Calendar - NUS Medical Sciences Cluster


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january, 2020

01apr9:00 am17feb(feb 17)6:00 pmBiodesign Workshops/Bootcamps for calendar Year 2019Please visit for more details and updates. To apply and for special rates (> 2 pax), email

06jan9:00 am6:00 pmNUS ncRNA Symposium 2020

07jan12:00 pm1:00 pmDelineating Antibody Responses Against Zika Virus During Natural Infection: Implications For Interventions And Vaccine Development Against Zika Virus InfectionSpeaker: Prof Zhang Lingqi (Professor and Director, Comprehensive AIDS Research CenterGlobal Health and Infectious Diseases, Tsinghua University Beijing, China)

07jan12:30 pm3:00 pmCareer Talk by Professor George Calin & NUS Enterprise Talk by Ms Susan Kheng

07jan5:00 pm6:00 pmGenomic and Epigenomic EBF1 Alterations Modulate TERT Expression in Gastric CancerSpeaker: Dr. Manjie Xing (Postdoc Fellow, Genome Institute of Singapore)

08jan11:00 am12:00 pmA novel missense mutation of a proteasome subunit, PSMB9, found in patients with autoinflammation and immunodeficiencySpeaker: Dr Tsuneyasu Kaisho (Department of Immunology, Institute of Advanced Medicine, Wakayama Medical University, Japan)

08jan11:00 am12:00 pmAbout Chomsky, Patterns, Non-Coding RNAs and Cancer PatientsSpeaker: Prof George A. Calin (Department of Experimental Therapeutics, Division of Cancer M. D. Anderson Cancer Center)

09jan11:00 am12:00 pmBreath and Breathlessness: A Matter of Life and DeathSpeaker: Prof W.S. Fred Wong (Department of Pharmacology, NUS)

09jan12:00 pm1:00 pmRegulation and Modulation of Physiological AgeingSpeaker: Prof Micheal Ristow (ETH Zurich)

10jan7:10 am9:00 amEnhancing the Resiliency of Care Providers in the Face of Death, Dying and SufferingSpeakers: Dr Esther Chachkes (Past Director of Social Work New York University (NYU) Medical Centerand Columbia Presbyterian Hospital); Dr Susan Gerbino (Clinical Professor New York University (NYU), Silver School of Social Work)

10jan12:00 pm1:00 pmRSC Lunch Time Seminar Series featuring NexGene and NanoString TechnologiesPlease see flyer for more information. For registration:

13jan11:00 am12:00 pmFrom breast cancer associated gene 1 to precision oncologySpeaker: Prof Deng Chuxia (Chair Professor and Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Macau)

14jan11:00 am12:00 pmUnderpinning the use of environmental DNA (eDNA) to prevent diseases in aquacultureSpeaker: Dr Giana Bastos Gomes (City University of Hong Kong)

14jan11:00 am12:00 pmTherapeutic potential of MSC exosomes: promises and challengesSpeaker: A/Prof Lim Sai Kiang (Research Director, Institute of Medical Biology, A*STAR, Associate Professor, Surgery (Adjunct), YLL School of Medicine, NUS)

14jan12:00 pm1:00 pmA Novel Role for the Groucho Corepressor in Cell Cycle RegulationSpeaker: A/Prof Ze'ev Paroush (Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Developmental Genetics, Department of Developmental Biology and Cacner Research, Faculty of Medicine, The Hebrew University)

14jan5:30 pm7:00 pmPreventing frailty in pre-frail older adultsSpeaker: Dr Ruth Teh (Senior Lecturer, Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care)

15jan1:00 pm2:00 pmOncologic Emergencies in Palliative CareSpeaker: Dr Noreen Chan (Head & Senior Consultant, Division of Palliative Care, National University Cancer Institute)

16jan11:00 am12:00 pmTargeting water beyond seed and soilSpeaker: Asst Prof Johnny Ong (Consultant Department of Sarcoma, Peritoneal and Rare Tumours (SPRinT), Division of Surgery and Surgical Oncology, National Cancer Centre)

16jan12:00 pm1:00 pmFrom inherited diseases of the immune system to genes (patho)physiology and gene therapySpeaker: Prof Alain Fischer (Chair of Experimental Medicine, College de France)

16jan3:00 pm4:00 pmLymphoid organogenesis in humans, insight from inherited disorders and their correctionSpeaker: Prof Alain Fischer (Experimental Medicine, College de France, France)

16jan3:00 pm4:00 pmTelomere Proteomic: To What End?Speaker: Jean-Baptiste Vannier (Group Leader, MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences, Imperial College London)

16jan5:30 pm7:00 pmPatterns of multi-morbidity in advanced ageSpeaker: Dr Ruth Teh (Senior Lecturer, Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care)

17jan7:10 am8:30 amPhysician –Hospital Cooperation: Leadership and Working TogetherSpeaker: Prof Jeffrey C Wang (Chief, Orthopaedic Spine Service, Co-Director University Southern California (USC) Spine Center, Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Neurosurgery USC Spine Center, Los Angeles, USA)

17jan11:00 am12:00 pmLgr5+ Stem Cells in Homeostasis and Disease of the StomachSpeaker: Prof Nicholas Barker (Research Director, A*STAR Institute of Medical Biology, Research Professor, Kanazawa University, Japan)

17jan12:00 pm1:00 pmZBTB48 is both a vertebrate telomere-binding protein and a transcriptional activatorSpeaker: Dr Dennis Kappei (Cancer Science Institute of Singapore (CSI), Department of Biochemistry, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, NUS)

17jan12:30 pm2:00 pmHealthcare Models in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore

17jan1:00 pm2:00 pmCompetency-Based Education in the Hlth ProfessionsSpeaker: Prof Joshua Jacobs (Professor and Chair, Department of Medicine Education and Clinical Sciences, Fellow of American Academy of Family Physicians, Elson S. Floyd of Medicine, Washington State University)

20jan11:00 am12:00 pmMast Cell Proteases in Asthma, Arthritis and InflammationSpeaker: Prof Steven Krilis AM (Consultant in Infectious Disease and Immunology Director Department of Infectious Disease, Immunology and Sexual Health St. George Hospital, University of New South Wales, Australia)

20jan12:00 pm1:00 pmOral Microbiota and Immune Crosstalk in Early Hepato-Pancreatic MalignanciesSpeaker: A/Prof Margaret Sällberg Chen

20jan4:00 pm5:00 pmVegetative reproduction in the liverwort Marchantia polymophaSpeaker: Prof Kimitsune Ishizaki (Graduate School of Science, Kobe University, Japan)

21jan11:00 am12:00 pmMorbillivirus entry mechanismSpeaker: Prof Katsumi Maenaka (Professor (Laboratory of Biomolecular Science), Director (Center for Research and Education for Drug Discovery), Director (Center for Life Innovation), Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Hokkaido University))

21jan12:00 pm1:00 pmTriggering, Earlier Onset And Exacerbation Of A Mouse Model Of Human RABy A Mycoplasma SuperantigenSpeaker: Prof MU Hong-hua (Immunology and Rheumatology Research Lab Department Of Internal Medicine University of Utah Health Science Center)

22jan12:30 pm1:30 pmWounds: A Challenging Clinical Problem that Requires Academic FoundationsSpeaker: Prof Keith Harding

22jan1:00 pm2:00 pmNuclear receptor Nurr1 based research on the pathogenesis and therapy for Parkinson’s diseaseSpeaker: Prof Weidong Le (Professor and Vice Dean of Medical School, Sichuan Academy of Medical Science-Sichuan Provincial Hospital, China)

28jan12:00 pm1:00 pmPathogenesis Of Amebiasis And Drug Development Against Parasitic Diseases Using Microbial MegabiodiversitySpeaker: Prof Tomoyoshi Nozaki (Professor of Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo; President, Japanese Society of Parasitology)

29jan1:00 pm2:00 pmOrganoids as Model for Personalised Cancer TherapySpeaker: Prof Yana Zavros (Associate Head for Research, Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, College of Medicine, Tucson, University of Arizona, USA)

29jan5:00 pm6:00 pmOld but new story: Novel membrane receptors of amyloid and tau pathogenesis in Alzheimer’s diseaseSpeaker: Prof Jung Yong-Keun (School of Biological Science, Seoul National University, Korea)

31jan11:00 am12:00 pmVenom and Toxin Research: Pharmacologist’s ParadiseSpeaker: Professor R. Manjunatha Kini (Protein Science Laboratory Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science; and Department of Pharmacology, NUSMed National University of Singapore, Singapore)