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They are an eclectic bunch of professionals organized under the Duke-NUS banner, brought together to tackle important health issues such as dementia, caregiver burden, and the role of innovative medical technologies with unique methodologies. Professor David Matchar, head of the Health Services & Systems Research (HSSR) Program, gave Vital Science the scoop on his multi-talented team and the pioneering work it is involved in.

Students in their third year at Duke-NUS go through a challenging but rewarding year that few medical schools can offer. Vital Science finds out what the research-intensive third year is really like and how it brings out the best in its participants.

In December, Duke-NUS further strengthened its reputation as a leading global center of
medical research when it hosted an important international conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID), which attracted world-leading doctors, scientists and medical professionals.

The beginning of a new year often marks a time of reflection and review. This is therefore an appropriate time to share with you 2009 updates from the student community service.
A touch of Bavaria at the Faculty Appreciation Night - Skohl!
Third year Duke-NUS medical students display their research work
Dunes Symposium
Ngee Ann Kongsi’s Distinguished Scholars Program
Singapore researchers join forces to test promising anti-flu drug
Pancakes for a cause

Editor: John Davidson
Production and copy-editing: Adeline Sim
Vital Science is a quarterly publication produced by the Office of Communications and Development.

For this issue, the banner features 3rd year Duke-NUS medical student Eunizar Omar attending Dr. Deidre De Silva’s clinic to learn more about patient care. These learning settings provide opportunities for the medical student to do follow ups on study patients and recruit new patients.