October 2014 | ISSUE 14
News roundup


NTU now ranked the world’s best young university

For the first time, NTU has topped the list of the world’s most dynamic young universities, pushing the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology down to second place. NTU claimed first place in the latest Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Top 50 Under 50, a ranking of the world's top 50 universities established within the last 50 years released on 24 September 2014. The university was propelled to the top spot by its superior reputation among international employers and the diversity of its faculty and student populations. It also scored high marks for its reputation among global academics and student-to-faculty ratio. In the QS World University Rankings, NTU improved its standing as well, climbing two places to 39th from 41st last year.

Likewise, the 2014 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, published on 2 October, saw the university leaping 15 places to 61st. With the latest jump, NTU scaled a total of 108 places in the last three years. Its growing international reputation and continued solid performance in terms of citations, teaching environment and research propelled the university upwards.

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Imperial ranked among top 10 universities in the world
Imperial continues to be one of the world’s top 10 universities, coming second in the latest Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings and ninth in the 2014 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings. THE ranks the College higher in the area of clinical, pre-clinical and health education, where Imperial comes fourth after the University of Oxford, Harvard University and the University of Cambridge.

 

Imperial welcomes new president Professor Alice Gast
Alice Gast (Custom)_240.jpgProfessor Alice Gast, one of the world’s most respected higher education and science leaders begins her tenure as President of Imperial on 1 September 2014, after spending eight years as President of Lehigh University in the United States. She succeeds Professor Sir Keith O’Nions, who has led Imperial since 2010. Prof Gast thanked him for creating “a positive momentum” for Imperial’s exciting future.
 
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LKCMedicine sees Imperial shortlisted for sector award
Imperial has been shortlisted for International Collaboration of the Year in the 2014 Times Higher Education Awards. The award recognises exceptional projects that are carried out jointly between a UK institution and one or more international partners. Imperial has made the cut thanks to its collaboration with Nanyang Technological University (NTU) on LKCMedicine which was established jointly by both institutions in 2010.

 

TBL Workshops by Professor Larry Michaelsen
For the third year in a row, Larry Michaelsen, Professor of Management at Central Missouri State University, and David Ross Boyd, Professor Emeritus at the University of Oklahoma and former editor of the Journal of Management Education, were in Singapore in October to conduct introductory and masterclass workshops on Team-Based Learning (TBL). These sessions were attended by faculty and staff from LKCMedicine and Tan Tock Seng Hospital, some of whom were new to TBL. The sessions introduced the concept and process of TBL and Prof Michaelsen addressed queries from attendees to help improve the quality of the TBL sessions and facilitation at LKCMedicine. As part of his visit, Prof Michaelsen also spent time conducting TBL workshops at NTU and Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School.

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LKCMedSoc Sub-Committee Elections AY2014/15
On 22 September 2014, LKCMedicine students cast their ballots to vote for their House and Academic Representatives as well as the three LKCMedSoc Sub-Committee Heads. Goh Kang Shiong from Year 1 and Ang Jia Wei from Year 2 were elected as Academic Year Representatives, while Year 1 student Chua Min Kuan, and Year 2 students Gabriel Wong and Loh Kieng Wee were elected as Arts & Culture, Sports and Community Service Representatives respectively.

House​Year 1 Representatives​Year 2 Representatives
​Marie Curie​Gerald Ho​Jean Chiew
​Alexander Fleming​Ken Chua​Toh Ching Chan
​Wu Lien-Teh​Felicia Ng​Charmaine Lee
​Lim Boon Keng​Melvin Lim​Christopher Teow
​William Osler​Sophia Wong​Chew Yi Rong

 

Newcomer Award at the Inter-Medical School Physiology Quiz
The LKCMedicine team, consisting of five of our Year 2 students, clinched the Best Newcomer Award at the 12th Inter-Medical School Physiology Quiz organised by the Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya. Held from 20 to 21 August 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, the competition saw 90 teams from medical schools from more than 22 countries participating.

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Visit by University of Twente
A delegation from the University of Twente, Netherlands, visited LKCMedicine on 21 August 2014 to explore possibilities of collaborations with the School and NTU. The visitors learned about the School’s curriculum, research strategy and ongoing campus development. This was followed by a presentation by Founder and Director of University of Twente Technical Medicine Programme, Mrs Heleen Miedema, who talked about the university’s technical medicine education which aims to fill the gap between classical medicine and complex technology.

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Visit by Bond University
On 26 August 2014, LKCMedicine hosted a visit by Professor Michelle McLean, Associate Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences & Medicine at Bond University, Australia. Prof McLean, accompanied by External Engagement and Marketing Manager Nikki Kay, was on a brief visit to Singapore to meet with international schools, AusTrade and recruiting agents to brief them on their suite of new and revised undergraduate and graduate programmes, including their health sciences and medicine programmes. Bond University currently has more than 80 partnerships with leading universities in 22 countries, enabling students to benefit from a global educational experience. It hopes to explore possible student and research exchanges with LKCMedicine.

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Visit by Centre for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology (CIMIT)
On 5 September 2014, Dr John Collins, Chief Operating Officer and Technology Implementation Director, Centre for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology (CIMIT), visited LKCMedicine to explore opportunities to partner the School. Dr Collins, accompanied by Agency for Science, Technology & Research’s (A*STAR) Healthcare & Lifestyle Programme Senior Officer Dr Alexander Wong, was hosted by Executive Vice-Dean for Administration Professor Lionel Lee who gave an overview of LKCMedicine’s innovative curriculum, technology-enhanced learning pedagogy, campus development and research.  A*STAR has a long-standing collaboration with CIMIT, a non-profit consortium of Boston's leading teaching hospitals and universities with the mission to accelerate the healthcare innovation cycle across the Bostonian community. Since 2008, CIMIT has been working closely with A*STAR to augment its MedTech initiatives and create a vibrant and sustainable MedTech ecosystem in Singapore.

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NTU/LKCMedicine-NHG research seminar on population health
LKCMedicine hosted the fourth NTU/LKCMedicine-NHG research seminar at its Novena Campus on 15 August 2014. The jointly-organised seminar, which focused on population health, saw various speakers from LKCMedicine, the Institute for Mental Health and NHG giving their take on the topic. From LKCMedicine, Associate Professor Josip Car, Professor Bernhard Boehm and Professor Walter Wahli presented on a range of topics, spanning from major trends in healthcare delivery to a P4 medical (predictive, preventive, personalised and participatory) approach to Type 2 diabetes and the effects of diet on gene expression and health.

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LKCMedicine lecture on making the invisible and complicated understandable
On 12 September 2014, Professor Mark Ellisman, Distinguished Professor of Neurosciences and Bioengineering, and Director of the National Centre for Microscopy and Imaging Research, University of California San Diego, gave an inspiring lecture, called Towards making the invisible and complicated understandable: microscopy across scales and modalities. Participants were privileged to hear from Prof Ellisman on the use of various imaging tools and technologies to observe the cellular, subcellular and molecular constituents of cells, and to study the interplay of the electrical signals inter- and intra-cellularly, particularly in complex tissues such as the nervous system. Prof Ellisman also shared with the audience how technological advances have brought about the generation of data with varying presentation and resolution, and the need for systems to adapt and assemble the data into computerised databases that can be fully exploited. The use of electron tomography, computer software packages, and application of mathematical concepts in large-scale three-dimensional reconstructions were also further illustrated.

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LKCMedicine guest lecture on old friends and old enemies
On 18 September 2014, Professor Szabolcs Kéri, Professor of Psychology & Physiology, Budapest University of Technology & Economics, and Director of Research, National Institute of Psychiatry & Addictions, Budapest, Hungary, presented on Old friends and old enemies: genes for psychiatric disorders outside the human genome. The seminar was attended by clinicians from Institute of Mental Health, and researchers from NTU and Agency for Science, Technology & Research’s institutes. Prof Kéri suggested that the genes in the microbiome affect stress- and trauma-related mental disorders and elucidated the relationship between microbiota-gut-brain-inflammation. Through animal models and the use of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and mindfulness-based psychotherapy approaches as psychological intervention, a few bacterial proteins were found to be associated with the improvement of the post-traumatic symptoms and structural changes in the brain.

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LKCMedicine guest lecture on data acquisition from clinical trials and studies
On 2 September 2014, LKCMedicine hosted a guest lecture by Dr Ajay Gupta, Clinical Research Fellow at the International Centre for Circulatory Health at Imperial titled From the end of a trial to the beginning of others: an example from the ASCOT trial. Held at Biopolis, his talk focused on the concept of using data obtained from clinical trials and studies to aid in the investigation of research questions, and to stimulate new studies, research and industry collaborations. To illustrate his point, he explained the usage of data acquired from the Anglo-Scandinavian Cardiac Outcome Trial (ASCOT). Dr Gupta also encouraged the audience to draw on existing data available in online libraries and publications to develop and test new hypotheses and research questions.

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Chairman of the Toh Kian Chui Foundation meets with beneficiaries
On 14 August 2014, LKCMedicine hosted Toh Kian Chui Foundation Chairman Ms Toh Keng Choo to lunch at the Novena Campus. The lunch was an opportunity for Ms Toh to meet with Toh Kian Chui Distinguished Professor and Vice-Dean for Research Professor Philip Ingham FRS and Toh Kian Chui Scholars Ang Jia Wei and Wee Lin, as well as the School’s management staff.

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Thank you dinner for outgoing LKCMedicine Dean
On 13 August 2014, LKCMedicine Governing Board Chairman Mr Lim Chuan Poh hosted a thank you dinner for Professor Dermot Kelleher who stepped down as Dean of LKCMedicine. At the dinner, senior management from LKCMedicine and NTU paid tribute to Prof Kelleher’s contributions to the School over the past two years. Although he has stepped down as Dean, Prof Kelleher will join the LKCMedicine Governing Board in his current capacity as Imperial’s Vice President for Health and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine.

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Exploratory meeting to develop strategies for a healthier society
Scientists and engineers from LKCMedicine, NTU’s Institute of Sports Research (ISR), the School of Material Science & Engineering (MSE), and the School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering (MAE) gathered at the Novena Campus on 14 August 2014 to explore areas of common interest. They also took advantage of their combined expertise to develop strategies to enable people to lead healthier lives. This meeting will be followed up with targeted focus group meetings to develop strategies and research proposals across NTU.

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LKCMedicine in the news
On 13 and 14 August 2014, the School’s second White Coat Ceremony and several students from the second cohort were featured in various local mainstream media including The Straits Times, The New Paper, Berita Harian, Lianhe Zaobao, Channel NewsAsia, 938LIVE, Suria, CNA Online, XinMSN, TODAY and AsiaOne.
 
LKCMedicine Professor of Molecular Medicine Dean Nizetic was featured in The Sunday Times’s I’m a Scientist column, where he talked about his work and his life in Singapore.

LKCMedicine Associate Professor of Exercise Physiology & Metabolic Disease Fabian Lim shared his insights about the effects of reduced intake of carbohydrates with MyPaper on 6 August 2014; while LKCMedicine’s Lead for Dermatology Associate Professor Chua Sze Hon gave his insights to The Straits Times’s URBAN magazine, Her World Plus as well as NTU’s HEY! magazine on skin care myths.

Year 2 students, Ryan Chen, Huang Baoxian and Jia Ying Tanoto Lim, were also called upon to share their thoughts and reflections on student life at LKCMedicine in the July issue of SMA News, a publication of the Singapore Medical Association, as well as the 2014 summer issue of Imperial.

 

LKCMedSoc Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration
The LKCMedSoc hosted its first Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration on 15 September 2014. Held amid the idyllic serenity of NTU’s Hall 17, the pavilion was abuzz with festive cheer. The students celebrated the festival with traditional paper lanterns and sparklers. They were served scrumptious mooncakes and ice-cream generously sponsored by the School. Most memorable was the opportunity for the two batches of LKCMedicine students to interact in a relaxed informal setting and to grow closer as one tightly knit LKCMedicine family.

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