Editor's Corner: Research is key to transforming healthcare

By Anne Loh, Editor, The LKCMedicine

The Scholarly Projects in Year 4, a six-week module, is a cornerstone feature of the Imperial-NTU MBBS programme, where students take up a research topic over six weeks and present their findings during a celebratory evening. This year, the module has been given a new platform with the inaugural student-led research symposium. We look at the importance of introducing the rigours of research to students, in order to inculcate a respect and appreciation for the science of medicine. We ask students and their research supervisors about their Scholarly Projects experience and find out how well the Year of 2020 did.

We profile Professor of Metabolic Medicine Bernhard Broehm who was recently appointed to the Ong Tiong Tat Chair Professorship of Diabetes Research – he tells us about the lifestyle factors that could lead to diabetes.

Associate Professor of Infectious Disease Kevin Pethe's discovery of compound Q203 in 2013 that proved effective against tuberculosis, continues to yield dividends as his recent published research shows that it can be used to treat Buruli ulcer as well. He tells us more in this issue.

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Anne Loh

Contributors & writers
Professor Michael Ferenczi
Amanda Lee
Andy Kwan
Chua Ying Pin
Lee Wei Chen, Frederick
Leow Hui Ling
Nur Nadirah Lim
Sean Firoz
Scott Tucker

Editorial Board
Professor Michael Ferenczi
Dr Vivien Chiong
Professor Philip Ingham
Mr Andrew Scheuber
Ms Suzanne Lim
A/Prof Tham Kum Ying