February 2016 | Issue 22


News roundup

Reappointment of LKCMedicine's Governing Board
LKCMedicine Governing Board Chairman Mr Lim Chuan Poh and his fellow Governing Board members have been reappointed by the Ministry of Education for another three-year term from 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2018. Professor Desmond Johnston​, Vice-Dean for Education at Imperial's Faculty of Medicine, was newly appointed to the Governing Board for the same term.

For a full list of Governing Board members please click

LKCMedicine and NHG staff bring festive cheer to Ren Ci Nursing Home residents
On 19 January, LKCMedicine staff joined staff from National Healthcare Group (NHG), including Institute of Mental Health, for an afternoon of festive performances and gift-giving at Ren Ci Nursing Home. The event was part of NHG's Lunar New Year Community Outreach Programme and gave volunteers the opportunity to interact with residents, bringing festive joy to them ahead of the Lunar New Year.

LKCMedicine and NHG staff spread festive cheer to residents at Ren Ci Nursing Home

LKCMedicine faculty win more than $10 million in competitive grant funding
Researchers at LKCMedicine have won numerous research grants totalling close to S$11 million. Lead for Global Health and Vaccinology and Professor of Infectious Diseases Annelies Wilder-Smith and Scientific Director of Infection and Immunity and Professor of Molecular Physiology George Chandy received the largest grants, receiving S$2.83 million and S$1.44 million for their research into influenza vaccines and drug development respectively.

13th Asia Pacific Medical Education Conference (APMEC)
LKCMedicine faculty and staff and the visiting Imperial team attended this year's APMEC, Asia's largest medical education conference, from 13 to 17 January. The conference provided inspiring insights from internationally renowned speakers, and was an opportunity for medical and healthcare professionals, educators and researchers from around the world to share their ideas, research and educational practices. During the conference, Lead for Introduction to Medical Sciences and TBL Facilitator Dr Claire Canning was granted a Merit Award for her e-poster presentation, while Senior Research Fellow Dr Lucy Rosby was selected to present an e-poster and a finalist in the "Best Abstract for Poster Presentation" category.

L-R: Dr Claire Canning, who received a Merit Award, gives her presentation; and Dr Lucy Rosby, who was a finalist in the "Best Abstract for Poster Presentation" at the APMEC Conference 2016

LKCMedicine organises series of talks by local and international guest speakers
During the first two months of the year, LKCMedicine organised a string of talks by renowned scientists and medical education researchers. Among the LKCMedicine Guest Lectures was a talk by Professor Gábor Tamás from Hungary's University of Szeged, who presented on "Similarities and differences of human and rodent neocortical synapses, neurons and networks". Another headline speaker who also hosted a series of workshops for medical education researchers was Director of the Centre for Education Research & Innovation at Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Western Ontario Dr Lorelei Lingard, whose talk on 27 January was on "Collective Competence". On 29 January, the NIMBELS Seminar on "Building Bio-Bridges: Computational Approaches to Understanding Life" drew an audience from across Singapore's healthcare sector.

LKCMedicine continues to build internationa
l ties
In January, LKCMedicine hosted delegations from universities and institutions from the region and further afield, building on its global network of collaborators. As well as visits from Imperial's leadership, LKCMedicine leadership and faculty hosted visitors from India, Japan, South Korea and Vietnam, discussing the possibilities of collaborations and student exchanges. Among the visiting delegations were representatives from Ajou University School of Medicine from Korea, Hokkaido University Graduate School of Medicine from Japan, and Vinmec Medical University from Vietnam. 

L-R: Visitors from Korea's Ajou University School of Medicine; and the delegation from Hokkaido University Graduate School of Medicine, Ja

Humanity in Medicine travels to Nanyang Polytechnic
A roving version of LKCMedicine's Humanity in Medicine – A Look at the Past and Forward to the Future exhibition is on display at Nanyang Polytechnic's library until 19 February. A showcase of medical humanitarianism in Singapore past and present, the exhibition – part of LKCMedicine's SG50 celebrations – is an opportunity for the students and staff of Nanyang Polytechnic to learn more about the individuals and organisations who have helped and continue to help shape the medical humanitarianism scene in Singapore.​

The Humanity in Medicine roving exhibition is on display at Nanyang Polytechnic until 19 Feb

LKCMedicine in the news...

Learning medical terminology in Malay
Berita Minggu

Learning a new language is not easy. However, a group of LKCMedicine Year 2 students joined the Malay language programme for prospective doctors. The programme, developed by NTU's Centre for Modern Languages, aims to build students' skills in using Malay to speak with patients, especially the elderly.

LKCMedicine expert on outbreak of Zika virus
Channel NewsAsia online, The New Paper Online
Singapore is "extremely vulnerable" to the Zika virus, which is spreading throughout Central and South America, said two infectious disease experts. The Zika virus is spread by the Aedes mosquito, which is also responsible for transmitting dengue. Lead for Global Health and Vaccinology and Professor of Infectious Diseases Annelies Wilder-Smith warned that it is a matter of time before the first imported case of Zika virus is found in Singapore and that awareness needs to be stepped up.

Science Talk: Finally, a licensed dengue vaccine
The Straits Times
Professor Duane Gubler, 76, professor and founding director of the Signature Research Programme in Emerging Infectious Diseases at Duke-NUS Medical School and Professor Annelies Wilder-Smith, 53, director of the Global Health and Vaccinology Programme at LKCMedicine, wrote in a joint commentary that a major milestone in the history of dengue control has been reached. However, it is not perfect and despite its 60 per cent efficacy, it may still have a substantial impact on reducing the burden of dengue in many countries by reducing severe disease, mortality rates, hospitalisation and the potential for large explosive epidemics. ​