Dr Philip S. L. Beh,
Prof Gabriel M. Leung
and Dr Priscilla Song have recently
completed their appointments:
- Dr Beh:
CMEL Co-Director (Medicine);
Leung: Dean of the LKS Faculty of Medicine and ex-officio
member of the CMEL Executive Board ("EB");
Song: member of EB.
are grateful to Dr Beh for his many pivotal contributions and to
Prof Leung and Dr Song for their support and guidance.
We warmly welcome Prof Gilberto K. K.
Leung, Prof Chak Sing Lau
and Dr Julie Y. Chen,
who have taken up the appointments below:
Leung: CMEL Co-Director (Medicine);
Lau: Dean of the LKS Faculty of Medicine and ex-officio member
Chen: member of EB.
Dr Haochen Sun,
CMEL Research Fellow, has been promoted to full professor. We send
him our heartiest congratulations.
Additionally, we are pleased to announce that CMEL Co-Director Dr Calvin W. L. Ho
has been awarded a grant by the Research Grants Council to study
the regulatory governance of medical AI in the Greater Bay Area.
Prof Gilberto K. K. Leung will also be involved in this study.
Last but not least, we have presented in this newsletter
various research and medical law updates and a collection of MBBS student essays.
interested in learning more about the papers marked with an
asterisk (*) below are welcome to contact Ms Daisy Cheung/ Dr Calvin W. L. Ho
*Ms Daisy Cheung
presented a paper entitled "Implementing
Will and Preferences in Adult Guardianship Regimes of Confucian
Societies: Redefining the Problem" at the 7th
World Congress on Adult Capacity, which took place in Edinburgh,
Scotland from 7 to 9 June 2022.
*Dr Calvin W. L. Ho
presented a paper entitled "Surmounting
Colonisation by Data in the Use of AI and Analytics for Cost
Predictions in Health Insurance" at the Global
Meeting on Law & Society, which took place in Lisbon, Portugal,
from 13 to 16 July 2022.
*In collaboration with Ms Alison Hall (PHG Foundation, University
of Cambridge), Ms Mathavi Senguttuvan (NUS) and Dr Karel Caals
(NUS), Dr Calvin W. L. Ho
conducted and presented in a symposium entitled "Digitalization of
Contact Tracing and Proximity Tracking in East and South Asia:
Ethical Lessons for the Post COVID-19 Era",
which took place in Basel, Switzerland, from 20 to 22 July 2022.
This project was funded in part by a grant awarded by the World
*Dr Calvin W. L. Ho
presented on "Ethical
and Legal Challenges in the Use of Genomic Data in Big Data
Research and in the Development of Medical AI"
in a workshop on " Societal Impact and Response to AI and Data
Intensive Research Use of Genomic Data" organised by Eurac
Research at Brocher Foundation (Geneva, Switzerland) on 10 & 11
*Dr Calvin W. L. Ho
presented on "Consent
and Explainability in the Development and Implementation of Medical
AI" in a hybrid international conference on
"ELSI of Internet of Medical Things and Healthcare AI" organised
by the Asian Institute for Bioethics and Health Law, Yonsei
University (Seoul, South Korea) on 22 & 23 August 2022.
Dr Calvin W. L. Ho
also gave the following webinar presentations:
- a presentation
the Research-Therapy Divide in the Regulatory Governance
of Artificial Intelligence as Medical Devices" in a webinar by the Master of Health
Research Ethics (MOHRE) programme at Universiti Malaya, which
took place on 24 June 2022 (recording available here);
- a presentation on "Digital
Capabilities", which was part of a
webinar by the Epidemic Ethics Network (Oxford) entitled
"Ethical Priorities for a New International Instrument on
Pandemic Prevention, Preparedness and Response ", which
took place on 25 July 2022 (recording available here);
- a presentation
Governance of AI in Medicine in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau
Greater Bay Area in China" in a webinar
by the Bioethics Centre at the University of Otago, which took
place on 22 August 2022 (recording to be made available on the
organiser’s website in due course).
MEDICAL STUDENT MUSINGS ON CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN
MEDICAL ETHICS AND LAW
The Wu Jieh
Yee Prize in Medical Ethics and Law (伍絜宜醫學倫理與法律短評獎) was
established in 2019 with the support of the Wu Jieh Yee Charitable
Foundation to encourage medical students to embrace critical
analysis of contemporary issues in medical ethics and law. It is
awarded annually to an MBBS Year 5 student on the basis of
performance of assessed work in the Medical Ethics and Law
curriculum and the quality of a scholarly essay.
The 2021-22 essays have now been published on the Medical Ethics
and Humanities website and are worth a read. They demonstrate
students’ willingness and skill in engaging with difficult and
sometimes contentious topics. Each essay is shared with the
author’s permission, in the hope of triggering open and meaningful
conversation that will contribute to the betterment of humankind.
We welcome you to explore!
CHEUNG Ka Yuet Kylie
Considerations of Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Among Healthcare
Workers in Hong Kong
Healthcare workers are one of the most important populations to
target for COVID-19 vaccination strategies due to their increased
exposure to high-risk patients and potential risk of transmission
within the hospital environment. As vaccine hesitancy can
potentially exacerbate the impact of the pandemic, mandates for
such vaccines have been proposed for healthcare workers. Thus,
renewed discussions about the ethics of such policies are discussed
in this essay.
initially inspired to write the essay about vaccine mandates after
reading a series of news articles about UK and US health-care
workers protesting against COVID-19 vaccine mandates. As the fifth
wave was beginning to strike Hong Kong at that time and vaccine
hesitancy was prevalent, I thought it would be timely to explore
the topic in a more local context."
LAU Hiu Yin Dawn
in Hong Kong: Ethics and Medicolegal Perspectives
This essay explores the topic of being transgender in Hong Kong and
how it relates to the local medical system, from the points of view
of patients and healthcare professionals alike. The often-overlooked
discrimination and obstacles that transgender individuals face
under the current system are highlighted with an aim to shine light
on the ethical issues and provoke thought in students and workers
in the field.
transgender community within the medical field is largely
underground and invisible. As a member of said community in a
society that largely misunderstands us, and from the unique
position of both an aspiring doctor and a patient, I was inspired
to gather the experiences of others in similar situations, as one
of our tiny steps towards a better future."
CENTRE FOR MEDICAL ETHICS AND LAW HKU
for Medical Ethics and Law (CMEL) develops new ideas and solutions
in response to the big ethical, legal and policy questions of
medicine and health.
the first cross-faculty interdisciplinary institution of its kind
in the region. It was founded in 2012 by the LKS Faculty of
Medicine and Faculty of Law at The University of Hong Kong as a
joint inheritor of their vibrant intellectual traditions dating
back to 1887 and 1969 respectively.
Today, CMEL brings together bioethicists, academic lawyers, medical
scientists, and other scholars to conduct cutting edge bioethical
and legal research and contribute to policy development in flagship
areas like population and global health, mental health and
capacity, and digital health and emergent technologies.
Research, teaching and knowledge exchange—CMEL’s core
initiatives—aim to ensure that developments in biomedicine and
public health will be underpinned by ethical and legal
Medical Ethics and Law
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