international neuroscience research and has spurred countless innovations and research projects. Her decades of intensive research have led to the development of health supplements using active extracts from herbal ingredients to attenuate degenerative brain diseases. In recognition of her achievements, she was the first Hong Kong scientist and awardee in the Life Sciences from China to be awarded the prestigious L’OREAL-UNESCO Award for Women in Science, among her many other accolades. As a female scientist in a traditionally male-dominated field, Prof. Ip has shattered glass ceilings. At a time when scientific development in Hong Kong was in its initial phases, she helped develop a research culture by establishing a state-of-the-art drug discovery technology platform, spearheading the city’s first State Key Laboratory of Molecular Neuroscience (SKL), and introducing the world to the potential of Chinese herbal medicine. The SKL has been key to solidifying HKUST’s role at the forefront of With the advancement of ultrasensitive blood-based protein detection technology, we have developed a simple, non-invasive, and accurate diagnostic solution for AD, which will greatly facilitate population-scale screening for the disease.