Day 1: December 13, 2013 (Friday)
Lecture Theatres 2-4, Cheung Kung Hai Conference Centre

8:00 - 8:45 Registration
8:45 - 9:00 Opening Ceremony
- Officiating address by Professor Roland T Chin, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost
- Welcoming address by Professor Gabriel M Leung, Dean of Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine
- Group Photo
Chairpersons: Professor Ronald A Li, Physiology, HKU
  Professor MH Sham, Biochemistry, HKU
9:00 - 9:45 Special Session - Keynote Lecture I:
Nuclear reprogramming by eggs and oocytes: a potential route towards cell replacement therapy
Professor Sir John Gurdon
University of Cambridge, UK
[2012 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine]
Chairpersons: Professor Johanna Rommens, University of Toronto
  Professor Kathryn SE Cheah, Biochemistry, HKU
9:45 - 10:15 Lap-Chee Tsui: A picture worth 10,000 words
Professor Stephen Scherer
University of Toronto, Canada
10:15 - 10:45 Tea Break
Genomics and Populations
Chairpersons: Professor Richard Fielding, School of Public Health, HKU
  Professor PC Sham, Centre for Genomic Scienecs, HKU
10:45 - 11:15 Keynote Lecture II: 
HGP, -omics, and their impacts
Professor Huanming Yang
Beijing Genomics Institute, China
11:15 - 11:45 Keynote Lecture III:
People of the British Isles: a model study of detailed population genetic structure
Professor Sir Walter Bodmer
University of Oxford, UK  
11:45 - 12:15 Keynote Lecture IV: 
Fragile X syndrome: 70 years of surprises
Professor David L Nelson
Baylor College of Medicine, USA
12:15 - 12:45 Keynote Lecture V: 
Detection of clinically relevant genetic variants in autism spectrum disorder
Professor Stephen Scherer
University of Toronto, Canada
12:45 - 14:15 Lunch
Hunting Disease Genes
Chairpersons: Professor David Nelson, Baylor College of Medicine
  Professor SL Ho, Medicine, HKU
14:15 - 14:45 Keynote Lecture VI:
Elucidating the genetic basis of intellectual disability
Professor Hans-Hilger Ropers
Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics, Germany
14:45 - 15:15 Keynote Lecture VII: 
Genomics of brain diseases
Professor Guy Rouleau
McGill University, Canada
15:15 - 15:45 Tea Break
Chairpersons: Professor Gert-Jan van Ommen, Leiden University Medical Center
  Professor Dennis YM Lo, Chemical Pathology, CUHK
15:45 - 16:15 Keynote LectureVIII: 
The interplay of ABC transporters in bile formation: lessons learned from knockout mice
Professor Victor Ling
The University of British Columbia, Canada
16:15 - 16:45 Keynote Lecture IX:
An integrative approach to understanding congenital disorders of the digestive system
Professor Paul KH Tam
The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
16:45 - 17:15 Keynote Lecture X:
Understanding disease etiology through genomics
Professor Aravinda Chakravarti
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, USA

Day 2: December 14, 2013 (Saturday)
Lecture Theatres 2-4, Cheung Kung Hai Conference Centre

8:30 - 9:00 Registration
From Disease Gene Discovery to Mechanism
Chairpersons: Professor Guy Rouleau, McGill University
  Dr MM Garcia Barcelo, Surgery, HKU
9:00 - 9:30 Keynote Lecture XI:
From understanding neural plasticity to drug discovery for neurodegenerative diseases
Professor Nancy YY Ip
The University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong
9:30 - 10:00 Keynote Lecture XII:
Unravelling the molecular pathogenesis of congenital skeletal dysplasias
Professor Kathryn SE Cheah
The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong  
10:00 - 10:30 Tea Break
Chairpersons: Professor Robin Lovell-Badge, MRC National Institute for Medical Research
  Professor Maria L Lung, Clinical Oncology, HKU
10:30 - 11:00 Keynote Lecture XIII:
The faces of translational insufficiency in Shwachman-Diamond syndrome
Professor Johanna Rommens
University of Toronto, Canada
11:00 - 11:30 Keynote Lecture XIV: 
The molecular basis for replication-induced DNA damage in early stages of cancer development
Professor Batsheva Kerem
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Genomic Medicine
Chairpersons: Professor Victor Ling, University of British Columbia
  Dr HL Chen, Microbiology, HKU
11:30 - 12:00 Keynote Lecture XV:
“Consortium for the globalization of Chinese Medicine” (CGCM) could serve as a platform promoting the study of Chinese Medicine employing Omics, including the genomics approach
Professor Yung-chi Cheng
Yale School of Medicine, USA
12:00 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 14:00 Keynote Lecture XVI:
Non-vaccine approaches to HIV prevention
Professor David D Ho
The Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center, USA
14:00 - 14:30 Keynote Lecture XVII: 
Extracellular DNA in plasma: from science to clinical applications
Professor Dennis YM Lo
The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
14:30 - 15:00 Tea Break
Chairpersons: Professor Batsheva Kerem, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  Professor Johanna Rommens, University of Toronto
15:00 - 15:30 Keynote Lecture XVIII:
Discovering drugs for and with patients: expanding exon skipping
Professor Gert-Jan B van Ommen
Leiden University Medical Center, The Netherlands
15:30 - 16:00 Keynote Lecture XIX: 
Stem cell approach for the treatment of hemoglobin and other diseases
Professor Yuet-wai Kan
University of California, San Francisco, USA
[2004 Shaw Laureate in Life Science and Medicine]
Public Open Forum
16:00 - 18:00   What I have learned in the last two days
Professor Lap-chee Tsui
The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

An open forum on Genetics, Genomics and Society
Convener: Professor Sir Walter Bodmer
Panel members: Professors Sir Walter Bodmer, Aravinda Chakravarti, Lap-Chee Tsui and Dr Stephen Lam