Aug 2013

Beginning of a partnership with Janssen Pharmaceutical (Johnson & Johnson) to design new synapse-based therapeutics.

July 2013

We received a grant from the Ministry of Education (MOE Tier2) for a project on mitochondrial dynamics in neural circuits implicated in schizophrenia.

May 2013

Kudos to Jervis, Elisabeth and Li Yang who published their findings in Mol. Biol. Cell. In this paper, they managed to image a self-perpetuating signaling circuit during cell migration (PDF). Their study was featured in several science media portals.

April 2013

Our lab, together with 4 other groups, was awarded a translational clinical research partnership grant (TCRP) from the Biomedical Research Council (Singapore) for a project entitled: "Targeting the role of LRRK2 in mitochondrial and protein homeostasis for the development of novel Parkinson’s disease therapeutics"

Jan 2013

Welcome to Willcyn Tang, a DUKE-NUS PhD student who has decided to join the lab for his thesis.

Oct 2011

Vivian was awarded the Lee Kuan Yew post-doctoral fellowship

Congratulations to Vivian Poon, who was awarded the prestigious Lee Kuan Yew post-doctoral fellowship for her project on microRNAs and synapse assembly!

Aug 2011

Lab was awarded MOE grant

The lab was awarded a three-year grant from the Ministry of Education (MOE AcRF Tier2) for a project entitled: "The calcium sensor STIM: role in synaptic transmission, plasticity and behaviour"

Lynette published in Cell Death in Differentiation

Congrats to Lynette Lim, a collaborator from Markus Wenk's lab at NUS, who published her work in Cell Death in Differentiation. Lim L, Jackson-Lewis V, Wong LC, Shui GH, Goh AX, Kesavapany S, Jenner AM, Fivaz M, Przedborski S, Wenk MR. Lanosterol induces mitochondrial uncoupling and protects dopaminergic neurons from cell death in a model for Parkinson's disease. Cell death and differ. 2011 Aug.

Nov 2010

Lab was awarded NMRC Exploratory grant

Our Lab was awarded a two-year exploratory grant by the National Medical Research Council (NMRC) for a project entitled: "Marrying microRNAs and microfluidics to spawn new insights in CNS axon regeneration".

Nov 2010

Liz Lim was awarded a New Investigator NMRC grant

Liz Lim was awarded a grant from the National Medical Research Council (NMRC) for new investigators (NIG) for her post-doc project entitled: "A photoactivation imaging approach to unravel the role of Disrupted in Schizophrenia 1 (DISC1) in axonal transport and neuronal polarization"

OCT 2010

Research article was published in Cell Calcium

Loo Chin Wong, Lu Bo and Kia Wee Tan published a paper in Cell Calcium, introducing a piece of software that analyzes Ca2+ traces in populations of single cells [PDF]

13 Nov 2009

DUNES Symposium 2009

The very first Symposium organized by DUKE-NUS Early Career Scientist Association (DUNEs) was held successfully on Nov 13, 2009 (Friday) at Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, Singaproe, which consisted of serval well-designed programs: morning in-house oral presentations by DUKE-NUS researchers, afternoon career development talks by industry professionals, a whole day poster presentation, prize award ceremony for DUKE-NUS Photography competition 2009 and of course very nice lunch & tea breaks plus WINE and CHEESE which were generously sponsored by Office of Research, DUKE-NUS and bio-companies. This is a fitting event to showcase the scientific excellence of our junior research staff, and to encourage the sharing and communication of scientific knowledge and expertise within Duke-NUS. This inaugural Symposium served perfectly as the first of many such celebrations of the achievements of our early career scientists. The image above is the prize winning photo (scientific category) by our lab member Wong Loo Chin. [Read more]

28 Sep 2009
PM Lee officially opens the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School

Academic medical centres like the Outram campus, which the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School (Duke-NUS GMS) is a part of, and the National University Health System, are key components of the overall healthcare system. They need to develop a 'triple bottom line' of delivering good medical care, educating the next generation of doctors well and enhancing our medical capabilities through research. Guest-of-Honour Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong was speaking at the Official Opening of the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School on 28 September.  [Read more]

Feb 2009

MOE Grant was awarded

We were awarded a 3-year grant from the Ministry of Education (MOE) for a project entitled: "Inducible manipulation of Ras and PI3K signaling to promote CNS axon regeneration"

Oct 2008

Review paper published in BioEssays

Li Yang wrote a perspective in BioEssays entitled "Feedback-mediated neuronal competition for survival cues regulates innervation of a target tissue" on a paper published by the Ginty lab in Science. [PDF]
22 July 2008
Duke-NUS: Towards building Singapore as a medipolis

DUKE-NUS Graduate Medical School (Duke-NUS) is now closer to moving into its new campus with the completion of structural works (expected moving-in date, February, 2009). The School with 24,000 sq meters of space, will house some 500 researchers, faculty, staff and students when it begin its 2009 term next August. The School's building will be named after the late philanthropist Tan Sri Khoo Teck Puat who had high regard for the importance of medicine and education. His Estate had donated $80 million to Duke-NUS in his memory.  [Read more]

19 Oct 2007

Neuroscience Research Partnership forged between A*STAR and Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School

The Singapore Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School (Duke-NUS GMS) announced a new partnership to build up an integrated neuroscience research programme. This Neuroscience Research Partnership (NRP) will have a strong focus on translational research to provide a link from basic research to clinical applications. The research programme will draw together and expand existing research in developmental neuroscience and molecular neurobiology groups at A*STAR's Institute for Molecular and Cell Biology, co-ordinated with Signature Research Programme in neurobehavioural disorders at the Duke-NUS GMS. [Read more]