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Plenary speakers

Venerable Sik Hin Hung

Topic: Buddhist philosophy, neuroscience and mental health

Venerable Sik Hin Hung MA (London) is a Buddhist monk ordained under the Mahayana tradition. He is also the 45th generation lineage holder of LingJi and 10th generation lineage holder of Gui-yan Schools of Ch’an.

His main interest is in ‘repackaging’ the teachings of Buddhism so that it could become more ‘user friendly’ for people in today’s world. He is the Director and one of the Founding Fellows of the Centre of Buddhist Studies of The University of Hong Kong where he is also teaching as an Assistant Professor.

Ven. Hin Hung teaches meditation and is also providing counseling and spiritual guide to the staffs of the Hong Kong Hospital Authority and the needy. He has published books and articles on Buddhism, psychotherapy, neuroscience of meditation, Buddhist education and personal growth. The motto of the Awareness Spiritual Growth Centre found by him is “Be mindful of your heart!”  His current research projects include: “Awareness Training Program”, “Dharma Therapy”, “Guangdong Yuqie Yankou” etc.

Professor Eric Chen

Topic: Phenomenology of empathy - a clinician's perspective

Professor Chen is Chi-li Pao Foundation Professor in Psychiatry and Head of Department of Psychiatry at The University of Hong Kong.  He is also President of The Hong Kong College of Psychiatrists.  Prof. Chen was educated at Oxford University and Edinburgh University. He has been leading the development of the early intervention for psychosis program in Hong Kong (the Hospital Authority EASY program is one of the first comprehensive early psychosis programs in Asia). He is also leading the successful large scale territory-wide Hong Kong Jockey Club Early Psychosis Project. Under his leadership, the HKU Psychosis Studies and Intervention Unit has been conducting key studies on in schizophrenia and early psychosis. Studies have been published in over 250 papers in leading international journals including the British Medical Journal and the New England Journal of Medicine.

Internationally, Professor Chen has served as Vice-President of the International Early Psychosis Association (with more than 2000 members worldwide) and the Foundation Chairman of the Asian Network for Early Psychosis (ANEP). Professor Chen was Visiting Professor at the Harvard Medical School, and the Institute of Mental Health, Singapore. He has also served on committees of prestigious international organizations such as the Schizophrenia International Research Society and the International Neuropsychiatric Association.

Professor Chen has founded two of the most influential non-profit bodies in the field: one to promote research in the field: the Hong Kong Schizophrenia Research Society; and the other (the Hong Kong Early Psychosis Intervention Society) to promote public awareness for psychosis.

Professor Chen is a recipient of The Richard J. Wyatt Award. The Richard J. Wyatt Award is awarded every two years at the International Early Psychosis Association Biennial Conference. It is awarded to an individual who has made a remarkable contribution to the area of early intervention.

Associate Professor Michael Wong

Topic: Giving a voice to patients and carers - hermeneutics and the whole person discourse

Michael TH Wong is Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia and Principal Specialist and Consultant Psychiatrist at Monash Medical Centre. He is Chair of the Section of History Philosophy & Ethics of Psychiatry of Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP). He chairs the Organzing Committee and Scientific Committee for the 20th Annual Conference of International Network for Philosophy and Psychiatry in Hong Kong 2018.

He currently serves as Vice President at Chinese Health Foundation of Australia. He is a medical graduate from University of Hong Kong and onetime Lecturer at the Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine of the University. He was Research Fellow in neuroimaging and neurophysiology and Hon Lecturer at the Insititute of Psychiatry, University of London. He trained in neuropsychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital, London. He was Visiting Fellow to the Centre for Sleep and Chronobiology, University of Toronto, Canada and Academic Visitor to Faculty of Philosophy, Oxford University. He is a Fellow of Hong Kong Academy of Medicine, Royal College of Psychiatrists United Kingdom and RANZCP.

He holds a MD on PET and MRI brain imaging of schizophrenia and violence and a PhD on integrating psychiatry with neuroscience philosophy and theology through hermeneutics. He has a Master of Divinity degree major in theological anthropology. He lectures on Neurobiology of Mental Illness and Mind for the Medicine of the Mind curriculum at Monash University. He currently heads a RANZCP project to develop a College Position Statement on Psychiatry Religion & Spirituality.

His publications include contributions to the Oxford Handbook of Psychiatric Ethics and Paul Ricoeur: Poetics and Religion. He is a reviewer for various journals including Philosophy, Psychiatry & Psychology and Etudes Ricoeuriennes (Ricoeur Studies). He is at present preparing a monograph Ricoeur and the Third Discourse of the Person: From Philosophy and Neuroscience to Psychiatry and Theology for Lexington Press.

Dr Teresa Chan

Dr Chan is a Specialist in Psychiatry and a Fellow of the Hong Kong College of Psychiatrists and Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine. She is also a Clinical Associate Professor (Honorary) for the Department of Psychiatry of the Chinese University of Hong Kong and a psychotherapy trainer for the Hong Kong College of Psychiatrists. She is a Jungian Analyst and Psychotherapist for Adult, Adolescent and Child, graduated from the CG Jung Institute Zurich, and is a member of the International Association of Analytical Psychology (IAAP). She was the President of the Hong Kong Institute of Analytical Psychology for three years from 2011 to 2014 and is now a teaching analyst for that institute.



Dr Josephine Wong

Topic: Ethical controversies and dilemmas in psychiatric practice