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Exclusive talk - The mystery of gut microorganisms and brain development

The D. H. Chen Foundation Hub of Advanced Technology for Child Health (HATCH) successfully held an exclusive talk of “The mystery of gut microorganisms and brain development” on 17 October 2023. Our guest speaker, Dr. Oscar Wong from the Department of Psychiatry of The Chinese University of Hong Kong, shared groundbreaking scientific breakthroughs with the attending parents. The talk also guided parents to explore and understand the relationship between gut microbiome and children's brain development from multiple perspectives, including its impact on children's brain functions, the association with common neurodevelopmental disorders in children, and how to improve children’s health and quality of life through regulating gut microbiome.


Dr. Oscar Wong from the Department of Psychiatry of The Chinese University of Hong Kong, shared latest groundbreaking scientific breakthroughs with the attending parents.


Audiences are mainly the caregivers of children with special education needs.


The event served as not only an opportunity for HATCH to gain further visibility among the public but also as a significant contribution to the ongoing research on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Through collaboration with the research team from the Faculty of Medicine at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, HATCH has started a research project named "PROMISE" that focus on the relationship between gut microbiome and child health. The project aims to assess the sensitivity of the gut microbiota biomarkers within stool samples of suspected ASD children, ultimately striving to develop a more precise tool for early ASD risk prediction. This event marks the first collaboration with a non-profit organization (NGO) for the research project. Research assistants explained the objectives and provided further details of the study to caregivers of children with special education needs and other participants in attendance. The attendees were encouraged to participate in the research study by contributing samples. The response was overwhelmingly positive, with numerous individuals expressing their support and registering onsite to make their contribution.


Finally, we extend our special gratitude to our supporting organization, Heep Hong Society, for their tremendous support for this event. The talk received rave reviews from parents, they also became more aware of gut health.

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