14 Jan 2013
Creating new knowledge for their love of medicine
Residents Creating New Knowledge for Their Love of Medicine
A passion for scientific discovery, fuelled by a desire to improve care for his patients was what led Internal Medicine (IM) Resident Dr Jason Chan to embark on a research project that grew into a decade-long commitment.
His research entitled ‘ABCB1-SLC22A1 haplotype profiles predict imatinib pharmacokinetics in Asian patients with chronic myeloid leukemia’ was recently published in the PLOS ONE journal. Inspired and mentored by Adjunct Professor Balram Chowbay, Principal Pharmacologist, National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS) and Dr Charles Chuah, Senior Consultant, Haematology, Singapore General Hospital (SGH), Dr Chan delved into the research, which entailed extensive collaboration among bio-statisticians, technicians, research scientists, pharmacologists and doctors from SGH and NCCS.
Says Dr Chan on his experience: “Apart from furthering my understanding of leukemia, it made me realise that even junior doctors like myself can help ‘create’ new knowledge in the field. I hope to inspire my fellow Residents and co-workers to embark on this exciting journey of exploration and discovery.”
He was awarded best research presentation among four other IM Residents whose abstracts were selected for presentation at the SingHealth Internal Medicine Residents’ Research Symposium 2013 on 4 January, 2013.
Associate Prof De Silva Deidre Anne, Core Faculty, IM, who steered the event, shared her hopes that the symposium would become a yearly showcase to inspire more Residents to join in this journey of exploring and creating new knowledge in Medicine.
(From left: Dr Orlanda Goh, Associate Prof De Silva Deidre Anne, Dr Kaavya Narasimhalu, Dr Jeanne Tan, Dr Jason Chan and Dr Anthony Yii)