February 2016 | Issue 22

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LKCMedicine appoints Professor Russell Gruen as new Vice-Dean for Research


​On 1 February, LKCMedicine announced the appointment of Professor of Surgery Russell Gruen​ as the School's new Vice-Dean for Research. Prof Gruen takes over from Professor Philip Ingham FRS, who took on the role in January 2014.

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​Professor Russell Gruen, LKCMedicine's newly appointed Vice-Dean for Research​

Prof Gruen, who joined the School in August 2015, is also Director of the Nanyang Institute of Technology in Health and Medicine (NITHM) and holds a concurrent appointment as Consultant in the Department of General Surgery at Tan Tock Seng Hospital. As Director of NITHM, he has played an important role in shaping the research strategy at NTU. By working closely with major healthcare groups and hospitals in Singapore, he is building an environment that will strengthen Singapore's health and medical technology capabilities to boost creation of new healthcare solutions.

Prior to joining the School, Prof Gruen, who is a leading clinician scientist, was Director of the Australian National Trauma Research Institute and a Lancet Commissioner in Global Surgery, roles in which he established significant national and international collaborations, and led worldwide healthcare improvement efforts.

LKCMedicine Dean Professor James Best said, "Russell's outstanding track record puts him in a prime position to advance transformative interdisciplinary research at LKCMedicine. As Vice-Dean for Research, he will work closely with me and the senior leadership of LKCMedicine and NTU to strengthen our research strategy and capability. I look forward to working with Russell in providing strategic leadership, vision and commitment to our research ambitions. In particular, we aim to enhance our clinical and population health research, through development of clinician scientists and close interaction with the National Healthcare Group and other healthcare partners."

On his appointment, Prof Gruen said, "It is a privilege to take on this vitally important and exciting role at our young medical school. With our researchers, our colleagues at NTU and Imperial College London in particular, and our clinical and scientific partners, I look forward to strengthening the foundations, so that LKCMedicine will grow as a great modern medical school, propelling the careers of its researchers, and redefining medicine and transforming healthcare."

Prof Ingham, who was instrumental in the development of the School's research and graduate studies strategies, will leave LKCMedicine later this year to take up a new position at the University of Exeter, UK.

Thanking Prof Ingham for his contributions to the School, Prof Best said, "He has laid a strong research
foundation here, developing our research themes and forging key strategic partnerships to advance the School's research and graduate studies strategy. I want to acknowledge in particular his personal contribution to our research accomplishments in the area of Developmental Biology. He has been instrumental in bringing prestige to LKCMedicine and NTU as an internationally renowned scientist. We wish him every personal and professional success in his future endeavours."​