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We would like to extend our heartiest congratulations to 2 colleagues from the Medical Sciences Cluster, NUS Medicine who received awards at the NMRC Awards 2019!

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Synaptic plasticity, which underlies learning and memory, involves the strengthening and weakening of synapses. This process is affected by the relative timing of spikes in electrical activity in the pre- and postsynaptic neurons. Researchers at NUS Medicine have now found that, when both spikes occur simultaneously (or within tens of milliseconds of each other), the synapses were strengthened for up to 4 hours. These findings could impact research in conditions with impaired learning and memory.

A collaborative study led by Professor A. Vathsala and Associate Professor Paul MacAry on organ recipient immune system interaction with transplanted organ offers new insights into chronic organ rejection.

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.

People are and will always be our greatest asset. Join in in celebrating our colleagues from the Medical Sciences Cluster who received recognition for their long service and outstanding contributions towards education and research.

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.


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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