February 2017 | Issue 28
News roundup

LKCMedicine Dean hosts NTU senior management at CSB
On 18 January, LKCMedicine Dean Prof James Best hosted NTU Deputy Provost for Education Prof Kam Chan Hin, and several members of NTU’s senior management and staff, at the Clinical Sciences Building (CSB). The visitors were shown the state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities including the Learning Studio, Centre for Clinical Simulation and collaborative spaces. The tour concluded at the Medical Library on the top floor, giving them an unobstructed view over Novena HealthCity and Singapore’s skyline. Plans to further promote synergies and strengthen engagement with other NTU Schools and Centres were discussed, offering opportunities to further develop LKCMedicine’s education and research strategies. 

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Joint LKCMedicine - NTU IRB Lecture by Prof Alastair Campbell on the new HBRA
On 8 February, LKCMedicine hosted Emeritus Director and Visiting Professor at NUS Medicine’s Centre for Biomedical Ethics Prof Alastair Campbell at EMB for a visit and talk on the Human Biomedical Research Act (HBRA). Hosted by NTU IRB Chairman and LKCMedicine Executive Vice-Dean Professor Lionel Lee, the lecture was attended by a large number of researchers, staff and students from various schools and industry partners including SBS, SPMS and NHGP. During his talk titled “Surviving the act: opportunities and challenges in the new HBRA”, Prof Campbell delved into the scope of the HBRA such as the details of consent requirements. Prof Campbell shed light on the implications of the HBRA which will come into force later this year on research and the latest administrative procedures to satisfy these requirements. The lecture ended on a high note with a lively Q&A session.

Read more here and if you've missed the lecture, you can watch it here.


LKCMedicine Dean hosts NHG Senior Management at CSB
On 1 February, LKCMedicine Dean Professor James Best hosted NHG Group CEO Professor Philip Choo and other senior leadership members including Deputy Group CEO for Education and Research Professor Lim Tock Han and NHGP CEO Associate Professor Chong Phui-Nah, at CSB. Accompanied by members of the LKCMedicine leadership team and senior staff, the visitors were shown the state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities including the Learning Studio, Centre for Clinical Simulation and collaborative spaces. The tour concluded at the Medical Library on the top floor with an evening reception. Plans to further strengthen synergies and engagement with NHG were discussed, offering opportunities to further develop LKCMedicine’s education and research strategies.

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TTSH senior management and staff visit CSB
With LKCMedicine’s new building open, many of the School’s partners, particularly those located in the upcoming HealthCity Novena, are keen to get a glimpse of the state-of-the-art facilities contained within the 20-storey building. To this end, the School hosted the leadership and staff of Tan Tock Seng Hospital on 30 December 2016 and 20 January 2017.

More than 40 TTSH staff, including CEO Dr Eugene Fidelis Soh and Chairman Medical Board Associate Professor Thomas Lew, enjoyed a tour of the 20-storey building, including its teaching and research facilities such as the Learning Studio and Anatomy Learning Centre, concluding with a visit to the Medical Library on the top floor, where the guests were treated to a panoramic view of the city.

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LKCMedicine welcomes visitors from around the world
Since the start of the year, LKCMedicine’s dual campus has seen a hive of activity with many from around the world visiting the School to learn more about its innovative IT-enabled curriculum, bespoke built facilities that support learning and research, as well as its research strategy. From Europe to Asia, senior members of the leadership teams of a wide range of academic and healthcare institutions including Australia’s University of Melbourne, the UK’s Brunel University London, France’s Paris Descartes Medical School, Japan’s Chiba University Hospital, China’s Shanghai Jiao Tong University, the Philippines’ Davao Medical School Foundation and Davao Medical School Foundation Hospital, America’s Thomas Jefferson University, Malaysia’s Newcastle University Medicine and a 15-strong healthcare delegation from Sweden, were hosted by LKCMedicine’s leadership for insightful and informative discussions. Many left keen to explore closer ties in medical education, student exchanges and medical education and biomedical research. 


LKCMedicine and NUS Medicine host UTAS students

A group of 11 students from LKCMedicine and NUS Medicine hosted 13 students from the University of Tasmania (UTAS) as part of the Asian Medical Exchange Programme, from 16 to 22 January. Organised by the Asian Medical Students' Association, the UTAS students were able to experience the various learning practices used at both schools. At LKCMedicine, participants had the opportunity to observe the School’s comprehensive TBL approach in classrooms, attended an Anatomy Practical session and clinical teaching during the students’ clinical posting at Ang Mo Kio – Thye Hua Kwan Hospital. Participants also had the chance to immerse themselves in the sights and sounds of Singapore through various social activities. Overall, the exchange programme allowed participants to form more collaborations and tighter bonds between medical schools, locally and internationally. 

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7th NTU satellite marks a S'pore first

On 16 January, history was made when NTU, together with Japan’s Kyutech, successfully launched the first Singapore satellite from the International Space Station. The AOBA VELOX-III satellite will orbit the Earth at 400km above sea level, conducting tests to evaluate the durability of commercial off-the-shelf microprocessors in space, including a micro-propulsion system, consumer-grade electronic components and a wireless communication system.