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"Transforming Health in Singapore Through Precision Medicine"
February 22nd, 2023, 9:00 AM EST, 2:00 PM UTC
Prof. Patrick Tan
Prof. Patrick Tan is the Executive Director of PRECISE. As Executive Director of PRECISE, Prof Tan is currently overseeing the implementation of Phase II of Singapore’s Precision Medicine Strategy, which aims to transform healthcare in Singapore and improve patient outcomes through new insights into the Asian genome and data-driven healthcare solutions.
During the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, he was Program Director of Operation Stronghold, establishing one of Singapore’s largest COVID-19 testing facilities through a joint effort involving A*STAR (Agency for Science, Technology and Research), National University Health System, and Temasek Holdings. Prof Tan is also Executive Director of the Genome Institute of Singapore and Professor at the Duke-NUS Medical School. He received his B.A. (summa cum laude) from Harvard University and MD PhD degree from Stanford University, where he received the Charles Yanofsky prize for Most Outstanding Graduate Thesis in Physics, Biology or Chemistry. Other awards include the President’s Scholarship, Loke Cheng Kim scholarship, Young Scientist Award (A-STAR), Singapore Youth Award (twice), Chen New Investigator Award (Human Genome Organization), President’s Science Award, and the Japanese Cancer Association International Award. In 2018, he received the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Team Science Award as Team Leader, representing the first time a team from Asia has received the award.
Prof. Tan is also an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI), the Bioethics Advisory Committee (BAC), a Board Member of the International Gastric Cancer Association, and on the Board of Reviewing Editors for Science.
About the Talk
Singapore like many other countries, faces evolving healthcare demands, driven by a rapidly ageing population and increased prevalence of chronic diseases. Precision Medicine (PM) is an innovative data-driven medical approach, where scientists and doctors take into consideration the patient’s genetic background, lifestyle and environmental factors to pre-empt the development of diseases, deliver accurate diagnosis and optimise treatments. In Singapore, the National Precision Medicine (NPM) programme is a whole-of-government approach to explore how PM should be best deployed to transform healthcare, drive research & clinical innovation, propel growth and create value propositions to uplift the local biomed tech industry. Through NPM, we hope to preserve health and improve health outcomes through data-driven medical approaches to provide Singaporeans with the highest quality of life.
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Previous Webinars (2022)
VIEW 2021 WEBINARS
- April 30, 2021: “Establishing and Managing Large Biobank Studies“ presented by Prof. Zhengming Chen
- June 24, 2021: “The MAUCO Project“ presented by Prof. Catterina Ferreccio
- July 22, 2021: “Longitudinal Population Cohorts” presented by Dr. Kobus Herbst
- August 23, 2021: “Update on Bio-specimen Collection in MVP“ presented by Dr. J. Michael Gaziano
- September 28, 2021: “What Do iTunes and Genetic Analyses Have In Common?” presented by Oriol Canela-Xandri