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​Bright young research minds shine at Scholarly Projects Celebratory Evening and The Professor Jenny Higham Collaboration Grant presentation

Published on: 15-Jan-2020

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For the first time, the annual Scholarly Projects Celebratory Evening was held with The Professor Jenny Higham Collaboration Grant presentation. More than 20 LKCMedicine Year 4 students, staff and faculty attended the event today that was held at the Ong Tiong Tat & Irene Tan Liang Kheng Auditorium of the Clinical Sciences Building.

Kicking off the event, LKCMedicine Dean Professor James Best congratulated the students for completing their Projects.

"I strongly believe that every medical graduate, every doctor has the responsibility to contribute to new knowledge. We are the recipients, we benefit from research in our clinical practice, and medical practice cannot advance without research," said Prof Best. "The posters and the work that you have done display incredible breadth of medical research. It's good evidence that an exposure to research as an undergraduate makes you value research more and more likely to be involved in research after graduation."

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The Scholarly Project six-week-long module began in August 2016 and aims to equip LKCMedicine students with scientific skills and explore the boundaries of medical knowledge. 

Students have four categories to choose from for their project: Laboratory & Translational Research, Medical Education, Clinical Practice, and Medicine & Society. Some of them have shared their work locally and internationally at various symposiums and conferences. 

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The winners from the Class of 2021 are: Leow Zhi Yun who topped the Laboratory & Translational Research category with her Project, "Evaluation of a Point-of-care Test Kit for Rapid Detection of Carbapenemase-Producing Enterobacteriaceae", Seet Hong An Andrew who was the winner of the Medical Education category with his Project, "So Near But Yet So Far: Effect of Seating Position on Class Engagement in A TBL", Teo Liang Ming who topped the Clinical Practice category with his Project, "Cost-Effectiveness Analysis for the Integrated Care For Advanced Respiratory Disorder (ICARE) Program – A Multidisciplinary Palliative Rehabilitation Program for Chronic Lung Disease in A Community Hospital", and Zenn Soh Le Hua who was crowned the winner of the Medicine & Society category, with her Project, "What Patient Reported Outcome Measures are Used in Clinical Trials in Hip Fracture? – A Systematic Mapping Review".

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Each winner gave an oral presentation of their Project. They received a S$50 book voucher and a certificate from Associate Professor Wong Teck Yee, LKCMedicine Assistant Dean, (Year 4 Associate & Family Medicine) and Adjunct Associate.

Twelve other students were given certificates under the Highly Commended Projects category. One of the Highly Commended Projects, done by Mani Hemaavathi, clinched an award at the 7th SingHealth Duke-NUS Obstetrics and Gynecology Academic Clinical Programme on 8 November 2019.

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Mani's Project title is the "Association of Postnatal Glycaemic Status with IADPSG Criteria Time Points of Patients with Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM)". She was supervised by Professor Tan Kok Hian, an Adjunct Professor at LKCMedicine.

The project explored the predictive power of the antenatal Oral Glucose Tolerance Test (OGTT) screening time-points on the postpartum OGTT outcomes for women diagnosed with GDM. After a round of judging, she was awarded the Best Oral Presentation.

Since the Scholarly Project Celebratory Evening in December 2016, the celebrations have grown beyond featuring the students projects. In 2019, the event was held together with the inaugural student-led LKCMedicine Research Symposium, which showcased various research projects done by students past their curriculum time.

The Professor Jenny Higham Collaboration Grant presentation

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The event continued with an address by LKCMedicine Assistant Dean (Clinical Communication Training & Student Welfare) Dr Tanya Tierney, who is also the Professor Jenny Higham Collaboration Grant presentation organiser. 

For AY2019/2020, there are five successful submissions under the Professor Jenny Higham Collaboration Grant. These include: Daniele Cotton (Imperial College London), Gayatiri Raveentheran (LKCMedicine), Marcus Teo Kai Jie (LKCMedicine) for their project, "Sleep – Understood or to be Understood? A study on the Sleep Beliefs of LKCMedicine & Imperial College London Medical Students", Ahrabbey Sivananthan (Imperial College London), Calvin Chen You Jia (LKCMedicine), Keerthanaa Jayaraajan (Imperial College London), Kevin Tong Weng Jin (LKCMedicine) for their project, "Improving Asthma Medication Adherence and Awareness in Children Through Graphic Design", Eva Tadros (Imperial College London) and Goh Ying Qi (LKCMedicine) for their project, "Disordered Eating – A Silent Killer. A Dual-Dimension Project Exploring Disordered Eating in Female University Students Aged 21-25", Lai Chi Peng Timothy (LKCMedicine) and Shujhat Khan (Imperial College London) for their project, "Exploring International Differences In Patient Perceptions of Myocardial Infarction", and Farhan Ishraq (LKCMedicine) and Aya Noman Hasan Khasati (Imperial College London) for their project, "A cross-sectional study comparing the disability-adjusted life years and clinical management of dementia patients living in London and Singapore". 

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Timothy gave an oral presentation of his project, which primary aim is to evaluate inter-country differences in heart attack preparedness and perception and to identify novel ways to increase heart attack treatment. 

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Addressing the audience, Dr Tierney said the recipients have impressed the panel.

"The Scholarly Projects are part of the curriculum and you can dedicate yourself to that. For the Professor Jenny Higham Collaboration Award, this is actually co-curricular. You have found time in your own time in your already busy curriculum to be able to dedicate some time to research," she added.

The Professor Jenny Higham Collaboration Grant, which was launched in 2017, enables medical students from LKCMedicine and Imperial College London to undertake cross-border projects in medical education, medical humanities or a self-directed project.

This is made possible with the generous support from former LKCMedicine Senior Vice-Dean Prof Higham, who donated the prize money from her 2015 Nanyang Education University Gold Award, an amount that was matched by LKCMedicine and NTU to fund the awards.

Prof Higham who remains a visiting professor at LKCMedicine, is the first woman to hold the role of Principal of St. George's University of London. 

Groups of at least two students can apply for the grant, provided that one student is enrolled in the undergraduate programme in London (Years 2 to 5), and one is enrolled in the programme in Singapore. An amount of up to S$5,000 may be awarded per project to successful recipients.

The event ended with the Best Poster Presentation. The prize winners received a S$50 research book voucher which was presented by Assoc Prof Wong. They will also receive a certificate. The winners are: 

- Best Poster Design: Impact of Serious Games as an Intervention Tool in Neurological and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation – A Scoping Review (Dorothea Ong)

- Best Study Methodology: Establishing the causative genetic variants for skeletal dysplasia in Pakistani children from consanguineous families using whole exome sequencing (Diya Srikanth)

- Most Impactful Project: #EatingDisorderRecovery: A Qualitative Content Analysis of Instagram Posts documenting Eating Disorder Recovery 
(Goh Qi Yang Aaron)

- Most Novel Project: Characterisation of global antimicrobial resistance trends in gram-negative pathogens (Mark Kit Lim)


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