October 2014 | ISSUE 14
LKCMedicine scores with a handful of awards at Singapore Health & Biomedical Congress 2014

​LKCMedicine researchers, faculty and students won big at the 2014 Singapore Health & Biomedical Congress (SHBC), Singapore's largest healthcare congress held at Max Atria at the Singapore Expo, claiming two gold medals and three silvers in the scientific competition and student debate.

The winners of the scientific competition were announced during the opening ceremony on Friday, 26 September. Assistant Professor of Immunology and Cell Biology Navin Kumar won gold for best basic science/translational research poster presentation for his research on the regulation of T-lymphocyte migration. He identified a new role for the protein Rab5a GTPase, which significantly advances the knowledge of T-cell signalling pathway and has clinical relevance to the understanding of local immune responses in healthy and sick individuals.

Lead for Body Structures & Imaging Assistant Professor Gerald Tan won silver for his work on the use of ultrasound in teaching anatomy in the health professions education category. Co-authored by Assistant Dean for Examinations & Assessment (Phase 1) Assistant Professor Dinesh Srinivasan and Assistant Dean for Phase 2 & 3 Associate Professor Tham Kum Ying, the team found that first year medical students appreciated living anatomy and real-time physiology provided by ultrasound imaging. These hands-on sessions increased the clinical relevance of the basic sciences and improved knowledge retention.

NTU Undergraduate Research Experience on Campus (URECA) student Mr Tham Yingwei, who spent his research stint at LKCMedicine, won silver in the Singapore Young Investigator Award for Basic Science/Translational Research category for his work on a novel bone regeneration therapy using a nanoparticle hybrid bone scaffold.

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LKCMedicine Year 2 winners at the Singapore Health & Biomedical Congress 2014

LKCMedicine Year 2 students added to this haul with awards during the inaugural NHG-TTSH Student Festival held on the second day of the Congress. Gabriel Wong and Dylan Fones took first place in the project proposal competition and Lavisha Punjabi's debate team DeSharks claimed first runner-up at the debate competition.

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The two-day event, which was attended by some 3,000 delegates from around the world, also saw the launch of a new research institute, the Rehabilitation Research Institute of Singapore. The $100 million institute, a collaboration between NTU, A*Star and NHG, will develop innovative solutions for better patient outcomes, focusing in particular on stroke and neurological rehabilitation, clinical robotics and biomechanics as well as the development of computer games for rehabilitation.

Said LKCMedicine Dean Professor James Best, "NTU is one of the leading universities in the world for engineering and computer science. So clearly it will contribute technology which is a very important part of rehabilitation and LKCMedicine will make the link between the technology and the patients. We'll bring the clinical research expertise and our expertise in health systems research to link up with the engineers, so together with NHG we can improve rehabilitation which is a very important part of healthcare."

LKCMedicine staff and faculty also shared their expertise at the event, hosting and participating in various tracks over the two days, as well as promoting the School at its exhibition booth.