The NUHS Summit Research Programmes

The Summit Reseach Programme (SRP) is a new initiative to foster intensive research by multi-national teams of investigators to understand and develop solutions to challenging medical and health issues. The areas covered are cancer, tuberculosis, metabolic disease, synthetic biology and cardiovascular disease. The programmes will also train, test and stretch the capabilities of young, budding clinician scientists working under the supervision of experts in their respective fields.

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High zinc in brain linked to poor memory

NUS researchers say a high amount of zinc in the brain is associated with poor memory. The study led by Assist Professor Sajikumar also found that a drug named TPEN, could restore ability to form long-term memories.

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For one more year

If you only had a year more to live, what would you do? A group of NUS medical and nursing students set up chalkboards titled “Before I Die” to encourage people to reflect on what they wish to do in their lifetime. These boards are in SMU and NUS campuses, Toa Payoh HDB Hub, and more will be set up in shopping centres and hospitals.

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Conferment of Provost’s Chair

Professor Markus R. Wenk has been appointed as Provost’s Chair at NUS Medicine with effect from 1 October 2016.

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Arthritis that can lead to joint damage

Contrary to popular belief, anyone can be affected by rheumatoid arthritis. “It is a risk factor for heart disease,” says Dr Manjari Lahiri from NUS Department of Medicine. In commemoration of World Arthritis Day on 12 October, Dr Lahiri shares how rheumatoid arthritis affects people and provides tips to affected patients.

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‘Special drink’ in gestational diabetes study

A local study called NiPPeR plans to help women before they conceive and throughout their pregnancy to maintain healthy sugar levels with a special drink containing myo-inosito. Researchers hopes the formula may potentially prevent pregnant women from developing gestational diabetes and lower the risk of their babies becoming obese or diabetic later in life.

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Public Health Service 2016

The annual Public Health Service (PHS) was held on 8 October 2016 for the 11th year. Led by NUS Medicine students, PHS provides free health screening services to local residents aged 40 and above. The screening garnered support from 27 sponsors and over 20 partners. It aims to help 1,500 residents, together with over 600 medical, nursing, pharmacy and dental student volunteers. Dr Lam Pin Min, Minister of State, Ministry of Health, graced the opening ceremony at Clementi Ave.

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