Dr Voo Teck Chuan
BA (Hons), MA, Ph.D
Contact No. : 6516 3331
I was appointed Assistant Professor at CBmE in 2015. My research interests lies in analysing and critiquing ethical concepts, principles, and frameworks used in regulating areas of bioethics concern, in particular, public health, human subject research, and organ transplantation. I am Programme Director of the undergraduate medical ethics curriculum for year 2 medical students; and, Co-Director of CENTRES (Clinical Ethics Network and Research Ethics Support), a CBmE-led initiative funded by the Ministry of Health to serve as a networking and ethics support resource for hospital ethics committees and institutional review boards in Singapore.
I studied Philosophy in NUS, and developed special interest in normative ethics, applied ethics, and Confucian hermeneutics. Seeing the need to combine philosophical ethics with medical law to strengthen my methodological approach to bioethics scholarship, I did my PhD in Bioethics and Medical Jurisprudence at The Centre for Social Ethics and Policy and The Institute of Science, Ethics and Innovation in the School of Law, University of Manchester, under a studentship funded by the Wellcome Strategic Programme on The Human Body, Its Scope, Limits and Future. My PhD thesis was structured towards writing 4 published or publishable journal articles as its core chapters, unified by the theme (and title) of "Altruism and Ownership: Justifying Payment for Organ Donation". 2 articles in Journal of Medical Ethics and 1 in Bioethics were produced as part of the thesis.
I was previously Lecturer (2014-2015); Research Associate (2013); Adjunct Research Fellow (2011-2013) Research Fellow (2009); and Research Assistant (2007-2008) with CBmE. In 2009, I was Visiting Scholar at The Hastings Center. Amongst my publications in these periods are the edited volume "The Ethics of Sports Technologies and Human Enhancement" (Routledge, forthcoming in 2016), as well as book chapters, encyclopaedia entries, journal editorials and articles.
I am currently researching on "family security" as an ethical concept to guide epidemic preparedness and response; and, the impact on and implications for ethics review of human subject research brought about by changes in research governance regimes. Both projects are funded by a start-up grant from NUS. I am also working on other issues in public health ethics, and issues related to live organ donation and transplant ethics committee evaluation.
"Some Levinasian Thoughts on Posthumous Organ Donation", Australasian Postgraduate Philosophy Conference 2008, University of Sydney, Department of Philosophy, Sydney, Australia, Mar 2008
The Ethics of Sports Technology and Human Enhancement. Routledge, forthcoming in 2016. Co-editor, with Thomas H. Murray.
"Ethical Issues in Live Donor Reimbursement Programmes", Transplantation Proceedings, forthcoming in 2016. First author, with Shermian Koh and Alastair V. Campbell.
"Altruism and Reward: Motivational Compatibility in Deceased Organ Donation", 2015;29(3): 190–202.
"Organs as Inheritable Property?", Journal of Medical Ethics 2014;40(1):57-61. Joint author, with Soren Holm.
"The Social Rationale of the Gift Relationship", Journal of Medical Ethics 2011, 37(11):663-667.
"Evaluating the Effects of an Integrated Medical Ethics Curriculum on First-year Students", Annals Academy of Medicine Singapore 2011, 40(1):4-15. Second author, with Jacqueline Chin, Syahirah Abdul Karim, Yiong Huan Chan and Alastair V Campbell.
"Brain-machine Interfaces and Personal Responsibility for Action – Maybe Not as Complicated After All", Studies in Ethics, Law, and Technology 2010, 4(3), DOI: 10.2202/1941-6008.1153. Joint author, with Soren Holm.
"Clinical Research in Times of Pandemics", Journal of Public Health 2010, 3(1): 35-38. Fourth author, with Siow-Ann Chong, Benjamin J. Capps, Mythily Subramaniam and Alastair Vincent Campbell.
"Influenza Pandemic and the Duties of Healthcare Workers", Singapore Medical Journal 2010, 51(4): 275-281. First author, with Benjamin J. Capps.
"Prospective Ethics Review in Infectious Disease Emergencies", Asian Bioethics Review 2009, 1(3): 299-303.
"Stem Cell Science and its Public: The Case of Singapore", special issue on Biotechnology in East Asian Societies, East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal (EASTS) 2010, 4(1): 7-29. Last author, with Calvin Ho and Benjamin J. Capps.
"The Ethics of Organ Transplantation: Shortages and Strategies", Annals Academy of Medicine Singapore 2009, 38(4): 359-364. First author, with Alastair V. Campbell and Leonardo De Castro.
"Learning Curves, Chess and the Art of Translation in Medical Ethics", Asian Bioethics Review 2008, inaugural edition, 73-80. Second author, with Jacqueline Chin, Nicola Peart and Roy Joseph.
"Kidney Transplantation and Killer Rabbits", Asian Bioethics Review 2008, inaugural edition, 81-85.
"How can we know that ethics education produces ethical doctors?", Medical Teacher 2007, 29(5): 431-436. Last author, with Alastair V. Campbell and Jacqueline Chin.
"Using Medical Students as Research Subjects: Is it Ethical?", Annals Academy of Medicine Singapore 2009, 38(12): 1019-1020.
"The Four Principles Approach and Cultural Specification", European Journal of Pediatrics 2009, 168(11): 1389.
"Trade in Human Body Parts", The Routledge Handbook of Global Ethics, D. Moellendorf and H. Widdows (eds), Routledge, 2015. First author, with Alastair V. Campbell.
"Ethics and Attitudes", A Practical Guide for Medical Teachers (5th edn), J.A. Dent, D. Hunt, and R. M. Harden (eds), Edinburgh: Elsevier Churchill Livingstone 2013. First author, with Clarence Braddock, Alastair V. Campbell, Jacqueline Chin, and Anita Ho.
"Ethics and Attitudes", A Practical Guide for Medical Teachers (3rd edn), J.A. Dent and R. M. Harden (eds), Edinburgh: Elsevier Churchill Livingstone 2013. Last author, with Alastair V. Campbell and Jacqueline Chin. Updated in 4th edn, 2013.
"The Clinician Researcher: A Servant of Two Masters?", Singapore Bioethics Advisory Committee 10th Anniversary Book, New Jersey, Singapore : World Scientific 2010. Last author, with Alastair V. Campbell and Jacqueline Chin.
"An International Perspective", The Cartwright Papers: Essays on the Cervical Cancer Inquiry 1987-88, J. Manning (ed), Bridget Williams Books, Wellington 2009. Second author, with Alastair V. Campbell and Jacqueline Chin.
"Multinational Research", From Birth to Death and Bench to Clinic: The Hastings Center Bioethics Briefing Book for Journalists, Policymakers, and Campaigns, M. Crowley (ed), 2008. First author, with Jacqueline Chin and Alastair V. Campbell. Updating in 2nd edn, forthcoming in 2016.
"An Ethical Analysis of Human Elective Egg Freezing", Jul 2013; independent report supported by the Bioethics Legal Group for Reproductive Issues in Singapore (BELRIS). Lead Researcher, with Benjamin Capps (Principal Investigator).
"Research Ethics in International Epidemic Response: Meeting Report", World Health Organisation Technical Consultation, Geneva: WHO Press, 2010. Rapporteur, with Carl Coleman.
"Therapeutic Misconception", Encyclopaedia of Applied Ethics (2nd edn), R. Chadwick (ed), San Diego: Academic Press 2012.
"Occupational Health", Encyclopedia of Global Bioethics, Henk ten Have (ed), Springer International Publishing, 2016. Joint author, with Lee See Muah.
"Influence of Patient Contact on Knowledge and Confidence in Practical Ethics", Association for Medical Education (AMEE) annual conference. Forthcoming in Aug 2016. With Grace Chiang, Reshma Merchant, Shen Liang, and Kamun Tong.
"Medical Students Knowledge and Attitude in Relation to Ethics in Healthcare – An Evaluation of Year 2 Medical Students", 13th Asia Pacific Medical Education Conference (APMEC), Singapore, Jan 2016. With Grace Chiang, Reshma Merchant, Shen Liang, and Kamun Tong.
"Reconsidering the Reification Argument for Organ Trading", Faculty of Life Sciences Annual Symposium, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK, Sept 2011
"Philosophical Perspectives on Global Warming and Climate Change" with Professor Cecilia Lim (Department of Philosophy), NUS Annual Green Carnival, Singapore, Oct 2007
"The Human Biomedical Research Act: Overview and International Comparisons", Asia-Pacific Biotech News 2016;20(2):14-17. With Shermian Koh.
Case study "H5N1: Access to Novel Flu Vaccines for Those Who Contribute to Seed Stock". Presented at the Global Forum on Bioethics in Research for its meeting “Emerging Epidemic Infections and Experimental Medical Treatments”, Fondation Mérieux, Annecy, France, Nov 2015
My experience in biomedical ethics teaching started in 2008 with my involvement in the design and implementation of Health Ethics, Law and Professionalism (HeLP) in its introduction in the undergraduate medical curriculum as a longitudinal track. I am currently involved in a wide range of teaching activities for NUS Medicine and other schools in NUS, and external institutions.
Tutor and Lecturer, various sessions in HeLP Phase I-V
MDG5215: Applied Bioethics and Biolaw
MDG5231: Topics in Biomedical and Behavioural Research Ethics
MDG5216: Bioethics in Asia
Other postgraduate teachings (selected)
Lecturer and facilitator, Transplant Ethics Committee (TEC) training sessions organized by CBmE (twice per year)
Invited talk on "Minimal Risk and Educational Research", Singapore Institute of Management faculty and IRB members, Apr 2016
Lecturer, "Ethics of Disease Control", Master of Public Health, module on Control of Communicable Diseases, Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health (SSHSPH), Mar 2016
Lecturer, "Ethics in Global Health", Master of Public Health, module on Global Health, Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, Nov 2015
Principal lecturer, Intensive Short Course (4 days) on "Ethical Review of Biomedical Research", Oct 2015
Lecturer, Ethics Workshop for Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners, commissioned by Eu Yan Sang Academy, May 2015
World Health Organization
Member of Publicity Subcommittee