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Duke University and NUS have signed an agreement to mark the second phase of their strategic collaboration in medical education and research, which runs for the next 5 years. The symbolic signing ceremony, held on November 30, 2010, was witnessed by Singapore’s Health Minister Mr. Khaw Boon Wan and Education Minister Dr. Ng Eng Hen.

The Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disorders (CVMD) Signature Research Program at Duke-NUS is playing its part in the fight against cardiovascular disease and its complications, which claim an estimated 17.1 million lives a year.

The educational curriculum for medical students at Duke University in the US and at Duke-NUS in Singapore is constantly being reviewed and updated as educators on both sides look for new ways to improve the overall learning experiences of their respective students.

The Office of Clinical Sciences (OCS) at Duke-NUS is a unique set-up in Singapore. It helps to train and develop those who are interested in doing clinical or patient-oriented research.

Nothing beats understanding the physiologic changes of pregnancy, as well as labor pains and delivery, than going through it yourself.

Medical Students Volunteer in Indonesia
Andrew Green, Class of 2012, reports on a recent trip by 17 Duke-NUS medical students who provided health screening to children on the Indonesian island of Batam.

Editor: Greg Lee
Production and copy-editing: Adeline Sim
Vital Science is an official publication of Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore.

This issue's banner shows a core lab in the Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases Program at Duke-NUS. Headed by
Principal Investigator Associate Professor Scott Summers, it studies the role of ceramide, a toxic by-product of saturated fat,
in the development of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.