Pharmacy Research Awareness Symposium 2017


The annual Pharmacy Research Awareness Symposium is organised by theDepartment of Pharmacy, the Pharmacy Postgraduate Committee and the NUS Pharmaceutical Society.


It serves as a platform for staff and students from the Department of Pharmacy to discuss research and scientific ideas. It also serves as an opportunity for undergraduate and postgraduate students to showcase their research findings and expand their scope of research knowledge. Through this event, the Department of Pharmacy hopes to showcase the diverse research conducted by its various research groups, to foster more and closer collaborative ties with organisations within and outside NUS.


This year’s symposium was held on 5 April, at the Shaw Foundation Alumni House. The theme was “Healthcare from Bench to Bedside: Optimising Drug Development and Delivery”. The event saw over 300 attendees, including over 40 invited guests from hospitals, retail pharmacies and the pharmaceutical industry, 20 faculty and students from Nanjing Tech University sponsor representatives, undergraduates, postgraduates and staff.


The symposium comprised talks from six local and international speakers, including a featured lunchtime speaker Mr XiangLiang LIN, Global President of Esco Healthcare, as well as six postgraduate and undergraduate student presentations. There were a total of 156 poster presentations and 16 prize awards.


The opening address was delivered by Prof Christina CHAI, Head, NUS Department of Pharmacy while the keynote address was given by Prof Gert STORM from the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Utrecht University; MIRA Institute for Biomedical Technology & Technical Medicine, University of Twente; Centre for Image-Guided Oncological Interventions, University Medical Center Utrecht; and Royal School of Pharmacy, Copenhagen.


Other invited speakers included Prof Thomas Hugo KELLER, Deputy Director, Medicinal Chemistry, Experimental Therapeutics Centre, A*STAR and College of Science, Nanyang Technological University; Prof Josip CAR from the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University and School of Public Health, Imperial College London; Prof Roger W BEUERMAN from Duke-NUS Medical School, School of Chemical & Biomedical Engineering, Nanyang Technological University and Head of Anti-Infectives Research Group and Biomarkers Research Group, Singapore Eye Research Institute; and Prof John CLIMAX, Co-founder and Director of ICON Clinical PLC, Executive Chairman and Founder of DS Biopharma, CEO and Founder of Afimmune, Department of Pharmaceutics, Royal College of Surgeons Ireland and NUS Department of Pharmacy.


In line with the event theme, the speakers and student presenters shared on how their research in drug development and delivery played a role in bringing healthcare from bench to bedside. Topics ranged from laboratory-based research to clinical research in patient populations, as well as merging informatics solutions such as mobile apps and automated compounding to enhance patient care.


Dr Kevin YAP, Chairperson of the Symposium Organising Committee said, “This year’s event was a huge success. We had many interesting presentations from the invited speakers and students. I’m sure the participants gained many insights into the exciting research work done by our undergraduate and postgraduate students.”


The keynote speaker, Prof Gert Storm, said, “It was a great pleasure to attend this well-organised and lively symposium.” This sentiment was echoed by Prof ZHU Yishen, head delegate of the Nanjing Tech University. ZHANG Cong, a student delegate, observed that the audience had ample opportunities to interact with the speakers during the symposium.


Shawn Ignatius TAN, a final year undergraduate participant, said, “The symposium was a good opportunity for us to learn more about our peers’ projects. The talks by the guest speakers also broadened my understanding of the various types of research done in the pharmaceutical field. All in all, it was a good learning experience.”


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Prof Gert Storm delivering the keynote address


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A group photo of the speakers, guests, faculty and student winners


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Prof Christina Chai, Head of Department, giving her opening address


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Symposium committee members and student helpers at the registration booth