Weekly Roundup: biotechin.asia

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7th December – 13th December 2015

Perspectives: The Future of Learning

The fourth season of Channel NewsAsia’s (CNA) ‘Perspectives’ is ongoing and being presented byNewcastle University, UK. The CNA flagship discussion programme features weekly panel sessions focusing on various global issues including energy, economics, ageing and education. We from Biotechin.asia attended this week’s panel discussion “The Future of Learning” at the Singapore Institute of Technology (Dover) Auditorium. (Read more)

APACMed Kicks Off Asia Pacific MedTech Forum 2015

The Asia Pacific MedTech Forum 2015, the region’s leading event for medical technology professionals, starts today in Singapore with the theme Pioneering a Healthy Future Together. Hosted by the Asia Pacific Medical Technology Association (APACMed), the two-day conference will address issues driving the industry and how innovation and collaboration are vital to help solve the unmet healthcare needs of people in Asia Pacific. For the full agenda, visit medtechforum.asia. (Read more)

Hepatitis C outbreak: Probe points to lapses at Singapore General Hospital

An independent committee has pointed to poor infection control practices at the Singapore General Hospital (SGH), which led to the hepatitis C outbreak in its wards earlier this year. It also said the hospital was tardy in recognising the outbreak; its investigations were incomplete and it had delayed in escalating the incident, concluded the Independent Review Committee tasked to look into the spread of the hepatitis C virus in SGH’s wards 64A and 67. (Read more)

Indian government tells labs to fund research by themselves 

A two day ‘chitin shivir’ or a brain storming camp was organised in Dehradun in June with an outcome that stated that all the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) labs would turn the research projects into profitable ventures over the next two years. The CSIR was directed to generate half of its funds by external funded projects and grants and to send in progress reports to the centre on how, “each of the laboratories is focusing its resources on developing specific lines of inventions which would contribute to the social and economic objectives of the Narendra Modi government for the poor and the common man.” (Read more)

Scientists have discovered how early Alzheimer’s destroys brain connections

Researchers in Australia have identified the mechanism by which synapses in the brain are destroyed in the early onset of Alzheimer’s disease – long before the typical symptoms show up – and say the discovery could lead to faster diagnosis and a possible treatment. (Read more)

Empowering the Brain: Useful for ALS

Royal Philips and US firm Accenture have developed a software, in 2014, to allow patients suffering from Amiotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) to operate apparatus using brainwaves transmitted via Emotiv Insight Brainware, a wearable EEG brainwave headset. (Read more)

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Scientist-entrepreneur-manager-journalist: -Co-founder, Author; Former Assistant Editor and Director, Biotechin.Asia, Biotech Media Pte. Ltd.; -Founder & CEO, SciGlo (www.sciglo.com); -Programme Management Officer, SBIC, A*STAR (former Research Fellow). --Sandhya graduated from University of Madras, India (B.Sc Microbiology and M.Sc Biotechnology) and received her Ph.D from the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She worked on oxidative stress in skin, skeletal, adipose tissue and cardiac muscle for a decade from 2006-2016. She is currently working as a Programme Management Officer handling projects and grants at Singapore Bioimaging Consortium (SBIC), Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR). Earlier to this she was a Research Fellow in the Fat Metabolism and Stem Cell Group at SBIC. Sandhya was also the Vice President and Publicity Chair of A*PECSS (A*STAR Post Doc Society) (2014-2016). Recently she founded a platform for scientists - SciGlo (www.sciglo.com) and is a startup mentor at Vertical VC (Finland). She is an ardent lover of science and enjoys globe trotting and good vegetarian food.