Instilling Ethical Values

Professor Alastair Campbell, the founding director of the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine's Centre for Biomedical Ethics, added ethics to the curriculum as a core subject for all medical undergraduates in 2006. He saw the importance of producing professional, ethically reflective practitioners who will put patients' interests first and who understand the medical laws well because of the rapid changes in medicine and society. The Centre, with a strong mission in ethics education for medical students, healthcare professionals, as well as active research, has been appointed by the World Health Organization (WHO) as Asia's first collaborating centre for bioethics under Professor Campbell's leadership.

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10th Student Medical-Nursing Education Conference

The 10th Student Medical-Nursing Education Conference, with the theme "From Patients to Professionals: 10 Years Forward", was attended by over 400 medical and nursing students from the various institutions. The small group workshops were well-received by the participants as they were enriching and provided an opportunity for participants to understand from the patients, nurses and doctors' perspectives.

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NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine hosts the 3rd ASEAN Medical Deans’ Summit 2014

Delegates from the 12 ASEAN medical schools arrived in Singapore for the 3rd ASEAN Medical Deans' Summit, which is taking place in Singapore for the first time. The Summit, held in conjunction with the 3rd ASEAN Medical Research Network Meeting, was formed with the intention to promote collaboration among leading medical schools in the ASEAN region and to advance our medical education and health systems as a community by 2015.

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Mission to knock out fat-storing mechanism

Professor Carlos Ibanez at the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine's Department of Physiology and the University's neurobiology programme, together with his team, has discovered the ALK7 link to fat deposition which could be key to fighting obesity. ALK7, a receptor found in fats cell is activated by the body after meals and suppresses the breakdown and burning of fats. The article was published in The Sunday Times, 7 September.

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ActivAID 2014: Crossing Boundaries, Redefining Mindsets

Over 100 like-minded participants attended ActivAID 2014, held on 23 August at the Centre for Translational Medicine (CeTM), NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. Into its 5th year, ActivAID 2014 adopted the theme, 'Crossing Boundaries, Redefining Mindsets' which goes beyond a medical focus to offer diverse approaches for Overseas Community Involvement Projects.

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Scientists harness gene's predictive power against breast cancer

Dr Alan Prem Kumar, who co-led the research team with Principal Investigator Dr Vinay Tergaonkar at A*STAR's Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology has found a new gene marker, DP103, which facilitates the prediction of both breast cancer relapses and a patient's response to chemotherapy. This novel biomarker could help physicians select appropriate treatments for breast cancer patients.

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Is your mind like a sieve? Blame multitasking, says NUS scientists

In an article published in The Strait Times, 12 August, principal investigator Dr Sajikumar from the Department of Physiology at the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine shares with us how multitasking may impair the forming of long-term memories.

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