Joint Ophthalmology and Vision Science Research Program for MBBS and BME Students 2021

Interdisciplinary collaborations between medical and engineering professionals are one of the keys to recent tremendous advancements and creations in biomedical technologies. Moreover, being able to truly understand the needs of the end-users – patients, is a crucial element, but sometimes being neglected, for the successful launch of a research project. In view of these, the Department of Ophthalmology and the Biomedical Engineering Programme are now launching the Joint Ophthalmology and Vision Science Research Program for MBBS and BME Students 2021!

The Program will match Year 2 or 3 students from the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) and Year 2 or 3 students from the Biomedical Engineering Programme (BME) in HKU to form a student research group. Each group will be provided the opportunity to interview visually impaired (VI) patients or their caregivers to identify and understand patients’ unmet needs. After interviews, the group need to identify their own research questions, perform literature search, and come up with their own solutions for the research questions. Then, the group justifies the feasibility of the proposed solutions through experimental investigations, prototyping, and/or other means of deliverables. Each group will be supported by a maximum of 5000 HKD to deliver the project!


If you are interested, please register via the following link:

Limited spots! First come first served!


06 September 2021 11:59 pm

For more information, please contact Dr. Joseph Yau Kei CHAN, Assistant Professor, Department of Ophthalmology, at

This program is supported by the Teaching Development Grants 2021/2022 @ HKU. This project is approved by the Institutional Review Board of the HKU/Hospital Authority Hong Kong West Cluster (IRB Ref. No. UW 21-538).

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