VIRTUAL INFORMATION SESSIONS FOR MEDICAL ETHICS AND LAW
Information Sessions on Zoom
19 January 2022 (Wed) | 7:00 pm – 7:45 pm (HKT)
16 February 2022 (Wed) | 7:00 pm – 7:45 pm (HKT)
Learn more about the programme here.
HKU CENTRE FOR
MEDICAL ETHICS AND LAW (CMEL)
CMEL’S WEBINAR ON INFORMED CONSENT IN
Relational Autonomy: Rethinking Informed Consent in Healthcare from
Cross-Cultural and Religious Perspectives (Webinar)
Date: 26 January 2022 (Wed), 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm (HKT)
Abstract: The requirement of informed consent in healthcare and
biomedical research tends to be construed and implemented in ways that
are overtly individualistic and without adequate recognition of the
attending social, cultural and religious conditions. Drawing from
contributions in the edited monographs "Cross-Cultural and
Religious Critiques of Informed Consent" and "Medical Decision-Making
on Behalf of Young Children", contributing authors and
commentators discuss key arguments and implications of this contribution
to the bioethical literature on informed consent.
Details and registration: click here
ON HONG KONG HEALTH LAW 2021
Review of Hong Kong Health Law in 2021 (Webinar) (CPD/CME to be applied
Date: 23 February 2022 (Wed), 6:30 pm – 8 pm (HKT)
Abstract: Year 2021 saw a number of significant and noteworthy statutory
and case law developments affecting medical and health law in Hong Kong.
This webinar will take a look at some of these developments.
This webinar will be jointly organised with Messrs Howse Williams.
Details and registration link will be made available on CMEL’s website soon.
CONFERENCE ON INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, COVID-19, AND THE NEXT
CMEL’s Co-Director Dr Calvin W. L. Ho and Research Fellow Dr Eric C. Ip participated in a virtual
conference entitled "Intellectual
Property, Covid-19, and the Next Pandemic: Diagnosing Problems,
Developing Cures" as a speaker on 5 November 2021
and as a moderator on 6 November 2021 respectively.
The title of Dr Ho’s presentation was "Governing the ACT-Accelerator: Current
Challenges to Access and Innovation, and Opportunities for Change".
The conference was co-organised by the Law and Technology Centre of the
University of Hong Kong and the Georgetown University Law Center.
The video recording is available here.
ON REPRODUCTIVE GENETIC SCREENING
CMEL’s Dr Calvin W. L. Ho
was one of the speakers at a virtual seminar entitled "Seminar on Genomics —
Ethical and Governance Considerations for Reproductive Genetic
Screening" held on 23 November 2021.
His topic was the responsible
implementation of expanded prenatal genetic testing in Hong Kong and
Singapore. The seminar was organised by the CUHK Centre
for Bioethics of the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
The video recording is available here.
HKU CENTRE FOR THE
HUMANITIES AND MEDICINE (CHM)
GLOBAL HEALTH AND HUMANITIES BOOK SERIES
book series features recently published authors in conversation with
established scholars working at the nexus of global health and the
humanities, ethics, and law. Started by CMEL board members Dr Priscilla Song (Associate Professor
in the Centre for the Humanities and Medicine)
("CHM") and Dr Harry Wu (former Director of the Medical
Ethics and Humanities Unit) during the height of the COVID-19
pandemic social distancing restrictions in Hong Kong, the book series has
played an important role in facilitating virtual engagement among faculty
and students at the University of Hong Kong with scholars around the
Authors featured in the book series to date include:
The next upcoming book talk in the series will feature Dr Ido Hartogsohn
(American Trip: Set, Setting and the Psychedelic
Experience in the 20th Century, MIT Press 2020):
Title: Beyond the substance: psychedelics and the challenge of
medical research and drug policy
Speaker: Dr Ido Hartogsohn, PhD (Assistant Professor in the Graduate
Program in Science, Technology and Society, Bar Ilan University,
Discussants: Professor Gordon Mathews (Department of Anthropology,
Chinese University of Hong Kong) & Dr Alex Gearin (Medical
Ethics and Humanities Unit, University of Hong Kong)
Book Information: American
Trip: Set, Setting and the Psychedelic Experience in the 20th
Century (MIT Press 2020)
Date/Time: 10 January 2022 (Mon), 5:00 pm HKT (Other Time Zones:
9:00 am London / 11:00 am Tel Aviv / 8:00 pm Sydney)
Delivery: via Zoom
Registration: click here
Talk abstract: Medical science and drug policy approaches have often
been based on essentialist definitions of drug action and
dichotomous distinctions between licit drugs and drugs of abuse. In
recent years, though, a growing awareness of the context-dependency
and socio-cultural situatedness of drug effects has opened up the
prospect of rethinking medical drug research and drug policy in
light of social constructivist insights into drug effects, which
place the emphasis on the cruciality of set and setting (context)
rather than chemical essentialism. Based on Ido Hartogsohn’s American Trip: Set,
Setting and the Psychedelic Experience in the 20th Century
(MIT Press, 2020), the talk will use the story of
mid-twentieth-century American psychedelic research and culture as a
backdrop for an examination of social-constructivist insights into
the context-dependency of drug effects and their implications for medical
research and drug policy.
Additional book talks in the spring 2022 lineup will feature the
For more details
about upcoming book talks, please check out the Events page of the Centre for the Humanities and
HKU MEDICAL ETHICS
AND HUMANITIES UNIT (MEHU)
MEHU’S FILM SCREENING AND DISCUSSION EVENT: "ALIVE IN
Ethics and Humanities Unit (MEHU) is a teaching and research
unit of the LKS Faculty of Medicine inaugurated in 2012. MEHU seeks to inspire interest and scholarly
work in medical ethics and humanities through the corresponding curricula
in the undergraduate MBBS programme, as well as events and collaborations
with academic and community-based colleagues. MEHU welcomes
colleagues to get involved with its "Conversations and
Connections" event series, which brings together diverse voices to
stimulate discussion and thought around the issues that matter to those
who practice and use healthcare. Speakers have ranged from healthcare
professionals to creative artists, philosophers, Olympic athletes, advocates
for transgender rights, humanitarian workers, and medico-legal experts.
The first event of this year’s series kicked off with a screening and
lively panel discussion of the film "Alive in the Mortuary"
based on an award-winning script by local playwright Ms Chong Mui Ngam
and produced by Hong Kong’s own Chung Ying Theatre company. Students and
staff joined to watch the film which follows a medical graduate from Hong
Kong University who becomes a surgeon working in a challenging war
environment in Africa. The character encounters a series of ethical and
existential dilemmas while stuck in a mortuary and confronted by an
apparition of his younger self. After the film, the vibrant panel
discussion was led by HKUMed neurosurgeon Dr Anderson Tsang in conversation
with the artistic director of the film, Mr Dominic Cheung, and nurse and
midwife Ms Tobey Lee who worked with Medicins
sans Frontieres in a refugee field hospital in Africa. The
speakers highlighted the power of theatre in communicating the ambiguous
experiences and ethical challenges of medicine to the broader public.
Reflecting on the main character in the film, Director Cheung reminded
the audience of the importance of grasping our initial motivations,
passions, and dreams during times of ethical crisis and challenge. For
more information about the MH "Conversations and Connections"
series or to be included on the mailing list please contact coordinator,
Dr Alex Gearin (email@example.com).
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