Dr Kwan Hiu-yee receives the Travel Award from the Asia Oceania Association for the Study of Obesity for her outstanding research


關曉儀博士的出色研究,為她贏得亞洲大洋洲肥胖症研究協會頒發學者遊歷獎

Date: 13 Oct 2015 (Tuesday)

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SCM scholar wins Travel Award from Asia Oceania Association for the Study of Obesity

中醫藥學者喜獲亞洲大洋洲肥胖症研究協會頒發學者遊歷獎

Dr Kwan Hiu-yee, Research Assistant Professor of the Teaching and Research Division of the School of Chinese Medicine, received from the Asia Oceania Association for the Study of Obesity a Travel Award which went towards the cost of her trip to Nagoya, Japan for The 8th Asia-Oceania Conference on Obesity 2015 held earlier from 2-4 October.
 
Dr Kwan’s award-winning study examined the interplay between adipocytes and cancer cells. Adipose tissue, considered as an endocrine organ, can regulate systemic energy balance and metabolism. The unique and canonical function of adipocytes is to store energy as triglyceride and release fatty acids for other tissues and organs. 
 
In her study, Dr Kwan found that the fatty acids released from adipocytes target the Akt signaling pathway, thereby increasing cancer cell proliferation. This study has revealed a mechanism by which adipocytes may promote cancer growth which was previously unknown, and has identified potential molecular targets for the treatment of cancer, especially obesity-related cancers.

中醫藥學院教學科研部研究助理教授關曉儀博士最近獲得亞洲大洋洲肥胖症研究協會頒發學者遊歷獎,資助她參加早前於10月2至4日在日本名古屋舉行的第八屆亞洲─大洋洲肥胖症研討會。
 
關博士的得獎論文是研究脂肪細胞和癌細胞之間的相互作用。脂肪組織被視為一個內分泌器官,可以調節全身能量和平衡代謝。脂肪細胞的根本功能是儲存能量和釋放脂肪酸給其他組織和器官。
 
在這項研究中,關博士發現脂肪細胞釋放的脂肪酸,可以通過靶向Akt信號傳導途徑增加癌症細胞的增殖。研究不但揭示了一個解釋脂肪細胞如何促進癌細胞生長的全新機制,並提出了可用於治療癌症 (特別是與肥胖有關癌症) 的分子靶點。