April 2017 | Issue 29


Research shorts

NMRC grants awarded at ceremony
On 7 and 8 March, the National Medical Research Council (NMRC) held a symposium and ceremony to present its human capital awards, including the Singapore Translational Research (STaR) Investigator Award, Clinician Scientist Award (CSA) and Transition Award (TA).

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Prof John Chambers, who received the STaR Award, focuses on investigating the genetic and environmental
mechanisms underlying metabolic and cardiovascular diseases in people of Indian ethnicity

LKCMedicine's newly-appointed Professor John Chambers received the STaR Award, a first for the young school. This prestigious award aims to attract and nurture established world-class clinician investigators to undertake cutting-edge translational and clinical research in Singapore.
The School’s other winners include Associate Professor of Infectious Disease Yeo Tsin Wen, who received the CSA-Investigator Category, and Assistant Professor of Molecular Medicine Sanjay Chotirmall, who received a TA.

Brain Networks Symposium brings together neuroscience community
On 16 and 17 March, Singapore’s neuroscience community assembled for the Brain Networks Symposium organised by LKCMedicine and held in the Learning Studio at the Clinical Sciences Building.
​With a stellar line-up of local an international speakers hailing from as far afield as the USA, Japan and France, the two-day programme was organised into three components – Molecular Circuits, Neural Circuits and Brain Disorders.
The event was attended by some 100 members of the neuroscience and mental health community from various schools and research institutions such as NTU's School of Biological Sciences, National Neuroscience Institute and A*STAR's Genome Institute of Singapore.
It generated much discussion and a great exchange of ideas, which was brought to an end by LKCMedicine Dean Professor James Best, who delivered the closing remarks.

NTU-RIKEN MOU advances human biology and disease
NTU and Japan’s flagship national research institute RIKEN have announced a new partnership ​that will see them working closely together to advance research in human biology. Under the three-year agreement, a RIKEN-NTU Research Centre for Human Biology will be set up at NTU, while a corresponding centre will be set up at RIKEN in Japan.
LKCMedicine Professor of Neuroscience & Mental Health Balázs Gulyás and RIKEN’s Dr Atsushi Iriki will serve as Co-Directors of the two centres. Initial research projects will focus on how the mind and body interact, as well as understanding various diseases, especially during the pre-clinical phase when important feasibility testing and data collection are conducted.