CNC Fund

Professor Chen Char-Nie Research and Education Fund

Professor Char-Nie Chen, OBE, JP, MB, MSc, FHKAM(Psychiatry), FHKCPsych (Hon.) FHKCPsych, FRCPsych, FRANZCP, DPM.

Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

As the Foundation Chairman and Professor of Psychiatry, Professor Char-Nie Chen built up the Department of Psychiatry in CUHK from scratch in 1981. He laid down the solid foundation for undergraduate teaching in behavioural science and bio-psycho-social medicine and believed that psychiatry should be taught as a universal subject as similar to other medical disciplines for undergraduate medical students and non-psychiatrists. He was instrumental in developing a postgraduate training course in psychiatry in CUHK, which was later adopted by the Hong Kong College of Psychiatrists as the Central Training Course in Hong Kong. He insisted on a training career in psychiatric subspecialty, and was influential in building up child and adolescent psychiatry and old age psychiatry. In research development, he has built up the monumental research in psychiatric epidemiology with the landmark Shatin Psychiatric Epidemiology Survey and a new cross-disciplinary research in sleep medicine. After his retirement in 1998, he worked as a private specialist in psychiatry, but continued to help promote addiction psychiatry and liaison psychiatry for HIV/AIDS patients. He was awarded O.B.E. in 1997. With his foresight, wisdom and passion, he has helped to transform the psychiatric education for both undergraduate and post-graduate education and research landscape in Hong Kong.

The department has established a research and education fund and is honoured to name the fund (Professor Char-Nie Chen education and research fund) after Professor Chen. The fund will be used in enhancing the education and research aspects of the department. In particular, there will be an annual Char-Nie Chen Distinguished Lecture that will invite the eminent psychiatrist and scientist of the world to come to Hong Kong to deliver the lecture.

Professor Chen Char-Nie Research and Education Fund was inaugurated on 3 November, 2018.

This fund will be used in ​

  • Recruitment of visiting scholars, academic staff, honorary staff, etc. to deliver teaching and research-related activities, ​
  • Support organization of department mental health activities e.g. workshops, conferences and seminars, etc.​
  • Support academic staff for research purpose,​

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