When Dr Charles Toh, one of Singapore's most eminent and respected cardiologists, started his career, he had the opportunity to train under renowned cardiologists in England.   What he gained from the experience shaped his career.   Dr Toh is a firm believer of getting young clinicians involved in clinical research, and for that, he made a gift of $1 million to set up a fellowship in Cardiovascular Sciences to encourage more discoveries and educate the next generation of clinicians in the field.

Dr Toh is one of the eight major donors that donated transformational gifts towards medical research and education in SingHealth Duke-NUS AMC over the past two years, culminating at the Gala Dinner, themed 'Stars of the Night', held on 3 September at Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore. 

Other major donors include the Goh Foundation which donated to research and education programmes in Rheumatology, Tanoto Foundation, which supported the establishment of the Viral Research and Experimental Centre @ SingHealth Duke-NUS, and the Children's Cancer Foundation which contributed towards two programmes in Paediatrics.

The Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple donated $3 million to establish the Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple Professorship in Ophthalmology, while three other major donors donated to cancer research and eye research.

Attended by more than 700 guests and graced by Mr Ong Ye Kung, Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) & Second Minister for Defence, the Gala Dinner was a celebration of the support of donors in partnering clinicians, researchers and educators at the SingHealth Duke-NUS AMC to improve health for patients and the community.

Professor Thomas Coffman, Dean of Duke-NUS Medical School, said, "The essence of our SingHealth Duke-NUS AMC collaboration is to bring together education, research and clinical care in order to enhance medical practice and improve patients' lives. The successes of our academic programmes hinge on support from private philanthropy.   These gifts nurture and encourage innovation and creativity across our enterprises, building a pathway from discoveries to healing and cures."

Professor Ivy Ng, Group CEO of SingHealth, added, "With the generosity of our donors, we are committed to accelerating research and advancing education in our continual pursuit of even more ways to improve care for our patients and the health of our population."

For more photos of the event, visit the album on SingHealth Facebook page.