The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine

I. Breakout Session on Embryo and Germline Editing: A Forward Look at Research, Application, and Governance

Thursday, November 29, 2018
2:15-4:45 pm
Grand Hall, Lee Shau Kee Lecture Centre, The University of Hong Kong

In conjunction with the Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing, this breakout session will focus on the use of genome editing in human embryos and germline cells. The session will provide an opportunity for a more in-depth discussion of the research presented during the summit, an opportunity to discuss other relevant research, and an opportunity to discuss the potential use of genome editing to make alterations that may be heritable.

The session will include presentations from local researchers as well as from researchers around the world.

Light lunch will be available 45 minutes prior to this event.


Session Co-chairs:

Robin Lovell Badge,* The Francis Crick Institute and Duanqing Pei,* Guangzhou Institutes of Biomedicine and Health

2:15-3:00 pm Panel 1


Maria Jasin, Sloan Kettering Institute – Trust in Science, Scientists and the Role of Journals

Kathy Niakan, The Francis Crick Institute – The Unknowns of Early Human Development and the Impact on Genome Editing

Xingxu Huang, ShanghaiTech University: To Develop Base-Editing Platforms for Correction of Pathogenic Mutations in Human Embryos

3:00-3:15 pm Panel Discussion

3:15-4:00 pm Panel 2


Helen O’Neill, University College London – Forging a Bench to Clinical Pipeline in Human Germline Editing

Judith Daar, Whittier Law School – The Ethics of Germline Genome Editing: The Role of Consent Among the Unavailable and Unborn

4:00-4:15 pm Panel Discussion

4:15-4:45 pm Plenary Discussion

Watch live webcast of the event. 

II. Let’s Talk About Genomics and Genome Editing 

Thursday, November 29, 2018
6:30-9:30 pm
The Wang Gungwu Lecture Hall, Graduate House, The University of Hong Kong

This event is designed to provide members of the public with a general introduction to genomics and genome editing. It will provide participants with an opportunity to consider scientific and ethical questions related to the use of genome editing and engage in a conversation with experts on these topics.

The event will be simultaneously translated from English into Cantonese.

Light refreshments will be provided. 


6:30 pm Registration and Light Refreshments

6:45 pm Welcome

Victor J. Dzau, President, U.S. National Academy of Medicine

6:55 pm Introduction to Human Genomics


Clara Tang, The University of Hong Kong

7:20 pm Introduction to Genome Editing


Robin Lovell-Badge,* The Francis Crick Institute

7:50 pm Break

8:00 pm Public Engagement on Biosciences in China


Joy Zhang, University of Kent

8:20 pm Public Engagement on Human Genome Editing in the UK


Sarah Chan, The University of Edinburgh

8:40 pm Audience Discussion of Human Genome Editing

9:30 pm Adjourn