£2m donation to support regenerative medicine research

19 October 2020

An international philanthropist has announced a major commitment to the Institute for Regeneration and Repair to boost research into tissue regeneration and repair.

The £2 million gift from Martin KS Lee – a director of the Lee Shau Kee Foundation in Hong Kong - will create PhD scholarships in support of vital research taking place within the Institute. This will support research teams combating major diseases such as heart and lung disease, liver disease, diabetes, cancer and neurological diseases such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's

Mr Lee says he was motivated to make the donation after being impressed by the University’s world-leading regenerative medicine research.

The Martin KS Lee Doctoral Scholarship will provide opportunities for the next generation of stem cell and regenerative medicine scientists. Beginning in 2021, at least nine students selected from Hong Kong and the UK will have access to fully-funded, four-year PhD placements with research teams at the Institute, which incorporates both the University of Edinburgh's Centre for Regenerative Medicine and  Centre for Inflammation Research.

The Martin Lee Doctoral Scholarship Programme

The programme will include an annual Symposium, which will bring together students and faculty. Regenerative medicine experts from Hong Kong universities will be invited as keynote speakers.

Holders of the Fellowships will also have the chance to experience research environments in Hong Kong through the University’s numerous partnerships in the region.

Summer schools in Hong Kong will offer the students the opportunity to participate in a week of academic and social activities at hosting research institutions.


This generous donation, at a time of great financial uncertainty worldwide, is an indication of the vision of Martin Lee  and his confidence and trust in the University of Edinburgh and its superb research staff and students, and his belief that academic partnerships between Hong Kong and Scotland can be mutually beneficial, allowing the next generation of bright, talented and hard-working researchers to flourish in our world-leading research environment.

Professor Peter Mathieson, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh


This extremely generous donation will boost Regenerative Medicine research in Edinburgh and help train the next generation of scientist in this important area. The Institute for Regeneration and Repair is focused on developing effective therapies for devastating diseases that currently have no good treatment options.

Professor Stuart Forbes, Director, Institute for Regeneration and Repair


I am honoured to have the opportunity to support outstanding research students at the University’s Institute for Regeneration and Repair. I am absolutely confident that their meaningful research will be a great success and will bring benefits to all mankind.

Martin KS Lee, Director, Lee Shau Kee Foundation