April 2013|ISSUE 5
LKCMedicine Lecture Series

The ongoing LKCMedicine lecture series received a boost recently when the internationally-renowned scientists and distinguished clinician-scientists who joined LKCMedicine started to helm the series as speakers.

For the first time, LKCMedicine’s faculty conducted a lecture as part of the ongoing LKCMedicine’s Lecture Series. On 17 April 2013, LKCMedicine’s Visiting Professor Balázs Gulyás who is a prominent neuroscientist, conducted a lecture “A Window into the Brain Molecular Imaging in Neurology and Psychiatry”. Professor Gulyas is also the Professor of Clinical Neuroscience at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden.

Professor Gulyás lecture at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) was attended by about 70 participants comprising clinicians, researchers, students and industry representatives. His lecture detailed the recent status of translational molecular neuroinflammation and neurodegneration, including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and some mental disorders with special emphasis on the importance of highly sensitive and specific biomarkers for early detection and diagnosis, that are currently absent in the clinical regime. The lecture was well received by the audience, which was evident during the Q&A segment where participants eagerly shared their thoughts on the topic.

Professor Gulyás' lecture at TTSH

Following this, Professor Walter Wahli, another LKCMedicine Visiting Professor, will conduct a lecture about how nuclear receptors affect metabolic regulation and the role of nutrition in metabolic regulation on 15 May 2013 at TTSH. Professor Wahli, Professor of Biology and Founding Director of the Centre of Integrative Genomics at the University of Lausanne, is one of the pioneers who discovered the medically relevant Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptors and has demonstrated the central physiological significance of these regulatory proteins in metabolism, inflammation, and wound healing.

The LKCMedicine Lecture Series is a platform to showcase and discuss medical research relevant to the local community of clinician scientists and scientists while providing opportunities for synergistic collaborations.

In the pipeline, there are plans to have more lectures by luminaries from various scientific fields.