February 2016 | Issue 22

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Imperial leadership visits LKCMedicine


2016 started on a strong note for the growing ties between LKCMedicine and one of its parent universities, Imperial. LKCMedicine welcomed several members of Imperial's and the Faculty of Medicine's senior leadership, including Imperial President Professor Alice Gast and Associate Provost for Academic Partnerships Professor Margaret Dallman.

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Imperial College London President Prof Alice Gast during her visit to LKCMedicine in January

On the afternoon of 6 January, Prof Gast, who was accompanied by the Chair in Biological Chemistry and Head of Department of Surgery and Cancer from Imperial's Faculty of Medicine Professor Jeremy Nicholson, visited LKCMedicine as part of a three-day visit to Singapore from 6 to 8 January.

Warmly welcomed by LKCMedicine Dean Professor James Best, Prof Gast was given an update on the latest developments at the School from the senior leadership team. They covered education, LKCMedicine research and research collaborations with Imperial, as well as infrastructure developments. The progress of the School impressed Prof Gast, who promised to support the School in whatever way she can.

Following her visit, President Gast was hosted to dinner by Prof Best, where she was introduced to
 the National Healthcare Group's Deputy Group CEO for Education and Research Associate Professor Lim Tock Han, and Tan Tock Seng Hospital CEO Dr Eugene Soh.

President Gast's visit to Singapore concluded on 8 January with a fireside chat at The Fullerton for Imperial alumni and friends. She was joined by eminent Imperial alumnus and Chairman of the NTU Board of Trustees Mr Koh Boon Hwee, and together they discussed subjects including the importance of risk taking, the role educators play in creating entrepreneurial students, the challenges of collaboration and teamwork, and the importance of identifying mentors.

Hot on the heels
of Prof Gast's visit were a visit from Prof Dallman on 8 January and a two-day visit from the Dean of Imperial's Faculty of Medicine Professor Gavin Screaton and Vice-Dean for Research at the Faculty of Medicine Professor Jonathan Weber on 12 and 13 January. The busy schedule saw Profs Screaton and Weber meet NTU Provost Professor Freddy Boey at NTU, followed by lunch and meetings with Prof Best and Executive Vice-Dean Professor Lionel Lee.

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​​L-R: Profs Gavin Screaton and Jonathan Weber meet LKCMedicine leadership and faculty; and Prof Margaret Dallman during her visit to LKCMedicine's HQ building 

Education, campus development and research were the focus of the visit with Profs Screaton and Weber meeting various members of LKCMedicine's senior management, Scientific Directors and researchers as well as Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering Director Professor Staffan Kjelleberg.

They also met leaders of Singapore's biomedical research community, including A*STAR and LKCMedicine Governing Board Chairman Mr Lim Chuan Poh, and Executive Director of the Biomedical Research Council of A*STAR Dr Benjamin Seet, meetings which offered insights into Singapore's biomedical research environment.

Before returning to London, Profs Screaton and Weber concluded their hectic day with a dinner meeting with Prof Best, Director of Imperial's School of Public Health Professor Elio Riboli, Head of Imperial's Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics Professor Paul Elliott, as well as Associate Professor Neil Murphy of NTU's Division of English.​