMS), a platform for academics and industry professionals together to discuss recent progress in education and identify best teaching practices that MOOCs can bring, was hosted in 2017 by the Chinese University of Hong Kong. One of the most celebrated part of the symposium is the annual MOOC Awards, introduced to promote development of high-quality MOOCs in academia, industry, and enterprises and to recognise excellence.

Our Faculty's MOOC in Implant Dentistry was a finalist in the category A "Design and Quality" and one of the two HKU MOOCs that received an Honourable Mention! As MOOCs are now reaching a maturity as an educational innovation, this award comes at a great timing to acknowledge HKU and our Faculty’s efforts, and serve as an encouragement to continue and expand our on-line footprint even further!


Prof Michael Bornstein
Clinical Professor in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology
(KE Fund)

Dr Michael George Botelho
Clinical Associate Professor in Prosthodontics
(KE Fund)

Prof Chu Chun Hung
Clinical Professor in Family Dentistry
(KE Fund)

Dr Waruna Lakmal Dissanayaka
Research Assistant Professor in Biomedical and Tissue Engineering

Prof Jung Han Sung
Professor in Oral Biosciences
(KE Fund)

Dr Gillian Lee Hiu Man
Clinical Assistant Professor in Paediatric Dentistry

Prof Leung Wai Keung
Clinical Professor in Periodontology

Dr Mike Leung Yiu Yan
Clinical Associate Professor in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
(KE Fund)

Prof Edward Lo Chin Man
Tam Wah-Ching Professor in Dental Science, Chair Professor of Dental Public Health
(GRF) (KE Fund)

Dr Prasanna Neelakantan
Clinical Assistant Professor in Endodontology
(KE Fund)

Prof Zhang Chengfei
Clinical Professor in Endodontics

RGC Granted General Research Fund to Five Faculty Staff

We are delighted to announce that five faculty staff of the HKU Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Hong Kong have won research grants in a total sum of HK$4.27 million from the General Research Fund (GRF) of the Hong Kong Research Grants Council (RGC) for research projects starting in 2017-18. They are:

  • Dr Waruna Lakmal Dissanayaka
  • Dr Gillian Lee Hiu Man
  • Prof Leung Wai Keung
  • Prof Edward Lo Chin Man
  • Prof Zhang Chengfei

The Faculty very much appreciates the research initiatives taken by our staff.

Knowledge Exchange Funding Exercise 2017-18

The Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Hong Kong is pleased to announce that our 7 academic staff have received the yearly Knowledge Exchange (KE) Funding for Impact Projects 2017-18 of the University of Hong Kong and each of them are fully funded with HK$100,000. They will also receive the Faculty Knowledge Exchange Incentive Award of HK$5,000 for their successful application. They are:

  • Prof Michael Bornstein
  • Dr Michael George Botelho
  • Prof Chu Chun Hung
  • Prof Jung Han Sung
  • Dr Mike Leung Yiu Yan
  • Prof Edward Lo Chin Man
  • Dr Prasanna Neelakantan

The Knowledge Exchange Funding Scheme for Impact Projects of the University of Hong Kong aims to support staff members to undertake projects that:

  • create social, economic, environmental or cultural impacts for industry, business or the community, by building on expertise or knowledge in the University;

  • benefit non-academic communities beyond Hong Kong; and

  • collect evidence for corroboration and evaluation of impacts arising from a research project or KE project.
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