Singapore Society for Microbiology and Biotechnology (SSMB)

Past Events
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

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.


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

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 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.



2nd - 5th December 2010

Congress Venue

Shangri-la Hotel

Congress Secretariat

Medicomms Asia (S) Pte Ltd
27 Foch Road
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

Tel: +65 6322 2742

Email: merrylyn.yeo

Contact: Merrylyn Yeo


38th SSMB Annual General Meeting

38th Singapore Society of Micorbiology and Biotechnology Annual General Meeting



Fri, 25 Feb 2011 (3pm)



 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



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
Phone: 62 21 70999130
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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.




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





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.



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.



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

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


Group Discount (20%)






(PM session)





(Conference only)






















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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