University of Dundee

Singapore Health Minister explores collaboration with Life Sciences and Medicine in Dundee

28 Jun 2013

The College of Life Sciences will welcome an official delegation from Singapore’s Ministry of Health, led by its Director of Medical Services, Professor Kandiah Satku, on Monday 1 July.

Professor Satku is visiting the College as part of a visit to the University of Dundee and NHS Tayside to see, at first hand, Dundee’s internationally acclaimed advances in clinical and laboratory-based research, chronic disease management – with a particular focus on diabetes - and healthcare quality improvement.

“We are delighted to be hosting this visit,” said Professor Andrew Morris, Dean of the School of Medicine at the University and Chief Scientist for Health in Scotland. “As Director of Medical Services for Singapore, Professor Satku will be assessing the potential for collaboration with the University of Dundee and NHS Tayside partnership. We are delighted that such an influential health ministry in Asia is considering Dundee as a partner of choice.”

At CLS Professor Satku will meet Professor Doreen Cantrell, Vice-Principal and Head of College to discuss international collaborations in life sciences research and Professor Paul Wyatt, Director of the Drug Discovery Unit for a tour of the internationally renowned DDU, a unique partnership between academia and pharma, which also has a major research focus on neglected tropical diseases affecting a huge part of the world's most vulnerable populations.

Professor Satku will also meet with Professor John Connell - Head of the College of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing and University Vice Principal for Research – to discuss the development of Academic Health Science Networks, which are collaborations between universities, health service providers and industry to deliver better healthcare delivery and improvement at a time when traditional healthcare systems are struggling to meet the demands posed by increasing burdens of chronic disease that affect populations.