'Why I chose the lesser travelled path - prominence of public health and disaster relief in the age of turbulence'
What comes to mind when we think of COVID-19 research? Probably ones related to vaccination breakthroughs. Whilst it is paramount to conduct medical research, Professor Emily Chan believes that public health explores issues close to the community, and could even explore preventive measures against diseases and pandemic outbreaks. In the opening plenary, Professor Chan will share her public health journey, her motivations and inspirations along the way. She will also cover what being an internationally recognised humanitarian doctor entails. Drawing on her substantial research and field work experience, Professor Chan showcases humanitarian spirit with diligence and compassion. This will be an inspiration to our audience who aspire to build a healthy and equitable world.
Professor and Assistant Dean (External Affairs), Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)
Visiting Professor (Public Health Medicine), Oxford University Nuffield Department of Medicine
Professor Emily Ying Yang Chan (MD) serves as Professor and Assistant Dean (External Affairs) at Faculty of Medicine, and Professor at JC School of Public Health and Primary Care, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). She is Director of the Collaborating Centre for Oxford University and CUHK for Disaster and Medical Humanitarian Response (CCOUC), the Centre for Global Health (CGH), and the Centre of Excellence (ICoE-CCOUC) of Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR). Professor Chan is also Co-chairperson of the WHO Thematic Platform for Health Emergency & Disaster Risk Management (H-EDRM) Research Network, Co-Chair of World Health Organization COVID-19 Research Roadmap Social Science working group, a member of the Asia Pacific Science Technology and Academia Advisory Group (APSTAAG) of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), and a member of World Meteorological Organization SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 Task Team. She concurrently serves as Visiting Professor (Public Health Medicine) at Oxford University Nuffield Department of Medicine and Fellow at FXB Center, Harvard University. She has also been appointed CEO of the GX Foundation in 2019. Her research interests include disaster and humanitarian medicine, climate change and health, global and planetary health, Human Health Security and Health Emergency and Disaster Risk Management (Health-EDRM), remote rural health, implementation and translational science, ethnic minority health, injury and violence epidemiology, and primary care. Awarded the 2007 Nobuo Maeda International Research Award of the American Public Health Association, Professor Chan has published more than 400 international peer-reviewed academic/technical/conference articles. She also had extensive experience as a frontline emergency relief practitioner in the mid-1990s, which spanned across 20 countries.
April 10 (Sat)
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