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NUS Launches Isabel Chan Professorship in Medical Sciences

01 September 2010

FIRST ISABEL CHAN PROFESSOR: Eminent oncologist Prof John Wong, Dean of Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, NUS
Through the generous donation made by Chief Justice of Singapore Chan Sek Keong and his wife Mrs Elisabeth Chan, the Isabel Chan Professorship in Medical Sciences is established and launched by NUS today. The donation is eligible for the dollar-for-dollar matching grant by the Singapore Ministry of Education.

Set up in memory of the Chief Justice and Mrs Chan's late daughter, Ms Isabel Chan, the Professorship serves to advance academic medicine and research in the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine (YLLSoM), leading to improved healthcare.

Ms Isabel Chan passed away from breast cancer on 1 September 2008. Commemorating the second anniversary of Ms Chan's death, the University, in consultation with Chief Justice Chan, announces today the first Isabel Chan Professor in Medical Sciences – eminent oncologist and Dean of YLLSoM Prof John Wong.

"The University is deeply appreciative of the generosity of Chief Justice Chan and Mrs Chan in making this gift to the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine," said NUS President Prof Tan Chorh Chuan. "Inspired by this gift, we will work hard through the Isabel Chan Professorship in Medical Sciences to make a significant contribution towards the advancement of healthcare in Singapore. At the same time, the Professorship will help to keep the memory of Ms Isabel Chan alive for generations to come."

Prof John Wong, who had assisted in Ms Chan's care, said: "I will always treasure Isabel for her enormous courage and independence. She never complained, and was always more concerned about the welfare of others than herself. She was a remarkable person and I learnt a lot from her."

"The honour of being the Isabel Chan Professor in Medical Sciences will push me even harder to develop academic medicine in Singapore, linking excellent medical care with effective education of both health professionals as well as the community we live in, and ensuring that research improves the efficacy, affordability, and accessibility of treatment," Professor Wong added.

Prof Wong, who is also the Deputy Chief Executive of the National University Health System and Director of the National University Cancer Institute, Singapore, will be holding the professorship for a term of three years.