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IUMS 2017 Announcement

We are happy to announce that SSMB members (who have paid their membership fees) can now enjoy a special registration rate of S$800. Please email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for a special discount code.

 

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Singapore Society for Microbiology and Biotechnology 44th AGM

Dear Dear Members of SSMB,

The 44th Annual General Meeting of Singapore Society for Microbiology and Biotechnology will be held on 23rd February 2017 at MD4, Level 2 Seminar Room NUS from 4.00-5.00pm.

The details and programme are as follow:

Singapore Society for Microbiology and Biotechnology

44th Annual General Meeting

Date: 23rd February 2017, 4.00-5.00pm

Venue: MD4, level 2 Seminar Room, NUS

The President report and the accounts will be presented during this meeting, followed by light tea and snacks. We look forward to see you at the SSMB AGM.

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International Update on Allergens Seminar

 


We are happy to announce an upcoming event, International Update on Allergens Seminar, co-organised by SSMB and Chokim Scientific, will take place on 2 May 2017, 2 to 5pm. It is to be held at National University of Singapore, Department of Microbiolgy, MD4 Level 2 Conference Room, 5 Science Drive 2, Singapore 117545.

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[REGISTRATION OPEN] Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease International Conference 2016

The Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease International Conference 2016 (HFMDIC2016), co-organized by SSMB, will be held during 25th and 26th July 2016 in Biopolis, Singapore.

The HFMD International Conference 2016 is part of the Courage Fund Infectious Disease Conference 2016, established by the Singapore Medical Association and Singapore Nurses Association. Featuring speakers from both the local and international research community active in Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease research, this conference will highlight the latest developments in each of the following research themes of HFMD: Pathogen-host interactions, antiviral and biomarker discovery vaccine development and clinical trials, epidemiology and clinical perspectives.

Registration and abstract submission is now open on our website.

A limited number of travel grants are available for application! Check out our website for more details.

There is no registration fee for this conference. Registration and abstract submission closes on Tuesday, 14th June 2016.

For more information on HFMDIC2016, please visit website: http://www.imcb.a-star.edu.sg/php/hfmdic.php

 

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Annual Scientific Meeting of Australian Society for Microbiology

ASM2017

Australian Society for Microbiology is offering SSMB members discounted registration for their next Annual Scientific Meeting in Hobart in July next year. Please visit http://asmmeeting.theasm.org.au/ for more information. Do keep a lookout at our website for their upcoming news.

 

 


 
SSMB-3M Food Safety Talk : To Be on the Rapid Track!

 

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Be the 1st Five Delegates to receive the congress ticket to IUMS 2017 Congress, Singapore

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On behalf of the Organising Committee of IUMS Congresses 2017, I extend a hearty welcome to all microbiologists to Singapore. This is the first time IUMS congresses being held in Asia outside Japan. Singapore being a transportation hub and a global convention centre, participants may enjoy the affordable international flights and local accommodations. We strive to provide a platform for the exchange of knowledge and opinions of professionals from academia, industry and government, and for fostering international collaborations.

We are offering scholarships to young budding microbiologists providing an opportunity for their exposure to scientific endeavour, feeding their aspiration after knowledge, discovery and invention.

For foreign delegates, Singapore being at the cross road of Eastern and Western culture, Northern and Southern hemisphere, you could sample every type of cultures and cuisines within a 716 Km2 land area, with convenient and affordable public transport systems, covering every corner of the country.

I look forward to receiving all of you here in 2017. Hereby wishing you have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Dr Yuan Kun Lee
President
Organising Committee of IUMS 2017

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Singapore Society for Microbiology and Biotechnology 42nd AGM

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6th AFOB Regional Symposium (ARS 2015)

6th AFOB Regional Symposium (ARS 2015)

n Date: May 27-30, 2015

n Venue: Universitas Indonesia, Depok, Indonesia

[About ARS]

The 6th AFOB Regional Symposium 2015 (ARS 2015) is an anual event of Asian Federation of Biotechnology (AFOB). This time the ARS 2015 will be conducted in coordination with The Indonesia Biotechnology Consortium (KBI, Konsorsium Bioteknologi Indonesia). KBI has been a partner of AFOB in Indonesia.

The ARS 2015 will be held on May 27-30th, 2015, in Universitas Indonesia, the first university established in Indonesia (1849).

The theme of this event is “Biotechnology for Food, Health and Energy Sovereignty”. ARS 2015 is aimed to present researches from Asian countries carried out in the broad area of biotechnology for securing food, health care and energy, thus providing the sovereignty of these countries.

The event is also expected to promote innovations in the realm of both research and industrial application of biotechnology to develop food, health and energy sovereignty.

As in the previous events of ARS, participants from China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam gather in this scientific, yet warm activities. Moreover, many also come from Australia, Germany, Netherland, New Zealand, UK and USA.

They are expected to deliver the cutting edge in research along with leading products in various fields of Biotechnology. So, we are expecting you to come to Universitas Indonesia, Depok city, just one hour drive from Soekarno-Hatta international airport to the south.

Let us exchange new ideas and experiences in order to sustain our world through biotechnology!

[Important Dates]

 

Abstract Submission

15 Oct-25 Dec 2014

Notification of Abstract Acceptance

5 January 2015

Early bird Registration

28 February 2015

Normal Registration

25 April 2015

Late Registration

After 25 April 2015

Conference Date

27-30 May 2015

Welcome dinner for KBI and AFOB member

27 May 2015

 

 

Please click here to register for ARS 2015 now.

You can find more detailed information on ARS 2015 at www.ibc6ars2015.com.

Also, you may contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for any inquiries you may have.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Secretariat

Asian Federation of Biotechnology (AFOB)

 


 
12th Asian Congress on Biotechnology (ACB 2015)

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12th Asian Congress on Biotechnology (ACB 2015)

The Asian Congress on Biotechnology 2015 (ACB2015) will be held in Kuala Lumpur, capital city of Malaysia. AFOB Malaysia Chapter and Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) are organising ABC2015 in collaboration with Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM), University of Malaya (UM), Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan (Kyutech) and Kyushu University, Japan. This international congress themed, “Biotechnology and Bioeconomy for Sustainable Future”, aims to provide a platform for scientists, academia and industry to present their current research findings in various biotechnological fields. The congress also serves as a platform for networking opportunities and knowledge sharing as it brings together researchers from around the world. Chaired by Prof. Dr. Mohd Ali Hassan and Prof. Dr. Suraini Abd-Aziz, the ACB2015 organising team hopes this congress will provide meaningful and remarkable experience for participants. Book your date and we look forward to meeting you during the event.

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Important Dates ACB2015

Registration and abstract submission for “Early bird”

Before 31st March 2015 Extended to 30th April 2015

Registration and abstract submission for “Standard”

Before 31st August 2015

Registration and abstract submission for “Late”

Before 15th September 2015

Conference registration and payment ( without abstract )

Before 1st November  2015

Abstract acceptance announcement

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“Standard”

“Late”

15th May 2015

15th September  2015

1st November 2015

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Excursion registration

Before 15th September 2015

 

Please click either link below to register for ACB 2015 now!

i) Local participant (Residents in Malaysia)

ii) International participant (Non-resident)

You can find more detailed information on ACB 2015 at www.acb2015.my.

Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for any inquiries you may have regarding the congress.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Secretariat

Asian Federation of Biotechnology (AFOB)

 

 

 


 
Mini Dengue Symposium

Mini Dengue Symposium (July 2nd 2015)

Co-host by Department of Microbiology, NUS and Singapore Society for Microbiology & Biotechnology (SSMB)

An opportunity for scientists working on dengue viruses to meet and discuss various investigation areas such as virus-host interaction, diagnostics, immunopathogenesis and antivirals, amongst others and more importantly to foster collaboration on dengue research.

Free registration with limited seats. Please register with Ms June Koh: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Date: July 2nd 2015, Thursday

Time: 2.00pm to 5.30pm

Venue: Block MD4A, Level 2, Seminar Room,

Department of Microbiology, National University of Singapore

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FIMSA 2015

6th Congress of The Federation of Immunological Societies of Asia Oceania (“FIMSA2015”)

Download the brochure now to receive the latest updates on the congress programme!

The 6th Congress of The Federation of Immunological Societies of Asia Oceania (“FIMSA2015”) will be held from 30th June – 3rd July 2015, at Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Singapore.

The congress will not only be a wonderful meeting point for the biomedical/clinician scientists of the Asia-Pacific region Immunology societies, it will also allow all professionals with interest for Immunology to exchange ideas and share experiences in research and clinical practice.

Register early to enjoy the early bird rates and join us for an enlightening, informative and enriching experience.

- See more at: http://www.fimsa2015.org/index.html#sthash.T2HMwlup.dpuf

 

The 6th Congress of The Federation of Immunological Societies of Asia Oceania (“FIMSA2015”) will be held from 30th June – 3rd July 2015, at Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Singapore.

The congress will not only be a wonderful meeting point for the biomedical/clinician scientists of the Asia-Pacific region Immunology societies, it will also allow all professionals with interest for Immunology to exchange ideas and share experiences in research and clinical practice.

Date: 30th June – 3rd July 2015

Venue: Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Singapore.

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Asian Congress on Biotechnology

ACB2015

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15th International Peat Congress (IPC)

Call for Abstract for 15th International Peat Congress (IPC)

Date: August 15th to 19th, 2016

Venue: Pullman Hotel, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

Please do visit http://www.ipc2016.com for more updates.

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3M Technical Innovations in Pathogen Detection

3M Technical Innovations in Pathogen Detection

3M Technical Innovations in Pathogen Detection

Date: 27 Nov 2015, Friday
Time: 14.00 - 17.00
Venue: 3M Technologies

RSVP: Ms. Jean Tang, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Mr. Norman Kok, 9873 8540

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Be Healthy, Be Eco with EM. Talk

 


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Date: 27 July 2014 (Sunday)

Time: 1:30 - 4 pm

Venue: Woodlands Regional Library - Auditorium

900 South Woodlands Drive #01-03

Woodlands Civic Center S(730900)

(5-10mins walk from MRT Woodlands Station)

Speaker:

Professor Teruo Higa developed EM Technology 30 years ago at the University of Ryukyus, Okinawa, Japan. He is the author of “an Earth Saving Revolution” I (1996) and II (1998), “Our Future Reborn” (2007) and several other books on EM. He is currently active in the promotion of EM in more than 120 countries.

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SSMB Social Dinner 2014

 


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Date: 5 December 2014, Friday

Time: 7 pm

Venue: Tiffany Cafe

Furama City Centre

60 Eu Tong Sen Street

Singapore 059804

Tel: 65315366

SSMB is organising a social event that seeks to foster closer links between its members. This event will held at Tiffany Café (Furama City Centre) on 5 December 2014, 7pm. Tiffany Café serves an International buffet and a la carte dishes from a Halal kitchen. More details can be found here at http://www.furama.com/citycentre/Dining/Tiffany-Cafe-Restaurant.

This event will be free for all paying-members, new members or those who renew the SSMB ordinary membership ($25/year).

To REGISTER for this event, please write to Ms Phoon Meng Chee ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) and Hsu Jung Pu ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) before 31 October 2012. In your email, please indicate the participant's name and contact number.



 
41st SSMB Annual General Meeting (AGM)

 

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SSMB-Food Pathogen Appreciation Workshop

 


Description and Programme

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Travel Support Application Deadline-International Congress of Microbiology

A reminder that the deadline to apply for travel support to attend IUMS 2014, is Monday, December 2, 2013.

XIVth International Congress of Bacteriology and Applied Microbiology
XIVth International Congress of Mycology
XVIth International Congress of Virology

The International Union of Microbiological Societies will hold its three International Congresses concurrently so as to favour cross-fertilization among disciplines and hence foster a modern outlook on microbiology in the 21st century.

Call for Abstracts

Authors are invited to submit an abstract in English to be considered for an oral or poster presentation at the Congresses. The deadline for submission of abstracts is January 30, 2014. Authors are asked to submit abstracts using the on-line abstract submission link.

Travel Support

Deadline for Travel Support Application including Abstract Submission: December 2, 2013.

For more information: www.montrealiums2014.org/travel_e.shtml

Program

See the impressive list of confirmed invited speakers: www.montrealiums2014.org/documents/IUMS2014Poster17p.pdf.

Registration

You can register for the Congresses at www.montrealiums2014.org/side_registration/secure_online_registration_e.shtml through a secure site.

Accommodation

Summer is a peak tourist period in Montréal. Reserve your accommodation soon.

For more information: www.montrealiums2014.org/

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Un rappel que la date limite pour les demandes de support pour frais de voyage, est le lundi 2 décembre 2013.

XIVe Congrès international de bactériologie et microbiologie appliquée
XIVe Congrès international de mycologie
XVIe Congrès international de virologie

L'Union internationale des sociétés de microbiologie tiendra ses trois congrès internationaux durant la même semaine afin de faciliter la fertilisation croisée entre les disciplines et ainsi de promouvoir une vision moderne de la microbiologie au 21e siècle.

Appel de résumés

Nous invitons les auteurs à soumettre un résumé en anglais qui pourrait être présenté sous forme de présentation orale ou par affiche lors des congrès. La date limite pour soumettre les résumés est le 30 janvier 2014. Les auteurs qui désirent soumettre un résumé doivent le faire en utilisant la soumission des résumés en ligne.

Support pour frais de voyage

Date limite de présentation des demandes et des résumés : 2 décembre 2013.

Pour plus d'information : www.montrealiums2014.org/travel_f.shtml

Programme

Voir la liste impressionnante de conférenciers invités : www.montrealiums2014.org/documents/IUMS2014Poster17p_000.pdf.

Inscription

Vous pouvez vous inscrire directement en ligne à www.montrealiums2014.org/side_registration/secure_online_registration_f.shtml

Hébergement

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Phenotype Microarray Workshop

Workshop on New Approach for Microbial Study using Biolog Phenotype MicroArray

A hands-on workshop on New Approach for Microbial Study using Biolog Phenotype MicroArray System will be held on 25-26 Sept 2013 (Wed - Thu), at Department of Microbiology, Yong Loo Lin School, NUS. This workshop is organized by Singapore Society for Microbiology and Biotechnology (SSMB) and sponsored by Focus Biotech (s) Pte Ltd.

Date: 25-26 September 2013 (Wednesday & Thursday)
Venue: Department of Microbiology, Yong Loo Lin School, National University of Singapore.
Contact:Mr Lim Ek Weng (member of SSMB)
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Tel : +65-65163289

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Talk on Cell Lines and Roller Apparatus for Cell Lines

Date: Tuesday 10 June 2014

Time: 2pm to 4pm

Venue: National University of Singapore, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, Department of Microbiology, 5 Science Drive 2, Singapore 117597 (Seminar Room on Level 2 of MD4)

Programme

2pm: Registration

2pm to 4pm: Topic: 'Knowing more about cell culture: Utilization of membrane technology to maximize antibody production in high-density cell cultures.' by Buddy Whitman (Wheaton USA)

4pm: Tea (  Sponsored by Chokim Scientific (S) Pte Ltd )

To register, please email to:

Low Jian LiangThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ( for Microbiology staff & students )

Benson Chua ,    This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ( for SSMB members )

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Title: Utilization of membrane technology to maximize antibody production in high-density cell cultures.

Dr. Buddy Whitman1, and PhD, Dr. David Dvorak

1Science Liaison, Wheaton Industries, NJ, USA

Abstract

Discovery scale, high-throughput methods for in vitro antibody and protein production can be time intensive, expensive and typically require fixed equipment such as shakers, pumps, hollow fiber bioreactors or stir tank reactors. In these experiments, we evaluated the membrane flask technology available in the CELLine™ Bioreactor Flask.  CELLine flasks allow for high-density cell culture as well as concentration of the expressed protein or antibody from various mammalian, insect and hybridoma cells lines.  This discussion will include a comparison of specific performance metrics of the CELLine flask versus standard suspension shake flask and roller bottle methods. Specific growth and performance data will be presented on CHO cells and hybridoma cells.  Additionally, the quality of product will be discussed as it relates to assay integrity and antibody specificity, ultimately demonstrating the merits and superiority of membrane flask technology for convenient, inexpensive high-throughput antibody and protein production.

Biography

Dr. Buddy Whitman, PhD currently holds the position of Science Liaison at Wheaton Industries.  Dr. Whitman earned his B.S. in Biology from Eastern Washington University where his studies focused on physiology and his research focused on the endocrinology and the physiology of cold acclimatization.  Following his B.S. he moved on to Boise State University for a Master’s degree focusing on the neuroendocrine underpinnings of early developmental stress.  His PhD dissertation research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill focused on the neuroimmunologic consequences of chronic ethanol exposure in a model of alcoholism.  Dr. Whitman received several fellowships and awards during his tenure at UNC-Chapel Hill including and NSF STEM award, the prestigious APA Neurobiology fellowship and a NIH funded NRSA merit award and maintains membership at Sigma Xi, RSA and the Society for Neuroscience.  Dr. Whitman’s current research focuses on optimization of small to industrial scale cell culture.  He currently is working with collaborators at many top universities in the US as well as several commercial entities.

 
4th Congress of AAMLS

4th Congress of Asia Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists (AAMLS), 2nd – 4th October 2013

SAMLS under the auspices of the Asia Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists (AAMLS) is pleased to announce the 4th Congress of AAMLS 2013 to be held from 2nd – 4th October 2013 at the SP Auditorium, Singapore Polytechnic, 500 Dover Road, Singapore 139651. The Congress is a four-yearly event for medical laboratory scientists/technologists and those interested in medical laboratory science in this region. Some 500 delegates is expected to participate in this event. The theme for the Congress is “Laboratory Challenges and Emerging Technologies”. A copy of the flyer is attached for your information and reference.

Several eminent international and local speakers will speak on topics and conduct sessions in their fields of expertise at the Congress. The keynote address and the varied mix of plenary lectures, symposia, workshops, free communications and poster sessions have been carefully selected to ensure a stimulating and wide-ranging scientific programme. The social programme for participants and accompanying guests has been planned to provide not only an introduction to many scenic attractions of our beautiful garden-convention city but also an insight into the rich and unique blend of our multi-cultural society and cuisine. In addition, arrangements can be made for visits to our equally fascinating ASIAN neighbours. A trade exhibition is also being organised in conjunction with the Congress. This will showcase the state-of-the-art medical laboratory equipment and diagnostic aids by leading manufacturers, suppliers and specialists.

SSMB members will enjoy the same registration fees as AAMLS members for this Congress. Please refer to the attached flyer and tentative Congress Programme.

 

 
13th ASEAN Food Conference

ASEAN Food Conference

MAX Atria, Singapore Expo

9 to 11 September 2013

The ASEAN Food Conference (AFC) is a biennial event. Singapore hosted the first and the sixth ASEAN Food Conferences in 1982 and 1997, respectively. Singapore will be hosting the 13th ASEAN Food Conference at the MAX Atria, Singapore Expo from 9 to 11 September 2013. The Conference is organised by the Singapore Institute of Food Science & Technology (SIFST), in conjunction with the ASEAN-Committee on Science & Technology (ASEAN-COST) and the Federation of the Institute of Food Science and Technology in ASEAN (FIFSTA). The theme of this conference is “Meeting Future Food Demands: Security & Sustainability”. It aims to reflect the challenges of future food demands due to natural disasters such as earthquakes and typhoons; global warming and population growth.

SSMB members will enjoy an early bird registration fee of S$500. An additional 10% discount will be given if 3 or more SSMB members are registering for the ASEAN Food Conference.

IMPORTANT DATES

Abstract Deadline

28 February 2013

Notification of acceptance of abstract

15 May 2013

Early Bird closure

30 May 2013

Submission of full paper

1 June 2013

www.AFC2013.org.sg

 
Severe Influenza: Burden, Pathogenesis and Management

Monday 29th October - Wednesday 31st October 2012, Hanoi

 

The isirv Antiviral Group (isirv-AVG) is a Special Interest Group of the International Society for Influenza and Other
Respiratory Virus Diseases (isirv). The ‘Severe Influenza: Burden, Pathogenesis and Management’  Conference
will provide a forum for leading experts to present their research and discuss all aspects of severe influenza,
including its epidemiology and clinical manifestations, viral and host factors in pathogenesis and management,
including the role of antivirals and other interventions in mitigating disease severity, as well as the problem
of antiviral resistance. It will cover issues relevant to Asian countries with a particular emphasis on clinical
management of severe influenza and related respiratory viral infections, and will be of interest to clinicians,
public health specialists and medical scientists. The format will include plenary sessions with invited lectures,
workshops for oral presentation of submitted papers, poster sessions and practical demonstrations. A preliminary
programme for the Conference is attached.

 

The link to the Conference website is:
http://www.isirv.org/site/index.php/special-interest-groups/antiviral-group-home/11-antiviral-group/167-2nd-avg-conference




 
Logo design competition for Microbiology Conference in Singapore

Singapore Society for Microbiology and Biotechnology - SSMB

         
  
Design a logo - win a prize

Singapore has the honor to host the 2017 Congress of the International Union of Microbiological Societies
(IUMS, www.iums.org).

The Singapore Society for Microbiology and Biotechnology (SSMB, www.ssmb.org.sg) is the local organizer of this
 international event. We expect several thousand scientists from all over the world to come to Singapore and discuss
their latest research on various microbes, including bacteria, viruses and fungi.

To find an attractive conference logo we - SSMB - decided to organize a logo design competition open to all schools /
 institutions
in Singapore.

The logo should include a short slogan (e.g. ‘The unlimited world of microbes’ was used for a previous conference), 
the name of the conference as abbreviation (IUMS), the year when the event takes place (2017), and the location
(Singapore).  The number of colors is limited to three. Logos from a previous IUMS conference in Sapporo and
the upcoming conference in Montreal
can be found at
www.congre.co.jp/iums2011sapporo/data/general.html &   http://www.montrealiums2014.org , respectively.

The winner of the logo competition will be selected by the SSMB committee and will be announced at a ceremony
organized by SSMB in November 2012 (exact date and location to be announced at the SSMB web site in September).
The designer of the top logo will be awarded a cash prize of $1,000. Five runners-up will receive $200 each.*

Deadline for submission of your piece of art (hard copy) is Monday, 1 October 2012 to the SSMB address below. We are
looking forward to receiving your logo! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Dave Ow Siak Wei,
Honorary Secretary SSMB
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Singapore Society for Microbiology and Biotechnology c/o Department of Microbiology,
Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine,
National University of Singapore, 5 Science Drive 2, Singapore 117597




*Please note: by accepting the first prize the designer will make a softcopy of the logo available and transfer ownership / copyright to SSMB. All submitted art works can be
collected after the competition.


 

 
12th Western Pacific Congress on Chemotherapy and Infectious Diseases - Programme highlights

12th Western Pacific Congress on Chemotherapy and
Infectious Diseases



Programme Highlights

 

Main Congress

1 Keynote Lecture

6 Plenary Lectures

27 Symposia

3 Breakfast Symposia

9 Lunch Satellite Symposia

2 Evening Satellite Symposia

 

Pre-congress Sessions

Global Chinese Association of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Symposium in English
and Mandarin

Infectious Diseases Society of Taiwan and Taiwan Society of Microbiology Symposium

 

Please visit http://www.wpccid2010.org/scientific-program.html  for full details of the scientific programme.

 

The Society of Infectious Disease (Singapore) is honoured to organise the 12th Western Pacific Congress on ,
Chemotherapy and Infectious Diseases which will be held at the Shangri-La Hotel Singapore from 2nd to
5th December 2010.

 

Despite impressive economic and social changes in the Western Pacific, countries in the region still face many 
long-standing and some emerging infectious diseases. Our theme "New Pathogens, New Challenges" will help
us understand the journey ahead in managing infectious diseases and chemotherapy. By coming together to
share our collective experience, we hope to keep each other informed about the latest in infectious diseases in
the Western Pacific, form new collaborations and strengthen existing links.

 

We have arranged a scientic programme which would be of interest to Clinicians, Researchers, Trainees,
Pharmacists, Infection Control Nurses and other allied health professionals.

 

 

 

Confirmed Speakers

 

A panel of 45 international speakers and 30 local speakers has been assembled. Please visit
http://www.wpccid2010.org/speakers.html for the list of invited speakers.

 

Important Deadlines

 

Deadline for Early Bird Registration                                31st August 2010

Deadline for submission of abstracts                              31st August 2010 – extended by popular demand

 

 

 
The FOURTH ASEAN CONGRESS OF TROPICAL MEDICINE AND PARASITOLOGY



THE FOURTH ASEAN CONGRESS OF TROPICAL MEDICINE AND PARASITOLOGY

2 – 4 JUNE 2010

SINGAPORE


 
THIRD ANNOUNCEMENT
1. Registration Form [Closed]
2. Abstract Form [Closed]
3. Hotel Reservation Form
4. Young Scientist Fellowship [Closed]
5. Conference Programme
6. Poster Listing
7. Presenter Guide
8. Conference Venue

9. Speakers
10. Committee
11. Sponsers
12. About Singapore
13. Contact




The theme of this Congress is “Tropical infectious diseases and vectors in a vibrant and ever - changing environment”. In recent years, the emergence of new diseases and the reemergence of the old ones have significantly impacted public health in the region. Lately, outbreaks of chikungunya and 5th human malaria parasite - Plasmodium knowlesi in this region and dissemination to other parts of the world highlight the global importance of tropical diseases.

The Congress will gather local and foreign experts who will present their latest scientific findings on tropical infectious diseases that will stimulate interactive discussions and promote collaborations, with the aim of reducing the burden of these diseases in the region.  

 

We welcome your participation and look forward to sharing with you a successful and informative Congress in Singapore.

 

 

DR. NG LEE CHING

CHAIRMAN OF THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE

FOURTH ASEAN CONGRESS OF TROPICAL MEDICINE AND PARASITOLOGY

 

 

 

Organizers:

Singapore Society of Microbiology and Biotechnology:
http://www.ssmb.org.sg/

Environmental Health Institute:
http://app2.nea.gov.sg/environmental_health_institute.aspx

REDI Centre: http://www.redi.org.sg/

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 CONFERENCE SECRETARIAT

 

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Tel:      +65 6899 3080 

Fax:      +65 6425 0193

Website: www.ssmb.org.sg

 

 
The 5th Asian Conference on Lactic Acid Bacteria: Microbes in Disease Prevention

(1st – 3rd July 2009, Singapore) Download Third Announcement Here

Link to conference photos: http://picasaweb.google.com/SSMBPhoto/5thAsianLactobacillusConference?feat=directlink#

  • Aim of the conference:
    • It is the aim of this conference to bring together information and technology required in the development of a successful probiotic and prebiotic product from the laboratory to the market place. The conference would serve as a platform for the exchange of knowledge and knowhow between Asian researchers and companies.
  • Day 1: Technical Workshop (1st July 2009):
    • Detection & enumeration of gastrointestinal microbiota
  • Day 2 & 3: Symposia (2nd/ 3rd July):
    • Gastrointestinal microbiota
    • Health & diseases (with sessions on Allergy & obesity, Cancer, Postoperative infection)
    • Probiotics in traditional foods
    • Animal probiotics
    • Technology & Processes
    • Prebiotics
  • Call for papers and scholarships:
    • Extended abstract should not exceed one A4 size page and the deadline for submission is 1st April 2009. Scholarships are available to PhD students and junior researchers who are first authors of their presentations. Refer to attachment for abstract format and further information.
  • Registration
    • Complete and sign the registration form and send it by e-mail or fax no later that 1st February 2009. Once your application is accepted, you will receive a confirmation email.
    • Registration fee before 1st February 2009: SGD$225 (inclusive of scientific program, abstracts, breakfast, lunch, tea, reception, banquets, outings).
    • Registration fee after 1st February 2009: SGD$300.
    • Discount for members of SSMB member: SGD$50.
    • Registration form: Please return by e-mail ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or fax (+65-6776 6872)
      (Refer to attachment for registration form)
  • Contact:
    • Dr Yuan Kun LEE
    • Department of Microbiology
    • Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine
    • National University of Singapore
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    • http://www.afslab-2009.org/
 
SSMB FAMILY DAY
( Download Flyer Here )
  • Date : 11 October 2008
  • Venue : Pasir Ris Holiday Camp
  • Time : 3 pm onwards
    • Free for members and their families.
    • $25 for Non-members (inclusive of 1 year membership)
    • Pre-register by 1 Oct 2008 ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )
    • Program / Activities :
      • 3 pm : Registration
      • 3.30 – 5 pm : Family Telematch, Jigsaw puzzle contest
      • 5 pm : BBQ/satay party
      • 6 pm : SSMB President´s toast
      • 8 pm : Beer drinking contest, Guess the winner contest
      • 8.30 pm : Karaoke contest
      • 9.30 pm onwards : At your own leisure: Beach stroll, Fishing, Cycling, Mahjong
 
"Re-emergence of Hand Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD) in Singapore" seminar
  • This will include seminars for the general public to equip them with basic understanding of the disease to address the current issues and concerns of Hand-Food-Mouth-Disease in Singapore
  • Date : 26th July 2008
    • Time : 9.00am to 11:45am
    • (Registration starts from 8.50am)
    • Venue : Hong Kah North Community Club
      • 2nd Floor Performing Arts Centre
      • 30 Bukit Batok St 31
      • (5 minutes walk from Gombak MRT)
  • Programs
    • 9.00 am : Registration
    • 9.15 am : HFMD in Singapore
      By Dr Steven Ooi Peng Lim, Communicable Diseases Division, Ministry of Health, Singapore
    • 10.05 am : EV71 & Host Interactions
      By A/Prof Lee Yuan Kun, Dept of Microbiology, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore
    • 10.55 am : HFMD Diagnostics & Future Vaccines
      By A/Prof Vincent Chow Tak Kwong, Dept of Microbiology, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore
    • 11.45 pm : End
 
International Scientific Conference on Probiotics and Prebiotics – IPC 2010

International Scientific Conference on Probiotics and Prebiotics – IPC 2010
The Scientific Conference on Probiotics and Prebiotics
Date:             15th - 17th June 2010
Place:            Kosice, Slovakia
Webpage:     www.probiotic-conference.net


 
The conference programme will focus on current advances in the science and research of probiotics, prebiotics and their present and future role in maintaining health and preventing diseases.  IPC 2010 aims to highlight evidence-based benefits as proven in clinical trials and scientific experiments.
Further to the health effect of probiotics and prebiotics new developments in their selection, identification, production, application and delivery will be discussed. Topical subjects as safety, regulatory issues and claim substantiation will be also addressed by internationally renowned experts from industry and academia.
It is the goal of IPC 2010 to further explore the potential of already used and novel probiotics by disseminating latest results and new ways of probiotic research. In addition novel strains, controversial but scientifically solid ideas, approaches, visions will be presented, and worldwide co-operation between scientists and institutions facilitated.

For further information on IPC 2010 please visit the conference website:  
www.probiotic-conference.net  or contact:
 
 
Organizing Secretariat – International Probiotic Conference 2010
Phone:    +421 904 837 153
Fax:          +421 41 4000123
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Maria Kasmanova
International Event Manager-IPC 2010
ORGANIZING SECRETARIAT
 
XIIth International Congress of Parasitology (ICOPA)

XIIth International Congress of Parasitology ICOPA 2010
Understanding the global impact of parasites-from genomes to function and disease
Date:             15-20th August 2010
Place:            Melbourne, Australia
Webpage:     http://www.icopaxii.org

The XIIth International Congress of Parasitology (ICOPA) will be held in , from 15-20th August 2010 at the new Exhibition and Convention Centre. All are invited to join the parasitology community at this exceptional facility that lies in the heart of Melbourne in close proximity to the scenic Yarra River and the associated parks, multicultural restaurants, cafes and bars.

Parasites have an enormous impact not only in the environment but also on human and animal health. This conference will be an important forum for the dissemination and discussion of new findings in this rapidly expanding field. The theme of the congress is “Understanding the global impact of parasites-from genomes to function and disease” around which we are developing an exciting scientific program that will provide a dynamic platform for the vibrant and fruitful exchange of your new findings, research questions and state-of-the-art techniques. The diversity of themes that will be covered in this conference will encourage positive collaborations and abstracts will be solicited on all topics that span the enormous range of parasitology.
Melbourne
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2nd International Forum on Pandemic Influenza (IFPI 2010)

The 2nd International Forum on Pandemic Influenza (IFPI 2010), organized by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and co-organized by Elsevier, will be held on July 24–25, 2010, in Qingdao, China.
 
The world is still under the shadow of the pandemic influenza H1N1 2009 virus. As of January 10, 2010, WHO reports that over 13,000 people have died as a direct result of pandemic influenza H1N1 2009 virus. To address these concerns and share strategic and operational experience in the fight of the pandemic H1N1 2009 virus, and further to give deep insights on the prevention strategy from public health perspective. China CDC, in a joint effort with Elsevier, will host the 2nd International Forum on Pandemic Influenza (IFPI 2010) on July 24~25, 2010, in Qingdao China.

 

As supporting society of this forum, member of Singapore Society for Microbiology and Biotechnology will be given attractive discounts for the event. For further information, please visit the event website at www.ifpi2010.com.

 
12th Western Pacific Congress on Chemotherapy and Infectious Diseases

The 12th Western Pacific Congress on Chemotherapy and Infectious Diseases will be held at the Shangri-la Hotel, Singapore, 2-5 December 2010 (the latest information is on www.wpccid2010.org). The congress theme "New Pathogens, New Challenges" aims to help understand the journey ahead in managing infectious diseases and chemotherapy. By coming together to share collective experience, the congress targets to inform about the latest in infectious diseases in the Western Pacific, forms new collaborations and strengthens existing links.

 

The local organising committee decided recently that a standard concessionary registration fee be applied for all collaborating societies including SSMB. SSMB members wishing to attend the congress need only pay S$480.00 (normal rate is S$780/S$880).  To enjoy the concessionary rate, please submit registrations directly together with our society’s letter confirming membership status.

 

Date

2nd - 5th December 2010

Congress Venue

Shangri-la Hotel
Singapore

Congress Secretariat

Medicomms Asia (S) Pte Ltd
27 Foch Road
#02-08
Hoa Nam Building
Singapore 209264
Tel: (65) 6293-8220
Fax: (65) 6293-8230
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BioPharma Asia Convention 2011

 

The 4th Annual BioPharma Asia Convention 2011will be held at Marina Bay Sands - Singapore, from 28-31 March 2011 this year. The BioPharma Asia Convention 2011 is uniquely positioned as Asia's only exhibition that showcases leading technocrats, solution and service suppliers across the entire value chain of the biopharma industry in Asia! (the latest information is on http://www.terrapinn.com/2011/biopharmaasia/).

Tel: +65 6322 2742

Email: merrylyn.yeo @terrapinn.com

Contact: Merrylyn Yeo

biopharmaasia

 
38th SSMB Annual General Meeting

38th Singapore Society of Micorbiology and Biotechnology Annual General Meeting

 

Date

Fri, 25 Feb 2011 (3pm)

 

Venue

 Department of Microbiology

Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine

National University of Singapore

Block MD4A

Level 3 Seminar Room

5 Science Drive 2

Singapore 117597

 

You are cordially invited to the Singapore Society for Microbiology & Biotechnology Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2011.

We have invited Ms Neha Singh to share on her trip to Africa.

Come hear her talk about the trip: the pre-trip preparations and her adventure in Africa.  You will then understand the true meaning of “Zebra-crossing”!

 

 

 
MRSA & MRSE seminar

MRSA & MRSE seminar

 

You are cordially invited to attend the “MRSA & MRSA” seminar organised by NYP and SSMB. Please kindly disseminate to your colleague.

 

Date: 15 March 2011 (0900-1330)

Venue: Nanyang Polytechnic, Blk N, N504

Link to poster

 
Public Health Seminar on Virus-vetor-Vertebrate Interactions

Public Health Seminar on Virus-vetor-Vertebrate Interactions

 

You are cordially invited to attend the this seminar organised by EHI. Please kindly disseminate to your colleague.

 

Date: 25 March 2011 (Fri)
Time: 1300-1630 (Registration starts at 1315)

Venue: Matrix Auditorium, Level 2, Bioplois

Link to poster

 
INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON PROBIOTIC AND PREBIOTIC

INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON PROBIOTIC AND PREBIOTIC, as FUNCTIONAL FOODS FOR HUMAN HEALTH PROMOTTION :

Health Benefits, Local Knowledge, Technical and Regulatory issues

 

Jakarta, August 4 - 5, 2010

 

Organized by :

Indonesian Scientific Society for Probiotics and Prebiotics (ISSPP)

 

Supported by :

 

International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics (ISAPP)

 

 

 

The Second International Symposium on Probiotics and Prebiotics as Functional Foods for Human Health Promotion : Health Benefits, Local Knowledge, Technical and Regulatory issues is aimed to share research progress and experiences among Asian countries, as well as to facilitate in establishing harmonisation of regulatory on Probiotics and Prebiotics among Asian countries.

 

Important Dates

Dead line for abstract submission        : May 14, 2010

Notification of accepted abstract           : May 31, 2010

Payment of early bird registration fee  : June 4, 2010

Event                                                       : August 4-5, 2010

 

Scientific Program

 

The program will include a limited number of plenary invited lectures and several parallel oral presentation sessions, to be selected from the abstracts and poster sessions.  The scientific areas will cover :

1.Health benefit (decontamination, immunological function, cellular mechanisms, neural function, clinical studies

2.Technical aspects (viability,  shelf life; importance of the matrix,  microencapsulation, methods of analyses, production, functional foods)

3. Local knowledges (local foods containing probiotics and prebiotics)

4. Regulatory on Probiotics  and Prebiotics

- USA (FDA regulation)

- Europe (QPS, EFSA)

- Indonesia : today and tomorrow

- India

- Clinical trials conditions (criteria for good quality studies, constrains and     opportunities)

- Safety aspects (microbiological, physiological, immunological)

5. Synbiotic Effect

 

Further information please contact:

Miss  Putri Tunjungsari
ISSPP Secretariat

Salemba Raya 6 Jakarta 10430
Indonesia
Phone: 62 21 70999130
Email:
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Detailed Information & Registration Form Download

 

 

 
Social event - Buffet dinner and Singapore charm at night

Singapore Society for Microbiology & Biotechnology (SSMB) is pleased to organise a social event for all members. 
We hope that through this social event, you can catch up with the other members of the society over good food,
foster a closer link between the members and also to update everyone of some exciting development in the society.

 

To REGISTER for this event, please drop an email to:

Ms Leong May Ling at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Ms Lim Chai Yen at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

With the participant's name, NRIC no. & contact no. by 25 NOV 2011.

  

As there are only limited places, please register early to avoid disappointment.

 
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Annual General Meeting cum seminar on Helicobacter pylori

We are pleased to announce that Singapore Society for Microbiology & Biotechnology (SSMB) will
having our Annual General Meeting cum a seminar on Helicobacter pylori and its role in gastric
diseases on 10th Feburary 2012, 2pm at NUS MD4A level 4. 

A tea reception and member interaction session will follow after the AGM. A warm welcome is
extended to everyone!







 
IUMS 2014 Congresses

 

International Union of Microbiological Societies (IUMS) holds international
congresses covering the fields of Bacteriology, Virology and Mycology once
every3 years. SSMB is a member of International Union of Microbiological Societies,
and we are holding the IUMS 2017 Congresses. The next IUMS 2014 Congresses will be
held in Montréal, Canada.

 

International Union of Microbiological Societies 2014 Congresses

XIVth International Congress of Mycology

XIVth International Congress of Bacteriology and Applied Microbiology

XVIth International Congress of Virology

July 27 – August 1st 2014

Montréal, Canada

http://www.montrealiums2014.org/

 

 

 

 

 
SSMB Workshop: Food Safety – Present and Future

 

Singapore Society for Microbiology and Biotechnology

Workshop Programme

Food Safety – Present and Future

Workshop programme 

Registration form

Date    :           28 – 29 June 2012

 

Venue :          Life Science Lab.9, MD4, Level 4, Department of Microbiology,                                       
National University of Singapore.

 

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Day 1

0830 – 0900                                    Event Registration

 

0900 – 0910                      Opening Speech                                                                 
A/Prof. Lee Yuan Kun                                                   
President, SSMB                                

0910 – 0920                         Opening Speech                                                                  
Mr. Nuno Reis                                                                    
Regional Business Manager for Food APAC, Biomerieux.

0920 – 1000                         Overviews of AVA’s Food Safety Programme.                 
Mr Leslie Phua                                                                  
Deputy Director, Laboratories Department,                       
Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority

 

1000 – 1020                         Tea Break

 

1020 – 1100                         Accreditation & Food Safety                                                      
Ms Chin Poh Yin                                                                 
Head, Singapore Accreditation Council,                                 
SPRING Singapore

1100 – 1140                         Microbiological Techniques, Now and Then.                   
Ms Eunice Ng                                                        
Technical Director, Ugene Laboratory Services Pte Ltd.

 

1140 – 12.00                        Discussion : Q & A

12.00 – 1310                        Lunch

 

1310 – 1330                         Laboratory Safety Briefing                                               
Mr Lim Ek Wang                                                             
Principal Laboratory Officer,                                             
Department of Microbiology,                                              
National University of Singapore   

1330 – 1700                         Food Testing : From Sample to Result (Session 1)  Sample Preparation, Quality Indicators and Testing for Pathogens.                                                                                
Dr Johnny Queck                                                                   
ASEAN Regional Technical Support Team Leader, Biomerieux Singapore Pte Ltd.

 

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Day 2

 

 

0900 – 0940                         Overviews of NEA’s role and activities in food safety at the retail end.                                                                     
Dr Ramona Gutierrez                                                             
Acting Head, Food Hygiene Research Programme, Environmental Health Institute,                                                       
National Environment Agency

 

0940 – 1000                         Tea Break

 

1000 – 1040                         Automation in Food Safety                                               
Dr Johnny Queck                                                                
ASEAN Regional Technical Support Team Leader, Biomerieux Singapore Pte Ltd.

 

1040 – 11.00                        Discussion :  Q & A

1100 – 1230                         Lunch

 

1230 – 1640                         Food Testing : From Sample to Result (Session 2) Enumeration and Identification                                                
Dr Johnny Queck                                                                
ASEAN Regional Technical Support Team Leader, Biomerieux Singapore Pte Ltd.

1640 – 1700                         Closing Speech  & Certificate Presentation                
A/Prof. Lee Yuan Kun                                                             
President, SSMB

 

End of Programme

Organising Committee

Mr Lim Ek Wang

Mr Francis Wong

Dr Johnny Queck

Ms Elisa Chan

Ms Leong May Ling

Ms Koh Guat Nee

 

 

 
IP Week@SG (IPMCS 2012 and EAP2IC 2012)

 IP Week@SG (IPMCS 2012 and EAP2IC 2012)

Date: 12th & 13th July 2012

Don’t miss out on engaging with some of the world’s most influential IP professionals, market players and policy makers at the Intellectual Property Management for C-Suite Seminar (IPMCS) and the 10th Europe Asia Patent and Patent Information Conference (EAP2IC)! For more information, visit http://www.ipweeksg.com/

SSMB members will get to enjoy 20% discount for tickets (please see table below):

Pricing Packages (S$)

(excluding GST)

Base Price

(per pax)

Early Bird Discount

(20%)

Group Discount (20%)

IPMCS

400

320

320

IPMCS

(PM session)

150

120

120

EAP2IC

(Conference only)

300

240

240

IPMCS and EAP2IC

630

500

500

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 
SSMB 40th Annual General Meeting

Date: Fri, 22 Feb 2013

200 - 245pm Talk 1 (Emerging and re-emerging infections in Singapore)

245 - 330pm Talk 2 (Effective Microorganisms)

330 - 400pm SSMB AGM

400 - 430pm Tea & cake

 

Clinical Research Centre,

10 Medical Drive,

Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine,

National University of Singapore

 

Abstract 1

 

Emerging and re-emerging infections in Singapore 

Associate Professor Leo Yee Sin  

Emerging and re-emerging infections defined as an infectious disease that has newly appeared in a population or that has been known for some time but is rapidly increasing in incidence or geographic range. In the middle of last centaury, improved sanitation coupled with the availability of vaccine and anti-microbial has changed the landscape of infectious diseases; smallpox was successfully eradicated, common infections in the past such as diphtheria, typhoid are uncommon today. However, we continue to face different challenges from the microbes.

 

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) in 1992 introduced the concepts on factors of emergence. The factors identified were closely related to human activities that changed the ecology of the microbiological world. These included microbial adaptation and change, human demographics and behaviour (eg urbanisation), the breakdown of public health, impact of new technology and industry, international travel and commerce, and economic development and land use. New emergence factors were added to the list in 2003; human susceptibility to infection, climate and weather, changing ecosystems, poverty and social inequality, war and famine, lack of political will (that ties in with the breakdown of public health), and the intent to harm (bioterrorism).

 

Over the past 2-3 decades, more than 30 new, or newly-recognised, infections have been identified around the world. In the local setting, we experienced Nipah outbreak in 1999 and SARS in 2003; both involved novel pathogen, the first local outbreak of chikungunya in 2008, pandemic H1N1 in 2009 and the re-emerging dengue in the last 1-2 decades. We review the challenges faced in managing these outbreaks in Singapore.

 

 

Abstract 2

Effective Microorganisms 

Dr Hia Hui Ching  

Environmental consultant


Microorganisms have existed for billions of years and are the oldest life forms on Earth. However, rapid industrialization with the extensive use of synthetic chemicals brought about serious pollution issues that kill not only the bad microbes, but also the good ones around us.


Effective Microorganisms (EM) are a mixed culture of beneficial microorganisms mostly found in fermented food. EM is made up of three main species – phototrophic bacteria, lactic acid bacteria and yeast. EM Technology was developed in 1982 by Professor Dr. Teruo Higa from the University of Ryukyus, Okinawa, Japan. EM was originally used as an alternative for agricultural chemicals. Today, EM has applications worldwide in sustainable agriculture, environmental conservation, industrial, household and health care. EMTM is produced in more than 59 countries around the world and is distributed to more than 120 countries.

 
This talk will include a brief introduction of EM and its applications, as well as a hands-on session on the activation of EM for domestic use. Audience are requested to bring along a used 500-ml PET bottle containing 400 ml of clean tap water to produce EM for home. 
 

 

Invited Speakers  

 

Associate Professor Leo Yee Sin currently heads the Department of Infectious Diseases of Tan Tock Seng Hospital. She is also the concurrent Clinical Director of Communicable Disease Centre, Singapore. Professor Leo graduated from the NUS in 1983 and obtained her Masters of Medicine and MRCP in 1989. Her sub-specialty fields in infectious diseases include HIV medicine, communicable diseases and outbreak management. Besides her busy clinical practice, she is also actively involved in teaching and research. Topics of her research interest include dengue, influenza, emerging infections, and HIV. She has more than 100 peer reviewed publications and is widely accepted as an outstanding Clinician-Researcher in Singapore.

 

Dr Hia Hui Ching has an avid interest in environmental issues and healthy eating. She graduated from Osaka University, Japan in 2004 with a PhD in Environmental Engineering, worked as a research scientist for 5 years in bioprocessing and stem cells BTI, A*STAR and then decided it was not her calling. In 2011, Hui Ching was engaged by Tanah Sutera Development Sdn Bhd in Johor Bahru as an environmental consultant to advocate the use of EM (Effective Microorganisms) in the environment and the neighbourhood. Hui Ching currently lives in Singapore with her husband and two young daughters Sophie and Bella.  

 

 

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