Ho Leung Fung

Professor Ho-Leung Fung is Professor and Chairman Emeritus of Pharmaceutical Sciences in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences of the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences of the State University of New York at Buffalo in the United States of America. He completed the Certificate of Pharmacy at the Victorian College of Pharmacy (1966) prior to receiving his PhD, with distinction, from the University of Kansas. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences, a Fellow of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists, of which he is also a founding member and Past President, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Leung has made extraordinary contributions to international pharmaceutical science, drug discovery and drug development through his own research findings and through his collaborative international pharmaceutical sciences programs. He is a leading international expert on the discipline of pharmacokinetics (the study of drug movement into, within, and out of the body) and pharmacodynamics (the study of the concentration of a drug and its pharmacological effects). He has particularly applied these disciplines to understand the mechanisms of action of a class of cardiovascular drugs called the organic nitrates, which include the well-known drug, nitroglycerin.

Leung’s outstanding achievements have been well recognised through Research Achievement Awards from the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences and the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists. He also received the prestigious MERIT award from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health of the United States. His work has been further recognised in Japan by the Takeru and Aya Higuchi Memorial Award of the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Technology.

Leung has been involved in an editorial capacity with many scientific periodicals and currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of the AAPS Journal. His international leadership in pharmaceutical science is further acknowledged by his selection as the Scientific Program Chair for the 2010 Pharmaceutical Sciences World Congress, which will be a joint meeting between the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists and the International Pharmaceutical Federation.

Monash University will award Prof Ho-Leung Fung the Degree of Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) at a graduation ceremony to be held in the Robert Blackwood Hall at 4 pm on Thursday,May 8, 2008.