June 2013| ISSUE 6
News in Brief

Public Service Scholarships & Careers Fair
LKCMedicine participated in the Public Service Scholarships & Careers Fair on 1 June 2013 to a great reception by prospective students. Held at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel, LKCMedicine staff shared the NTU booth with staff from other courses and the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid. Away from the booth, Associate Professor Tham Kum Ying gave a talk to more than 100 prospective students and their parents, introducing to them our medical school and the selection criteria used by the school. Interest level was high at the talk and the booth, with many asking about entry requirements and the innovations of the School.

Ang Mo Kio Family Medicine Clinic Opens
The new Ang Mo Kio Family Medicine Clinic (AMK FMC) which opened on 11 May 2013, allows patients to request to see the same doctor at each visit and can expect to be treated by a family physician who is familiar with their respective medical histories. The clinic which is a tie-up between NHG and Parkway Shenton serves patients with stable chronic diseases such as diabetes and asthma besides common ailments like the flu.

NTU Climbs to No. 8 in Times Higher's Ranking of Top Young Universities
NTU has climbed eight spots to be ranked eighth among the world's top young universities in the Times Higher Education's Top 100 Under 50 rankings released on 20 June. In a similar ranking by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) the week before, NTU was ranked second in the world. Both the QS and Times Higher Education rankings measure universities established after 1963, i.e. below 50 years old, but they use different methodologies to rank the next generation of leading universities to watch out for globally. 

NTU’s New Therapy Device Enables Stroke Victims to Recover Further
Scientists from NTU have developed a new stroke rehabilitation device which greatly improves recovery in stroke patients. The new stroke therapy system, known as Synergistic Physio-Neuro Platform (SynPhNe) allows stroke patients who had undergone conventional rehabilitation for a year or more and had hit a plateau in their recovery to make significant progress in their ability to carry out everyday tasks. The therapy system is currently undergoing thorough clinical investigations and more feasibility trials at local hospitals.

Scientists from NTU and Lund University Develop New Tumour-Killer
Scientists NTU and Lund University, Sweden, have bioengineered a novel molecule which has been proven to successfully kill tumour cells. This molecule is based on a natural protein present in human breast milk, which has been found to have strong and wide-ranging tumour killing properties when bound to certain lipids. These latest breakthroughs are led by Professor Catharina Svanborg and Dr Manoj Puthia from Lund University, Sweden, and Professor Gerhard Grüber from NTU’s School of Biological Sciences.

Unsung – An Art Exhibition by Medical Students
From 8 May to 31 May 2013, Unsung, an art exhibition by fourth year medical students at Imperial were held at Blyth Gallery that showcases 14 different works of art by the students taking the medical humanities course. This coming July, new artworks submitted by staff and students would have been selected for future exhibitions.

Prestigious Grant to Help Tackle Obesity
“i2Move”, a project that will create an implant to reduce appetite in obese patients received a new Synergy Grant from the European Research Council. The project at Imperial is one of two at the college, and only 11 across the entire European Union, to receive this funding. Professor Sir Stephen Bloom (Medicine) and Professor Chris Toumazou (Bioengineering) have been awarded 7 million euros for this project.

Milestone for Tropical Disease Campaign
The Schistosomiasis Control Initiative (SCI), a charitable organisation based at Imperial has given out its 100 millionth treatment. SCI has brought treatment to the poorest populations in Africa since 2002. The organisation hopes to eliminate schistosomiasis in at least some countries by 2020.