FY22 Project Summaries

Business, Economics, Law, & Policy

Law School International Immersion Program Hong Kong - Taiwan

Key Faculty & Collaborators:

  • (PI) Thomas Ginsburg, Leo Spitz Professor of International Law, Ludwig and Hilde Wolf Research Scholar, Professor of Political Science, The University of Chicago

This program is designed to engage UChicago and Hong Kong law scholars in an exchange of their latest research in the field of international law and legal liberalism, and to give UChicago Law students an opportunity to learn about other legal traditions outside the US. It will start with a 1.5-day conference and a public lecture, organized around the theme of Ginsburg's forthcoming book on democratic and authoritarian international law, at the University of Chicago Hong Kong Campus. We will invite local scholars and students and will also include students from The University of Chicago Law School. The UChicago Law students will continue a study tour program with visits to government institutions such as the Legislative Council, the courts, law firms, and NGOs in Hong Kong and Taiwan to learn about the role international law plays in the various jurisdictions' development. The students will complete the program with writing research papers for publication on Chicago Unbound by the end of the academic year.

Culture, Society, Religion, & the Arts

The Rise of Contemporary Art in Southeast Asia and Greater China in the 1990s

Key Faculty & Collaborators:

  • (PI) Mark Philip Bradley, Bernadotte E. Schmitt Distinguished Service Professor, Department of History, The University of Chicago
  • Pauline Yao, Lead Curator of Visual Art, M+ Museum

This project will convene a workshop in collaboration with M+, the Hong Kong-based museum of visual culture opening in 2022 that will house the largest collection of modern and contemporary Asian art in the world, to build toward defining histories of contemporary art in the 1990s in Southeast Asia and Greater China. The unusual pairing of these two regions—one comfortably inhabiting the designation of global South and one less so—is intentional. Both included artists, as well as curators, who sought to redefine notions of what it means to be modern or contemporary outside the boundaries of Western perspectives. Making sense of the transformative moment of the 1990s for contemporary Asian art requires sustained conversation between curators, scholars and practitioners with local expertise in and across these diverse regions. 

The workshop will gather together key players for a three day event in 2021 to be held at the Yuen Campus in Hong Kong and M+ to explore, through discussion of pre-circulated think pieces, the central dynamics and themes that should inform a history of contemporary art in 1990s in these two locales. The workshop will form a potential bridge to a more ambitious set of collaborative undertakings with M+ that could include a future small temporary exhibition of Southeast Asian art from the 1990s at the Hong Kong Center, or an exhibition at M+ looking at 1990s art across Asia, and a volume emerging out of the workshop and/or exhibitions.

The Transpacific: Mapping Artistic Exchanges between Asia and the Americas

Key Faculty & Collaborators:

  • (PI) Orianna Cacchione, Curator of Global Contemporary Art, Smart Museum of Art, Lecturer, Contemporary Art, Asian Art, Department of Art History, The University of Chicago
  • Hung Wu, Harrie A. Vanderstappen Distinguished Service Professor of Art History and the College, Adjunct Curator, Smart Museum of Art, Chinese Art, The University of Chicago

The Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago is developing a major exhibition, The Transpacific: Mapping Artistic Exchanges between Asia and the Americas (working title), opening Fall 2023, as part of its ambitious program to expand the narratives of global contemporary art. Curated by Smart Museum Curator of Global Contemporary Art, Orianna Cacchione and advised by Professor and Adjunct Curator, Wu Hung with Associate Professor of Art History, Claudia Brittenham, this exhibition uses the Pacific Ocean as a point of departure to explore how different types and moments of exchange produced new artistic forms as artists and intellectuals traversed the Pacific. The Transpacific will mark the end of a multi-year research project, bringing together scholars and objects from around the Pacific Rim to produce the first comprehensive investigation of the circulation of art, artists, and ideas across the Pacific Ocean in the 20th and 21st centuries and will importantly challenge the centering of the Atlantic Ocean in the history of art.

I am writing to respectfully request funding support from the University of Chicago’s Yuen Campus in Hong Kong for an exploratory trip to establish partnerships and research collaborations with arts organizations throughout Southeast Asia, including the Asia Art Archive and M+, Hong Kong; Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, Manilla; National Gallery Singapore; and the Factory Contemporary Arts Centre, Ho Chi Minh City.

Aging, Rejuvenation and Environment in Chinese and European Early Modern Literature

Key Faculty & Collaborators:

  • (PI) Frederick De Armas, Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Service Professor, Romance Languages and Comparative Literature, Division of Humanities, The University of Chicago
  • Alice CHEUNG, Lecturer II, Department of Literature and Cultural Studies, The Education University of Hong Kong
  • Matthew DeCoursey, Assistant Professor, Department of Literature and Cultural Studies, The Education University of Hong Kong
  • Carmela Mattza, Associate Professor of Spanish, Foreign Languages, Louisiana State University (and Visiting Scholar at UChicago)
  • Larry Norman, Frank L. Sulzberger Distinguished Service Professor, Romance Languages and Literatures, Theater and Performance Studies, Fundamentals, and the College, Department Chair, Division of Humanities, The University of Chicago

The project seeks to examine the theoretical and pragmatic aspects of how faculty in universities in Hong Kong and Chicago can use Early Modern literature to encourage students to consider topics such as, aging, rejuvenation and the environment in a cross-cultural dimension. In order to better understand their works and cultures, we would turn to emerging fields, such as eco-criticism, environmental studies, new materialism, and futurities. We are interested in studying how our current epistemologies, when dealing with these three topics, can be affected by the intercultural understanding and communication of values in a comparative perspective. By bringing together professors associated with the University of Chicago as well as faculty members from Hong Kong, China, our goal is to study the styles, practices and logics of our research and teaching about the process of aging, techniques and rites of rejuvenation. We wish to examine the role that our cultural, emotional and geographical surroundings play in our understanding of these notions and practices. To accomplish this, we will focus on our field of specialization, early modern literature. We intend to discuss to what extent our current multidisciplinary approach is able to encourage not only future research but also find new ways to teach these topics in a more critical manner, and how new technologies can assist us in this process. Over the last two years this group has been conversing regularly over Zoom. We are working to produce a website and a reader/anthology that will include passages from early modern Chinese and Western European literatures. Members of the group, particularly the Hong Kong faculty, have been inspired by these discussions to write and produce an original play that will bring together Chinese and Western European elements. Finally, we would like to meet in Hong Kong in March of 2022.

Gaming Worlds via Alternate Realities: Workshop and Multi-Site Game Project

Key Faculty & Collaborators:

  • (PI) Patrick Jagoda, Associate Professor, Department of English Language and Literature, The University of Chicago
  • Heidi Coleman, Senior Lecturer, Committee on Theater and Performance Studies, The University of Chicago
  • Kristen Schilt, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, The University of Chicago

The purpose of this proposal is to create a three-day interactive event through the use of alternate reality games (ARGs) in order to engage with serious transmedia game design in Chicago and Hong Kong, as well as among other sites in the region. This project will be led by faculty members Patrick Jagoda, Kristen Schilt, and Heidi Coleman, and include researchers affiliated with the Weston Game Lab (WGL) and Media Arts, Data, and Design (MADD) Center at the University of Chicago. Since 2016, our team has worked together in the genre of alternate reality games (ARG), including the parasite (2016), Terrarium (2019), A Labyrinth (2020), and ECHO (2020). These games have used social media, live streaming platforms, and other media tools to intervene in topics that include diversity and inclusion, climate change, and the COVID-19 pandemic. The growth potential for this form is significant, given the rapid growth of media and design sectors in recent years, especially as related to augmented reality gaming. Funding from the University of Chicago Provost's Office would allow our team to travel to the Hong Kong Center in order to run a practice based-research workshop about ARGs in Hong Kong that includes researchers, game designers, and students associated with the Study Abroad quarter. The time at the Hong Kong Center will also be spent exploring the possibility of a multi-site ARG conducted across UChicago Centers, using Hong Kong as the prototype. In addition to the core workshop, UChicago participants will meet with possible partners in the region.

Expertise and Governance in Asia: New Nations, New Sciences

Key Faculty & Collaborators:

  • (PI) John Kelly, Christian W. Mackauer Professor, Department of Anthropology and of Social Sciences in the College, The University of Chicago

This conference will gather scholars from eleven disciplines and nine countries, many from universities in Asia, to discuss science and the state in Asia since World War II. We aim to replace a landmark 1963 collection, Old Societies and New States: The Quest for Modernity in Asia, with a better synthetic view of the past, present and future of the states in Asia and the social sciences they have developed and deployed. Since our successful December 2018 conference in the U of Chicago center in Delhi, our participant network has grown significantly, now including leading scholars of East Asia as well as South and Southeast Asia, and participants from three Hong Kong universities.

This project is developing in Asia and for Asia. It will have a global audience but the enthusiasm of Asian scholars for clarifying this history of sciences and states, information and governance, makes our use of the University of Chicago centers vital. The 2018 Delhi conference brought together scholars of South and Southeast Asia (from ten disciplines, fourteen institutions and six states, including twelve scholars from India and four from Singapore). Seeking a more comprehensive approach to new nation-states and new uses of information sciences to govern across all of Asia, we now pursue tangible interaction of that network with East Asian scholars. In 1963 the University of Chicago hosted in Chicago the conferences and working groups for mostly American scholars that produced such leading texts as Old Societies and New States. Now, with its global network of centers, it is again uniquely able to sponsor leading research, research of fundamentally new configuration, purpose and audience.

Crafting Culture: Porcelain in Asia

Key Faculty & Collaborators:

  • (PI) Laura Letinsky, Professor, Department of Visual Arts, The University of Chicago

Unrivaled for its longstanding and far-reaching influence, Jingdezhen, China is the foremost region for porcelain and other ceramics production. Sited in an area rich in minerals specific to porcelain, as early as the sixth century CE, this region developed a highly sophisticated ceramic and porcelain industry that, because of its adjacency to two major rivers, extended its influence and goods across Japan and Korea who developed their own unique ceramics traditions. Jingdazhen and Kyoto (along with other sites in Japan) are home to several advanced ceramics institutions who actively train artists and artisans, as well as producing globally distributed goods. Hong Kong has developed as a vibrant gateway, its markets providing a vehicle for aesthetic and intellectual dialogue between artists and producers. The city is home to innovative technologies bridging traditional crafts and contemporary art. Indeed, this distinction of craft and art is highly pertinent in today’s artistic and intellectual communities through a reevaluation of the importance of knowledge as integral to the body as to the brain.

The PI wish to research the prestigious and unique facilities in Jingdezhen and in Japan so as to determine the opportunities for future collaboration, both personal as well as pedagogical, considering the possibilities for a future exchange with our University and contemporary porcelain artists/designers. As a part of my larger research project, and developed in dialogue with Mark Barnekow, Executive Director of our University’s Hong Kong program, we will continue this exploration in Japan, specifically, Tokyo and Kyoto. Japan’s tradition of porcelain has different aesthetic, economic, and cultural history that is important to my understanding of ceramics. Alongside this research, meeting with porcelain artist-designers working in Hong Kong is integral to my fuller understanding of porcelain and ceramics production, from the physical and artistic, to the conceptual and commercial.

At the end of this research trip, I will engage in a public dialogue with guests at our Hong Kong site for discussion about contemporary ceramics and its role in contemporary art.

Exodus and Exile: Migrants, Refugees, Asylum Seekers, 1750-1850 (2021)

Key Faculty & Collaborators:

  • (PI) Josephine McDonagh, Professor, Department of English, The University of Chicago
  • Kendall Johnson, Professor, School of English, The University of Hong Kong
  • Julia Kuehn, Professor and Head, School of English, The University of Hong Kong
  • Jonathan Sachs, Professor, Department of English, Concordia University

During the period 1750–1850, the transnational movement of people fed an emergent literature of internal alienation, fostered new demographic preoccupations in contemporary historiography, underwrote new theories of political justice, and spurred the reformulation of religious identities. The figure of the migrant has come to hold a complex and conflicted place within this period and within the regimes of western modernity more broadly, as both constitutive of societies, and a threat to national integrity. Yet this figure remains relatively uninterrogated.

In this workshop, and against the backdrop of our own present day migration crisis, we seek to understand the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century history of the figure of the migrant in all its castings: exile, refugee, émigré, slave, coolie, emigrant. Scholarship on migrancy tends to concentrate on particular geographical regions, but the history of migration is such that this regional focus often occludes the experience of migrants and the factors shaping their movements. With a group of scholars from different humanities disciplines, we will build a fuller picture of the ways in which migrants have shaped, and been shaped by, the contexts which they inhabited. The focus of this workshop will be on the voluntary and involuntary movement of labor in the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Ocean worlds. How might the collective examination of migration in this period across these regions help us to understand precariousness and vulnerability as a lived condition, one yielding both deeper historical understanding and new insight into the mass population movements of our present moment?

Population Movements, Language Contact in East and Southeast Asia, and Evolutionary Linguistics

Key Faculty & Collaborators:

  • (PI) Salikoko Mufwene, Frank J. McLoraine Distinguished Service Professor, Department of Linguistics, The University of Chicago
  • Stephen Matthews, Professor, Department of Linguistics, The University of Hong Kong
  • Kofi Yakpo, Associate Professor, Department of Linguistics, The University of Hong Kong
  • Virginia Yip, Professor, Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

The purpose of the proposed workshop is to assess the extent to which layers of population movements and language contacts in East and Southeast Asia (ESEA) can account for the specificities of language evolution in the region. The invited experts on language contact and speciation—most of them focusing on language diffusion, contact, and contraction in ESEA—will discuss some critical facts within the heuristic framework of evolutionary linguistics grounded in the ecology of human interactions. The goal is two-fold: 1) to better understand how languages have evolved in the region from the point of view of the intersection of contact linguistics and genetic linguistics; and 2) to determine ways in which what we learn can help improve our theorizing on differential language evolution as actuated by population movements and language contact. This will be an opportunity to test, against new facts, some hypotheses I presented 2 ½ years ago, in a plenary paper at the International Congress of Linguists, in Cape Town, South Africa. The paper was titled “Language contact and evolutionary linguistics: An African(ist)’s and creolist’s perspective.”

In the contexts both of language speciation and of language vitality, we would like to learn more about the spread of Mandarin and the minoritization of non-Sinitic languages. In the West, we know little regarding the actuation of the processes, including the socioeconomic structures and political pressures that bear on speakers’ behaviors. ESEA is also interesting for the rise and short vitality of creoles (in Macao and Malaysia) out of contacts of the Natives with the Portuguese traders. These new vernaculars are now endangered, though they outlived Chinese Pidgin English and Chinese Russian Pidgin. Noteworthy is also the fact that their counterparts around the Atlantic and in the Indian Ocean are still thriving. Comparisons of these differing evolutions will be informative.

Bibliography of East Asian Periodicals (Colonial Korea 1900-1945)

Key Faculty & Collaborators:

  • (PI) Jee-Young Park, Korean Studies Librarian, Center for East Asian Studies, The University of Chicago
  • Kyeong-Hee Choi, Associate Professor in Modern Korean Literature, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, The University of Chicago
  • Hyoungbae Lee, Korean Studies Librarian, East Asian Library, Princeton University
  • Michiko Nakao, Project Research Fellow, Uehiro Project for the Asian Research Library (U-PARL), The University of Tokyo
  • Jude Yang, Librarian for Korean Studies and East Asian Library Public Service Librarian, Yale University
  • Yuan Zhou, Curator of the East Asian Collection, East Asian Collection, The University of Chicago Library, The University of Chicago

The proposed project will identify and compile East Asian periodicals of colonial Korea from 1900 to 1945 into a comprehensive bibliography. The era of colonial imperialism in East Asia is defined not only by historic upheavals throughout Korea and its neighboring nations of China and Japan, but also by the spread of print media across many fields, including literature, history, economics, and politics. As primary source materials, these publications give scholars the opportunity to better grasp the complexities of the colonial era in Korea (1910-1945).

The goal of the proposed project is a comprehensive bibliography of East Asian periodicals published in the years surrounding Korea’s colonial period, from 1900-1945. Through data compilation, organization and research, the bibliography will outline each journal’s identifying information, including region of origin, bibliographic details of publication, regions of distribution, and current accessibility status. Additionally through textual interpretation, the bibliography will provide commentary on the symbolic meaning of these texts.

The Future of China's Past

Key Faculty & Collaborators:

  • (PI) Edward Shaughnessy, Lorraine J. and Herrlee G. Creel Distinguished Service Professor in Early Chinese Studies, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, The University of Chicago

The PI propose to follow on the success of conferences held in 2019 at the Beijing Center and at the Yuen Campus to convene another conference that will focus on the future of early China studies, taking advantage of a happy convergence of an excellent cohort of young Western scholars currently working in the greater Hong Kong Bay Area (several of whom were trained at the University of Chicago) to bring them together with another group of extraordinarily talented young scholars working in China to share their research and to develop contacts for the next generation of early China scholarship. I envision the conference taking place over the course of two days at the Yuen Campus, followed by two further days of meeting either at Baptist U. of Hong Kong or at United College in Zhuhai, which have agreed to serve as the local partners for the conference.

Science, Energy, Medicine, and Public Health

Medical and Surgical Decisions in Critically Ill Patients: Cross-Cultural Perspectives

Key Faculty & Collaborators:

  • (PI) Peter Angelos, Linda Kohler Anderson Professor, Department of Surgery, The University of Chicago
  • J. Michael Millis, Professor, Department of Surgery, The University of Chicago
  • Mark Siegler, Lindy Bergman Distinguished Service Professor, Department of Medicine, The University of Chicago

From the historical beginning of medicine through the mid-twentieth century, when faced with a critically ill patient, physicians asked, “What can be done for this patient?” In recent years, this central question has changed. Now physicians are increasingly faced with the question, “What should we do for this patient?” This shift is critical to how decisions are made for critically ill patients. In order to answer “what should be done?” physicians must consider many other aspects of the patient’s condition. The values of the patient or the patient’s family are important. The economic implications of the proposed medical interventions to the patient/family and possibly to society may play a role. The values of the treating physicians may also shift the decisions that are made. Exactly how such decisions are made for critically ill patients varies depending on whether this is a newborn infant or an elderly patient with multiple comorbidities. 

This project proposes to explore how decisions are made for such patients who are at the limits of what medicine or surgery can offer in different cultures by convening conferences in Beijing and Hong Kong. By involving physicians, ethicists, and philosophers from the US, China, and Hong Kong, the PIs intend to highlight similarities and differences in how such decisions are made and who makes the decisions. The goal of the conferences will be a deeper awareness of the complexity of these decisions and how culture impacts the decisions that are made.

The 2022 Conference on “Molecular Imaging Instrumentation

Key Faculty & Collaborators:

  • (PI) Chin-Tu Chen, Associate Professor, Department of Radiology, The University of Chicago
  • Greta Mok, Associate Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Macau
  • Long Wei, Deputy Director, Institute of High Energy Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Ed X. Wu, Chair of Biomedical Engineering, Lam Woo Professorship in Biomedical Engineering, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, The University of Hong Kong

Molecular imaging, in which information regarding life and life processes in vivo at the molecular level can be visualized and monitored, is becoming the enabling and powerful tools in routine clinical practice and in fundamental research in biology and medicine. It is also one of the key technologies essential to advancing the practice of personalized and precision medicine for improving future healthcare delivery effectively and economically. Asia is the world’s center in semiconductor, electronics, and advanced materials R&D in both academia and industry, as well as other relevant resources such as manufacturing, vast healthcare delivery systems, and enormous patient populations, which are all the most important elements in advancing the field of molecular imaging. This Conference Series on Molecular Imaging Instrumentation will bring academic and industrial leaders around the world, especially those from the USA, China, and other Asia-Pacific countries to exchange information on the most recent advances in the field, and to formulate strategies for enhanced collaborations in order to accelerate technology advances in the future, thus impacting the global healthcare agenda and landscape in general.

Based on the continuous success of our 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 meetings, we propose to continue to organize this important international meeting series in the form of a 2-day international conference held on the new UChicago campus in Hong Kong to exchange and present the latest findings on recent progresses and innovations in molecular imaging instrumentation R&D, as well as its impact to clinical practice and patient care. We also expect to continue to expand and grow the collaborative research programs resulting from the past meetings among the participating institutions. In this 2022 meeting (postponed from the 2020 meeting because of the COVID pandemic), we will include University of Hong Kong, University of Macau, and neighboring Chinese institutions as co-organizers.

Understanding Burden of End-of-Life Care through Verbatim Theater

Key Faculty & Collaborators:

  • (PI) Jonathan Lio, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, The University of Chicago
  • Bryan Li, Associate Consultant, Grantham Hospital Palliative Medical Unit, Honorary Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong
  • Shellie Williams, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, The University of Chicago
  • Harry Wu, Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Ethics and Humanities, Director of the Medical Ethics and Humanities Unit, The University of Hong Kong
  • Hoi Fai Wu, Artistic Director, Pants Theatre Production

There is a great need for palliative medicine in the 21st century. Despite our advances in technology, our ability to provide comfort and alleviate distress at the end of life has not increased in step – indeed, as the practice of medicine has increasingly shifted to an approach to the patient as a biomedical being, the ailing human being is increasingly ignored. As Bernard Lown, Nobel peace prize winner and renowned cardiologist noted, “Science contributes to abandoning healing”. Efforts to humanize patient care are needed to counteract these prevailing technocratic forces. The burden of care for these end-of-life patients falls not only to health care workers, but primarily to families and caregivers of the patients. As the number of elderly in Hong Kong rise, so will the burden on their families and caregivers, which can manifest in a myriad of ways, including anxiety, fatigue, deteriorating relationships, and social isolation. There is often a lack of understanding of the difficulties that caregivers face which further contributes to their unmet needs.

The purpose of this 1-day event is to create a sharing platform of knowledge and emotions of caregivers of end-of-life patients through verbatim theater, which uses their narratives exploring their burden of care and coping strategies, leading to an example of compassionate community practice in Hong Kong and beyond.

Workshop on the International Study of the Divergent Organ Donation Models

Key Faculty & Collaborators:

  • (PI) Michael Millis, Professor and Chair of Global Surgery, Department of Surgery, The University of Chicago
  • Ruiping Fan, Professor, Department of Public Policy, City University of Hong Kong
  • Chung Mao Lo, Hospital Chief Executive at The University of Hong Kong-Shenzhen Hospital, Chin Lan-Hong Professor and Chair of Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery in the Department of Surgery at The University of Hong Kong, and Director of the Liver Transplant Center at Queen Mary Hospital
  • Wan-Zi Lu, Robert Park Lecturer, Doctoral Candidate (2014), Department of Sociology, The University of Chicago

In this international workshop, we bring together medical professionals and policy scholars who are collaborating an international project on comparing organ donation models and providing policy recommendations to the Hong Kong authority. Studies have shown that transplants not only save the lives of patients but also reduce substantial healthcare costs. However, the shortage of organs for transplantation remains a global problem. In response to the organ shortage, governments have developed different incentive systems worldwide. The practitioners and scholars in this workshop have conducted data collection in countries with the most different incentive systems, and we invite the research team members to share the initial analysis based on interviews in the three sites (Chicago, with honorary incentives; Iran, with financial incentives; and Beijing, which is regulated by familism). Since the subsequent stages of the project include a book project based on the data analyses and a survey to find the optimal incentive system for Hong Kong, we also ask medical, legal, and policy scholars in Hong Kong to offer comments on the analysis. In the two-day workshop, we aim to compare the results from the data collection, initiate manuscript writing, and design questions for the survey on the public opinion of organ donation in Hong Kong.

Big data and AI in Radiology in East Asia and the United States

Key Faculty & Collaborators:

  • (PI) Thuong Van Ha, Professor, Department of Radiology, The University of Chicago
  • Ian Foster, Arthur Holly Compton Distinguished Service Professor, Department of Computer Science, The University of Chicago
  • Elaine Kan, Radiologist of Hong Kong Children's Hospital, Honorary Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Diagnostic Radiology, The University of Hong Kong

Big data is the use of high-volume, high-velocity, high-variety, and high-veracity information to create economic value, streamline operations, perform risk management, and improve customer service. Some institutions have developed complex software applications to transform big data in radiology into meaningful real time assets. Translation of these platforms to the different sections within radiology can advance research, operational, and patient outcome objectives in the particular areas of radiology. Artificial Intelligence, especially deep learning, is progressing rapidly as a tool in image recognition tasks and in radiology.

Radiology departments are well suited to take advantage of their information technology infrastructure. However, there is no uniformity of data upload and management from one department to the next and on a global scale, differences are even more exaggerated. Furthermore, big data, especially multi-modal data, can demand methodological advances in areas such as image registration and real-time data analysis, and benefit from new methods such as deep neural networks.

The purpose of the workshop is to bring together The University of Chicago Medicine Department of Radiology and other departments of radiology from Hong Kong and East and Southeast Asia to compare local differences in factors that will affect the implementation of big data analysis in Asia, where available data and access to the data varies from country to country, and in the US, where data are available not only within departments but also in national databases. We will look beyond the regional to what is available in each country and identify opportunities for possible future shared research using databases from different countries to create a global database for big data analysis.

Empowering Patient/Family Centered Care Communication in the Setting of Serious Illness in Hong Kong

Key Faculty & Collaborators:

  • (PI) Shellie Williams, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, The University of Chicago

China currently has a population of 1.4 billion elderly individuals, with this segment expected to grow from 17% to 35% in the next 30 years. Serious illness and end-of-life (EOL) care become increasingly common in an aging society and often requires new approaches to care that morph from the focus of disease to whole-person focused, such as in palliative medical care. However, in Hong Kong with the population experiencing limited connections with the health system other than during hospitalizations, many individuals may not have regular opportunities to establish lasting primary care provider (PCP) relationships and primary care interactions to establish values based EOL care plans and community-based management of serious illness symptoms.

This project focuses on targeting those patients/families living with serious illness to discuss vehicles for outlining their advance care wishes and discussing myths and realities of palliative care and how it could provide assistance in assuring the receipt of their wishes.