The second Singhealth Duke-NUS Research Day was held at Academia, SGH Campus, on 19 January 2107. Here are highlights of the event.
The day started with a keynote lecture by Prof Leslie Valiant, a British computer scientist and winner of the 2010 A. M. Turing Award. He spoke on the topic of "Biology as Computation", where he showed that questions in evolution and cognitive system could be formulated as a quantitative question for a computational model.
Prof Leslie Valiant was not the only celebrity from the science world at the event. Professor Ada Yonath, winner of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, delivered the keynote lecture on "Passion and Perseverance in Science". She was the first woman in 45 years to win the prize.
The team of researchers from National Neuroscience Institute won first prize at the SingHealth Duke-NUS Research Team Awards for their work in developing a living 3D human midbrain organoid.
2017 marks the second year of the SingHealth Duke-NUS Research Appreciation Awards, where the academic medical centre celebrates individuals who make research possible. Some of the awards include the "Mad Scientist Award", "Can't Do Without You Research Admin Award", and the "Yoda Grant Master Award".
Four young scientists from the SingHealth Duke-NUS Academic Medical Centre shared their most impactful studies in the areas of infectious diseases, cancer metabolism, breast tumours and hospital occupancy.
At the inaugural SingHealth Duke-NUS Research Day held in 2016, SingHealth and NTU announced a grant worth S$2 million, which would fund six joint research projects focusing on practical healthcare solutions. At this year's event, three project teams funded by the grant showcased their work with the audience, ending the event on a high note.