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Prominent scientists from NUS and universities in Baden-Wurttemberg speak on cutting-edge research advances at Life Sciences conference

29 September 2010



AT THE OPENING CEREMONY: Key representatives present include (from left) NUS Deputy President (Research and Technology) Prof Barry Halliwell; Chairman and Scientific Member of the Management Board of the German Cancer Research Centre Prof Otmar Wiestler; German Ambassador to Singapore, His Excellency Jorg Ranau; NUS President Prof Tan Chorh Chuan and NUS Life Sciences Institute Director Prof Peter Little
The third joint scientific conference in Life Sciences by NUS and Baden-Wurttemberg universities was held on 27 and 28 September 2010. It brought together 25 distinguished speakers to share about their latest research advances in the areas of cancer, infection and immunity, neurobiology, stem cells and tissue engineering, and translational medicine. The event is jointly organised by the NUS Life Sciences Institute, the Baden-Wurttemberg Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts and the German Cancer Research Centre (DKFZ).

At the opening ceremony, NUS President Prof Tan Chorh Chuan said: "There is strong and ever-growing interest amongst researchers in NUS and Baden-Wurttemberg universities to explore new areas for collaborative research."

Chairman and Scientific Member of the Management Board of DKFZ Prof Otmar Wiestler noted that the number of disciplines where the two universities collaborate on "proves once again that NUS and Baden-Wurttemberg are a good fit." The fields include cancer, genetics and genomics, microbiology, bioengineering, regenerative medicine, drug development, immunology, neurobiology and translational research.

The cooperation between the two universities was initiated by Germany's Minister of Science, Research and the Arts of the state of Baden-Wurttemberg Prof Peter Frankenberg and Singapore's Cabinet Minister Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam some three years ago. Besides the joint scientific conferences, NUS has six joint collaborative projects jointly funded by research grants from NUS and the Baden-Wurttemberg Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts. There have also been student exchanges between the two universities.

Looking forward, NUS Deputy President (Research and Technology) Prof Barry Halliwell said that he hoped to develop the exchange of young scientists and graduate students between the two countries in the months to come. In addition, he shared that colleagues from the NUS Graduate School for Integrative Sciences and Engineering have been in touch with DKFZ to explore the development of the graduate student exchange programme.



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