Global Health in Singapore

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Posted on 26 October 2017


As part of the Research Institute’s for Primary Care and Health Sciences Global Health initiative, team members showcased their primary care research expertise and discussed the potential for future research opportunities during a recent visit to the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (LKCMedicine), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. 

Deputy Director, Professor Christian Mallen, and Global Health Research Associate, Dr Tom Shepherd, attended the School’s Novena Campus from 2 October to 6 October. The visit gave them the opportunity to share their experiences of primary care research within the UK, and understand the primary care landscape in Singapore.

LKCMedicine is a partnership between Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and Imperial College, London. The School is dedicated to the training of clinicians who will put patients at the centre of Singapore’s medical care, a model for innovative education, and a centre for transformative primary care research.

Professor Mallen delivered a well-received talk entitled ‘Pain and Prejudice: The Importance of Primary Care Research”. The talk highlighted findings from the NorStOP study, and how the development of the Primary Care Research Network had supported this and other primary care studies at Keele. Professor Mallen also presented findings from the CONTACT trial to the Department of Rheumatology at the Tan Tock Seng Hospital.

Professor Mallen and Dr Shepherd hosted an interactive session with members of the LKCMedicine Family Medicine and Primary Care team and the Institute of Mental Health. The session discussed ‘Patient and Public Involvement’, where they provided examples of how patients can contribute to the ideas and refinement of the entire research process and ended with a lively Q&A discussion.

During their visit, Professor Mallen and Dr Shepherd were given the opportunity to talk to the School’s Medical Students to discuss several potential joint initiatives between Keele’s Medical Student GP Society and the LKCMedicine Student Special Interest Group Executive Committee.

Dr Shepherd commented “the visit has been a real eye opener about how primary care is delivered in Singapore. There is so much enthusiasm for the development of primary care research and lots of scope for exciting future collaboration.”