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​LKCMedicine hosts Minister Chan Chun Sing and A*STAR Board

Published on: 26-Oct-2018


On October 25, LKCMedicine hosted members of the A*STAR Board, led by A*STAR Chairman and LKCMedicine Governing Board Chairman Mr Lim Chuan Poh. The visitors were received by LKCMedicine Dean Prof James Best at the Learning Studio. After a warm welcome, Prof Best gave an overview of LKCMedicine's research, followed by Vice-Dean for Education Prof Naomi Low-Beer who presented on the School's MBBS programme and innovative curriculum with input from Vice-Dean for Faculty Affairs Prof Michael Ferenczi. The guests also met with Executive Vice-Dean for Strategic Relations & International Affairs Prof Lionel Lee and COO Mr Chan Wei Chuen at the meeting.

Following the introduction on LKCMedicine, the guests then headed to the Anatomy Learning Centre, where Head of Anatomy Asst Prof Reddy Mogali explained the use of plastinated specimens and demonstrated the use of the Anatomage table in teaching. The use of 3D printed specimens was also showcased to the guests, who were impressed with how LKCMedicine incorporates latest technology with education.

Next, Executive Director of the Skin Research Institute of Singapore (SRIS) Prof Steven Thng introduced the SRIS to the guests, followed by Director of the Rehabilitation Research Institute of Singapore (RRIS) Assoc Prof Ang Wei Tech presenting on the RRIS. The guests also toured the facilities at the Centre for Health Screening, guided by LKCMedicine Professor of Cardiovascular Epidemiology Prof John Chambers, who spoke to them about the Health for Life in Singapore (HELIOS) study, a 20-year landmark population health study established by LKCMedicine in partnership with National Healthcare Group and Imperial College London. The day ended with a dinner at the Flexi-space at the Medical Library, which was graced by Minister for Trade and Industry and Minister-in-charge of the Public Service, Mr Chan Chun Sing.

This was Minister Chan's visit to LKCMedicine, where he was warmly welcomed by Mr Lim, Prof Best and Prof Lee. Before heading to the dinner, Mr Chan was provided a brief overview of the award-winning Clinical Sciences Building, which had its foyer 'lifted' three stories up so it frames the beautifully-conserved Headquarters building of LKCMedicine. Built in the 1900s, the HQ used to be a hostel for medical students and nurses before being annexed into the nearby Tan Tock Seng Hospital. In 2011, the heritage building was given a new lease of life when it was approved as the HQ of the new joint medical school by NTU Singapore and Imperial College London. A stainless steel sculpture titled 'Points of View' by Turner Prize-winning sculptor Tony Cragg now stands proudly facing the HQ at the CSB Plaza.  

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