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Milestones, Achievements & Awards

Milestones, Achievements & Awards

2019

  • The Clinical Research Malaysia (CRM) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National University Hospital (NUH) on 26 February 2019, to advance clinical research. Through this partnership, CRM will work closely with NUH and potentially the rest of the entities under the National University Health System (NUHS) in training our clinicians with the knowledge and expertise in conducting early phase clinical trials. The initial focus of the collaboration will be in oncology clinical trials and masterclasses conducted by the National University Cancer Institute, Singapore (NCIS), which is part of the NUHS.

  • The second edition of the annual NCIS Ribbon Challenge was held at the open field beside Westgate Atrium on 16 March. Approximately 750 members of the public joined us at this educational cancer awareness carnival where they pinned a cancer ribbon each and wrote pledges to go for regular screening. More than 15,000 cancer ribbons were collected! 

    During the carnival, three of our experts also shared insights on common cancers diagnosed in Singapore. To further encourage an active lifestyle, a 45-minute mass exercise session was held on-site too.

  • The National Medical Research Council (NMRC) organises the NMRC Awards & Symposium annually. This prestigious event recognises outstanding Clinicians Scientists and provides a platform to showcase ongoing research and NMRC-funded projects. Here are our NCIS winners for 2019!

    • Clinician Scientist Award - Senior Investigator: A/Prof Allen Yeoh, Head & Senior Consultant, Division of Paediatric Haematology-Oncology, NCIS
    • Clinician Scientist Award - Investigator: A/Prof Ng Siok Bian, Senior Consultant, NCIS
    • Transition Award: Dr Andrea Wong, Senior Consultant, Department of Haematology-Oncology, NCIS
    • Transition Award: A/Prof Victor Lee, Senior Consultant, NCIS

  • A team comprising consultant Dr Samuel Ow, senior nurse clinician Ms Sharmila Kasinathan, assistant nurse clinicians Ms Lim Bee Kuan, Ms Rose Anne Pepito Yap and Ms Felma Bacabac Montanez, as well as Dr Lui Pak Ling and Dr Tham Sai Meng clinched the ‘Best Practice Medal’ in the Care Redesign Category for their project on NCIS Nurse-led De-escalation of Vital Signs Monitoring! This project was successful in reducing the frequency of routine vital signs monitoring safely by 50% for low risk haematology-oncology patients, minimised disturbance of patients during their inpatient stay, and allowed nurses to focus on other aspects of patient care.​
  • Nurse Manager Joanne Tang Yoke Lai was awarded the MOH Nurses's Merit Award 


  • The National Medical Excellence Awards (NMEA) are national-level awards given out to recognise the efforts of clinicians, clinician scientists and other healthcare professionals for their clinical and research work. It acknowledges their contributions in advancing healthcare, improving the standards of patients safety and quality of care which ultimately improve people's lives.

    Adj Prof Goh Boon Cher was awarded the National Outstanding Clinician Scientist Award at NMEA 2019 on 5 September 2019.


2018

2017

  • The NCIS launched the "NCIS on the Go" programme, offering basic cancer care and services islandwide, for greater convenience and accessiblity to the community.
  • The NCIS, CSI and ASLAN Pharmaceuticals announced a research development collaboration to investigate the potential of ASLAN003 as a monotherapy and in combination with other targeted agents for haematologic cancers, and rapidly advance the compound into oncology clinical trials.
  • Clinician scientists and researchers from the NCIS clinch awards at the National Medical Research Council (NMRC) Awards 2017.

    Singapore Translational Research Investigator Award
    Professor Chng Wee Joo

    Clinician Scientist Award - Investigator
    Dr David Tan

    Transition Award
    Dr Anand Jeyasekharan
  • Video conferencing on the MOHH Video Conferencing platform was made available for patient consultations.
  • Dr Raghav Sundar and Dr Joline Lim, Associate Consultants, Department of Haematology-Oncology, NCIS, are awarded the Merit Award at the 2017 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Meeting.
  • Nurse Educator Wendy Wee, Ward 56, NCIS, was awarded the Ministry of Health (MOH) Nurses' Merit Award 2017.
  • Prof Chng Wee Joo, Director and Senior Consultant, Department of Haematology-Oncology, NCIS, was awarded the Research of the Year Award at the National University of Singapore (NUS) Medicine Awards Ceremony cum Strategic Workshop.
  • Dr Lee Yee Mei, Head, Division of Oncology Nursing, NCIS, was awarded the President's Award for Nursing 2017 at the President's Awards 2017.
  • The NCIS hosted the NUHS-Fred Hutchinson Conference and Symposium on "Population Health Impact on Chronic Diseases".
  • The NCIS conducted the NCIS-AbbVie Haematology Preceptorship.
  • The NCIS launched blood-taking services at 10 selected polyclinics in collaboration with NHG Diagnostics.
  • The NCIS held the inaugural NCIS-CHSPR (Centre for Health Services & Policy Rsearch) Health Services Research Workshop.
  • The NCIS' inaugural collaboration with the Ng Teng Fong General Hospital for the Winning Against Cancer Symposium 2017.
  • The NCIS conducts the 1st Asia-Pacific PIPAC (Pressurised Intraperitoneal Aerosol Chemotherapy) Symposium and Workshop.

2016

2015

2014

  • NCIS starts Phase I clinic sessions at the Cancer Centre.
  • NCIS in collaboration with SGH hosted the 1st Asia Pacific Centre of Excellence in Haematological Malignancies: B-Cell Malignancies from 15-16 May which was attended by overseas delegates across Asia-Pacific.
  • On 9 July 2014, NUH acting through NCIS signed a 10-year Oncology Collaboration Agreement with Jurong Health Services Pte. Ltd to partner up in the development of a dedicated oncology service termed as "JurongHealth-NCIS Cancer Service" at the future Ng Teng Fong General Hospital to administer better health and clinical outcomes for cancer patients housed at the Western region of Singapore from 30 June 2015 onwards.
  • Launch of first NCIS Annual Research Meeting (NCAM), providing a platform for researchers working in different fields of cancer within NCIS, CSI and NUHS to interact and develop future collaborations.
  • Nurse Clinican Sharmila D/o Kasinathan wins The Efficiency Medal at the National Day Awards 2014.
  • A/Prof Allen Yeoh wins the National Outstanding Clinician Scientist Award at the National Medical Excellence Awards (NMEA) 2014.
  • A/Prof Chng Wee Joo is appointed Director of the National University Cancer Institute, Singapore (NCIS).
  • The Lymphoma Support Group, the first for all public and restructured hospitals, is established at the NCIS.
  • Prof John Wong Eu-Li is conferred the President's Science and Technology Medal at the President's Science and Technology Awards (PSTA) 2014, the highest scientific honours in Singapore that serve to recognise exceptional individuals and teams for their achievements in science and technology, and acknowledge their outstanding contributions to the research and development landscape.
  • Launch of Phase I R-EPOCH for outpatient chemotherapy to reduce ward stay duration.
  • Officially listed as a partner of the International Cancer Expert Corps (ICEC) to build global health alliances with the aim of reducing mortality and improving the quality of life for people with cancer in low- and middle income countries and regions worldwide by providing resources, personnel and connectivity among associates and experts.

2013

2012

2011

2010

  • A/Prof Lee Soo Chin together with her team discovered that in the treatment of breast cancer, the combination of anti-fungal drug, ketoconazole and chemotherapy drug, docetaxel, is capable of reducing the dosage of docetaxel by half, hence reducing costs to patients and result in fewer side effects.
  • NCIS's 1st International Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) Symposium held at NUH.
  • NCIS achieves a score of 80.2 in the 2010 MOH Patient Satisfaction Survey, which is the 3rd highest score across the 9 National Centres in Singapore.
  • NCIS launched its first "Winning Against Cancer" Public Symposium covering topics on treatment for breast, lung and rectal cancers.
  • NCIS formalises the Haematology - Oncology Research Group (HORG), a part of Cancer Therapeutics Research Group (CTRG).
  • 3 year endorsement as Evidence-Based Healthcare Institution by Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI).
  • A/Prof Goh Boon Cher clinched the "Senior Clinician Scientist Award" at the 2010 National Medical Research Council (NMRC). The NMRC Senior Clinician Scientist Awards recognises members in the medical community who possesses a consistent record of excellence in research, to enable them to carry out internationally competitive and influential translational and clinical research.
  • NCIS adopted the 3D High-dose Rate (HDR) Brachytherapy, a first in Southeast Asia.

2009

  • A/Prof Lee Soo Chin clinched the "Senior Clinician Scientist Award" at the 2009 National Medical Research Council (NMRC). The NMRC Senior Clinician Scientist Awards recognises members in the medical community who possesses a consistent record of excellence in research, to enable them to carry out internationally competitive and influential translational and clinical research.
  • Prof Philip Koeffler was appointed the Deputy Director (Research) of the NCIS.
  • NCIS formed the Gynaecology-Oncology and Haematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation patient support groups.
  • NCIS formalised a 15-year contract with Tan Tock Seng Hospital's Radiation Therapy Centre. 
  • NCIS kick-started a partnership with the American Society of Hematology (ASH).
  • NCIS kick-started a research collaboration with Duke-NUS for advancing anti-lung cancer therapy.

2008

  • NCIS formed the Division of Oncology Nursing led by Dr Emily Ang.
  • A/Prof Chng Wee Joo, Consultant at the Department of Haematology - Oncology and A/Prof Allen Yeoh, Senior Consultant at the Division of Paediatrics Oncology win the Clinician Scientist Award 2008.
  • TCI was renamed the National University Cancer Institute, Singapore (NCIS) in 2008 and assumed the key responsibilities of being a national specialist centre for cancer.
  • NCIS conducted its first study trip to the United States of America.

2007

  • TCI participates in the NUH Public Exhibition titled "Celebrating Our Excellence - Medical Care, Research and Education" at Suntec City in March - April.
  • The Ministry of Health announces new Specialty Centre for Cancer in Singapore which will be situated at the NUH.
  • A/Prof Chng Wee Joo, Consultant at the Department of Haematology - Oncology receives the 2007 Celgene Future Leaders in Haematology Award.
  • TCI at NUH research team conducts successful 'First-in-human' Phase 1 Clinical Trial.
  • Dr Emily Ang, TCI's Deputy Director of Oncology Nursing wins the Healthcare Humanity Award. The prestigious award was presented to her at the National Day Awards Investiture Ceremony 2007 by the then Minister for Health, Mr Khaw Boon Wan.

  • Dr Yong Wei Peng of TCI at NUH wins Clinician Scientist Award.

2006

  • TCI opens the Cancer Centre at Level 8 of Kent Ridge Wing and Ward 86.
  • Dr Lee Soo Chin of TCI at NUH wins Clinician Scientist Award.

2005

  • TCI & NUH perform Asia's first bone marrow and kidney transplant.
  • Dr Goh Boon Cher of TCI at NUH wins Clinician Scientist Award.
  • TCI supports the NKF Community Breast Cancer Awareness Programme for Malay Women, organised by NKF Cancer Fund & Darussalam Mosque.
  • The NCIS Chemotherapy Suite held a naming ceremony for Dr & Mrs Harold Lim Liat Hin.
  • TCI signs a Memorandum of Understanding with the Cancer Hospital of Fudan University (Shanghai).
  • TCI's Radiotherapy Centre signs a Memorandum of Understanding with Shandong Provincial Hospital.
  • TCI Radiotherapy Centre at NUH wins the Asian Hospital Management Awards (AHMA) 2005, Technical Service Improvement Category.
  • TCI receives Singapore Cancer Society -Terry Fox Cancer Research Grant worth $100,000.

2004

  • TCI is sole recipient of the Singapore Cancer Society - Terry Fox Cancer Research Grant worth $200,000.

2003

  • TCI was awarded the Terry Fox Run Cancer Research Grant worth $350,000, the single largest grant amount ever to be presented by Singapore Cancer Society for cancer research.
  • TCI partnering the Singapore Cancer Society, MUIS and MERAK launched a Cancer Awareness Programme for Malay/Muslim Women at the Al-Iman Mosque.

2002

  • Opening of TCI at Tan Tock Seng Hospital.
  • Accreditation by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists for specialist training in Radiation Oncology.
  • TCI is selected as one of the four beneficiaries of The Million Dollar Duck Race.

2001

2000

  • Formation of The Cancer Institute (TCI).

1999

  • Opening of the Radiotherapy Centre at NUH.

1996

  • Opening of the NUH Oncology Centre at Kent Ridge Wing.

1988

  • The Oncology Centre, Singapore's first ambulatory care facility for cancer patientsm was set up at the National University Hospital (NUH)'s Dentistry wing.

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