June 2015 | Issue 18

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News roundup

​New appointments by LKCMedicine Staff in International Organisations

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Associate Professor Josip Car elected Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health

Associate Professor of Health Services Outcomes Research (HSOR) and Director of Health Services Outcomes Research Programme​ Josip Car has been elected as a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health (FPH) in the United Kingdom. FPH is the standard-setting body for the more than 3,300 public health specialists in the UK. Members come from a diverse range of professional backgrounds (including clinical, academic, policy) and are employed in a variety of settings, usually working at a strategic or specialist level.

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Professor Annelies Wilder-Smith appointed President of the International Society of Travel Medicine

Professor of Infectious Diseases and Lead for Global Health and Vaccinology Annelies Wilder-Smith has been appointed President of the International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM). The organisation is committed to the promotion of healthy and safe travel. In cooperation with healthcare providers, academic centres, the travel industry and the media, ISTM advocates and facilitates education, service, and research activities in the field of travel medicine.

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Professor Bernhard Boehm elected Member of 2015 European Research Council Advance Grant Evaluation Panel

LKCMedicine Scientific Director of the Metabolic Disease Research Programme and Professor of Metabolic Medicine Bernhard Boehm has been elected to the Panel for the 2015 European Research Council (ERC) LS4-Physiology, Pathophysiology and Endocrinology in Advance Grant 2015 evaluation panel. The ERC Advanced Grant scheme promotes substantial advances at the frontiers of knowledge, and encourages ground-breaking and productive lines of enquiry involving new or unconventional methodologies. As a Panel Member, Prof Boehm will be part of a group of eminent scientists and scholars who will be involved in taking overall responsibility for the selection of the most promising candidates to receive grants.

Visit by Christian Medical College, Vellore, India 

On April 14, a delegation from the Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore, India led by CMC Director Dr Sunil Chandy, visited LKCMedicine. Assistant Dean for Family Medicine Assoc Prof Wong Teck Yee gave insights into our innovative curriculum while Professor of Molecular Physiology George Chandy presented the LKCMedicine Research Strategy. The delegates also toured the Operation Room and Outpatient Pharmacy Automation facility at Tan Tock Seng Hospital, which showcased how technology is used to manage inpatient admissions and efficient dispensing of medication.

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LKCMedicine Guest Lecture by Prof Eric Caumes

On April 20, Prof Eric Caumes, Head of Department of Infectious Diseases at University Pierre and Marie Curie, delivered a lecture titled "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Skin Problems in Returning Travellers", covering a multitude of skin problems encountered in returning travellers to Europe. The seminar was well-attended by clinicians, clinical scientists and researchers from National University Hospital, Changi General Hospital, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, A*STAR institutes and NTU.

Through case studies of his patients, Prof Caumes brought the audience through various skin problems ranging from abscesses to cellulitis; hookworm infections to myiasis, which are contracted in countries such as Brazil and Africa. The lecture involved a segment of "audience participation", during which he displayed five images of patients with creeping dermatitis and requested members of the audience to identify the possible skin problem for each patient.

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Visit by Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute 

On April 7 and 8, the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute (ARMI) of Monash University, visited LKCMedicine and NTU. ARMI is an international centre for regenerative medical research carrying out studies to understand the fundamental principles of regenerative biology for the treatment of heart diseases, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, brain injury and autoimmune disorders.

The two-day visit involved presentations followed by round table discussions which saw participation from the likes of LKCMedicine's Vice-Dean (Research) Prof Philip Ingham FRS, Scientific Director of Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Prof Balázs Gulyás, Professor of Neuroscience and Mental Health George Augustine, Professor of Molecular Medicine Dean Nizetic, Professor of Cell Biology David Becker as well as Prof Mark Featherstone from NTU's School of Biological Sciences, Assoc Prof Timothy Tan and Asst Prof Tan Meng How from NTU's School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, and Assoc Prof Loo Say Chye from NTU's School of Material Science and Engineering.​

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Inaugural Presentation of Year 2 Long-Term Patient Project

Our Year 2 students delivered presentations on their Long-Term Patient Project (LTPP) at a ceremony held on May 12, following two years of patient visits under their respective healthcare teams. LTPP is an integral part of the Phase 1 MBBS curriculum whereby students visit in pairs a patient identified by a healthcare organisation. LTPP provides students with the practical experience of interacting directly with patients, enabling students to understand what is important to people who use healthcare services and how patients and their families cope with long-term illnesses.

During the ceremony, LKCMedicine Dean Prof James Best thanked the participating healthcare organisations for their support and presented certificates of appreciation to them. They included Tan Tock Seng Hospital's (TTSH) Home Ventilation and Respiratory Support Services (HVRSS), TTSH's Post-Acute Care at Home (PACH), Tsao Foundation's Hua Mei Mobile Clinic, NTUC SilverACE and KKH Home Care. 

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NTU and Karolinska Institutet Establish Joint PhD Programme in Biomedical Sciences

An Implementation Agreement which followed the intention of the Memorandum of Understanding between NTU and Karolinska Institutet (KI), Stockholm, Sweden, was inked at KI on May 5, in the presence of LKCMedicine Dean Prof James Best (as representative of NTU President Prof Bertil Andersson) and KI Vice-Chancellor Prof Anders Hamsten. Prof Best was accompanied by College of Science Associate Dean (Academic) Prof Lars Nordenskiöld and President's Office Senior Advisor (Medicine) Prof Jan Carlstedt-Duke at the Signing Ceremony. This unique partnership leverages on research excellence and significant expertise from the two institutions to establish a Joint PhD Programme in Biomedical Sciences that addresses the needs of 21st century biomedicine research. Researchers, scientists and faculty members from NTU and KI will participate in the joint teaching of coursework and supervision of research projects and students will spend approximately equal proportions of their PhD candidature in Singapore and Sweden.

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