June 2017 | Issue 30

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News roundup

NTU Board of Trustees visits LKCMedicine
On 26 April, LKCMedicine hosted members of the NTU Board of Trustees (BOT) and senior members of the NTU management for the quarterly BOT meeting at the CSB Medical Library. After lunch, the visitors had the opportunity to go on a tour of the state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities at CSB, led by LKCMedicine Dean Professor James Best and Executive Vice-Dean Professor Lionel Lee. During the tour, the visitors met researchers, staff and students, who shared more about how the spaces are being used and the work that they do. The tour concluded at the 500-seat auditorium.

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Diabetes in Asian populations workshop
On 25 May, LKCMedicine and Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health (SSHSPH) hosted the “Diabetes Prevention in Asian Populations” workshop at the Clinical Sciences Building. Co-chaired by LKCMedicine Dean Professor James Best and SSHSPH Dean Professor Chia Kee Seng, the workshop comprised keynote presentations by Professor Juliana Chan from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Professor Brian Oldenburg from the University of Melbourne and Prof Nihal Thomas from Christian Medical College, Vellore, India. From discussions on the translation of clinical work into national level research programmes and healthcare policies to the complexity of behavioural change in trying to improve lifestyle factors that lead to diabetes, the workshop brought together faculty members in the diabetes mellitus and metabolic/endocrine disorders research domain, and provided valuable input for future research collaborations between LKCMedicine, SSHSPH and the Ministry of Health.

NTU – Loughborough University Joint Symposium
On 10 and 11 April, LKCMedicine hosted a joint symposium organised by NTU and Loughborough University at LKCMedicine’s Toh Kian Chui Annex Lecture Theatre in Novena. Focusing on “Exercise science, technology and medicine – the diversified roles of human movement in modifying health and physical performance outcomes”, the symposium brought together scientists, engineers and clinicians from various NTU schools and institutions such as LKCMedicine, Ageing Research Institute for Society & Education, Institute for Sports Research, Rehabilitation Research Institute of Singapore, School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Physical Education & Sports Science, National Institute of Education and National Healthcare Group, with the aim to foster greater collaboration among scientists, engineers and clinicians at both universities in the exciting area of research. More than 20 presentations were conducted on different aspects of physical activity and exercise and their influence on the state of health, ageing and chronic disease were discussed during the two-day symposium which is the first of a two-part series. The second symposium will be hosted by Loughborough University at the end of 2017.

Ministry of Health Workshop on the Human Biomedical Research Act
Representatives from the Ministry of Health conducted an in-depth workshop on the Human Biomedical Research Act (HBRA) on 5 May at EMB’s Learning Studio. Hosted by NTU IRB Chairman and LKCMedicine Executive Vice-Dean Professor Lionel Lee, the workshop was attended by a large number of researchers, staff and students from various NTU schools, research institutes and healthcare institutions, including SCELSE, the Centre for Research & Development in Learning and Singapore General Hospital. During the workshop, the audience was introduced to the scope of HBRA and the Human Biomedical Research Governance Framework which details the roles and responsibilities of the Research Institution and Researcher as well as the process of obtaining consent.

LKCMedicine hosts visitors from around the globe
LKCMedicine continued with its international outreach efforts, strengthening ties with like-minded schools from Switzerland, India, Pakistan and Japan, hosting delegations from the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne, Sri Ramaswamy Memorial University, Aga Khan University and Hokkaido University Hospital (HUHP). The School’s leadership team shared insights into LKCMedicine’s innovative technology-enhanced curriculum, teaching approach and research strategy. The delegations also toured the brand new facilities to see how the School’s vision translates into physical spaces.

LKCMedicine’s outreach off to a strong start
As secondary school students ready themselves for university application, LKCMedicine participated in a number of admission and career fairs, including River Valley High School’s (RVHS) Scholarships & Career Fair on 26 April, Raffles Institution's Local Universities Admissions Fair on 28 April and NUS High School of Mathematics and Science’s Career Day on 23 May. Over the three events, LKCMedicine Admissions and Outreach staff engaged more than 500 students and parents, who were keen to learn more about the School’s innovative medical education, exchange programmes with Imperial and admissions requirements, including the BMAT and MMI.

LKCMedicine featured in World Economic Forum ASEAN White Paper
LKCMedicine’s Clinical Sciences Building is featured in a White Paper titled “New Urban Models for a Youthful Southeast Asia” for the World Economic Forum (WEF) on ASEAN 2017, which took place on 10 to 12 May in Cambodia. Complementing the WEF on ASEAN themes of “Young people, technology and inclusive growth”, the White Paper, which was produced by Jones Lang LaSalle Property Consultants, focused on how real estate in Southeast Asia (SEA) is changing to shape and enhance the lives of the youthful population in SEA cities. It features some of the cutting-edge urban models that are responding to this change and catering to young people and their lifestyle.

LKCMedicine wins at Singapore Trauma Conference 2017
On 9 April, LKCMedicine won two awards at the Singapore Trauma Conference 2017 held at Tan Tock Seng Hospital. LKCMedicine Visiting Clinician Scientist and Assistant Professor for Emergency Medicine and Bioengineering, and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Washington Nathan White was awarded the Best Trauma Free Paper Prize for his research on coagulation in seriously injured patients while LKCMedicine Year 4 student Brenton Sio won the Best Poster award for his research on predictors of motorcycle accidents and their severity in Singapore. The Singapore Trauma Conference 2017 is the region’s premiere trauma meeting and has attracted more than 200 participants locally and around the world.

LKCMedicine students form first LKCMedicine Family Medicine Students’ Special Interest Group
On 17 May, 20 LKCMedicine students from Years 2 to 4 came together to discuss their plans for the first LKCMedicine Family Medicine Students’ Interest Group with their advisor, Professor of Family Medicine & Primary Care Helen Smith. Their discussion produced several ideas including plans to develop and explore research opportunities and organise career talks, lectures, outreach activities and visits to different primary healthcare facilities for the student community. Already in the pipeline is a talk which will be held at the beginning of July by Professor Louise Robinson who is the Professor of Primary Care and Ageing and Director of the Institute of Ageing at the Newcastle University. See upcoming events for more details.