ICCEC 2017 Highlights

The 13th International Conference on Clinical Ethics Consultation has just wrapped in Singapore. As with previous ICCECs, it was a great opportunity to hear from leading scholars around the world on the most pressing issues for clinical ethicists. Thanks again to speakers, delegates, sponsors and organisers whose support and hard work were essential to making the event a success!


(The Organising Committee members, from left to right: Asst Prof Voo Teck Chuan; Ms Veeramah Devi; Dr Owen Schaefer; Prof Alastair Campbell; Assoc Prof Anita Ho; Ms Sumytra Menon; Assoc Prof Jacqueline Chin)

By the numbers

330 Total attendees

3 Days of main conference events

38 Different countries of origin of delegates

17 International bursary recipients

15 Eminent plenary speakers over the conference’s three days discussing various facets of how changes to society, technology and healthcare are affecting clinical ethics practice.

70 presentations during breakout sessions

4 Parallel tracks during breakouts

24 Posters on display during tea breaks


Award winners

We would like to congratulate the winners of various awards during ICCEC 2017:

Best Abstracts:


Mark Tan Kiak Min, St. Mary’s University & Ministry of Health, UK and Malaysia “Reconciling the Science of Medical Advancements at the End-of-life with the Art of Dying Well: Advocating for the Introduction of Legislation on Advance Decisions in Malaysia.”



Salla and Heikki Saxén, University of Eastern Finland and University of Tempere, Finland “Personalized Medicine Challenges Boundaries Between Research and Care: Could Ethics Consultation Provide Answers?”

Best Poster Winner:


Helen Chan, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong S.A.R. China “Planning ahead: Preparing older people and people with chronic progressive diseases and their carers to plan for end-of-life care”

Best Poster Runners-Up:


Philip Crowell, BC Children’s Hospital, Canada “Moral Climate Change: Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) in Canada”



Umashankar GK, M R Ambedkar Dental College and Hospital, India “Walking a Tight-Rope in Dentistry… Are Our Budding Dentists Empathically & Morally Skilled?”

Hans Schwager Award Winner:


Murat Civaner (Centre), Uludag University School of Medicine, Department of Medical Ethics, Turkey


Looking Forward

Next year’s ICCEC will be hosted by the Institute of Medical Ethics in Oxford, UK, from 21-23 June 2018. The theme is “Clinical ethics in translation: linking practice with research, learning and policy.” Abstracts will be accepted from September to November 2017; registration will open early 2018. You can find more details on the conference website and follow them on twitter.

The Journal of Hospital Ethics will be printing an issue containing abstracts from ICCEC 2017, similar to the issue printed based on ICCEC 2016 abstracts that was included in all conference packets. All presenters will be contacted by JOHE in due course for permissions and further details.

In addition, the Asian Bioethics Review will be publishing a special issue featuring select articles from the conference. This was discussed during the ABR affinity group; if you missed that, information will be available on the journal’s website soon. The deadline for submission is 31 August 2017. (Note: publication of a conference abstract in JOHE does not preclude publication of full articles in ABR)

Below are a few more photos from the conference. A full gallery will be posted to the conference website within two weeks, where individual presenters can retrieve photographs of their talks.



The calm before the storm



Prof Campbell and Assoc Prof Chin greet guests of honour Mr Foo Hee Jug (NUHS Deputy Chief Executive) and Dr Benjamin Ong (Director of Medical Services).  And what’s Prof Richard Huxtable so interested in on Assoc Prof Anita Ho’s phone?



Assoc Prof Jacqueline Chin opens the conference



A rapt audience



The inimitable Prof Hans van Delden holds forth with Assoc Prof JJ Chin andnd Prof Vikki Entwistle



ICCEC co-founder George Agich at the conference reception, a welcome respite after the a busy first day

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