​LKCMedicine Professor becomes School’s first STaR Award recipient

Published on: 07-Mar-2017

On 7 March, LKCMedicine incoming Professor John Chambers was awarded the Singapore Translational Research (STaR) Investigator Award at the 2017 National Medical Research Council (NMRC) Awards Ceremony & Research Symposium held at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel, a first for the young school. Guest-of-Honour Permanent Secretary with the Ministry of Health Mr Chan Heng Kee presented winners with their awards. At the same ceremony, Associate Professor of Infectious Disease Yeo Tsin Wen and Assistant Professor of Molecular Medicine Sanjay Chotirmall received the Clinician-Scientist Award (CSA) - Investigator category and Transition Award (TA) respectively.

The prestigious STaR Award aims to attract and nurture established world-class clinician investigators to undertake cutting-edge translational and clinical research in Singapore. Recipients are funded to start new biomedical research programmes in Singapore.

Prof Chambers, who is also Professor of Cardiovascular Epidemiology at the School of Public Health at Imperial’s Faculty of Medicine, has been focusing on investigating the genetic and environmental mechanisms underlying obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and related phenotypic disturbances in people of Indian ethnicity. He was one of two clinician-scientists awarded the STaR Award at the ceremony and will join the School full-time in April.

At the same ceremony, Assoc Prof Yeo was one of eight awardees in the CSA-Investigator category. With this award, he intends to study the pathogenesis of dengue to find new targets to treat the life-threatening complications of severe dengue. CSAs, which are split into Investigator and Senior Investigator categories, are awarded to outstanding clinician-scientists, who possess a consistent record of excellence in research, to enable them to carry out internationally competitive translational and clinical research. 

LKCMedicine’s third award recipient is Asst Prof Chotirmall, who is among seven recipients of the TA. With his award, he hopes to determine the extent of the clinical burden of bronchiectasis patients in Singapore. TAs are given to aspiring clinician-scientists to embark on the journey into research and hone their research capabilities through mentoring and research funding support.

Representing the School at the Research Symposium, Professor of Infectious Disease Annelies Wilder-Smith presented on “Lessons Learnt from NMRC and Non-NMRC Funded Research: Meningococcal Disease and Zika” during one of the afternoon sessions on infectious diseases. The session was chaired by LKCMedicine adjunct Professor Leo Yee Sin, who is also Director of the Institute of Infectious Disease & Epidemiology at Tan Tock Seng Hospital. The symposium concludes tomorrow, 8 March, with parallel discussions on cancer and health services research.

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