Oct.30, 2018

Updated Agenda Now Available for Nov. 27-29 Second International Human Genome Editing Summit in Hong Kong

HONG KONG -- The full agenda is now available for the Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing, which will take place Nov. 27-29 in Hong Kong. The three-day summit will be co-hosted by the Academy of Sciences of Hong Kong, the Royal Society of London, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and the U.S. National Academy of Medicine. The summit will be held in the Grand Hall of the Lee Shau Kee Lecture Centre at the University of Hong Kong. Seating is limited; reporters must register in advance to attend (details below).

The science of human genome editing has advanced rapidly since the first international summit was held in 2015 in Washington, D.C.  An explosion of new research is employing CRISPR/Cas9 and other powerful, precise editing tools, and clinical trials are imminent for applications to treat serious diseases. However, questions remain concerning the science, application, ethics, and governance of human genome editing.  Of particular concern is the possibility of genome editing that might lead to heritable alterations, and its application for purposes other than to treat diseases or disabilities.

The Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing will gather a broad range of stakeholders -- including researchers, ethicists, policymakers, clinicians, patient and disability groups, and representatives from science and medical academies and organizations worldwide -- to engage in discussions. Sessions will include: 

Day one:

Day two:

Day three:

In addition, breakout sessions immediately following the summit will further explore industry perspectives on nonheritable human genome editing and issues surrounding human embryo research, while an event in the evening will consider public opinions about human genome editing.

Summit speakers and participants will represent a broad array of nations, disciplines, and interests. The summit agenda was developed by an international, multidisciplinary organizing committee, which includes representatives from eight nations.  The committee is chaired by Nobel laureate David Baltimore, president emeritus and Robert Andrews Millikan Professor of Biology, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena. 

Follow the conversation on Twitter using #GeneEditSummit.

DETAILS: The summit will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. HKT Nov. 27; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. HKT Nov 28; and 8 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. HKT Nov. 29 in the Grand Hall, Lee Shau Kee Lecture Centre, Centennial Campus, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong.  Those who cannot attend may watch a live webcast of the summit.

Seating is limited; reporters who wish to attend MUST REGISTER IN ADVANCE here.  To view the full agenda or for more information, visit the Second International Summit’s website or contact:

Terence Chan
Secretary General
The Academy of Sciences of Hong Kong
+852 3543 5915

Danielle Haddad/Bronwyn Friedlander
Press Office
The Royal Society
+44 (0)207 451 2508/2514

Molly Galvin
Office of News and Public Information
U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
+1 202 334 2138