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Plenary speakers

Dr Teresa Chan


Topic: Jungian psychotherapy and cultural adaptations

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.

Professor Eric Chen

Topic: Is a science of psychopathology possible? Integrating phenomenology and cognitive science in clinical psychiatry

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.

Professor Bill Fulford


Welcome and opening address: Three looks back and a new way of looking forward in psychiatry

Bill Fulford is a Fellow of St Catherine’s College and Member of the Philosophy Faculty, University of Oxford; Emeritus Professor of Philosophy and Mental Health, University of Warwick Medical School; and Director of the Collaborating Centre for Values-based Practice, St Catherine’s College, Oxford. The Centre contributed in an advisory role to the Values-based CAMHS Commission launched by the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2016. His previous posts include Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist, University of Oxford, and Special Adviser for Values-Based Practice in the Department of Health. His publications include Moral Theory and Medical Practice, The Oxford Textbook of Philosophy and Psychiatry, and The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Psychiatry. He is Lead Editor for the Oxford book series International Perspectives in Philosophy and Psychiatry and Founder Editor and Chair of the Advisory Board of the international journal Philosophy, Psychiatry, & Psychology (PPP). His Essential Values-based Practice (2012), co-authored with Ed Peile, is the launch volume for a new series from Cambridge University Press on values-based medicine. With John Sadler and Giovanni Stanghellini he set up the International Network for Philosophy and Psychiatry. The formal launch of the INPP was organised by Werdie van Staden at a conference of the South African Society of Psychiatrists in Cape Town.

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.

Dr John Z Sadler, MD

Plenary panel discussion

John Z. Sadler, M.D. is a Professor of Psychiatry and Clinical Sciences and The Daniel W. Foster, M.D. Professor of Medical Ethics at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Sadler directs the Program in Ethics in Science & Medicine at UT Southwestern. He is a UT Southwestern Distinguished Teaching Professor, and a member of the University of Texas Health Science System’s Shine Academy of Health Education, which recognizes distinguished educators throughout the University of Texas Health Science System. He is Editor-In-Chief of the Johns Hopkins University Press journal, Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology and co-editor of the OUP book series, “International Perspectives on Philosophy and Psychiatry” the latter spanning over 50 editions. He is the author, co-author or co-editor of Values and Psychiatric Diagnosis (2005), The Virtuous Psychiatrist (2010) the Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Psychiatry (2013), and the 94-chapter, 1500 word Oxford Handbook of Psychiatric Ethics (2015).

Dr Josephine Wong

Topic: Assisted dying for individuals with mental disorders: a risky concept?

Dr Josephine Wong is a psychiatrist in private practice. She trained in medicine in London. After her internship, she did a MA degree in Medical Ethics and Law at Kings College London. She trained as a psychiatrist in Cambridge then did full time research in Cambridge on mental capacity to make health care decisions in individuals with schizophrenia, intellectual disabilities and dementia. She worked in the Department of Psychiatry in the University of Hong Kong for 10 years before starting her private practice. She has a special interest in the interface between mental health and law.

Professor Michael TH Wong

Topic: Giving a voice to users carers and practitioners: hermeneutics and the whole person discourse

Professor Wong is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Li Ka Shing Faculty
of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong. He is Chair of the Section of History Philosophy & Ethics of Psychiatry of Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) and Hon Secretary to the Section of Philosophy and Humanities in Psychiatry of World Psychiatric Association. He currently serves as Vice President at Chinese Health Foundation of Australia.
He is a medical graduate from University of Hong Kong and one-time 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 Institute 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 the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine, Royal College of Psychiatrists United Kingdom and RANZCP.
He holds an 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 The Relevance of Religion and Spirituality to Psychiatric Practice.  
His publications include contributions to the Archives of General Psychiatry, British Journal of Psychiatry, Psychiatric Research Neuroimaging, 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 the Studies in the Thought of Paul Ricoeur Series Lexington Books.