Events - 2013


DEPARTMENT OF BIOENGINEERING HAS BEEN RENAMED TO "DEPARTMENT OF BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING"

I am glad to inform you that the Department of Bioengineering has been renamed to “Department of Biomedical Engineering” with effect from 1st October 2013 and its undergraduate program to the “Bachelor of Engineering (Biomedical Engineering)”.

After more than a decade of growth, the Department has built solid foundations in research areas closely related to healthcare.  Most of the academic staff has research collaborations with clinicians from various hospitals and medical institutes.  Their research projects target medical problems such as cancer diagnosis, orthopedic devices, tissue engineered human tissues, and image analysis for neurodegenerative diseases. 

The change to “Biomedical Engineering” reflects the research development of the Department, better clarity of Department’s identity to prospective students and industry, and strengthen links with medical community.

Dr Yap Choon Hwai joined the Department as an Assistant Professor on 22 July 2013.

He received his B.S. in Civil Engineering at Cornell University and M.S. in Civil Engineering at California Institute of Technology. Thereafter, he completed his Ph.D. in Bioengineering at Georgia Institute of Technology, and a postdoctoral stint at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Dr. Yap's research is on fetal cardiovascular biomechanics as well as medical ultrasound techniques. He tests the hypothesis that abnormal hemodynamic mechanical forces in the prenatal cardiovascular system are the cause of congenital anatomic malformations, and he investigates novel ultrasound techniques for the diagnosis and treatment of congenital malformations as well as adult heart valve diseases.  read more

Office: E1-05-17
Telephone no: 6516 4257.
Email:  bieyapc@nus.edu.sg


6th East Asian Pacific Student Workshop

The 6th East Asian Pacific Student Workshop (6EAPSW) was held on March 23-24 2013 in the Engineering Auditorium. The focus was on Nano-Biomedical Engineering. Prof. Takami Yamaguchi inaugurated the workshop. There were a total of 51 talks in eight different categories including 4-keynote talks. The keynote talks were given by Prof. Yoshifumi Saijo and Prof. Kei Takase from Tohoku University, Prof. CT Lim from National University of Singapore and Prof. Balaji Narasimham from Iowa State University. The closing remarks were given by Prof. Toh Siew Lok. In the end, Prof. James Goh presented a plaque to Prof. Yamaguchi as a memento on his retirement. 

The workshop was jointly organized by BIE Grad Club of Department of Bionegineering, NUS and Tohoku University.

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Engineers work with clinicians to make a better world

WHERE would healthcare be without Engineering? Professor Lim Chwee Teck speaking at the NUS Engineering Lecture Series, shared his views with a packed audience from the academia, schools and industry.

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Our BME staff also won accolades for the Young Investigator Award competition, held during the 15th International Conference on Biomedical Engineering in Singapore, from 4-7 Dec 2013.

Benjamin Teo Kim Kiat was awarded the Second Prize, while Evelyn K.F. Yim won the Special Merit Prize category.

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Gold award winners of S$1500 at the BES-SEC Design Award, held in Singapore on 4 to 7 Dec 2013, at the 15th International Conference on Biomedical Engineering.

Undergraduate students, Zi Ai Chew, Brandon Bao Sheng Yew, Hsin Yao Chiu, and Dorothy Shuzhen Neo, from Department of Biomedical Engineering, NUS, had done us proud by winning the Gold Award, for their project on ‘Design of a Paper-Based Micro-Viscometer for Blood Plasma'.

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'APCB 2013 Award for Excellent Thesis as a superior oral presentation winner', at the 7th Asian Pacific Conference on Biomechanics 2013, held from August 29th to 31st in Seoul, Korea.

D Anitha, gave a presentation on her project, titled “Local osteoporosis and its effects on anti-resorptive drug treatment: A 3-year follow-up finite-element study in risedronate-treated women”.

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'Andrzej J. Komor New Investigator Award' at the 14th International Symposium on Computer Simulation in Biomechanics, held from August 1st to 3rd in Natal, Brazil.

D Anitha, gave a presentation on her project, titled “Local osteoporosis and its effects on anti-resorptive drug treatment: A 3-year follow-up finite-element study in risedronate-treated women”.

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Award Presentation for "Outstanding Oral Presentation Award” at the 7th East Asian Consortium on Biomedical Engineering, held in November 2013 at the National Taiwan University, Taiwan.

Aishwarya Bandla, receiving the “Outstanding Oral Presentation Award” from Prof. Yoshifumi Saijo, Tohoku University, for her talk on “Reversibility of Cortical Functions during Acute Ischemic Stroke via Sensorimotor Stimulation,” in the Neural/Tissue Engineering session.

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“A breakthrough in understanding the mechanobiology of skin cells".

Prof Lim and his team have discovered how keratinocytes can form “bridges” across areas devoid of a supporting extracellular matrix. This work was published in Nature Materials.

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“Reinventing the Wheel to Save Manpower".

NUS and local engineering firm HOPE Technik have created a motorised, omni¬directional hospital bed, using a wheel design that could be applied to other sectors as well. The motorised bed, called SESTO, leverages on an invention by Dr Yu Haoyong from the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Engineering Design and Innovation Centre at the NUS Faculty of Engineering. Mr Melvin Loh and Ms Rachel Hong, Directors of the Medical Engineering Research and Commercialization Initiative of the Department of Surgery at the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, are leading the test-bedding of the prototype under a collaborative effort with NUH.

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"ICMAT 2013 Best Poster Award: Symposium BB: Nanomedicine: Emerging Nanomaterials for Bioimaging, Targeting and Therapeutic Applications".

Eugenia Yeo won the best poster award for Symposium BB at the recent 7th International Conference on Materials for Advanced Technologies (ICMAT 2013). Eugenia, a Research Engineering at the Nanomedicine and Nanobiology Lab, who is also an incoming Ph.D. student in August 2013 presented the work she has been researching to understand the mechanisms of aggregation-based assays.

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"Bioengineering team builds realistic 3-D tumour model using silk scaffolds".

A BIOENGINEERING team working with the NUS Department of Orthopaedic Surgery has developed a highly realistic three-dimensional (3-D) tumour model, able to track the effectiveness and progress of drug therapy. Their model has the potential to be a more effective method for studying tumours than in-vitro and even in-vivo methods.

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"NUS Team Creates Realistic 3-D Tumour Through Tissue Engineering Using Silk Scaffolds"

Researchers from the National University of Singapore's Bioengineering and Orthopaedic Surgery departments have developed a highly realistic three-dimensional (3D) tumour model

1. The Straits Times, Home, page B2 “NUS team’s labgrown tumours help drug testing”:

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2. Channel NewsAsia and also XinMSN Online - “NUS team creates realistic 3D tumour model”:

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"AyoxxA wins 2nd prize at Asian Enterpreneurship Award 2013"

AyoxxA Biosystems scored again. The company which has its origins as an NUS Bioengineering startup in 2010, won the second prize (1.5 million yens or S$19,500) in the Asian Entrepreneurship Award (AEA) 2013 an international business competition for young Asian entrepreneurs.

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"ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR ZHANG YONG RESEARCH TEAM HAS DEVELOPED A NOVEL MICROFLUIDIC DEVICE FOR EFFICIENT, RAPID SEPARATION AND DETECTION OF NON-SPHERICAL BIOPARTICLES".

A bioengineering research team from the National University of Singapore (NUS) team led by Associate Professor Zhang Yong has developed a novel microfluidic device for efficient, rapid separation and detection of non-spherical bioparticles. Microfluidic devices deal with the behavior, precise control and manipulation of fluids that are geometrically constrained to sub-millimeter scale. This new device, which separates and detects non-spherical bioparticles such as pathogenic bacteria and malaria infected red blood cells, can potentially be used for rapid medical diagnostics and treatment.

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"NUS BIOENGINEERING START-UP WINS TOP ASIAN INNOVATION AWARD AND TWO OTHER PRIZES".

NUS Bioengineering start-up Clearbridge BioMedics swept three awards at The Wall Street Journal (WSJ)'s Asian Innovation Awards ceremony held in Hong Kong (20 Nov). Clearbridge Biomedics took the WSJ Asian Innovation Award (Gold), Technopreneur of the Year Award and the Audience Choice Award. This is the first time a company has won three WSJ awards in a single sitting..

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"ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR ZHANG YONG HAS RECEIVED THE IES PRESTIGIOUS ENGINEERING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD 2012".

Associate Professor Zhang Yong's groundbreaking work in developing a novel upconversion nanoparticle technology for imaging, disease diagnostics and therapy has been internationally recognized and highly cited. His team is amongst those at the forefront leading the world in this field of upconversion nanoparticle research and was the first to use the nanoparticles for animal imaging, photodynamic therapy and controlled gene delivery that were recently reported in the esteemed journals, Nature Medicine and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. For his outstanding contributions in developing this novel upconverting nanoparticle technology, he is awarded the Institution of Engineers Singapore (IES) Prestigious Engineering Achievement Award 2012.

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“Clearbridge Biomedics has bern featured on BBC World News on Asia Business Report, on 9 August 2013 (Singapore's medical risk takers)"

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“A modified slanted spiral microfluidic biochip for high throughput isolation of tumour cells from blood samples".

The slanted spiral microfluidic separation device developed by the research group of Professor Chwee Teck Lim at the National University of Singapore exploits the size difference between CTCs and normal cells. Inside the device, the blood sample is subjected to the effects of the Dean vortex flow, an inherent feature of curved microchannels, and inertial lift forces. Both forces are a function of particle size, meaning the balance of the forces can be optimised to focus cells of different sizes to distinct lateral positions within the channel, allowing physical separation and isolation of CTCs from white blood cells (WBCs).

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"RESEARCH WORK HAS BEEN PUBLISHED IN A PRESTIGIOUS JOURNAL NATURE MEDICINE".

Associate Professor Zhang Yong and his team have developed a new upconversion technology that paves the way for a new non-invasive method of treating deep cancer. The team has so far, proven that their technology could inhibit tumour growth in mice. This is a world's first for non-invasive photodynamic therapy of deep cancer by using upconversion nanoparticles.

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“Maternal Depression May Impact Brains of Unborn Children".

Anqi Qiu, Ph.D., an associate professor of bioengineering at the National University of Singapore, and colleagues evaluated 157 women for depression when they were in the 26th week of pregnancy. The researchers used the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS), a 10-item self-report scale designed as a screening instrument for postnatal depression, but which also has been well validated for use in antenatal depression. The EPDS rates the intensity of depressive symptoms during the preceding seven days. Scores of 13 or higher indicate depression. Twenty-eight of the women scored within this range..

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Congratulations on winning the 'Best conference paper award' and the 'Finalist award for the best conference paper' at ROBIO 2013.

In the recent ROBIO 2013, out of 610 submissions, Wei's paper on 'cognitive tracking', won the best conference paper award. Keyu's paper on 'statistical implant & intramedullary robot', won the finalist award for the best conference paper in robotics.

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"Helping to shed light on schizophrenia".

Renick (above, centre) with two of his supervisors, Dr Yu Sun (left) and Dr Shen Kaiquan (right) at SINAPSE. The monitor shows a white matter fiber tractography obtained from diffusion MRI scans of the brain of a patient with schizophrenia. Collaborators of this research include Associate Prof Sim Kang (Institute of Mental Health), Prof Nitish Thakor, Director of SINAPSE (far left) Prof Anastasios Bezerianos, SINAPSE.

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