Voices @ Research: My Research Path in Residency
In this edition of Voices, Dr Dorothy Ng, a Senior Resident of SingHealth Infectious Diseases reflects on her research track in residency. In her article, she pens the aspirations, difficulties, and opportunities which have taken her from medical school in London to a Junior Residency with Internal Medicine at Singapore General Hospital and an exciting stint in the Khoo Scholar programme, which gave her a research opportunity to explore dengue immunology and vaccinology research in Duke-NUS Medical School.
Making Prostate Cancer Cells Shine
After treatment, men with prostate cancer are regularly tested for a recurrence of the disease. According to a small pilot study by a team from SGH and National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS), the gallium-68 PSMA ligand PET/CT scan, an enhanced nuclear imaging test, is able to detect cancerous areas "accurately and quickly", said Dr Winnie Lam, Senior Consultant, Department of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, SGH.
Where Healthcare Meets Technology
Over four hundred healthcare practitioners and technical experts alike gathered for the inaugural Symposium of Artificial Intelligence in Medicine, in collaboration with the Singapore Health Services Research Centre (HSRC), AI Singapore, and the National University of Singapore (NUS). The Symposium highlighted the growing need for Artificial Intelligence (AI) in healthcare and the various opportunities, as well as roadblocks, for clinicians and researchers.
Ground-breaking Discovery on Y90-RE Radiation Therapy by Singapore Team
A multidisciplinary team of researchers from National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS), Translational Immunology Institute (TII) and Singapore General Hospital (SGH) have discovered ground-breaking translational research that Yttrium-90 radioembolisation (Y90-RE), a form of radiation therapy increases anti-cancer immunity and improves tumour response in liver cancer patients. The team also reported the conclusion of a six-year long, 11-country Asia-Pacific phase-III clinical trial led by NCCS.
New GonioPEN Makes Diagnosing Glaucoma Easy
Albeit several tests for glaucoma exist, methods often cause discomfort to the patient and is time-consuming. NTU researchers, working with clinicians from the Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI), have come up with a pen-sized camera, the GonioPEN, which takes images of the eye's drainage canal quickly and without contact. These high resolution images are then further analysed to help eye specialists with their diagnosis. The Singapore National Eye Centre has indicated interest in adopting the new technology.
NPC, also known as nasopharynx cancer, is the 7th most frequent cancer in males in Singapore. Scientists from National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS), in collaboration with Sun Yat-Sen University Cancer Centre (SYSUCC), have developed a first-ever validated clinical tool that helps clinicians identify relapse patients with aggressive NPC resistant to a repeat course of radiotherapy. "..Our prognostic model can also be used as a patient stratification or selection tool in future clinical trials for patients with locally recurrent NPC," Dr Tan Sze Huey, co-investigator and principal biostatistician at NCCS.