June 2015 | Issue 18

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LKCMedicine co-organises 2015 EMBO Gold Medallist Symposium

Some 450 researchers from numerous research institutes local and overseas flocked to the Breakthrough & Discovery Theatrette at Biopolis Matrix Building on 11 May 2015 for the first day of the 2015 EMBO Gold Medallist Symposium.

Jointly organised by A*STAR and LKCMedicine, the three-day event featured a stellar line-up of EMBO Gold Medallists and Singapore EMBO Young Investigators who shared their latest research and groundbreaking discoveries. 

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Clockwise: Prof Ingham FRS, Mr Lim, Prof Leptin and Prof Andersson delivering their addresses at the symposium

A*STAR and LKCMedicine Governing Board Chairman Mr Lim Chuan Poh was Guest-of-Honour. In his Opening Address, he highlighted that while Singapore has made good progress in developing biomedical research over the last 15 years, there is still a need to develop a culture of excellence, and a key way in which this can be developed is through strong international collaborations. "Strong international collaborations, such as a partnership with EMBO, will spur research excellence in Singapore," he said.

During the Opening Ceremony, participants also heard from Overall Symposium Chair and LKCMedicine Vice-Dean for Research Professor Philip Ingham FRS and NTU President Professor Bertil Andersson, both of whom are EMBO members. Other EMBO members at LKCMedicine are Professors Daniela Rhodes FRS, Walter Wahli, Paul Martin and Per-Olof Berggren, who are all involved in research at LKCMedicine.

EMBO Director Professor Maria Leptin also took to the stage during the Opening Ceremony to share more about the organisation, with which Singapore has had a Co-operation Agreement for the last three years.

EMBO Gold Medallist speakers were then invited, in chronological order of awarding years, to take to the stage. The symposium first heard from 1988 EMBO Gold Medallist Professor Antonio Lanzavecchia, who is the Founding Director of the Institute for Research in Biomedicine, Switzerland.

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The symposium featured a stellar line-up of
 EMBO Gold Medallists and Singapore EMBO Young Investigators who shared their latest research and groundbreaking discoveries​​

​Over the next two days, some of the others appearing onstage were Professor Richard Treisman, Research Director at the Francis Crick Institute, UK; and Professor Matthew Freeman, Head of the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology at the University of Oxford, UK; as well as EMBO Young Investigators from Singapore Associate Professor Bruno Reversade, Senior Principal Investigator with A*STAR's Institute of Medical Biology; Assistant Professor Florent Ghinoux, Senior Principal Investigator at A*STAR's Singapore Immunology Network; and Professor Robert Robinson, Research Director at A*STAR's Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology.

​The closing presentation was delivered by 2014 EMBO Gold Medallist Associate Professor Sophie Martin from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland.