“We must work together, not only when a crisis unfolds, but strive to be ahead of the curve through strong collaborations and preparations, even during peacetime… It is only by working collectively that we can secure the health of this generation and the next. I am confident this Congress will pave the way for many exciting collaborations which can lead to new solutions and better outcomes for health,” said World One Health Congress Guest-of-Honour President of the Republic of Singapore Madam Halimah Yacob as she opened the seventh edition of the Congress, which this year was organised by the SingHealth Duke-NUS Global Health Institute and attracted more than 2,500 delegates.
Duke-NUS launches new Health Innovator Programme for third-year med students
Conceived by Duke-NUS alumnus Assistant Professor Rena Dharmawan (MD Class of 2011), the Duke-NUS Health Innovator Programme aims to bring innovations from the imagination of scientists into the public domain.
Speaking at the launch of the new programme on 22 September, Duke-NUS Dean Professor Thomas Coffman said: “[The Health Innovator Programme] represents a fantastic opportunity for third-year Duke-NUS students who are interested in innovation and entrepreneurship.”
The programme provides an immersive experience for third-year medical students who are teamed up with peers from the National University of Singapore’s engineering and business programmes, and mentored by clinicians and industry partners. The inaugural cohort comprises nine students split into three teams who will focus on innovations in women’s health.
As for the future, Dharmawan, who is Assistant Dean for Clinical Innovation and Ecosystem Development as well as a cancer surgeon, has big plans. “In the coming years, we’ll actually be scaling this programme further and we’d like the support of everyone here on our journey as we become the flagship innovation programme for all medical students here in Singapore,” she said at the launch.
Duke University Chancellor for Health Affairs Eugene Washington to step down in 2023
Professor Eugene Washington, Duke University Chancellor for Health Affairs and Duke-NUS Governing Board member, who in October co-signed the fourth phase agreement underpinning the Duke-NUS partnership, will step down from his roles in 2023, the University announced in a statement on 26 October.
Washington wrote in an email to colleagues, excerpts of which were published in Duke’s The Chronicle:
After a pandemic-induced hiatus, the long awaited fifth Academic Medicine Advisory Council (AMAC) gathered in person at the Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium on 25 October. With three new members—including Professors Gillian Harvey from Flinders University and Margaret Chan from Tsinghua University—joining the Council, the AMAC met to review the progress of the SingHealth Duke-NUS Academic Medical Centre (AMC). At the end of the four-day meeting, the Council shared a set of recommendations that will help the AMC continue advancing its triple mission of excellence in patient care, research and education.
“I’m very happy and satisfied that the Nobel Prize Outreach and NUS Medicine invited students to be a part of this event. I feel that that’s very important because these kinds of topics—topics of intergenerational importance—should be discussed with students and youths involved,” said Charles Tiu, pictured first from right, an MD-PhD candidate with Duke-NUS’ Emerging Infectious Diseases programme and the first Duke-NUS President of the Asian Medical Students’ Association, Singapore, on being part of the organising committee for the event, where students—including Tiu’s fellow MD-PhD candidates Wharton Chan and Jackie Zhao—had the opportunity to discuss topics including our digital future and the future of education alongside Nobel Prize laureates during a dialogue held on 13 September 2022.
Professor Wang Linfa (centre) along with this team, in a picture from July 2022, discovered broadly neutralising antibodies that are now being developed by start-up CoVBio
SingHealth Duke-NUS Academic Medical Centre experts shine at the National Medical Excellence Awards
At the National Medical Excellence Awards (NMEA) 2022, three individuals and two teams representing the School and the Academic Medical Centre were honoured.