Scientific and Technological Advancements in Diabetes Management

By Low Su Jun Blaise and Lim Chang Siang Diabetes mellitus is a disease caused by the body’s inability to regulate blood sugar (glucose) levels, resulting in persistently high glucose levels in the body. This condition occurs when the body is unable to produce sufficient insulin – a hormone secreted by the pancreas to promote uptake of glucose from the blood into various cells to generate energy for bodily functions – or respond appropriately to insulin. There are 4 types of diabetes: Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes, monogenic diabetes and gestational diabetes. Type 1 diabetes results from the destruction of insulin-producing cells in the pancreas, which causes a lack of insulin secretion. Type 1 diabetes patients require administration of insulin injections to manage the disease . Type 2 diabetes results from the inability of various cells in the body to respond appropriately to insulin, which eventually impairs insulin secretion. Patients with Type 2 diabetes typically require…

What Can You Do with a PhD In Biomedical Field?

Thursday, October 10, 2019 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Tan Chin Tuan Lecture Theatre, 50 Nanyang Ave, NTU Singapore 639798 For the first time, Biotech Connection Singapore (BCS) has partnered with NTU Graduate Student Association (NTUGSA) to hold an on-campus career experience sharing event on 10th Oct 2019. This event was supported by the NTU Student Affairs Office and Career & Attachment Office (CAO). The aim of this event was to introduce NTU biomedical graduate students to a variety of career options available outside of academia and encourage them to take control of their professional life. This event featured five biomedical and science PhD holders representing different industries to share their experience in transitioning into non-academic careers and each gave their insights on how to tackle some common challenges during such transitions. The Tan Chin Tuan Lecture theatre was filled with 100+ graduate students, mainly from…

Medical writing and the healthcare industry

by Zheng Shan CHONG Mention medical writing to most people and you’ll be met with confused and curious looks. ‘Does that mean writing about health issues in the newspapers?’ someone once asked me. This response isn’t surprising considering the largely behind-the-scenes role that medical writers play in the healthcare industry. Yet, the global medical writing market size has been valued at USD 1.72 billion in 2018 and is expected to grow 10.3% from 2019 to 2026, with the highest growth predicted to be in the Asia-Pacific region . The reason for this growth? Increased outsourcing by pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies as well as tighter regulations by authorities, especially over transparent clinical trial reporting. Economic pressure from expiring patents and the high attrition rates of candidate compounds have already led to big pharmaceutical firms scaling down their workforces in order to increase R&D efficiency . This in turn has led to a concomitant increase in…