October 2014 | ISSUE 14
Visit to the University of Health Sciences in Cambodia


Potential new research collaborations, student electives and exchanges and medical education teacher attachments were but some of the topics that a senior team from LKCMedicine explored with Cambodian counterparts when they visited the University of Health Sciences (UHS), Cambodia’s national medical school in Phnom Penh on 6 and 7 October 2014.

Led by LKCMedicine Dean Professor James Best, the delegation’s aim was to establish a strong relationship with UHS to explore research collaborations in infectious diseases and clinical and operations medical research; outreach for the School’s global health programme; undergraduate and postgraduate student electives and exchanges; as well as medical education teacher attachments.

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LKCMedicine Dean Prof James Best and UHS Rector Prof Saphonn Vonthanak (centre) with the visiting delegation and hosts

Apart from their visit to UHS, the delegation which included Executive Vice-Dean for Administration Professor Lionel Lee, Vice-Dean for Research Professor Philip Ingham FRS, Professor of Infectious Disease Annelies Wilder-Smith and Assistant Professor Yeo Tsin Wen, also visited the National Institute of Public Health, Pasteur Institute, the US Navy Medical Research Unit 2, the National Centre for Tuberculosis & Leprosy Control and Calmette Hospital.

The visit introduced the LKCMedicine team to UHS Rector Professor Saphonn Vonthanak, Deputy Director of the National Institute of Public Health Dr Chheng Kannarath, Director of the National Centre for Tuberculosis & Leprosy Control Dr Mao Tan Eang, Professor of Medicine Koy Vanny from Calmette Hospital and Navy Captain Andrew Vaughn, Director of the US unit.

The team also visited the Microbiology and Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory at UHS which was established with the assistance of DSO National Laboratories.

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Touring Calmette Hospital with Prof Vanny, Professor of Medicine at Calmette Hospital (left); briefing at the School of Public Health by Deputy Director of the National Institute of Public Health Dr Kannarath (right)

The LKCMedicine team were joined by Institute of Infectious Diseases & Epidemiology Professor Leo Yee Sin and Associate Professor Tan Boon Huan, Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff at DSO.