April 2013|ISSUE 5
News in Brief

NHG-NTU Clinician Scientist Fellowship launched                                                 
NHG and LKCMedicine recently announced the launch of the  inaugural NHG-NTU Clinician-Scientist Fellowship (CSF). The objective of the fellowship, valued at $1 million a year for up to three fellows, is to nurture and develop future Clinician-Scientists. Upon successful completion of the fellowship, candidates serve a four-year bond at NHG / LKCMedicine. Application closes on May 23, 2013.

From left to right: Professor Lionel Lee and Clinical Associate Professor Lim Tock Han addressing queries regarding NHG-NTU CSF

New appointments at LKCMedicine 
LKCMedicine recently saw a transition in leadership with the appointment of Professor Jenny Higham, Vice-Dean and Director of Education of Imperial's Faculty of Medicine as LKCMedicine's Senior Vice-Dean replacing Professor Martyn Partridge who has retired from this post. Associate Professor Naomi Low-Beer, Consultant Gynaecologist at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Trust in London has also been appointed Vice-Dean (Education). Meanwhile, LKCMedicine's Chief Operating Officer Dr Lionel Lee has been appointed Professor and assumes the role of Executive Vice-Dean (Admin) of the medical school.

From left to right: Professor Jenny Higham and Associate Professor Naomi Low-Beer

Professor Higham was at the forefront of discussions for the creation of the LKCMedicine and also chairs the Imperial Project Board responsible for ensuring the medical course is ready for the first student admissions this August. She is also a member of the LKCMedicine Governing Board.

Associate Professor Low-Beer, a leading expert on HIV in pregnancy, has held a pivotal role in the school since January 2011, driving the development of the curriculum. She has an additional academic focus in education research, which saw her appointed as the first Walport Clinical Lecturer in Medical Education in the UK in 2008.

Assistant Professor Srinivasan's collaborative research project granted MOE award
Assistant Professor Dinesh Srinivasan’s collaborative research project on ageing with Professor Philip K Moore from the National University of Singapore has been granted an MOE Tier 2 award recently.  The total budget awarded is almost S$750,000 for work over 36 months.

LKCMedicine conducts MMI for student selection 
LKCMedicine has conducted the Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI) for 440 shortlisted applicants at Nanyang Executive Centre from 8 April to 21 April 2013. Despite being new to Singapore, the MMI went on smoothly and the applicants appeared to be more comfortable with the strictly-timed format as they progressed through the eight interview stations. After the MMI, the applicants were introduced to a team-based learning demonstration as well as a campus tour. The School will be ready to make the first batch of offers to the successful candidates from 22 April 2013 onwards.

The MMI Process

NTU invents new device that 'improves stroke recovery'
Scientists at NTU have come up with a new device which they say can improve recovery in stroke patients. The gadget, named Synergistic Physio-Neuro Platform (SynPhNe), consists of computer software connected to a headset with sensors and adjustable cuffs that tracks patients' brain and muscle signals. Dr John Heng, a senior research fellow at NTU's School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, said the device has so far been effective in rehabilitating stroke patients who have undergone conventional rehabilitation for a year or more and have stagnated in their improvement. Some have since managed to make significant progress again, recovering as much as 70 per cent of their motor function in just a month during the patient trial. This system for post-stroke therapy has been found to rack up cost savings for hospitals and patients too.

NTU ranks high on list of top 100 Asia schools
The Asia University Rankings has placed NTU 11th on the list of the top 100 institutions in the Asian region. Produced by The Times Higher Education, the new rankings were based on data collected from 16,600 responses from academics in 144 countries for the 2012-2013 World University Rankings which was out in October last year. Universities were compared on 13 performance indicators which covered research, teaching, citations, international outlook and industry income, with the first three of the five categories carrying 30 per cent weighting each.

NTU launches new research institute for technology in medical research
The newly launched Nanyang Institute of Technology in Health and Medicine (NITHM) plans to oversee NTU’s existing 200 health and medicine research projects, including new ones. It provides a well-connected platform for researchers from different fields to exchange ideas and experiences. Researchers would also get more opportunities to cooperate with local and international medical institutions on clinical researches. The new research institute has eight medically-related focus areas, including medical apparatus and instruments, sensing and diagnostics, and drug discovery.

New centre at Imperial aims to mend broken hearts
Imperial College London will be leading one of three new British Heart Foundation (BHF) research centres focussed on repairing the damage caused by a heart attack. The three BHF Centres for Regenerative Medicine will each focus on a particular approach to regenerate damaged heart tissue. The Centre at Imperial, led by Professor Sian Harding, will study ‘induced pluripotent stem cells’ (iPS) – a type of stem cell created from patients’ own cells – as well as naturally occurring stem cells inside the heart and how they could be turned into a regenerative treatment. The first goal of the Centre is to grow new, beating heart muscle to graft on to damaged hearts, helping them beat more strongly again. Scientists at Imperial led by Professor Harding will collaborate with other UK universities, including Nottingham, on this ambitious project. The other new BHF centres will be led by the Universities of Oxford and Edinburgh.