December 2015 | Issue 21
News roundup

NTU named top young uni in the world again
NTU has trumped a Hong Kong rival for the second year running to secure top spot in a league table of the world's best young universities. This year, NTU has widened the lead over Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) with an overall score of 93.9, compared with HKUST's 88 points, in the ranking by London-based education consultancy Quacquarelli Symonds released in November. 

Read the media release here, and media reports here.

LKCMedicine continues to build network of local and international ties

Over the last couple of months, LKCMedicine has continued to reach out to international and local institutions to build its extensive network of collaborators. LKCMedicine leadership and faculty hosted delegations from Thailand, Myanmar, Austria, the UK and Singapore and visited possible partner institutions here and in Malaysia. Among the institutions the School hosted were the Austrian Institute of Technology, University of Medicine 1 from Yangon, Brunel University London and Singapore’s National Cancer Centre. Exploring synergies between institutions and research collaborations, these exchanges provide valuable platforms for the School’s local and international outreach.

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LKCMedicine leadership and faculty hosting, among others, the Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, Thailand (left), and the National Cancer Centre Singapore (right)

MERSU Seminar Series on Educational scholarship: what is it and why is it important?
On 20 October, Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education at Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, Associate Professor Sandy Cook, led a thought-provoking seminar entitled Educational scholarship: what is it and why is it important? at LKCMedicine, becoming the first speaker in the MERSU Seminar Series to focus on scholarship. The audience, who were from a range of backgrounds and included staff from LKCMedicine and NHG, learned about the value of scholarship and discussed why it is important – to increase knowledge, to encourage personal and professional development, and to ensure evidence-based education to name but a few.

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LKCMedicine dengue expert at first regional dengue symposium

LKCMedicine Professor of Infectious Diseases Annelies Wilder-Smith was invited to the first regional dengue symposium organised by the SABIN Vaccine Institute (SABIN) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from 3 to 4 November, where she chaired several sessions on dengue vaccine introduction. SABIN is a non-profit organisation made up of scientists, researchers, and advocates dedicated to reducing needless human suffering from vaccine preventable and neglected tropical diseases.

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Humanity in Medicine exhibition travels

Since its launch in August, the travelling edition of LKCMedicine’s Humanity in Medicine exhibition has been on display across the country. From 9 to 20 November, it was on display at ITE College East, before being set up at Tan Tock Seng Hospital from 23 to 28 November. Since then, it has been on display at the Jurong East Regional Library until today. The School was also invited by the Singapore Medical Association (SMA) President Dr Wong Tien Hua to present exhibition at the SMA Lecture, held on 7 November. The exhibition fit perfectly with this year’s theme Medicine and Diplomacy. The exhibition will travel to Nanyang Polytechnic and NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine in early 2016.

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Battle of the Houses

On a sunny November afternoon, the three cohorts of medical students and their House Tutors got together for the very first time at the lower field of NTU to participate in the much anticipated opening Inter-House Championship event of the year- Inter-House Sports! A variety of games - soccer, captain’s ball, Frisbee, and dodgeball - were played to give everyone a chance to showcase their sporting talents. After battling it out, Marie Curie House and Lim Boon Keng House emerged joint winners.

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Joint winners of the Inter-House Sports competition, Marie Curie House (left) and Lim Boon Keng House (right)

LKCMedicine hosts research lectures and launches new regular research forum
LKCMedicine continued with its successful Guest Lecture series, with talks from Professor John Trowsdale, Head of the Division of Immunology, Department of Pathology, University of Cambridge, UK; and Dr Laura Rivino from Duke-NUS’s Flow Cytometry Facility. Prof Trowsdale presented his work on Genetics, and functions of MHC molecules and their receptors, while Dr Rivino talked about Human T cell immunity to dengue virus.

To complement the guest lecture series and to encourage a free-flowing exchange of ideas within the School and NTU, LKCMedicine launched its inaugural LKCMedicine Tea Time Research Seminars (LeTTeRs), which took place on 18 November with Professor of Molecular Physiology George Chandy and Nanyang Assistant Professor Luo Dahai’s groups presenting their current research findings. The session was enthusiastically received by faculty, students and research fellows. Future sessions of LeTTeRs will take place on the first and third Wednesdays of every month.