Past Events - Year 2013

SSMB-Food Pathogen Appreciation Workshop

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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: ek_wang_lim /@/
Tel : +65-65163289

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13th 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.


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

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 and tentative programme.

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.

Please RSVP to Benson Chua at yen_leong_chua /@/