The SingHealth Duke-NUS Scientific Congress 2018 is one of the largest and most distinguished healthcare related scientific events that brings together thought leaders and healthcare professionals to share insights in care improvement, research and education to improve patients' outcomes. Themed “Academic Medicine: Translating Research into Clinical Practice”, the 2-day event covers a wide range of research and education-related topics that reflect the evolving healthcare concerns brought about by changing disease patterns.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Vivian Balakrishnan opened the fifth SingHealth Duke-NUS Scientific Congress 2018 today.  At the opening ceremony, Minister Balakrishnan launched the SingHealth Duke-NUS Global Health Institute (SDGHI), which aims to address global health challenges in South East Asia and the region.With rapid globalisation, increasing disease burden and new and emerging infectious diseases, achieving overall health goals for communities presents ongoing challenges for health systems and governments. The SGDHI will collaborate with countries in the region and further afield to address health issues, strengthen health systems, and better insulate countries from pandemics and disease threats.

The Scientific Congress opening ceremony also saw private healthcare group, Parkway Pantai, making a generous gift of S$2 million to establish the Mount Elizabeth-Gleneagles Graduate Scholarship Fund. The gift will go towards scholarship awards for financially needy Duke-NUS medical students and talent development awards for medical students from all three local medical schools who have excelled at their individual or group academic projects, to present their findings at international seminars and conferences. Each year, the Fund will support about 10 scholarship awards and eight SingHealth Medical Student Talent Development Awards.