Dr Margaret CHAN
World Health Organization
Keynote Lecture (9 December 2013, 09:00 – 09:30)
Human resources for medical care: black-out, burn-out or turn-about?
Dr Margaret Chan, from the People's Republic of China, obtained her medical degree from the University of Western Ontario in Canada. She joined the Hong Kong Department of Health in 1978, where her career in public health began.

In 1994, Dr Chan was appointed Director of Health of Hong Kong. In her nine-year tenure as director, she launched new services to prevent the spread of disease and promote better health. She also introduced new initiatives to improve communicable disease surveillance and response, enhance training for public health professionals, and establish better local and international collaboration. She effectively managed outbreaks of avian influenza and of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).

In 2003, Dr Chan joined WHO as Director of the Department for Protection of the Human Environment. In June 2005, she was appointed Director, Communicable Diseases Surveillance and Response as well as Representative of the Director-General for Pandemic Influenza. In September 2005, she was named Assistant Director-General for Communicable Diseases.

Dr Chan was elected to the post of Director-General on 9 November 2006. The Assembly appointed Dr Chan for a second five-year term at its sixty-fifth session in May 2012. Dr Chan's new term will begin on 1 July 2012 and continue until 30 June 2017.

Professor Richard YC WONG
Chair of Economics
School of Economics and Finance
University of Hong Kong
David Todd Oration (9 December 2013, 14:00-14:30)
On tackling hard problems in modern society
Yue-Chim Richard Wong is Professor of Economics and the Philip Wong Kennedy Wong Professor in Political Economy in the School of Economics and Finance and former Deputy-Vice Chancellor and Provost at the University of Hong Kong. His research is focused on the political economy of public policy and institutional change. He has an active record of public service in Hong Kong and was awarded the Silver Bauhinia Star in 1998 for his contribution to education, housing, and industry and technology development. He is also the 1992 recipient of the Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Award for outstanding contribution to the public understanding of the free economy.


Professor Dame Carol BLACK
Nuffield Trust
Halnan Lecture (8 December 2013, 14:00-14:30)
Is the present medical workforce fit for purpose?
Professor Dame Carol Black DBE, MD, FRCP, MACP, FMedSci is Principal of Newnham College Cambridge, Expert Adviser on Health and Work to the Department of Health, England, Chairman of the Nuffield Trust, and Chairman of the Governance Board of the Centre for Workforce Intelligence . In November 2011 she completed as Co-Chair an independent review for the UK Government of sickness absence in Britain, to which the Government has recently responded.

Professor Black is a past-President of the Royal College of Physicians, of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, and of the British Lung Foundation. The Centre she established at the Royal Free Hospital in London is internationally renowned for research and treatment of connective tissue diseases such as scleroderma.

Since the early 1990s, Professor Black has worked at board level in a number of organisations, including the Royal Free Hospital Hampstead NHS Trust, the Health Foundation, the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement, and the Imperial College Healthcare Charity, and she has chaired the UK Health Honours Committee. She has been a member of several national committees aiming to improve health care, is a foreign affiliate of the US Institute of Medicine, and has been awarded many honorary degrees and fellowships. 

Dame Carol was appointed Principal of Newnham College in Cambridge University in September 2012, is a Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery, and is a member of the committee for the Queen’s Awards for Voluntary Service.

Professor Sir John BELL
Regius Professor of Medicine
Oxford University
Joint CUHK-HKAM Lecture (9 December 2013, 09:30-10:00)
Bringing Genomics to the Bedside
Professor Sir John Bell FRS is Regius Professor of Medicine at Oxford University, and Chairman of the Office for the Strategic Coordination of Health Research. He served as President of the Academy of Medical Sciences (2006-2011). As a Rhodes Scholar (1975-78), Sir John undertook his medical training in the UK and then went on to Stanford University, returning to the UK in 1987. His research interests are in the area of autoimmune disease and immunology where he has contributed to the understanding of immune activation in a range of autoimmune diseases. In 1993, he founded the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, one of the world’s leading centres for complex trait common disease genetics. Sir John was responsible for the working party that produced the highly influential Academy of Medical Sciences “Strengthening Clinical Research” report that highlighted the need for the UK to focus some of its attention on developing expertise in translational research. In December 2011, Sir John was appointed one of two UK Life Sciences Champions by the Prime Minister.

Professor Patrick TAM
Deputy Director
Children’s Medical Research Institute
Joint HKU-HKAM Lecture (9 December 2013, 14:30-15:00)
Cell-based therapy: basic science and clinical applications
Professor Patrick Tam heads the Embryology Research Unit and is Deputy Director of Children’s Medical Research Institute (CMRI). He is a Senior Principal Research Fellow of the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia and holds a conjoint appointment as Professor in the Discipline of Medicine, Sydney Medical School of the University of Sydney and an Honorary Professorship at the University of Hong Kong.

Professor Tam's research focuses on the cellular and molecular mechanisms of body patterning during mouse development and the biology of stem cells. He pioneered the application of micromanipulation and embryo culture for analyzing mouse embryos and examining the development of the head and embryonic gut. The embryological analysis undertaken by his team at CMRI has enabled the construction of a series of fate-maps revealing the organization of the basic body plan of the early embryo. The in-depth knowledge of cell differentiation during early embryogenesis laid the foundation for directing the differentiation of stem cells into clinically useful cell types for therapy in regenerative medicine. His other current research also covers the genetic models of X-linked diseases and the molecular controls of eye development. In recognition of his research achievement, Professor Tam was awarded the President’s Medal of the Australia and New Zealand Society of Cell and Developmental Biology in 2007, and Fellowships of the Institute of Biology (UK) in 1989, the Australian Academy of Science in 2008, Society of Biology (UK) in 2009 and the Royal Society of London in 2011.