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Interdisciplinary collaboration between medical professionals and sociolinguists

Date & Time:

September 22, 2014 (Mon) | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.


Room P6-03, Graduate House


Dr Olga Zayts
Assistant Professor, School of English

Dr Olga Zayts received the Faculty Knowledge Exchange (KE) Award 2013 of the Faculty of Arts for the 'Language and Communication in Genetic Counselling Settings in Hong Kong and South Asia' project.



In this talk Dr Zayts will discuss the benefits and the challenges of interdisciplinary collaborative work between humanities and medicine based on her collaborative project with Dr Brian Chung of the Department of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. Full collaboration between scholars in humanities and medicine has the capacity to enrich knowledge transfer/ impact activities through research-led agenda. Dr Zayts will draw on their experience of several large-scale collaborative projects in the last 10 years and discuss the process of working across disciplinary boundaries - from the initial stages of team forming and securing funding to successful project running and dissemination of project findings to target beneficiaries. Their projects have focused on genetic counseling/ consultations in Hong Kong and South Asia. Their work has informed and stimulated practitioners' debate about genetic counseling in the region through a number of knowledge transfer/ impact activities including organization of workshops, numerous publications in professional journals and development of print and web-based resources for professionals and the general public.

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