Duke-NUS Professor recognised for contributions to the Japanese Cancer Association

Professor Patrick Tan, from the Cancer and Stem Cell Biology Programme in Duke-NUS Medical School (Duke-NUS), was recently conferred the inaugural JCA International Award by the Japanese Cancer Association (JCA) for his achievements in genomic and epigenomic analyses of gastric cancer. Prof Tan was presented the award at the 75th Annual Meeting of the JCA, in Yokohama, Japan this past October.

The JCA established the JCA International Award to recognise foreign researchers living abroad who have made outstanding contributions to the JCA such as by participating in efforts to internationalise its activities.

“An important mission of the JCA is to facilitate international collaboration among scientists, especially in Asian and Oceanian countries. One of Dr Tan’s greatest contributions over the last decade has been to serve as a bridge between Singapore and Japan in our efforts to conquer gastric cancer. In recognition of his work he was given the First JCA International Award,” said President of the JCA Dr Kohei Miyazono.

Over the years, Prof Tan has worked on developing genomic approaches to better understand the molecular and clinical diversity of gastric cancer in Asian populations. In September 2015, Prof Tan was part of a team that was conferred the President’s Science Award,  one of the highest national honours in Singapore recognising scientific achievements, for their outstanding integrative and translational research in Asian cancer genomics.   

“I am honoured and humbled to receive the JCA International Award. The award is a good example of how Singapore clinicians and researchers, through national bodies such as the Singapore Gastric Cancer Consortium, can partner with other Asian countries to address serious cancers prevalent in Asia, to improve outcomes for Asian patients," said Prof Tan who is also Deputy Executive Director for the Biomedical Research Council, A*STAR and Director of the SingHealth Duke-NUS Institute of Precision Medicine (PRISM).

Patrick Tan JCA Award

From L to R: Professor Patrick Tan received the JCA International Award from Dr Tetsuo Noda, Institute Director of the Japanese Foundation for Cancer Research, 
at the 75th Annual Meeting of the JCA in Yokohama, Japan, on 8 October 2016