December 2013 | ISSUE 9
News in Brief

NTU Provost delivers LKCMedicine’s 1st Innovations in Medicine Lecture
On 22 November 2013, NTU Provost Professor Freddy Boey gave an inspiring “Innovations in Medicine” talk to LKCMedicine students at the lecture theatre of LKCMedicine’s Novena campus. Titled “From Science to Innovation: Biomedical Devices Made in Singapore”, this was the first of a planned series of seven “Innovations in Medicine” lectures to be delivered over the first two years of our MBBS curriculum. The lecture series is designed to help medical students understand that individuals other than doctors can also help solve medical problems. The next “Innovations in Medicine” lecture will be held in March 2014.

LKCMedicine Student Awarded SingHealth Medicine Scholarship
On 29 October 2013, LKCMedicine student Tay Xin Jie, Eden was presented with the SingHealth Medicine Scholarship by SingHealth Group CEO Professor Ivy Ng at SingHealth’s Best Junior Doctors & Medicine Scholarship Awards 2013 ceremony. Eden was one of four Year One students (along with two from Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine and one from Duke-NUS Medical School) who were awarded the scholarship based on academic achievement and passion for medicine as a career.

3rd LKCMedicine Inspirational Lecture
LKCMedicine presented its 3rd Inspirational Lecture, “Why Medicine?” at Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre on 22 October 2013 which was attended by about 400 prospective students. Senior Vice-Dean Professor Jenny Higham gave the introductory lecture, followed by presentations from recent Imperial College London graduates Dr Najette O’ Donnell and Dr Matthew Mak; Vice-Dean (Education) Associate Professor Naomi Low-Beer; Assistant Dean (Phase 2 and 3) Associate Professor Tham Kum Ying, and LKCMedicine student Toh Ying Jie. This was followed by informal table chats between prospective students and LKCMedicine staff and students before the event closed with a final Q&A session.

NTU Sets Up Southeast-Asia’s First Nanomedicine Research Institute
NTU has announced the setting up of Nanomedicine Institute@NTU, a new $60 million research institute in nanomedicine. Headed by Professor Subbu Venkatraman, Chair of NTU’s School of Materials Science and Engineering, with celebrated nanotechnology expert Professor Chad Mirkin from Northwestern University as the chairman of its advisory committee, the research institute will focus on developing innovative solutions in four core areas - diabetes, cardiovascular, ophthalmology and skin therapeutics. The institute will have the well-known International Institute of Nanotechnology (IIN) based in Northwestern University as its main collaborative partner. IIN is headed by Professor Mirkin, who is also a scientific advisor to United States President Barack Obama.

NTU REP Scholars Get Choice to Spend a Year at Imperial College London
Starting from July 2014, top engineering students from NTU will get the opportunity to study at Imperial College London for a year, followed by a coveted internship in renowned UK and European companies. NTU announced that Imperial College London is the University's second partner in its premier Renaissance Engineering Programme (REP) where students get to spend one year at a partner university and take up their internships overseas. With this latest partnership, REP students get to choose between Imperial College London or University of California, Berkeley, NTU’s other REP partner university.

Inaugural NTU/LKC-NHG Research Seminar
Jointly organized with our primary clinical partner National Healthcare Group (NHG), the inaugural NTU/LKC-NHG Research Seminar was conducted on the evening of 29 November 2013 at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH). Representing NHG were Dr Leong Khai Pang, Clinical Director, Clinical Research and Innovation, TTSH; Dr Tang Wern Ee, Director of Research, NHG Polyclinics; Associate Professor Chong Siow Ann, Chairman of Medical Board (Research), Institute of Mental Health; and Dr Mark Tang, Director of Research, National Skin Centre. The representatives from LKCMedicine were Professor  Lionel Lee, Executive Vice Dean; Professor Bernhard Boehm, Scientific Director of Metabolic Disease Research Programme; Professor of Cell Biology David Becker; Dr Yusuf Ali, Assistant Professor of Metabolic Disease; and Dr Navin Verma, Lecturer, Dermatology and Skin Biology. The clinician directors shared with the audience the research interests and programmes at the respective institutions, with active exchanges from both sides during the open discussion segment.

NTU Makes Quantum Leap in Research Output
NTU’s faculty and researchers have generated a quantum leap in research output and quality, shooting ahead to 2nd in Asia for research citation impact just behind University of Tokyo in the latest Thomson Reuters report on research citations. This rapid progress is also borne out in various global rankings, including the latest one by Times Higher Education where NTU was ranked 1st in the world for industry income and innovation, a huge jump from last year's 15th place.

LKCMedicine Researchers Awarded MOE Grants
Congratulations to Professor Mike Ferenczi and Dr Wang Xiamoeng for being awarded the Ministry of Education’s (MOE) Academic Research Fund (AcRF) Tier 1 grants for their research projects. Professor Ferenczi’s research focuses on the construction of an instrument for the measurement of force and power output by fragments of skeletal and cardiac muscle, while Dr Wang’s research looks at validating the therapeutic potential of a novel aniogenic factor for cancer treatment. AcRF Tier 1 grants are applicable for research proposals of project values between $5,000 to $400,000 over three years.