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Kok-Ann Gwee is Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine at the National University of Singapore and practices at Gleneagles Hospital, Singapore. He obtained his medical degree from the National University of Singapore, and his PhD from the University of Sheffield, UK, for his thesis on post-infectious irritable bowel syndrome. Professor Gwee is the immediate past president of the Asian Neurogastroenterology & Motility Association. He is a member of the Rome Committee and the chair of the Rome-Asian Working Team on Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders. In 2014 he was awarded the Rome Foundation Research Award.His areas of research include the understanding of functional gastrointestinal disorders in Asia, the roles of melatonin, sleep disturbanceand non-celiac gluten sensitivity in IBS, and the management of functional dyspepsia. He has published consensus and guidelines on IBS and chronic constipation.
Dr Reuben Wong is a Consultant in the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, National University Hospital (NUH), Singapore and an Assistant Professor at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore (NUS). He obtained his MBBS from NUS and attained his MRCP (UK) in 2004. In 2008, he became a Fellow of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore. He pursued his sub-specialty training at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Center for Functional Gastrointestinal Diseases under the mentorship of Professors Douglas Drossman and William Whitehead. Dr Wong remains an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine at UNC, in recognition of grants secured and continuing collaborations.
As a sub-specialist in Functional Gastrointestinal and Motility Disorders, Dr Wong helms the Functional Gastroenterology Clinic andrecently started the Gastroenterology-Psychology multi-disciplinary service. Following his training at UNC, Dr Wong, who is also Clinical Director of the Gastrointestinal Motility Laboratory, was the first to introduce High Resolution Manometry in Singapore. This laboratory has since established itself as a referral center and regional training hub.
Dr Wong has research interests and publications over a wide range of subjects, but his forte remains in the realm of gastrointestinal motility, neuro-gastroenterology and irritable bowel syndrome, which he actively pursues. In recognition of his achievements, he has received several accolades, including three Young Investigator Awards and the National Leadership in Academic Medicine Award.
Additionally, Dr Wong is also actively involved in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education, and he is the Director for Undergraduate Education in the Department of Gastroenterology. His passion for public outreach has motivated him to serve as President of the IBS Support Group of Singapore.
Ms Kwan graduated with the Fellowship of Chartered and Certified Accountants (FCCA) from the United Kingdom. Ms Kwan specializes in accounting, taxation, as well as corporate matters. She was the finance director of a leading advertising agency for 17 years and is presently running her own group of management companies under SKI Corporate Services Pte Ltd.
Ms Kwan’s personal interests include yoga and meditation and a love for travel. She has travelled to most parts of Asia and Europe including exotic places like Bhutan, Nepal, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, the Amalfi coast in Italy, etc.
She has been an active member of the Lions Club for over 10 years and has run various fundraising events and service projects for the Lions Home for the Elders and the Lions Befrienders. Of special mention is the Book Project in Laos, Cambodia and Thailand, where libraries were set up for orphanages with books collected in Singapore.
Born in 1935 (age 80). Ho Juan Mui worked in the human resource functions for some 30 years in the private sector. He was trained as a Psychiatric Social Worker at the University of Singapore and worked in Woodbridge Hospital for 4 years. He is also a certified Hypnotherapist and Past Life Regression Therapist. He was trained by the renowned American psychiatrist Dr Brian l. Weiss, M.D. at the Omega Institute, New York, and Igor Ledochowski for Conversational Hypnosis in California, USA.
Mr Ho founded the Human Dynamics Management Center Pte Ltd and the Hypno Dynamics Pte Ltd. Currently he is semi-retired.
He was an IBS patient for many years, and with the help of medication and Hypnotherapy, he appears to have been healed provided he maintains a stress free lifestyle. To remain calm and relaxed, he practices relaxation exercise, meditation and physical exercise. He likes to practice these exercises with like-minded people, including people who are completely new to Hypnotherapy.
Vicki obtained her Bachelor of Nursing from La Trobe University (Melbourne) and has been a registered nurse working in National University Hospital for many years in Singapore. She has recently been awarded the Long Service Medal under the National Day Award Singapore 2014.
Vicki’s discovery of complementary alternative medicine stems from the search to manage her IBS and other life stresses. In 2009, she obtained her Certificate and Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy awarded jointly by Tan Tock Seng Hospital and the London College of Clinical Hypnosis.
She is a committee member of IBS Support Group Singapore and is also a member of The Singapore Society of Clinical Hypnosis.
Madam Sung was educated in Nanyang Girls’ High and obtained a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from the Singapore Polytechnic.
Since graduation, she had been working with Ngee Ann Polytechnic in the field of Applied Mechanics, Strength of Material and Mechanics of Machine, as a Technical Support Staff.
Her hobby includes painting and she is a member of the Singapore Art Society. She has been pursuing the wisdoms and techniques of painting for many years and she has a clientele of private collectors from Malaysia, Brunei, Australia, Norway, America as well as Singapore.
Madam Sung joined the IBS Support Group since its inception from 2004. She found that sharing her experiences with the Group members were beneficial. Occasionally, Madam Sung helps the IBS Support Group to translate their materials into Mandarin, for the Mandarin speaking groups in Singapore. This helps the IBS Group to reach these audiences, allowing new participants to gain insights into the issues dealing with IBS.
Ms Chin is a medical technologist at the Gastro Motility Lab at the National University Hospital (NUH) Singapore, in which Dr Reuben Wong is the clinical director. She performs gastro motility tests such as High Resolution Manometry.24 hr pH Impedance Monitoring, Colon Transit Study, Capsule Endoscopy and Urea Breath Test as requested by the doctors.
Ms Chin is a graduate with a Bachelor of Science with Merit degree from the National University of Singapore. She enjoys spending her spare time with her family and friends.