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Healthcare researchers recognized at SingHealth Duke-NUS Scientific Congress 2012

Grant and Award Announcement


Results of the highly anticipated Best Oral Presentation and Best Poster Awards were announced at SingHealth Duke-NUS Scientific Congress 2012, held on 3 and 4 August 2012 at the Raffles City Convention Centre.

The SingHealth Duke-NUS Scientific Congress abstract awards recognise research excellence in basic, translational, clinical, evidence-based and health services and systems research. They encourage healthcare professionals from students and doctors to nurses and allied health professionals to pursue ideas and innovations that improve patient care.

This year, more than 500 submissions were whittled down to just 36 awards in 10 categories. The winning abstracts included a breakthrough treatment to combat post-surgical scarring in glaucoma patients, potential new biomarkers to help identify pregnant women at risk of pre-eclampsia and a study that looked at the impact of virtual reality rehabilitation as an adjunct to conventional therapy for people with sub-acute stroke.

"The SingHealth Duke-NUS joint Scientific Congress is an important platform for sharing ideas, innovations and discoveries as we come together to shape the future of medicine," said Professor Ivy Ng, Group Chief Executive Officer, SingHealth. "I congratulate all the winners on their fine work."


Clinical Research

Best Oral Paper

- Ms Lau Ai Hui Doreen, Singapore General Hospital
Salivary ductal pathologies: something old, something new

- Ms Ng Kia Min, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School
Gait Disorder Parkinsonism: A Diffusion Tensor Tractographic MR Case Control Study

- Dr Arun Kumar, Singapore National Eye Centre
Randomized, Controlled Trial of a Sustained Delivery Formulation of 5-Fluorouracil for the Treatment of Failing Blebs

Best Poster Award

- Mr Ku Chee Wai, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School
A single serum progesterone level as a novel miscarriage risk assessment tool in women with threatened miscarriage

- Ms Siti Nurbaya Yaakub, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School
Individuals at-risk for psychosis show altered brain activity during working memory task

- Ms Cheah Sue Mei, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School
Diffusion Tensor Imaging uncovers Otherwise-Unrecognized Abnormalities in Frontal Lobe Cortex in Children with Intractable Frontal Lobe as well as Temporal Lobe Epilepsy

Young Scientist Award

- Dr Yeo Colin, Changi General Hospital
Use of urinary neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin (NGAL) to assess contrast induced nephropathy in patients with NSTEMI undergoing PCI

Basic Science

Best Oral Paper

- Mr Sudipto Bari, Singapore General Hospital
Ex Vivo Expansion of Hematopoietic Progenitor Cells in Umbilical Cord Blood using Carbon Nanotubes

- Dr Rohit Anthony Sinha, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School
Caffeine induces lipophagy and lipid catabolism in human hepatic cells

Best Poster Award

- A/Prof Li Guo Dong, Singapore General Hospital
MafA Upgrades Functions of Insulin-producing Cells Differentiated from Embryonic Progenitor Cells

- Ms Tan Si Yun Melinda, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School
KRAS mutations in early stage colorectal cancers in Singapore

Young Scientist Award

- Mr Fu Yi, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School
Nucleus Deformation and Chromatin Remodeling during the Transmigration of Cancer Cells

Health Services and Systems Research

Best Oral Paper

- Prof Truls Østbye, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School
Foreign domestic workers lessen the negative impact of older adult impairments on their informal caregivers: Results from Singapore Survey on Informal Caregiving

- Prof Eric Finkelstein, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School
Cost-Effectiveness of Two Approaches to Corneal Transplantation: Posterior Keratoplasty (PK) versus Descemet's Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSAEK)

Best Poster Award

- Dr John Pastor Ansah, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School
The Impact of Long-Term Care Policies on Caregiver Burden and Labor Supply

- Mr Lim Seng Han, Singapore General Hospital
An 11-Year Study on the Quality of Anticoagulation Therapy in an Outpatient Pharmacist-assisted Anti-coagulation Clinic, Singapore General Hospital

Young Scientist Award

- Mr Kenny Lim, National University of Singapore
Colorectal cancer screening amongst the urban poor- a 1-year prospective interventional study in a low socioeconomic status Asian population

Translational Research

Best Oral Paper

- A/Prof Tan Kok Hian, KK Women's and Children's Hospital
Plasma membrane vesicles as a source of biomarkers to prospectively stratify pregnant women at risk for pre-eclampsia

- Dr Liz Lim Kim Buay, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School
Disrupted-In-Schizophrenia 1 (DISC1) Regulates Retrograde Axonal Transport of Mitochondria

Best Poster Award

- Dr Leonard Ang Pek Kiang, The Eye & Cornea Transplant Centre
Transplantation of Umbilical Cord Lining Stem Cells as a Promising Novel Method for Epithelial Regeneration for the Treatment of Corneal and Ocular Surface Diseases

- Mr Chan Kuan Rong, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School
Role of two immunoreceptors in dengue antibody-dependent enhancement

Young Scientist Award

- Dr Liz Lim Kim Buay, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School
Disrupted-in-schizophrenia 1 (disc1) regulates retrograde axonal transport of mitochondria

Evidence-Based Medicine (Clinical)

Best Oral Paper

- Dr Yang Liying, Singapore General Hospital
The role of calcium supplements in reducing risk of gestational hypertension or pre-eclampsia: a meta-analysis

Evidence-Based Medicine (Allied Health)

Best Oral Paper

- Ms Chen Jingyi Jacqueline, Singapore General Hospital
Effectiveness of Exercise on Older Adults with Dementia: A Systematic Review

Evidence-Based Medicine

Best Poster Award

- Ms Chong Ai Heong, Singapore General Hospital
The Association between Dietary Phosphorus Restriction and Mortality in Hemodialysis Patients: A Systematic Review

Allied Health

Best Oral Paper

- Ms Ho Jiaying, Singapore General Hospital
Vertical Jump Performance in Anterior Cruciate Ligament Deficient versus Knee-Healthy Subjects: Cross-sectional comparison study

- Ms Cai Yiying, Singapore General Hospital
Comparison of a Rapid Multiple Combination Bactericidal Testing (MCBT) method versus Conventional Time Kill Studies (TKS) for Patients Infected with Extreme Drug Resistant Acinetobacter baumannii (XDR-AB) with decreasing Susceptibilities to Polymyxin B

Best Poster Award

- Ms Jocelyn Teo, Singapore General Hospital
Antibiotic Combination Therapy for Klebsiella spp. harbouring New Delhi Metallo-beta-lactamase-1 (NDM-1) in Singapore

- Ms Low Ai Ying, Singapore General Hospital
Effect of virtual reality rehabilitation as an adjunct to conventional therapy in people with sub-acute stroke: a randomized controlled pilot trial


Best Oral Paper (Winner)

- Dr Tan Siok Bee, Singapore General Hospital
Coping and Well-Being in Caregivers of Singaporeans with Parkinson's disease

Best Oral Paper (Runner up)

- Ms Esther Vanessa Chua, National Neuroscience Institute
The effectiveness of AChEI among Asian patients with mild to moderate AD

Best Oral Paper (2nd Runner up)

- Ms Jonathan Zhang/Reka D/O Ramakrishnan, Singapore General Hospital
Evaluation of the inter-rater reliability of two fall risk assessment tools in the inpatient setting of a tertiary hospital in Singapore

Best Poster Award (Winner)

- Ms Cing Suan Lian, National Heart Centre Singapore
Evaluation of current blood sugar management protocols for post-cardiac surgery patients

Best Poster Award (Runner up)

- Ms Nurshifa Hussein, Singapore General Hospital
The effectiveness of glucosamine sulfate in the management of osteoarthritis symptoms: A systematic review

Best Poster Award (2nd Runner up)

- Ms Rachel Marie Towle, Singapore General Hospital
Evaluation of the effectiveness of BOOST - A program to improve the transition process from hospital to home

Evidence-Based Medicine (Nursing)

Best Oral Paper

- Ms Rajaram R, Singapore General Hospital
Effectiveness of Nurse-Led Services in the Acute Care Setting-A Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials

Three student submissions were also selected and awarded at the event:

- Ms Fransisca Indraswari, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School
Statins improve outcome in murine models of traumatic brain injury and intracerebral hemorrhage: a translational approach

- Mr Koh Jun Jie, Singapore Eye Research Institute
An Insight into Antimicrobial Action: Dicationic Modification of Alpha-mangostin as an Approach to Synthesize Hybrid Antimicrobial to Combat Multidrug Resistance Pathogens

- Ms Law Shipei, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School
Is Post-Operative Atrial Fibrillation Associated With Atrial Fibrosis and Left Atrial Dysfunction In Patients Undergoing Elective Cardiac Surgery?

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