Shaping tomorrow's leaders today in molecular diagnostics

$160 (SGD) Early bird - before 11:59 PM on 26th February 2017

$193 (SGD) Normal - on or after 27th February 2017

(Closing Date: 7th April 2017)

All fees are inclusive of 7% GST


This symposium will showcase the healthcare-relevant genomic activities that are taking place in Singapore, with an emphasis on Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS), the technology driving the implementation of genomic medicine.

Topics include: Implementation of genomics in the molecular diagnostics laboratory; Genomics in reproductive medicine, prenatal diagnostics, inherited disorders, infectious diseases and oncology, rare disorders, and microbiota; Bioinformatics.

At SMDS, we aim to foster regional collaborations between scientists and clinicians to bring translational genomics medicine closer to reality.

  • Meet the experts
  • Learn the updates
  • Spread your ideas
  • Build your network
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Molecular Diagnosis Centre (MDC) is a division of the Department of Laboratory Medicine in National University Hospital (NUH). It was previously headed by A/Prof Evelyn Koay (PhD, FRCPath, FAACB) since its inception in April 1998. MDC is currently headed by acting director, Dr Benedict Yan (MBBS, FRCPath), and supported by a team of professional staff including Dr Karen Tan (PhD, MBBS, FRCPath) and experienced technical staff. To-date, MDC houses >100 validated diagnostic tests encompassing infectious diseases, genetic mutations, prenatal diagnosis, hemato-oncology, and pharmacogenetics. To meet local and international standards of performance, MDC is accredited by College of American Pathologists (CAP) and SAC-SINGLAS. MDC is also actively involved in R&D and has published widely in the domains mentioned above.

Invited speakers

Key opinion leaders in their field


NUS University Hall, Auditorium, Level 2
Lee Kong Chian Wing
21 Lower Kent Ridge Road SINGAPORE 119077

Carpark Information
Limited car park facilities are available at NUS University Hall underground Carpark CP6B. More car park lots are available at CP5 (Sports and Recreation Centre).
Visitors may park their vehicles in WHITE coloured lots at the pay car parks at the rate of 2 cents per minute at Kent Ridge Campus. All red coloured parking lots are strictly reserved for staff holding the appropriate NUS season passes.

By public transport
From Kent Ridge MRT Station (Circle Line "orange line")
Board free shuttle bus A1 at Kent Ridge Station (bus stop number 18331), Lower Kent Ridge Road. Alight at University Hall, Lower Kent Ridge Road, 3 stops later (bus stop number 18311). Walk up slope 170 m towards NUS University Hall along the same side of the road.

From Buona Vista MRT Station (East-West Line "green line")
Board SBS bus 95 at opposite Buona Vista MRT (bus number 11369), North Buona Vista Road. Alight at University Hall, Lower Kent Ridge Road, 6 stops later (bus stop number 18311). Walk up slope 170 m towards NUS University Hall along the same side of the road.

7:50-8:20      Registration
8:20-8:30      Opening address - Dr Roland Jureen/ Dr Benedict Yan
8:30-9:30     Keynote Lecture: How to Setup a CAP-accredited Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory with NGS as a Specialty - Dr Safedin Sajo Beqaj
9:30-10:30   Application of Clinical Genomics - Inherited Cardiac Conditions and Rare Diseases - A/Prof Roger Foo
10:30-11:00   Teabreak (networking, exhibits, posters)
11:00-12:00   Evidence Based Use of NGS-based Noninvasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT) in Modern Day Clinical Practice - A/Prof Mahesh Choolani
12:00-12:15   Vendor Talk: Introducing Vishuo's Precision Oncology Solution - Dr Zheng Weiling
12:15-13:30   Lunch
13:30-14:30   The Utility of NGS in Preimplantation Screening and Diagnosis (PGS/ PGD) - A/Prof Samuel Chong
14:30-15:30   Beyond Genomics: What Happens Afterwards - Dr Pauline Ng
15:30-16:00   Teabreak (Networking, exhibits, posters)
16:00-17:00   Genome in a hospital - the laboratory perspective - Dr Benedict Yan
17:00-18:00   Meet the expert session
8:30-9:30   Implementation Science and Genomic Medicine - Supporting Translation With Health Services Research - A/Prof Joanne Yoong Su-Yin
9:30-10:30   Mutational Landscape of Monomorphic Epitheliotropic Intestinal T Cell Lymphoma: Defining a New Disease Entity - A/Prof Tan Soo Yong
10:30-11:00   Teabreak (Networking, exhibits, posters)
11:00-12:00   Molecular Profiling of Gynaecological Cancers to Optimize Therapy - Dr David Tan Shao Peng
12:00-12:15   Vendor Talk: TBC
12:15-13:30   Lunch
13:30-14:30   NGS in Infectious Diseases: from Causative Agent Discovery to Serological Investigation - Prof Wang Linfa
14.30-15.30   GI Microbiota Profile as Marker for Mental Health Status of the Elderly - A/Prof Lee Yuan Kun
15:30-16:00   Teabreak (Networking, exhibits, posters)
16:00-17:00   Clinical Utility of Genomics in Infectious Diseases - Dr Lee Hong Kai
17:00-17:15   Closing Address - Dr Benedict Yan

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The last event in April 2017

SMDS was created in the spirit of "Spreading the Ideas in Molecular Diagnosis".

The SMDS is designed to foster communication between the healthcare community, research organizations and individuals. The committee strives to create an environment conducive for conversation between the audience and speakers.

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