10 October, 2005

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The State Key Lab was opened by the Minister

The Ministry of Science and Technology of the Central Government has approved the application from the University of Hong Kong to establish a State Key Laboratory of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at HKU. To announce its formal operation, HKU has today (4 October 2005) hosted an opening ceremony with Mr. Xu Guan Hua, Minister of Science and Technology of the People's Republic of China, as the officiating guest.

The national recognition fully demonstrates HKU's continuing excellence in research on human cognition and neuroscience. HKU's State Key Laboratory is the FIRST and ONLY in this field that is located outside the Mainland China.

The State Key Laboratory of Brain and Cognitive Science (HKU) is a research center that adopts an interdisciplinary approach across the fields of Linguistics, Anatomy, Psychology, Diagnostic Radiology and Genome. The Laboratory is located at HKU's Arts Faculty; it will work towards improving human health, enhancing quality of education and communication, and discovering the neuro-physiological basis of learning and perception.

Also opened that day is the State Key Laboratory of Emerging Infectious Diseases at HKU.

Professor Lap-Chee Tsui, Vice-Chancellor of HKU, expressed delight at the decision of the Ministry of Science and Technology. "Two happy events come one after the other, it is a great honour to have two State Key Laboratories at HKU. We are grateful to the Central Government, the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Hong Kong Government, the University Grants Committee and the benefactors from the community for their continuous support in making it happen. We aim to achieve the highest level of research excellence, and we will do our best to contribute to the society. These two State Key Laboratories will nurture and bring together outstanding scientists in their respective fields," said Professor Tsui.

The Central Government accords great importance to these state key laboratories, regarding them as key components of China 's science and technology research system. They serve as the base for top-level basic research and applied basic research development, assembling and nurturing outstanding researchers, as well as scholarly exchanges for the country.

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