SSC Talk – Emerging Issues in Infectious Diseases


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Murdoch Singapore Pte LtdSCRIPT


National Institute of Education


Science Centre Singapore

cordially invite you


A Special Forum


Friday, 13 May 2016 at 4pm


The Maxwell Auditorium

Science Centre Singapore


A Panel of Invited Experts

Please see below for more information.


Emerging Issues in Infectious Diseases

As people became more “mobile”, the world has been buffeted by epidemics – the most recent being (the fear of) the Zika virus. The good news is that much effort is going into understanding and finding ways and means of alleviating these “storms”, such as vaccines and treatments for malaria, dengue, TB, etc. In recent times, the world has seen “scares” associated with the emergence of health threats arising from known and hitherto unknown pathogens. Climate change in the short term has also affected vector populations in some regions. This forum will share perspectives on the complex of issues surrounding infectious diseases, and further encourage discussion on factors which enable pathogens to cause pandemics in a changing world.

Murdoch Singapore Pte LtdSCRIPT (Singapore Centre for Research in Innovation, Productivity and Technology), the National Institute of Education and Science Centre Singapore invite you to join three experts in this public discussion on Emerging Issues in Infectious Diseases. The Forum will be moderated byProf David Morrison, Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation, Murdoch University.

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The Panellists

A/Prof Ng Lee Ching

… is the Director of the Environmental Health Institute (EHI) of the National Environment Agency. She has spent almost 20 years contributing to the building of laboratory capabilities for Singapore’s public health, understanding disease risk and transmission, and developing tools and strategies for mitigation of risks. She also serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor at Nanyang Technological University (NTU); is a regular Temporary Advisor to the World Health Organization (WHO) – especially in the areas of dengue and chikungunya surveillance and control; and serves as the Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research of Arbovirus and their Associated Vectors. The centre has contributed to regional capacity building through hosting ad hoc attachments of public health practitioners at EHI, and organising the series of Asia-Pacific Dengue Workshops.

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A/Prof Angela Chow Li Ping

… was trained as a Public Health specialist at the Ministry of Health, Singapore. She had assumed various positions at the Ministry where she was responsible for developing national communicable disease surveillance strategies, influenza pandemic preparedness plans, health services development programmes, and non-communicable disease interventions. She is currently a Senior Consultant at the Institute of Infectious Disease and Epidemiology at Tan Tock Seng Hospital, and heads the Department of Clinical Epidemiology at the Institute. She is actively involved with the epidemiological surveillance, prevention and control of hospital-associated infections and emerging infectious diseases, including SARS, chikungunya fever, avian and pandemic influenza, and the novel human coronavirus. She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor with the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health at the National University of Singapore and an Associate Programme Director of the National Preventive Medicine Residency Programme.

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Dr Chris Smith

… is a consultant medical microbiologist based at Cambridge University and is the Sir Walter Murdoch Distinguished Adjunct Professor, Murdoch University, Perth Australia. Chris completed his medical degree and PhD on the Cambridge MB/PhD programme in 2001. During his PhD in which he developed viral vectors for gene delivery to the nervous system, he also founded The Naked Scientists, a science and medicine radio show, podcast and website. With a presence on national radio in several countries, The Naked Scientists now reaches audiences in the millions and is the only example of a radio programme being produced from within a university and aired internationally. Since 2006, Chris has published 4 popular science books, including the international best seller Crisp Packet Fireworks. The Naked Scientists programmes have received over 50 million downloads worldwide as podcasts. Chris has won 8 national and international prizes for science communication, including the Royal Society’s 2008 Kohn Medal. He lives near Cambridge with his family.

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