Associate Professor Lim Soon Thye has been conferred the Tanoto Foundation Professorship in Medical Oncology to further lymphoma research.

The Professorship recognises Prof Lim as an outstanding clinician and researcher with his pioneering work on the genetic basis of cancers that are prevalent in Asia, T and NK/T cell lymphomas in particular.

Currently a Senior Consultant and Head of the Division of Medical Oncology at National Cancer Centre Singapore and Assistant Dean at Duke-NUS Medical School, Prof Lim is an accomplished academic leader in his area of research. 

He co-founded the Asian Lymphoma Study Group, as well as the Singapore Lymphoma Study Group. The latter has managed to set up a clinical and pathological database of more than 3,000 patients in Singapore and a tissue bank with 1,500 blood and tissue specimens – a rich resource for scientists to gain understanding of how lymphoma develops. 

Assoc Prof Lim’s research has gained traction. He is currently the lead investigator of the National Lymphoma Translational Research Programme. He is also one of the principal investigators leading T-cell lymphoma genomics project at the International Cancer Genomics Consortium, a forum for collaboration among the world's leading cancer and genomic researchers. 

The Professorship was made possible with a S$2.5 million gift from the Tanoto Foundation to advance research in medical oncology under the SingHealth Duke-NUS Oncology Academic Clinical Programme.