Meet your Director, Zewen Tan!

Zewen is a junior in majoring in molecular and cell biology. He has participated in UCMUN since his sophomore year in high school and hopes to continue that passion throughout the rest of his undergraduate years. Zewen’s interest in the state of healthcare is what drove him to remain the director of WHO for the second conference in a row. Eventually, he plans on becoming a pediatrician or an elementary school teacher. When he's not poppin’ off in class, Zewen enjoys a good NBA discussion with friends, singing gospel music, and whipping up magic in the kitchen. His fried chicken recipe is legendary and is critically acclaimed by many. Zewen is excited to be your WHO Director this year! Feel free to contact him at zewen.tan@uconn.edu!

 

Meet your Topic Specialist, Angela Su!

Angela is a sophomore majoring in allied health sciences with a concentration in health sciences. After earning her undergraduate degree, she hopes to pursue a Master of Public Health program. In addition to UCMUN, Angela is a member of UConn Swing & Blues, part of the 2018 International Orientation staff, and a soup enthusiast. She is excited for a second year at UCMUN after a wonderful conference last fall serving as an Assistant Director for WHO. Please feel free to get in touch with her via email at angela.su@uconn.edu.

 

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Topic A: Genome Editing

The ability to alter DNA has revolutionized the scientific community. From altering bacteria for vaccines to engineering food able to nourish an entire population, the possibilities of genome editing have now extended to humans. A recent breakthrough has been the repurposing of CRISPR-Cas9. Not only is CRISPR easy to employ, but it is also readily accessible. This wider availability, however, proves problematic as ethics come into consideration. As a novel issue, there is still discourse regarding internationally accepted regulations.  The World Health Organization hopes to raise awareness by addressing the possible ethical implications regarding genome editing.

Topic B: Refugee Health

Recent unsettling of the Middle East and Africa have seen a large increase in the number of refugees. The legal status of refugees in the host countries has taken a forefront in the news, but their healthcare remains a huge human rights issue that has been overlooked. Many refugee camps struggle to provide even basic health necessities and healthcare access varies massively by country. The conditions found in camps and settlements are even worse as NGOs struggle to obtain supplies and maintain the ever growing population. The World Health Organization looks to discuss strategies to provide better healthcare to refugees and improve their overall conditions.