Events - 2016


Publication in Nature Cell Biology

Dr. Kanchanawong Pakorn Tony led an international research team which made use of super-resolution microscopy to reveal, for the first time, how the cell-cell contacts are organized. This provided the first-ever 'map' or 'blueprint' of how the cell-cell contact building blocks are pieced together into sophisticated nanoscale machines, akin to the 'clutch' in automobile transmission.

This study is published in Nature Cell Biology: Bertocchi, et al. Nanoscale architecture of cadherin-based cell adhesions. Nature Cell Biology 2016. doi: 10.1038/ncb3456


16th International Conference on Biomedical Engineering, 7 to 10 December 2016

The International Conference on Biomedical Engineering (ICBME) is a series of international conferences in biomedical engineering held in Singapore. Organised jointly by the Department of Bioengineering, National University of Singapore and the Biomedical Engineering Society (Singapore), the past ICBME series of conferences have been successful in attracting about 700 participants from over 30 countries. This year, the conference was held at NUS Uuniversity Town.


5th Biomedical Engineering Industry Alliance (BME IA) Annual Networking Event

The Department of Biomedical Engineering organized its "5th Biomedical Engineering Industry Alliance (BME IA) Annual Networking Event" on 11th Nov, 2016. More than 40 industry guests were welcomed by the Department Head, Prof James Goh. Four startup companies of the Department, namely AYOXXA, Tip Biosystems, ABYSS and ROCESO Technologies founded by the NUS entrepreneurs Dieter Trau, Michael Girard and Raye Yeow demonstrated their companies.

Article linked to APBN December 2016 issue "Medical Imaging Technology", Vol. 20, No. 12


BME teams received $75,000 in seed funding at Modern Aging Singapore

In this second run of Modern aging Singapore - a business accelerator initiative for silver sector-orientated innovations - Team FlexoSense, cofounded by Prof Lim Chwee Teck, is transforming pressure sensor technology into a smart insole to prevent diabetic foot ulcers, received the top award of $50,000. Team Oxyvel, working together with Dr Raye Yeow, garnered $25,000 for their silicone gel sheath which reduces likelihood of pressure ulcer from use of oxygen delivery apparatus.


NUS Professor received ASEAN Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award

Congratulation to Professor Lim Chwee Teck and his team for receiving the ASEAN Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award at the 34th annual CAFEO (Conference of the ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organisation) in Puerto Princesa, Philippines from 21 to 23 Nov 2016.

The award crowns "an engineering achievement that demonstrates outstanding engineering skills which has made a significant contribution to the engineering progress and the quality of life in Asean", and recognizes their role in the development of an Engineering Innovation for the Healthcare Sector to Singapore.


Dr Raye Yeow awarded the Distinguished Graduate for the Command and Staff (NS) Course

Congratulation to Dr Raye Yeow who received the award from Defence Minister, Dr Ng Eng Hen, at the Istana on 27th October 2016! The months-long course requires NS officers to undergo a self-learning phase followed by an intensive 6-weeks residential phase.


GCMDRA AY15/16 Graduation, 3rd September 2016

The cohort of AY15/16 celebrated their graduation from the year-long Graduate Certificate programme in a short and intimate ceremony at LT1.

24 students brought along their families and friends to receive their graduation certificate and three of them - Soo Kiang, Hwan Ing and Yanti - are acknowledged for their stellar results. Congratulations to all the students!


Professor Lim Chwee Teck has been elected Fellow of the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering (IAMBE)

This honor is in recognition of his distinguished contributions to and leadership in the field of medical and biological engineering at the international level. Prof Lim is also the first Singaporean to be elected to this fellowship.


BME Safety Day 2016

The BME Safety Committee organized their 3rd annual Safety Day last Thursday. This year's event saw an increase in the number of registrants (>200 staff and students). We had two guest speakers: Mr Leong Chee Meng from OSHE (Office of Safety, Health and Environment) who delivered a talk on the importance of reporting workplace accidents and also surprised some in the audience with footage of accidents; Ms Karen Ang from HPB (Health Promotion Board) who shed light on the names in nutrition labels and engaged the audience with an elastic band workout.


Winners of the Engineering Medical Innovation Global Competition (EMedIC) 2016

In the recent EMedIC Global Competition 2016 held on 18-20 Aug 2016, three NUS Biomedical Engineering Teams stood out amongst other finalists to win the Silver and Bronze awards. Teams from all over the world, including the United States of America, China, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore etc, gathered at the Chinese University of Hong Kong for this competition.


IES Prestigious Engineering Achievement Awards on National Engineers Day (NED) 2016

Professor Lim Chwee Teck and his PhD students – Mr Yeo Joo Chuan and Mr Kenry - have won the award for their project titled ‘Highly Flexible and Wearable Sensors for Real-Time Healthcare Monitoring Applications' during the National Engineers Day (NED) on 23 July 2016. They also participated in TECH PLANTER Singapore 2016, a technology seed accelerator programme, held on the same day and received the JT award amidst competition with over a hundred teams.


Best Student Paper Award at IEEE RCAR 2016

Congratulation to Yeow Bok Seng for bringing home the Award from the 2016 IEEE International Conference on Real-time Computing and Robotics, held in Angkor Wat, Cambodia from 6 to 10 June.


4th year running: BME Summer School 2016

The annual BME Summer School camp was organized by our Outreach committee. It serves to give pre-U students a short exposure of a NUS undergraduate's life in the Biomedical Engineering programme.


BME students won the grand prize at the Bio-ideate Asia-Pacific Biohack Competition

The inaugural run of the  Bio-ideate Asia-Pacific Biohacking Competition  jointly organized by Biotechin.Asia and Croeni Foundation concluded recently with Team EsoGlove (Yap Hongkai, Benjamin Ang and Asst/Prof Raye Yeow) standing out among 21 entries from various countries like Taiwan, Pakistan, India, Australia, Japan and China.

The team won the Grand Prize with their prototype for a soft and wearable glove that provides assistance to hand movements during activities of daily living (ADL) and rehabilitation for hand-impaired patients.

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Media coverage: Prof Raye Yeow and Prof Yu Haoyong on Channel 8's Hello Singapore

Our BME professors, Dr Raye Yeow and Dr Yu Haoyong, were recently interviewed on Channel 8's Hello Singapore, a prime time TV news programme to showcase their laboratories' work on rehabilitative devices for stroke patients!

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Prof Qiu Anqi : Recipient of Young Researcher Award 2016

Congratulation to Prof Qiu Anqi for receiving the Young Researcher Award at NUS University Awards 2016!

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Farewell to two BME professors

Farewell to our two most beloved and esteemed BME professors - Professor Michael Raghunath and Professor Toh Siew Lok.

Together with their family members, we celebrated their retirement at Royal Plaza On Scotts Singapore Hotel, Carousel Buffet Restaurant, with a luxurious all-you-can-eat buffet dinner.

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BME Grad Night 2016

Great food, great entertainment, great end to a hectic year and a great thank you to all the students and staff who joined us for the evening and spiced up the night!

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BME Showcase 2016

Congratulations to our FYP students on reaching the last milestone in their projects!

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BME student won award at E-MRS 2016 Spring Meeting.

Congratulation to Kenry from the MechanoBioEngineering Lab! His conference paper - Molecular hemocompatibility of graphene oxide and its implication for hematological disorders - has won the Graduate Student Award in the 2016 E-MRS (European Materials Research Society) Spring Meeting.

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BME Staff outing @ Fort Canning Hill Park, 18th March 2016

A walk through the rich and tumultuous story of Singapore through the hill's history, while basking in the peace and serenity among its ancient flora and modern art pieces.

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Dr Thomas Teh wins the esteemed Savio L-Y. Woo Young Researcher Award

In the recent International Symposium on Ligaments & Tendons - XV (ISL&T-XV), Dr Thomas Teh, a research fellow with the Department of Biomedical Engineering, has garnered the prestigious Savio L-Y. Woo Young Researcher Award which is presented to young researchers who perform the best research studies.

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NUS open house, 12th Mar 2016

BME's outreach committee was out in full force during the NUS Open House held on the 12th of March. The event was a roaring success!

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BME open house (RNS talk), 20th Feb 2016

The annual BME open house (RNS talk) is organized for Returning NSmen (RNS) and students who have expressed interest in the BME programme to visit our department and learn more about us.

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Professor Lim Chwee Teck placed in inaugural Asian Scientist 100 list

Prof Lim is one of three NUS Professors featured in the inaugural Asian Scientist 100 list.

All honorees must have received a national or international prize in the last two years for his or her scientific research through competitive selection, made a significant contribution in scientific discovery, or displayed leadership that has benefitted either academia or industry.

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Two NUS BME Professors to be inducted into Medical And Biological Engineering Elites on April 4, 2016

The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) has announced the pending induction of Professor James Goh and Professor Lim Chwee Teck into its College of Fellows. Congratulation to both of them!

Modified excerpts from AIMBE news release:

"... Professor James Goh, elected for exceptional contributions to musculoskeletal bioengineering and active promotion of the field of biomedical engineering."

"... Professor Lim Chwee Teck, elected for outstanding contributions in applying cell mechanics and designing innovative microfluidic technologies for disease diagnosis, prognosis and personalized treatment."

The College of Fellows is comprised of the most accomplished and distinguished engineering and medical school chairs, research directors, professors, innovators, and successful entrepreneurs in the country. Since it's inception till 2015, only three other professionals from Singapore had been elected.

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Media coverage: NUS research team develops smart robotic glove

Congratulation to the NUS team comprising of Dr. Raye Yeow, Dr Lim Jeong Hoon from the NUS Department of Medicine, as well as PhD candidate Mr Yap Hong Kai and undergraduate student Mr Benjamin Ang Wee Keong!

Their new lightweight and smart rehabilitation device called EsoGlove will start its clinical trial next month with a spin-off company in sight.

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