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David EpsteinJoin us in our new and ongoing conversation with Associate Dean David Epstein, Director of the Centre for Technology & Development (CTeD) about CTeD and commercialisation of research. For starters, we ask the fundamental question of CTeD’s mission and vision.

In a recent Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications study, Assistant Professor Rohit Sinha and Professor Paul Yen from the Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disorders Programme at Duke-NUS Medical School describe the role of short chain fatty acids (SCFAs) in the liver.

Computer brainToday's Microscope contribution is from the Centre for Quantitative Medicine at Duke-NUS Medical School to share more about what they do.

Biostatistics plays a pivotal role in a broad range of research fields, including medical, biological and health sciences. Statistical analysis of data is essential to derive accurate scientific conclusions from sometimes large amounts of seemingly meaningless information. It is imperative that researchers, clinician-scientists and research personnel alike have a sound grasp of the principles of biostatistics and epidemiology to critically assess scientific and medical literature, and to engage in effective development and evaluation of their own research hypotheses.

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“To work on the discovery of photographic memory that can retain whatever is seen, heard, or sensed, and which can never be forgotten.”

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Bats have commonly been associated with evil (e.g. Dracula) and the dark side of things in western cultures. Their reputation as terrors of the night and vicious blood suckers have haunted many of us since our childhood. Halloween will never be complete without a bat or two hanging around as decorations. But on the other side of the world, sightings or association with bats are considered auspicious omens in Chinese culture. This is mainly due to the Chinese word for “Bats (Fú)” being a homonym to the Chinese word for “Fortune (Fú)”.

Antonius Van DongenAssociate Professor Antonius Van Dongen of the Neuroscience and Behavioural Disorders Programme at Duke-NUS Medical School is also Director of the SingHealth Advanced Bioimaging Core.Today, Dr Van Dongen shares with us more about microscopy and the Core's advanced bioimaging capabilities available to SingHealth and Singapore investigators.

Shee-Mei Lok


Shee-Mei Lok is a structural biologist and an Associate Professor in the Emerging Infectious Diseases Programme at Duke-NUS Medical School, who specialises in studying the structure of flaviviruses such as dengue in order to find and exploit ways to weaken them. This year Prof Lok was at the forefront of Zika virus research in Singapore as she uncovered important details about the virus' structure, which gave hope and arsenal to the researchers and scientists working to counter it. The National Research Foundation (NRF) recently featured Prof Lok's personal and academic journey in NRF's Scientists Profiles, which you can read here

Prof Eric FinkelsteinNamed one of the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds of 2015 by Thomson Reuters, Prof Finkelstein has an impressive list of over 160 publications to his name, with an even more impressive 15,000 citations.Eric Finkelstein is Director of Lien Centre for Palliative Care, and Professor of the Health Services and Systems Research Programme at Duke-NUS Medical School.

Catch up on the highlights of the recent SingHealth Duke-NUS Scientific Congress 2016!

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