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Centre for medical education and research opens

04 July 2012

Deputy Prime Minister Teo (right) officiating at the opening of the Centre for Translational Medicine, with Assoc Prof Yeoh looking on

DPM Teo observing students perform "surgery" in the simulation centre

Medical and nursing students are now able to learn and do research within the latest integrated facility set up by the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. The Centre for Translational Medicine (CeTM) was officially opened by Singapore Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the National Research Foundation, Mr Teo Chee Hean on 3 July.

The 41,500 sq m Centre is home to the Medical Library, lecture and seminar rooms wired for interactive learning, as well as laboratories for investigating major diseases relevant to Singapore. It also houses the new Centre for Healthcare Simulation, one of the region's largest and most comprehensive simulation centres for clinical education and practice. The 15-storey building is located near the National University Hospital within the Kent Ridge campus.

The School's Dean Assoc Prof Yeoh Khay Guan stressed that the CeTM is dedicated to the scientific inquiry, teaching and preparation of young medical and nursing undergraduates for the healthcare challenges that Singapore faces. "This new flagship facility is the centrepiece for medical and nursing education which will train tomorrow's doctors and nurses for Singapore's healthcare needs," he said.

The Centre for Healthcare Simulation boasts a simulated operating theatre, intensive care unit, emergency room, paediatric acute ward, labour ward, clinical wards and consultation rooms. Training at the premises as part of the medical curriculum will sharpen students' and postgraduates' skills and response to real-life medical situations in hospital wards and emergency rooms.

With more than half the building's space allocated to research, key programmes addressing important diseases in Singapore such as stroke, diabetes, dementia, cardiovascular and infectious diseases are being conducted by staff and researchers from NUS as well as institutions like the Agency for Science, Technology and Research. A biosafety level 3 facility allows investigators to study infectious diseases safely.

Institutions such as the Cardiovascular Research Institute, the Cancer Science Institute, the Singapore Eye Research Institute and the Clinical Imaging Research Centre are also housed at the CeTM. Scientists from the National University Health System, the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School and leading institutions worldwide are working together on programmes in the various fields.

The Medical Library, designated in 2002 as the World Health Organization Repository Library in Singapore, occupies two levels and holds 53,000 volumes of books, theses and journals dating back to the founding of the medical school in 1905. A rare copy of the Hippocratic Oath, one of only three in the world, is also being displayed within the building.