Talk Series on Emerging Technologies - Science, Opportunities and Challenges

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HKAGEHKYAS

Supported By: EDB

Nature's Red Pencil: Writing and Rewriting Genomes

Date: 12 July 2019 (Friday)
Time: 2:00 p.m. ~ 5:00 p.m. 
Venue:  Lecture Theatre, 4/F, West Block, EDB Kowloon Tong Education Services Centre, 19 Suffolk Road, Kowloon Tong
Target Group: HKAGE Secondary Student Members, Teachers & Admin Staff of Secondary Schools and their Students



Programme Rundown

Time (p. m.) Content

2:00

Registration

2:30

MC Opening

2:35

Welcome Speech

Professor NG Tai Kai, Executive Director, The Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education

Professor Vic LAW Kam Tuen, President, The Hong Kong Young Academy of Sciences

2:45

Opening Remarks

Professor TSUI Lap Chee, GBM GBS JP, President, The Hong Kong Academy of Sciences 

2:55 Group Photo 
3:00

Overview

Dr Stephanie MA, Chair of Outreach Committee, The Hong Kong Young Academy of Sciences

3:10

Keynote Speech 1

Dr GAO Bo Assistant Professor

School of Biomedical Sciences, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong

3:35

Keynote Speech 2

Dr Alan WONG, Assistant Professor

School of Biomedical Sciences and Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, The University of Hong Kong

4:00

Keynote Speech 3

Dr Angela WU, Assistant Professor

Division of Life Science and Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

4:25

Panel Discussion and Q&A

5:00 Ends


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Nature’s Red Pencil: Writing and Rewriting Genomes

An organism’s genome is the instruction manual that dictates a large part of the organism’s biological characteristics and functions. Genome editing technologies, which has recently experienced huge breakthroughs, are able to make precise additions, deletions, and alterations to the genome. With these technological advances has come an explosion of interest in the possible applications of genome editing, both in conducting fundamental research, and in promoting human health through the treatment or prevention of disease and disability. As with other medical advances, these applications come with their own set of benefits, risks, regulatory frameworks, ethical issues, and societal implications. We will discuss the basic principles and applications of gene editing, as well as the ethical issues surrounding this revolutionary technology.

Dr Bo Gao is an Assistant Professor of the School of Biomedical Sciences, Li Ka Shing Faculty & Medicine, at the University of Hong Kong (HKU). His research uses a combination of molecular, biochemical, cellular and genetic approaches to investigate cell signaling in normal developmental processes and in human diseases. Before he joined HKU, he was a staff scientist at U.S National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health (NIH). Bo was awarded with Dr Cheng Yu Tung Fellowship, National Youth Science and Technology Innovation Award, NIH The Fellows Award for Research Excellence and NIH Genome Recognition of Employee Accomplishments and Talents (GREAT) Award.

Dr Alan Wong is an Assistant Professor of the School of Biomedical Sciences and Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, at the University of Hong Kong (HKU). He is also jointly appointed at the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering of HKU. Alan's research takes an integrative approach leveraging on various techniques in synthetic biology, including CRISPR-based genome engineering, to decode the complex genetic bases of human diseases, as well as rationally design and engineer genetic circuits for providing new biomedical and biotechnological solutions. Before joining HKU, he worked at the Synthetic Biology Group of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and developed CRISPR-based screening platforms. Alan was awarded with the Croucher Foundation Studentship (2008), the Butterfield-Croucher Award (2008), the Hong Kong Institution of Science Young Scientist Award in life science (2011), the Croucher Foundation Fellowship (2012) and the RGC Early Career Award (2016).

Dr Angela Wu is an assistant professor in the Division of Life Science and Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). Angela is passionate about the development of new technologies at the interface of basic biology and engineering and using these interdisciplinary approaches to investigate biological mechanisms and human diseases. In 2015, she also co-founded Agenovir Corporation, a CRISPR-based therapeutics company targeting infectious diseases for a complete cure. While at Agenovir, she helped to successfully raise Series A venture capital funding of US$10.6M. Agenovir was recently acquired. As recognition of her achievements in technology and innovation, Angela was named one of MIT Technology Review Innovators under 35 Asia in 2016, and a World Economic Forum Young Scientist in 2018.

In the past few centuries, we have been witnessing the huge impacts of advancements in science and technology on the socioeconomic developments of our society. Assisted by the new technologies, the productivity and the living standards of people have been raised tremendously, but also with awareness and ramifications on the health and sustainability of our environment.

We are currently at the dawn of a new industrial revolution and the impacts of technology on our society is even greater. Emerging technologies such as quantum engineering, genome editing, AI and renewable energy will likely have a revolutionary impact on our way of living, our planet, and our way of understanding nature and even ourselves.

YASHK and HKAGE are committed to inform our school teachers and students about the latest emerging technologies, to prepare our next generations for the opportunities and challenges ahead of us.

About "Talk Series on Emerging Technologies - Science, Opportunities and Challenges"

In the past few centuries, we have been witnessing the huge impacts of advancements in science and technology on the socioeconomic developments of our society. Assisted by the new technologies, the productivity and the living standards of people have been raised tremendously, but also with awareness and ramifications on the health and sustainability of our environment.

We are currently at the dawn of a new industrial revolution and the impacts of technology on our society is even greater. Emerging technologies such as quantum engineering, genome editing, AI and renewable energy will likely have a revolutionary impact on our way of living, our planet, and our way of understanding nature and even ourselves.

YASHK and HKAGE are committed to inform our school teachers and students about the latest emerging technologies, to prepare our next generations for the opportunities and challenges ahead of us.

About "Nature’s Red Pencil: Writing and Rewriting Genomes"

An organism’s genome is the instruction manual that dictates a large part of the organism’s biological characteristics and functions. Genome editing technologies, which has recently experienced huge breakthroughs, are able to make precise additions, deletions, and alterations to the genome. With these technological advances has come an explosion of interest in the possible applications of genome editing, both in conducting fundamental research, and in promoting human health through the treatment or prevention of disease and disability. As with other medical advances, these applications come with their own set of benefits, risks, regulatory frameworks, ethical issues, and societal implications. We will discuss the basic principles and applications of gene editing, as well as the ethical issues surrounding this revolutionary technology.