David Tai Wai Yew

The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong


David Yew is a Professor of anatomy, School of Biomedical Sciences, Chinese University of Hong Kong. He obtained his B.S. degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and his Ph.D. degree from Wayne State University, Mich, USA. The D.S. degree and the Habilitation degree were conferred on him by the Universität der Rostock, Germany. His research focus is on neuroscience, particularly on human neuroscience. In the past 20 years, his main research directions have been developmental neuroscience and aging. For development in the human CNS, Professor Yew’s group works with both brainstem development and cortical development of the human, with a major interest in the genesis of neurotransmitters and receptors. In aging, his group focuses on cell death, transmitters, and receptors as well as neurotrophic factors. He leads one of the first studies on neuronal apoptosis in the human cortex, and his recent interests are on the hypertau formation of the brainstem. He has also been involving with fMRI studies of the human brains and animal models with various degenerative diseases and those of the drug addicts. Members of his group, including himself, also have much interests in the comparative anatomy of the CNS in the various groups of the vertebrates. Along this line, studies had been conducted in fishes, all the way up to primate. Professor Yew is currently a Fellow of the Society of Biology (UK), a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health (UK), a Fellow of the Zoological Society of London, and a Fellow of the American Association of Anatomists (USA). Yew has more than 260 published papers in international referred journals.

Biography Updated on 21 December 2009

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