New book on clinical research in Singapore

When Professor Woo Keng Thye conducted clinical research on kidney disease here over 30 years ago, he had to collaborate with his former teachers in Melbourne for his work to be published.

"Our labs were not recognised, our work was not recognised," said Prof Woo, an emeritus consultant in renal medicine at Singapore General Hospital.

Decades later, things could not be more different. He said: "Today, if you look at us, we are world class."

Prof Woo is among researchers whose work is featured in a commemorative book launched yesterday by Minister of State for Health Lam Pin Min at a clinical research conference.

Professor Woo Keng Thye (far left), an emeritus consultant at Singapore General Hospital, and Associate Professor Teoh Yee Leong, chief executive of the Singapore Clinical Research Institute, with copies of the commemorative book celebrating the progress
Professor Woo Keng Thye (left), an emeritus consultant at Singapore General Hospital, and Associate Professor Teoh Yee Leong, chief executive of the Singapore Clinical Research Institute, with copies of the commemorative book celebrating the progress of clinical research here. PHOTO: SINGAPORE CLINICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 29, 2015, with the headline 'New book on clinical research in Singapore'. Print Edition | Subscribe