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Defining tomorrow's medicine - SingHealth Duke-NUS Scientific Congress 2012

SingHealth and Duke-NUS' strong partnership in research and education notched another success with the opening of the 2nd SingHealth Duke-NUS Scientific Congress, attended by more than 2,500 multi-disciplinary medical, nursing, allied health and research professionals, academic scholars as well as overseas healthcare leaders. The event was graced by Guest of Honour, Minister for Health, Mr Gan Kim Yong.

The Congress is an important platform for ideas, innovation and discovery as the best healthcare minds come together to shape the future of medicine. The programme covered key subjects such as basic insights and clinical impact of cancer genomes, technological advances in healthcare industry, neuropsychiatric and geriatric syndromes in the elderly and multidisciplinary care for chronic diseases management. This year's congress had a strong focus on Academic Medicine with a diverse group of healthcare professionals sharing their clinical and research findings, skills and experience.

Strength of Collaboration

Professor Ivy Ng, Group Chief Executive Officer, SingHealth said: "Award-winning research abstracts presented at the last Congress have since proven their worth as relevant and clinically applicable, with some currently in development. I am confident this year's Congress will also serve as an incubator for ideas and discoveries as we find more innovative ways to deliver better care to our patients. Our partnership with Duke-NUS will enable our academic clinicians to further their aspirations in continually setting new standards of care."

Professor Ranga Krishnan, Dean of Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School said: "The evolving healthcare environment has created opportunities for us to leverage deeper collaborations that integrate cutting-edge clinical and translational research. The Congress is a platform to showcase the best of this partnership. We are confident this strong collaborative spirit will help achieve our aim to boost Singapore's biomedical science landscape and strengthen our potential to develop new treatments and better outcomes that will benefit patients."

The Role of Academic Medicine

"I am heartened to note the strong focus on academic medicine by SingHealth and Duke-NUS in this Congress. Academic medicine involves the integration of clinical services, education and research. Many pioneering innovations elsewhere have taken place in academic medical centres involving partnerships between medical schools and teaching hospitals. I believe that this is key to elevating healthcare standards here," said Minister Gan.

Inaugural SingHealth Academy Duke-NUS Golden Apple Awards 2012

A key highlight of this year's Congress is the presentation of an award recognising outstanding SingHealth and Duke-NUS educators from different healthcare professions for their contributions to education. Awards were conferred on the best staff from the Medical, Nursing, Allied Health and Research categories for the Outstanding Young Educator, Outstanding Creative Educator and Programme Innovation Awards. 12 winners were presented with the award. They were selected by a panel of judges comprising healthcare and educational leaders and faculty members, each experienced in their respective fields of expertise. Please refer to Annex A for profiles of winners.

Contact: Carol Wee

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