Programme Overview

Programme Overview

Day 1: 29 September 2016 (Thursday)
8:30 – 9:00AM Arrival and Registration of Guests
9:00 – 9:10AM Welcome Address
Prof Chia Kee Seng
Dean, Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore

A/Prof Vernon Lee
President, College of Public Health and Occupational Physicians, Academy of Medicine Singapore

9:10 – 9:20AM

Opening Address by Guest-of-Honour
Dr Amy Khor
Senior Minister of State, Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources & Ministry of Health

9:20 – 9:25AM Awards Ceremony
9:25 – 9:30AM Opening Ceremony
9:30 – 10:30AM

Plenary Keynote
Dr Richard Horton
Editor-in-Chief, The Lancet
Public Health: The Basic Science of Humanity

10:30 – 11:00 AM Morning Tea Break
11:00 – 1:00 PM Public Health Challenges in Asia

Prof Richard Coker
Head of Communicable Diseases Policy Research Group, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Contemporary Challenges to Public Health: Insights from Infectious Diseases

Prof Sarah Harper
Director & Professor of Gerontology, University of Oxford
The Implications of Global Population Ageing

Panel Discussion

Session Chair:
Prof Lee Hin Peng
Professor, Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore

Prof Chia Kee Seng
Dean, Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore
A/Prof Vernon Lee
President, College of Public Health and Occupational Physicians, Academy of Medicine Singapore

1:00 – 2:15 PM

Abbott Nutrition Sponsored Lunch Symposium

Malnutrition – The Hidden Cost of Healthcare

Session Chair:
A/Prof Rob van Dam, Associate Professor and Domain Leader (Epidemiology Domain), Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore

A/Prof Ng Tze Pin, Associate Professor-Fellow and Research Director, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore
Nutrition and Frailty among Older Singaporeans: Findings from the Singapore Longitudinal Ageing Studies

Dr Maree Ferguson, Director of Dietician Connection

2:15 – 3:45 PM Venue: Grand Ballroom, Level 4

Sanofi Sponsored Session

Infectious Diseases 1

Session Chair:
A/Prof Alex Cook

Prof Ben Cooper
Reconstructing Transmission Trees for Bacterial Pathogens using Densely Sampled Genomic Data

Dr Ng Oon Tek
Whole-Genome Sequencing to Uncover Multi-Drug Resistant Super-Bug Transmission in Singapore (CaPES group)

Dr Hishamuddin Badaruddin
The Next Chapter in Outbreak Detection and Response in Singapore

Dr Max Lau
Challenges for Spatial Modelling of Infectious Diseases

Venue: Riverfront Ballroom, Level 2

Lien Foundation Sponsored Session

Ageing & Chronic Diseases

Session Chair: Dr Arthur Chern

Dr Magnus Björkgren
Talk About Exercise-As-Medicine Initiative

A/Prof Paulin Straughan
Living Long – Living Well: The Challenges to Maintaining Mental Wellness amongst Older Adults

A/Prof Ng Tze Pin
Dementia Prevention: Population-Based Strategies and Interventional Options and Prospects

Accepted Abstract:
Ms Ong Peck Hoon
The Association between Caregiver Factors and Rehabilitation Effectiveness and Efficiency in Sub-acute Stroke

Venue: Waterfront Ballroom, Level 2

Health Technology Assessment in Singapore

Session Chair:
A/Prof Ken Redekop
What does Health Technology Assessment have to Offer in the Realm of Public Health?

Dr Wee Hwee Lin
Cost-Effectiveness of Aspirin for Primary Prevention – Does Gender Matter?

Prof Eric Finkelstein
Success Stories of Health Economics in Singapore

Accepted Abstract:
A/Prof Luo Nan
The Economic Burden of Visual Impairment to Patients and their Families in Singapore: A Study of Out-of-Pocket Expenditure and Productivity Loss


3:45 – 4:15 PM Afternoon Tea Break
4:15 – 5:45 PM Venue: Grand Ballroom, Level 4

Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Research (CIDER) Sponsored Session

Infectious Diseases 2

Session Chair:
Dr Vincent Pang

Dr Mishal Khan
Are Global Strategies Optimally Designed to Control Tuberculosis? Analyses from Southeast Asia

Dr Ng Lee Ching
Dengue Chikungunya and Zika – Can We Control Them?

Dr James Heffelfinger
A New Dengue Vaccine: Effectiveness and Safety, Benefits and Risks

Accepted Abstract:
Mr John Paul Caesar delos Trinos
High Prevalence and Intensity of STH infections in Masbate Province: Ten Years After Implementation of Integrated Helminth Control Program in the Philippines

Venue: Riverfront Ballroom, Level 2

Ageing & Healthcare Delivery

Session Chair:
Dr Eugene Shum

Dr Lee Chien Earn
Ageing – Challenges and Sustainable Solutions

Dr Foo Fung Fong
‘Care in the Community’ – A Journey in Providing Integrated Health and Social Care to the Elderly in the Kembangan Chai Chee Community

Ms Teoh Zsin Woon
Transforming Healthcare Delivery for an Ageing Population



Venue: Waterfront Ballroom, Level 2

Health Services Research

Session Chair:
A/Prof Gerald Koh

Dr Cynthia Chen
The Value of Physical Activity in Singapore – Forecasting Health and Medical Expenditure using the Future Elderly Model

Dr Kelvin Bryan Tan
Cost Effectiveness of Glycaemic Control in Reducing the Risk of Diabetes-related Complications in Singapore

Accepted Abstract:
Dr Serena Low
Direct Healthcare Costs of Type 2 Diabetes in Singapore (2011-2014)




Day 2: 30 September 2016 ( Friday)
8:30 – 9:15 AM

Prof Jacob (Jaap) Seidell
The Global Burden of Obesity and the Challenges of Prevention

9:15 – 10:45 AM Venue: Grand Ballroom, Level 4

Integrated Health Management in Companies – Current Debates and Practices

Session Chair: A/Prof Norbert Wagner

Dr Guharajan Nadarajan
Health Management at UNILEVER – The Unilever Singapore LamplighterTM Program

Mr Todd Hohn
Factors of Success for Integrated Health and Safety Program Implementation – Experiences from Projects in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)

Mr Jeffrey Tan
Healthy @ Siemens TM – A Flexible Health Management Approach 

Accepted Abstract:
Ms Eunice Yong
A Case Study on Total Workplace Safety and Health


Venue: Riverfront Ballroom, Level 2

Healthcare Analytics, Big Data in Health, Predictive Analytics

Session Chair:
Dr Tan Chuen Seng

Dr Feng Mengling
A “Datathon” Model to Support Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration

Dr Falk Mueller-Riemenschneider
Using Technology for Physical Activity Monitoring – Application in a Population-based Sample of Singaporean Adults

Dr Reuben Ng
The Science and Art of Data Analytics

Accepted Abstract:
Ms Chao Fengqing
A Systematic Assessment of National, Regional and Global Levels and Trends in the Sex Ratio at Birth and Identification of Countries with Outlying Levels

Venue: Waterfront Ballroom, Level 2

Mental Well-being / Health

Session Chair:
A/Prof Gerald Koh

Dr Mythily Subramaniam
Assessing Quality of Life Among People with Mental Illness: Applications and Challenges

Ms Janhavi Vaingankar
Its Time to Talk about Positive Mental Health

Prof Graham Thornicroft
Effective Interventions to Reduce Mental Health Stigma and Discrimination

Accepted Abstract:
Mr Nagendra Luitel
Mental Health and Psychosocial Needs after the Earthquakes: In-depth Needs and Resource Assessment

10:45 – 11:00 AM Morning Tea Break
11:00 – 12:30 PM Venue: Grand Ballroom, Level 4

Fitness & Return to Work (Healthy Workplaces)

Session Chair:
Dr Kenneth Choy

Dr Bernard Thio
New Paradigms in Employability

Dr Ng Wee Tong
Fitness to Work – Real World Practice vs Textbook Theory

Ms Heidi Tan
7 Principles of Successful Return to Work

Accepted Abstract:
Mr Nizar Abdul Majeed Kutty
Prevalence of Playing-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders Among String Players in Malaysia

Venue: Riverfront Ballroom, Level 2

Technology-Assisted Health Communications and Promotion

Session Chair:
Dr Falk Mueller-Riemenschneider

Prof Corneel Vandelanotte
Using Websites, Smartphone Apps and Activity Trackers to Promote Physical Activity Behaviour

Prof Eric Finkelstein
Applications in Behavioural Economics to Reduce Risk Factors for Chronic Diseases

Mr Vincent Phang
The National Steps ChallengeTM – A Population-Level Approach to Promote Physical Activity via Gamification

Mr Fernando Erazo
Telehealth in Singapore: Opportunities and Pitfalls

Venue: Waterfront Ballroom, Level 2

Sexual Health (Promotion, Communications)

Session Chair:
Prof Roy Chan

A/Prof Wong Mee Lian
Promoting Adolescent Sexual Health: Impact of a 12-month Randomized Controlled Trial

Prof Christopher Fairley
STI/HIV Prevention and Control in MSM

Accepted Abstract:
Ms Junice Ng
The Emotional Ups and Downs of Buying Sex: A Qualitative Study Among Singaporean Adolescents

12:30 – 1:45 PM

Medtronic Asia Pacific Sponsored Lunch Symposium

‘Value-Based Healthcare: A Global Assessment’
Results from a study by the Economist Intelligence Unit

Dr. Annie Pannelay, Principal, EIU Healthcare

Dr. Hsien-Hsien Lei, Vice President, Communications, APAC, Medtronic

Mr Vishal Bali, Co-Founder and Chairman, Medwell Ventures
Prof Teo Yik Ying, Vice Dean (Research), Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore
Dr Ahmad Fuad Afdhal, President, International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research

1:45 – 3:15 PM Venue: Grand Ballroom, Level 4

Prevention of Obesity,
Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome (Communications, Promotion, Occupational Medicine)

Session Chair:
Prof Tai E Shyong

Prof Ho Teck Hua
A Scalable Online Platform for Weight Loss

Prof Mohan Dutta
Culturally Centering Heart Health Promotion in a Malay Community in Singapore: The role of Culture as a Positive Health Resource

Dr Annie Ling
Delivering Behavioural Interventions at Scale – Experiences from Implementing the Food Strategy

Accepted Abstract:
Dr Falk Mueller-Riemenschneider
The Park Prescription Study: Using Mixed-Methods to Develop A Physical Activity Based Intervention for a Multi-Ethnic Asian Population

Venue: Riverfront Ballroom, Level 2

Child, Maternal, Adolescent Health

Session Chair:
Dr Mary Chong
Impact of Perinatal Diet on the Next Generation: Insights from the GUSTO Study

Prof Poh Bee Koon
Nutritional Status, Physical Activity and Cognition of Children in Southeast Asia: Findings from SEANUTS

Dr Hu Shi Jia
Dental Caries in the Young: Ally or Foe in Public Health?

Accepted Abstract:
Ms Mabel Low
Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices of Parents Towards Childhood Influenza Vaccination in Singapore

Venue: Waterfront Ballroom, Level 2

Public Health Eye Research

Session Chair:
Prof Saw Seang Mei
Pathologic Myopia and Visual Impairment

Prof Kathryn Rose
Time Spent Outdoors and its Role in the Prevention of Myopia

Prof Ecosse Lamoureux
The Magnitude and Impact of Three Major Ocular Conditions on Vision-Specific Functioning, Emotional Well Being, and Quality of Life in Singapore



3:15 – 3:30 PM Afternoon Tea Break
3:30 – 5:00 PM Venue: Grand Ballroom, Level 4

Nutrition in Public Health

Session Chair:
A/Prof Rob van Dam

Dr Huang Tao
Weight-loss Diets, Genetics, and Obesity

Prof Jeya Henry
Food Based Interventions in the Management of Diabetes: Opportunities and Challenges

Accepted Abstract:
Ms Alvona Loh
Weight Management During Pregnancy: A Qualitative Study on Knowledge, Perceptions and Experiences of Overweight and Obese Women in a Multi-Ethnic Asian Population

Venue: Riverfront Ballroom, Level 2

Aviation Medicine

Session Chair:
SLTC (Dr) Dale Lim

COL (Dr) Gan Wee Hoe
Applying Best Practices from Aviation Safety in Healthcare

LTC (Dr) Wilfred Lim
Aeromedical Retrieval – Bridging Care Over Great Distances

CPT (Dr) Dominic Tan
Chronic Hepatitis B Treatment And Flying: Are They Compatible?

MAJ (Dr) Hong Dehan
Extreme Medicine – Protecting the Individual Against the Austere Environment in High Altitude Parachuting


Venue: Waterfront Ballroom, Level 2

Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)

Session Chair:
A/Prof Helena Legido-Quigley
The Future of The Global Health Architecture and its Governance

Ms Fiona Chuah
Mr Francisco De Paula Cervero Lic
The Regional Evolution of Global Health Actors and Processes in Southeast Asia

Ms Ong Suan Ee
What Does This Mean for Singapore? A Case Example of Healthcare Systems Reform

5:00 – 5:20 PM Closing & Prize Presentation

* Programme is subject to change

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