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Blastocystis, a common single gut SCE is often regarded as a harmless commensal organism, peacefully co-existing with its bacterial neighbours. However, this could change with the publication of a new study from NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine (NUS Medicine) which shows that a subtype of ​Blastocystis can actually harm its neighbours and its home in an insidious way.

Associate Professor Lim Kah Leong, Head, Department of Physiology, shares his views on the importance of fostering collaboration between basic and clinician scientists.

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A five-year study led by Dr Ling Shuo-Chien from NUS Medicine's Department of Physiology has revealed that neighbouring cells known as oligodendrocytes also participate in the spread of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Prior to the study, it was widely believed that ALS only affected motor nerve cells. This will help scientists better understand ALS, leading to the possibility of an eventual treatment for the condition

BIGHEART recently organised a joint workshop on Personalised Medicine with participation from the National University Health System (NUHS), Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Engineering, Centre for Personalised and Precision Health (CPPH) and Medical Science Cluster (MSC).

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We would like to extend our heartiest congratulations to Associate Professor Lim Kah Leong for receiving the 2018 President’s Science Award! This is the highest accolade for top research scientists and engineers for their outstanding contributions to the scientific community in Singapore. Associate Prof Lim is part of a quartet studying Parkinson’s Disease, where they had successfully created the world’s first live human midbrain in a laboratory. The award winning team consists of Professor Tan Eng King and Associate Professor Louis Tan Chew Seng from the National Neuroscience Institute (NNI) and Professor Ng Huck Hui from the Genome Institute of Singapore (GIS).

At the inaugural Medical Sciences Cluster (MSC) Day, held on 15th August, 2018 we welcomed back more than 200 academics, administrative and laboratory staff to celebrate the beginning of a new academic year. The day started with a short meeting in the CRC auditorium, followed by lunch and a concurrent exhibition by the various platforms (core facilities) in the ground level in MD6.

People are and will always be our greatest asset. At this year’s NUS Medicine Awards, we celebrated our colleagues from the Medical Sciences Cluster who received recognition for their long service and outstanding contributions towards education and research.


The NUS Medicine Postdoctoral Association was officially launched on 20th July 2018 commemorating a milestone for School. The primary objectives of forming this association are to establish a comprehensive professional development framework, foster friendships and encourage collaborations among the postdoctoral fellows.

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