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NUS leads discussion at Davos on new healthcare models

01 February 2012

Prof Tan, Prof John Wong, Prof Chua and Assoc Prof Chong sharing their views and ideas at the Davos session
Photos: World Economic Forum Annual Meeting

How can understanding health in developing countries facilitate new healthcare models? This was the question expounded by experts from NUS at the 27 January IdeasLab session during the recent World Economic Forum Annual Meeting.

Introduced by NUS President Prof Tan Chorh Chuan and moderated by Associate Fellow from University of Oxford Dr Richard T Pascale, the session entitled “New Models of Healthcare with the National University of Singapore” began with presentations of breakthrough ideas and concepts by four NUS professors. Following a debate involving all participants in an open setting, the presenters led small group discussions to brainstorm challenges and solutions to critical issues raised.

The four presenters were Prof John Wong, Vice Provost (Academic Medicine) and Isabel Chan Professor in Medical Sciences; Prof Wong Tien Yin, Head of the Department of Ophthalmology and Director of the Singapore Eye Research Institute; Prof Chua Kee Chaing, Head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; and Assoc Prof Chong Yap Seng from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

The topics they addressed respectively were “Nature’s Experiments: Developing Personalised Cancer Therapy”, “Eyes Predict Heart Disease and Stroke”, “Cloud-connected Body Sensor Networks for Future Healthcare” and “Putting Women and Children First in Our Fight Against Obesity and Diabetes”.

Key ideas discussed included ethnic differences in cancer behaviour and response, the eye as a window to understanding heart disease and stroke, the effect of the prenatal environment on obesity and diabetes, and body sensor networks for future healthcare.

IdeasLab, a regular feature of the WEF Annual Meeting, provides an interactive environment featuring visuals and breakout groups to support brainstorming of collaborative ideas on new trends, technologies and discoveries.