The Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp (Belgium) has been organizing annual colloquia since 1959. This year’s colloquium was on antibiotic resistance, and was held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, from 5th to 7th December. I was fortunate enough to be invited for the event, which featured speakers from the ITM (naturally) as well as regional and […]

I was invited to attend the opening ceremony of the SingHealth Duke-NUS Scientific Congress last Friday, the prime attraction of which was the launch of the SingHealth Duke-NUS Global Health Institute (SDGHI). There was also a subsequent plenary session in the late morning which I was unfortunately unable to attend. Led by Prof Mike Merson, […]

The abovementioned conference was held at the Khanh Hoa Convention Centre (the main auditorium resembles concert theatre) in Nha Trang, Vietnam. The primary organisers were the National Hospital for Infectious Diseases (NHTD), Vietnam Society of Infectious Diseases (VSID), Vietnam Clinical of HIV/AIDS Society (VCHAS), Vietnam Society of Parasitology (VSP), Oxford Clinical Research Unit Vietnam (OUCRU), […]

Spent an interesting 3 days in the capital of Lao PDR, which is a relatively small city with just under 800,000 inhabitants. Photos below. First time in Lao PDR, and first time I have set foot into a Singapore embassy (or met a current Ambassador – who was very encouraging and welcoming)! It took some […]

I was directed to this recently published Science article by a Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine clinician-scientist while we were discussing the Dengvaxia debacle. As highlighted in a previous post, Sanofi Pasteur had reported that dengue-naive people would be at higher risk of a more severe infection if they were infected with dengue following vaccination […]

I was glad for the opportunity to the Angkor Hospital for Children (AHC) today at Siem Reap, Cambodia. This is a private non-profit hospital established in 1999 as a result of Japanese photographer Kenro Izu’s efforts – the touching story can be read on the hospital’s website here. It is a paediatric hospital for Cambodian […]

Off food-related illnesses for a while, owing to reader complaints… A healthy young man spent 3 weeks in northern Vietnam, traveling from Hanoi to Haiphong City, trekking for 3 days in Cat Ba National Park. He and his two companions remained well other than for mild bouts of traveller’s diarrhoea. Although he had fallen a […]