News & Info - Department of Psychological Medicine

Congratulations to A/Prof Roger Ho for winning the NUHS Teaching Excellence Award 2017

15th September 2017

Congratulations to our A/Prof Roger Ho for being recognised as one of the recipients for the NUS Annual Teaching Excellence Award winners, once again! This Annual Teaching Excellence Award serve three important functions in an institution of higher education. First, they recognise excellent, inspiring and passionate teachers who excel in their profession. Second, the awards…

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Preventing Dementia in an Ageing Singapore

8th August 2017

As Singapore’s population ages, the number of people with dementia is expected to increase rapidly in the next 10 to 20 years. Thus, prevention is key, said Assistant Professor Feng Lei from NUS Medicine’s Department of Psychological Medicine. Asst Prof Feng added that local research had found that the risk factors for dementia included heart…

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Insights into Ageing and the Elderly

13th July 2017

A new book on dementia written by Professor Kua Ee Heok of NUS Medicine’s Department of Psychological Medicine was launched in June 2017.   Titled ‘Colours of Ageing’, it is a collection of Prof Kua’s research findings, stories and individuals’ experiences from his past 30 years of research on dementia and mental health. The “Colours”…

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Good nutrition, physical training and mental exercises can reverse physical frailty in the elderly: NUS study

20th June 2017

These interventions help enhance muscle strength and walking speed, reduce depressive symptoms and improve cognitive functioning   Physical frailty is common among the elderly and is strongly associated with cognitive impairment, dementia and adverse health outcomes such as disability, hospitalisation, and mortality. A four-year study conducted by researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS)…

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Successful hosting of the inaugural MRCPsych CASC Exam

16th June 2017

The team of collaborators and examiners from RCPsych, DGMS and Department of Psychological Medicine. We are pleased to share that our department has successfully hosted the Clinical Assessment of Skills and Competencies (CASC) Examination on 13 – 14 June 2017, under the strong collaboration with DGMS and RCPsych. This is the first time that the…

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Individuals with high life satisfaction are protected against the risk of developing Dementia

21st March 2017

Based on a collaborative cohort study, it was found that cognitive performance declines with age, and more rapidly with increasing age. This study uses samples from diverse ethnocultural groups and geographical regions (including Singapore); the associations varied across cohorts, suggesting that different rates of cognitive decline might contribute to the global variation in dementia prevalence.…

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Cognitive performance declines with age, across ethnocultural groups and geographic regions

21st March 2017

Based on a collaborative cohort study, it was found that cognitive performance declines with age, and more rapidly with increasing age. This study uses samples from diverse ethnocultural groups and geographical regions (including Singapore); the associations varied across cohorts, suggesting that different rates of cognitive decline might contribute to the global variation in dementia prevalence.…

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Daily consumption of tea protects the elderly from cognitive decline

16th March 2017

Assistant Professor Feng Lei from NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine led a research team, which found that regular consumption of tea reduces elderly persons’ risk of cognitive decline by 50 per cent, and potentially up to 86 per cent for persons genetically at risk of Alzheimer’s. The study was published in The Journal of Nutrition, Health…

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More children and teens are stressed out

14th March 2017

Last year, a Primary 5 pupil fell 17 floors from his bedroom window on the day he was supposed to take his exam papers home. He had never fared poorly in his examinations from Primary 1 to 4, and scored an average of 70 marks. His mother would cane him on his palm “lightly” for…

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Ageing well in the community

6th March 2017

6 March 2017 29-year-old Ms Toh Xiu Yong has been spending two Saturday mornings (February 18 and 25) at the NUHS Tower Block, receiving healthcare training and knowledge, which she will later impart to other volunteers. She is one of 15 instructors chosen to train volunteers in various housing estates, who will then run programmes…

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