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Friday Beyond Spotlights Presents Dr Francis Chan: Saving the World, One Poo at a Time?

Friday Beyond Spotlights Presents Dr Francis Chan: Saving the World, One Poo at a Time?

Friday Beyond Spotlights, an informative yet light-hearted talk show airing tonight on the Hong Kong International Business Channel (#76), is where prominent guests share their insights into current affairs, business, innovation and culture, as well as their ingenuity, passion and grit which forge their Lion Rock spirit. The program is hosted by businessman and philanthropist Patrick Tsang On-yip, lawyer and lawmaker Nick Chan Hiu-fung, and seasoned business maverick Herman Hu Shao-ming.
Hosted by Nick Chan, episode 5 of Season 2 presents Professor Francis Chan Ka-leung, Dean of Faculty of Medicine at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) since 2014. An award-winning specialist in the research of gut microbiome and digestive diseases, Prof Chan is building the largest poo bank in Hong Kong to provide useful data for the future generation of diagnostics and medicine for the world. He adds that the future of poo medicine might even stop or reverse the aging process.


Chan says to face global challenges, our next generation of doctors need to have an international perspective, an innovative mindset, and a very strong sense of humanity. He welcomes to the profession those students who really have the compassion for the poor and sick.

Displaying a framed Rocky Balbao poster, Chan says the movie is very inspirational to him. He very much identifies himself with Rocky as he was born in a very poor family which couldn’t afford an extra HK$8 a month of transportation to send him to a local famous school a bit far away.
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Chan is a firm believer of “if you are not afraid of failures, one day you will be successful,” as evident in his zealous advocacy of the government colorectal cancer screening program launched some five years ago. “The most important thing is that you pursue your dream and you dare to dream if you believe in something, no matter how difficult it is, no matter how hard you get hit, you just stand up and continue to move forward,” he remarks.

To find out more, watch Episode 5 of Friday Beyond Spotlights tonight at 8:30pm on the HKIBC channel (#76).

Watch the trailer of Episode 5 on https://youtu.be/mRnqGExXp-M
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