June 2016 | Issue 24
News roundup

Clinical Sciences Building wins BCA Green Mark Platinum Award
Following the Experimental Medicine Building’s Green Mark Platinum Award last year, LKCMedicine has again been awarded the Building and Construction Authority’s (BCA) prestigious Green Mark Platinum Award for its Clinical Sciences Building (CSB) at the BCA Awards 2016 held at Resorts World Sentosa on 26 May. 

CSB is designed with various energy efficient and green features, which will achieve 32.8 per cent savings in total building energy consumption over the baseline building energy performance, translating to more than $1 million in savings annually at steady state operations. Key energy saving features include efficient air-conditioning, heat recovery, underfloor air distribution to the double-volume Learning Studio, use of energy-efficient LED lighting, use of environmentally friendly and sustainable products and motion sensors to eliminate unnecessary energy consumption. 
NTU was also awarded the inaugural Green Mark Platinum Star Champion award, the BCA’s top accolade for sustainable building design, which recognises organisations that achieve 50 or more Green Mark Platinum-certified buildings.

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LKCMedicine hosts several local and international researchers
Over the last two months, LKCMedicine hosted a series of high-profile local and international speakers, who offered their insights and latest research. Speakers included Associate Professor Konstadina Griva from the Department of Psychology, National University of Singapore, who talked about the challenges and opportunities in developing support programme for chronic kidney disease patients; Professor Ian Adcock, Professor of Respiratory Cell & Molecular Biology and Head of the Molecular Cell Biology Group at Imperial’s National Heart & Lung Institute, and Professor Chung Kian Fan, Professor of Respiratory Medicine and Head of Experimental Studies Medicine at Imperial’s National Heart & Lung Institute, who gave a joint seminar on the emerging role of oxidative and mitochondrial stress in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and on using a systems medicine approach in severe asthma respectively.

The School also hosted a symposium on advanced medical imaging and ultra-field Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), which was attended by more than 100 scientists from schools in NTU, A*STAR research institutes, NUS, hospitals and industry partners.

Medical education researchers in Singapore were also treated to a stimulating seminar on “For better or worse: context influences diagnostic accuracy” by Professor Henk Schmidt, Professor of Psychology at Erasmus University’s Faculty of Social Sciences and founding dean of its problem-based psychology curriculum. Prof Schmidt led an insightful seminar, guiding the audience through a series of multi-faceted research studies into diagnostic reasoning – a topic of particular interest to those attending who were from a variety of medical-related fields including medical educators, researchers, clinicians and allied health professionals affiliated with LKCMedicine and National Healthcare Group.

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Every Moment Matters @ Dover Park Hospice
On 12 April, Dover Park Hospice (DPH) hosted its Every Moment Matters event at the National Library Board, showcasing opportunities for organisations to engage in corporate and social responsibility (CSR) activities with the hospice. After a welcome by DPH Chairman and LKCMedicine Executive Vice-Dean Professor Lionel Lee, the more than 100 guests learned more about the importance of CSR to the hospice and celebrated its long-term CSR partners with an award ceremony. LKCMedicine has a strong relationship with DPH, and LKCMedicine Year 2 student Lee Kai Wei was the emcee for the event.

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LKCMedicine reaches out to future students
Over the last couple of months, LKCMedicine engaged potential future students and principals of pre-university institutions as part of its outreach efforts. On 30 May, the School hosted 14 principals at the Experimental Medicine Building (EMB) for a tour of the facilities and overview of the School’s technology-enhanced pedagogy as part of the Pre-University Seminar 2016, an annual event co-organised by the Ministry of Education (MOE) and Hwa Chong Institution. LKCMedicine also hosted 90 students from CHIJ St Joseph’s Convent as part of the Learning Journey on NTU campus, organised by NTU. The month prior to that, LKCMedicine took part in Anglo-Chinese Junior College’s Health Week on 27 April, with a talk by Assistant Dean for Year 5 Associate Professor Tham Kum Ying, attended by some 40 students eager to learn more about the School, its innovative curriculum, the application process, the BioMedical Admissions Test and the Multiple Mini Interviews. 

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Academia - Industry interactions and partnerships
On 12 May, LKCMedicine research and education faculty met with key representatives from NVIDIA, Monash University and other NTU schools to explore co-development and collaboration opportunities in the area of advanced medical visualisation. Monash University has state-of-the-art synchrotron, high performance computing and immersive CAVE display facilities that form an integrated system for bio-image generation, analysis and visualisation. NVIDIA is a global industry leader in recreational and non-gaming applications of graphic processor unit-based computational platforms. Coupled with LKCMedicine's strengths in educational innovation and NTU's strengths in simulation and computer engineering, the possibility of automated analysis and immersive visualisation of complex and dynamic biomedical images was explored for clinical research and medical education. The discussion opened up exciting new possibilities of collaborative partnerships between NTU, Monash University and NVIDIA in the areas of research, training and technology.

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LKCMedicine 2015 postdoctoral fellowship awarded
LKCMedicine has awarded its prestigious postdoctoral fellowship to promising young scientist Dr Chua Song Lin. Dr Chua’s research will focus on host–pathogenic biofilm interactions. Launched in 2013, Dr Chua is the fourth recipient of the fellowship, which is awarded to new or recent PhD graduates with the promise of achieving research excellence and the potential to grow into full-fledged faculty roles at the School. The three-year fellowship comes with an annual research grant of up to S$100,000. To read more about Dr Chua’s plans, click here.

LKCMedicine hosts visitors hailing from Australia to the USA

The past few months have seen a whirlwind of visits from universities from as far apart as America and Australia to LKCMedicine. The LKCMedicine senior management hosted researchers and delegates from the Universities of Murdoch, Michigan, Dundee, and the UK’s Russell Group, to name a few. The visits are part of LKCMedicine’s ongoing efforts to expand its and NTU’s network of collaborators in research and education.

Most notably, LKCMedicine hosted visitors from the University of Western Australia and Monash University. Associate Dean (International) of Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health Sciences from University of Western Australia Professor Zheng Ming-Hao visited LKCMedicine to learn more about the School. During his visit, he discovered a common interest in physiology and health sciences with Assistant Dean for Research and Associate Professor of Exercise Physiology Fabian Lim. The visit, which took place on 6 May, provided Prof Zheng with meaningful insights into the School’s research strategy, which sparked a lively discussion between Assoc Prof Lim and Prof Zheng as they discussed their shared research interests.

On 11 May, delegates from Monash University were treated to a series of insightful research presentations on topics including “Developmental Biology to Drug Development” by Toh Kian Chui Distinguished Professor and Professor of Developmental Biology Philip Ingham FRS and “Potassium Channels Therapeutic Targets” by Professor of Molecular Physiology George Chandy.

LKCMedicine also visited institutions to explore possible collaborations during this period. Most notably, LKCMedicine Dean Professor James Best and Vice-Dean for Research Professor Russell Gruen visited IBM’s Thomas J. Watson Research Centre in Yorktown Heights, New York, on 18 April. They discussed topics of mutual interest included cognitive neuroscience and medical decision-making.

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