Steering Committee on Genomic Medicine established


Hong Kong (HKSAR) -      The Government announced today (November 30) the establishment of and appointments to the Steering Committee on Genomic Medicine. The appointments will take effect from December 1, 2017 and expire upon the Steering Committee's submission of recommendations to the Government.
 
     To harness the potential of new technology for better public health policies and clinical outcomes, the Chief Executive announced in the 2017 Policy Address the setting up of a steering committee to lead the study of strategies for developing genomic medicine in Hong Kong.
 
     The Secretary for Food and Health, Professor Sophia Chan, welcomed the establishment of the committee. "I very much look forward to concrete advice from the committee to enable Hong Kong to forge ahead with the development of genomic medicine to serve the healthcare needs of Hong Kong for generations to come.
 
     "The newly established Steering Committee will focus on disease-based and prenatal screening, disease management, capacity building and education. It will also review regulatory and ethical issues surrounding genomic applications," she said.
 
     The Steering Committee will be chaired by Professor Raymond Liang Hin-suen, and comprises members from various sectors with a great wealth of expertise and experience including representatives from academia, professional bodies and experts in different aspects of genomic medicine.
      
     The membership list of the Steering Committee on Genomic Medicine is as follows:

Chairman
 
Professor Raymond Liang Hin-suen (Emeritus Professor, Department of Medicine, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, University of Hong Kong)

Expert Members
 
Dr Derrick Au Kit-sing (Director, Centre for Bioethics, Faculty of Medicine, Chinese University of Hong Kong)
Dr Joseph Au Siu-kie (Specialist in Clinical Oncology)
Professor Stephen Lam Tak-sum (Director of Clinical Genetics Service, Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital)
Professor Lam Tak-wah (Professor, Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Engineering, University of Hong Kong)
Professor Lau Yu-lung (Doris Zimmern Professor in Community Child Health, Department of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, University of Hong Kong)
Professor Leung Tak-yeung (Chairman, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Faculty of Medicine, Chinese University of Hong Kong)
Professor Dennis Lo Yuk-ming (Director, Li Ka Shing Institute of Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Chinese University of Hong Kong)
Professor Sham Pak-chung (Chair of Psychiatric Genomics, Department of Psychiatry, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, University of Hong Kong)
Dr Mary Tang Hoi-yin (Honorary Consultant, Tsan Yuk Hospital)
Dr Wong Kit-fai (Chief of Service (Pathology) and Consultant Haematologist, Queen Elizabeth Hospital)
 
Institutional Members

Hospital Authority (represented by Dr Simon Tang Yiu-hang, Deputisng Director (Quality and Safety))
Hong Kong Academy of Medicine (represented by Professor Martin Wong Chi-sang, Editor)
The Chinese University of Hong Kong (represented by Professor To Ka-fai, Chairman, Department of Anatomical and Cellular Pathology, Faculty of Medicine)
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (represented by Professor Nancy Ip Yuk-yu, Vice-President for Research and Graduate Studies)
The University of Hong Kong (represented by Professor Leung Suet-yi, Associate Dean (Research), Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine)
 
Ex-officio Members
 
Under Secretary for Food and Health or representative
Commissioner for Innovation and Technology or representative
Director of Health or representative



Published on: 2017-11-30

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