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NUS-LSHTM showcase event: Multidisciplinary research aimed at informing policy decisions in South East Asia

The National University of Singapore and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine work together in research, education and advancing new technologies. In this session we will present collaborative multidisciplinary research that has been conducted to inform policy decisions in South East Asia. We will summarize recent collaborations on regional work and engagement with policy makers in Singapore, as well as sharing ideas for future collaboration.

The aim of the meeting is to present multidisciplinary research aimed at informing policy decisions in South East Asia, with discussion of recent collaborations on regional work and engagement with policy makers in Singapore.

Professor Teo Yik Ying will present on the joint work between the School and the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health (SHSPH) in the area of research and capacity building. He will then present the nature of research for the joint TB pathogen genomics programme, and provide a status update with partners at the School.

Dr Clarence Tam leads a research group focusing on the epidemiology of infectious diseases and the role of social networks in the transmission of infections. Throughout his presentation he will present various projects including collaborations on influenza, MRSA, dengue, and mobility and health.

Dr Mishal Khan will showcase her regional work in Cambodia, China, Myanmar and showcase studies conducted through newly built collaborations and the potential for expansion; and present multidisciplinary approaches being applied for health systems research.

Dr Helena Legido-Quilgey will present her regional and national work on global health and health systems including projects such as how the health architecture in the region operates; how health systems of countries in Southeast Asia are responding and coping with the migrant crisis; and how the Singapore health system is being reformed to meet the challenges of an ageing population and the rise of chronic conditions. She will also briefly describe her work identifying Health Systems-Level Barriers and Facilitators to the Effective Treatment and Management of NCDs in Singapore and in South Asia.

Programme
Chair: Teo Yik Ying

  • Introduction by Prof Peter Piot
  • 11.00 – 11.12 – “Genomic surveillance of tuberculosis in Southeast Asia”. Speaker: Prof Teo Yik Ying
  • 11.15– 11.27 – “Are global strategies optimally designed to control tuberculosis? Analyses from Southeast Asia”. Speaker: Dr Mishal Khan
  • 11.30 – 11.42 – “Infectious disease epidemiology research at the Singapore Social, Lifestyle and Infection Networks Group (Singapore SLING).” Speaker: Dr Clarence Tam
  • 11.45– 11.57 – “Health Systems Research in South-East Asia: Key challenges and Opportunities from the Global to the Local”. Speaker: Dr Helena Legido-Quigley
  • 12.00– 12.15 – Comments on the School/NUS collaboration by Prof Anne Mills (TBC), Prof Martin Hibberd (TBC)
  • 12.15 – 12.30 – Discussion with audience

Prof Teo Yik Ying and Dr Helena Legido Quigley will facilitate the discussion and the contributions from the audience.

The National University of Singapore and the School are participating in staff and student exchange programmes, joint academic and scientific activities and developing collaborative projects. The partnership aims to foster greater cooperation in the areas of infectious disease control, health systems research, and chronic diseases.