Joint symposia on front-line medical research consolidate academic collaboration between Singapore and Sweden

Published 2012-09-11 00:00. Updated 2013-11-26 10:33

[PRESS INVITATION 11 September 2012] Two symposia on topics in front-line medical science will be held in Singapore on September 12, 13 and 14. The scientific programs feature presentations of the latest findings in research on microbes, metabolism and regenerative medicine, as well as summaries on new developments in cancer research.

Both events represent an effort to strengthen the existing collaboration in medical research and education between centres of excellence in Singapore and Karolinska Institutet.

The organizers welcome the media to attend, and will provide opportunity for journalists to meet and interview the speakers.

The programme of the first symposium, Microbes & Metabolism meet Regenerative Medicine, is put together in collaboration between the Nanyang Technological University, NTU, A*STAR, agency for science, technology and research in Singapore, and Karolinska Institutet, Sweden. The organizers hope to attract students, postdocs, scientists and clinicians interested in the topics discussed.

- The speakers invited will present the latest news and views in areas of research that are of great interest for the Singapore centres of excellence as well as for us at Karolinska Institutet, says Professor Sven Pettersson, professor at Karolinska Institutet and NTU, member of the organizing committee and scientific coordinator for Karolinska Institutet in Singapore.

- Research in the areas of host-microbe interactions, metabolism and regenerative medicine are among the most research-intensive areas at the moment, and of profound interest to the Singapore public health care. The collaboration between Singapore and Sweden has already proven very useful in terms of a successful student exchange program, and has also resulted in a number of scientific papers in some of the worlds key medical publications, Professor Pettersson says.

He explains that while scientists at Karolinska Institutet have advanced skills, especially in research on microbes and metabolic functions, their colleagues in Singapore excel in the field of regenerative medicine.

The second joint symposium in Singapore focuses on current trends and concepts in cancer research including cancers that have an Asian dimension, e.g. gastric cancer. Organized in collaboration between Karolinska Institutet and the Cancer Science Institute of Singapore (CSI) at the National University of Singapore (NUS), the speakers will elaborate on the investigation of new mechanisms in the regulation of cancer growth, and on the possibilities of using the new findings in future cancer therapies. One specific focus is the application of state-of-the-art genomic research on solving problems in cancer medicine.

- A meeting of this kind is a suitable occasion for implementing new arrangements of collaboration in cancer research, declares Professor Lorenz Poellinger who is Professor at Karolinska Institutet and also Senior Principal Investigator at the CSI.

Karolinska Institutet at the Study in Europe Education Fair in Singapore

This week in Singapore, Karolinska Institutet will also present new opportunities for students in Singapore to conduct their studies and gain their scientific degrees in Sweden at Karolinska Institutet. Details of these career openings will be displayed at the 6th Edition of the Study in Europe Education Fair, organized by the Delegation of the European Union to Singapore, that will take place on September 15 at the Hilton Hotel Singapore.

Karolinska Institutet, founded in 1810, accounts for over 40 per cent of the medical academic research conducted in Sweden, and offers the country´s broadest range of education in medicine and health sciences. Since 1901 the Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet has selected the Nobel laureates in Physiology or Medicine. With a close relationship to the clinical milieu in Sweden, a well-established infrastructure and a stable financial situation, Karolinska Institutet has excellent prerequisites for sustaining high quality research and education.

Discoveries of global importance made at Karolinska Institutet include the pacemaker, the gamma knife in brain surgery, the sedimentation reaction (ESR), the Seldinger technique and the preparation of chemically pure insulin.

- The mission of our university is to contribute to the improvement of human health through research and education, declares Harriet Wallberg-Henriksson, the President of Karolinska Institutet. One way to achieve this is by sharing research programs and working together with colleagues in different parts of the world.

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