Success of the 1st Hong Kong-Nordic Research Network zoom meeting

23rd June 2021

The 1st Hong Kong-Nordic Research Network zoom meeting, held on 16-17 June 2021, was a success. There were over 20 talks and 200 plus participants, with intensive discussions and network building. We thank Profs. W.Y. Chan, Andrew Chan, Stephen K.W. TSUI, and all the organizational committee for their big efforts. A summary email by Prof. Andrew M. Chan, Director of the School of Biomedical Sciences, CUHK, is shown below. We look forward to continue this meeting annually.

Dear all,

The SBS Virtual Research Day 2021 cum Nordic Symposium was successfully held on June 16-17, 2021.  It would not be so smooth without your excellent support, and your presence has undoubtedly helped to make it a memorable occasion.  I believe all the participants have enjoyed and inspired by this one-and-a-half-day event and will forge a closer, sustained and long-term partnership.

Taking this opportunity, I would like to thank members of the organizing committee, and all the staff and students who have contributed to this event. Your dedication is highly appreciated.

To recall the happy moment, you are welcome to browse photos and videos of the event at the following URLs:


Thank you.

Best regards,

Andrew M. Chan, Ph.D.

Professor and Director
School of Biomedical Sciences
Faculty of Medicine
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 3943 3771   Fax: (852) 2603 7698
Address: Rm G03A, G/F, Lo Kwee-Seong Integrated Biomedical Sciences Building, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, Hong Kong

2020 Seasonal greetings to all NO-AD members

21st Dec 2020

2020 Seasonal greetings to all NO-AD members

Dear NO-AD members and friends,

What a splendid start in November we had; thank you all!

Impressive to listen to this condensation of Norwegian AD-related research, the ambition and radiating energy! (If you missed the 1st NO-AD network meeting, you can watch here )

Now we have reached the time to relax, to celebrate the arrival of longer days, more light and thus more energy to collect and get ready for the New Year. Enjoy!

It is our wish that 2021 will be good to all of us, giving us continued good health, or improved health, coping with the pandemic, eventually resulting in a burst of activities within the network. Just like the neurons in our brain can only function as part of a network, the NO-AD members need the network, and the network needs you.

In 2021, we aim to extend and consolidate NO-AD from a pure network to a research commutation and learning platform. We have thus collected videos from previous speakers and we believe such videos will be useful resources for the whole AD community. Videos

In 2021, we aim to invite 30+ leading researchers on AD and related fields (e.g., aging) to give digital talks (zoom) in the NO-AD and NO-Age Seminar Series. Some confirmed speakers are Profs. John Hardy/UCL (1st Feb 2021), Scott A. Small/Columbia (08th Feb 2021), Brian Kennedy/Singapore (15th Feb 2021), Dietmar Thal/KU Leuven (19th April 2021)…..Please contact us if you want to give a talk or to nominate any of your colleagues to speak in this platform. A full list of the forthcoming talks are updated periodically here  

To initiate the New Year, we gladly introduce our NO-AD LOGO, which has been designed by Imen Belhaj. We encourage you to use this on your emails and letters to boost our community and show that we are working together to fight AD. The Logo


Evandro Fei Fang & Menno Witter

Coordinators NO-AD

The 2021 postcard
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Logo of the NO-AD Network

The NO-AD Network logo is here designed by a talented and artistic Ph.D. student from the University of Oslo (UiO), Imen Belhaj, M.Sc.

The logo: The left part of the logo is an Alzheimer’s disease (AD) brain which is diseased as indicated by the red color. The right side shows the neuronal network in the AD brain that is disorganized; the red dot denotes the entorhinal cortex (EC), the earliest region showing pathology in AD. Norwegian (NO) scientists are playing a leading role in understanding how the neuronal networks in the EC function in memory and how the early changes in this region contribute to AD pathogenesis.

NO-AD researchers aim to merge basic research on memory coding in the brain with insights into changes in neuronal and network mechanisms in Alzheimer patients, in order to unravel the clues underlying this devastating disease. The NO-AD network connects basic and clinical scientists to find means to prevent, delay or restore the functional deterioration of brain networks in AD patients

The artist: Imen Belhaj is now doing a Ph.D. at the University of Oslo with Prof. Linda H. Bergersen (NO-AD member) on how exercise improves brain health and delays memory loss in the elderly and in individuals with Alzheimer´s disease. (CV here)

Imen Belhaj (photo provided by the artist)

A warm welcome from the NO-AD network

The NO-AD network is currently receiving funding support from Nasjonalforeningen. We thank our contributors for their generous support on our mission to unveil the mechanisms behind Alzheimer’s disease (AD). With the support from our funders we aim to uncover the secrets of AD and contribute to the development of novel treatments. 

Associate Professor Evandro F. Fang (UiO and Akershus University Hospital, right) and Professor Menno P. Witter (NTNU, left) are leading the Norwegian National Alzheimer’s Disease network. Photo (Asgeir Kobro-Flatmoen)

Current secretary is Mr. Ruben Gudmundsrud (UiO and Akershus university hospital)