Congratulations to Dr. Owen Ko (2004 HLMA Winner) on his Croucher Innovation Awards 2020

Our heartfelt congratulations to Dr. Owen Ko, one of our inaugural Hang Lung Mathematics Awards (HLMA) winners in 2004, who has recently received the Croucher Innovation Awards 2020 for his excellent scientific research on neuroscience.

First presented in 2012, the Croucher Innovation Awards aim to identify exceptionally talented scientists working at an internationally competitive level and to offer substantial support to these “rising stars” at a formative stage in their careers. Each award carries a value of up to HK$5 million over 5 years for research expenses of the award winner.

Dr. Ko and his team will use the funding to study the roles of glial and vascular cell dysfunction in the pathogenesis of age-related neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, with the aim of identifying new disease-modifying therapeutics.

In addition to his great achievements in scientific research, Dr. Ko is dedicated to promoting youth education in mathematics and sciences. He attended our 2018 HLMA Announcement and Awards Presentation Ceremony, where he shared his personal journey from mathematics to the frontiers of neuroscience with our young mathematics talents. To review the conversation, please visit our YouTube Channel via the link:

Currently, Dr. Ko is an Assistant Dean (Research), Head of Translational Neuroscience Unit, Division of Neurology, Assistant Professor at the Department of Medicine and Therapeutics, and the School of Biomedical Sciences, and Assistant Professor (by courtesy) at the Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

To learn more about the Croucher Innovation Awards 2020 and Dr. Ko’s research, please visit: