Miss Liang Li and Miss Lin Congcong, PhD students of the School of Chinese Medicine (SCM), were awarded Dragon Culture Traditional Chinese Medicine Scholarships by the Dragon Culture Charity Fund

for their outstanding performance and passion in their Chinese medicine research. They are two out of the three recipients of the scholarship in Hong Kong this year.

Miss Liang’s award-winning research is her work in identifying and evaluating the fleeceflower root (heshouwu, Polygonum multiflorum Thunb.) by combining microscopic technologies and chemical analysis. Her work is not only significant in ensuring the clinical safety and efficacy of fleeceflower root but also contributes to authentication of Chinese materia medica

Miss Lin is at the forefront of research into formulating active pharmaceutical ingredients according to the theories of traditional Chinese medicine and its drug delivery system. In her research, triptolide (TPL), a diterpene triepoxide isolated from the medicinal plant Tripterygium wilfordii Hook F, is encapsulated into a dual-functional liposome for lung cancer therapy by aerosol administration. Targeting lung cancer cells only, the nanocarrier will not deliver TPL to noncancerous tissues. The outcome could point to the important role of Chinese medicines in the discovery of drugs for cancer therapy and new drug delivery systems for precise therapeutics.

Miss Liang and Miss Lin were both delighted to receive the scholarships and expressed their sincere appreciation to their respective supervisors, Associate Dean of SCM Professor Zhao Zhongzhen and Associate Professor of the Teaching and Research Division Dr Yang Zhijun, for their guidance and encouragement during their studies.