The National University of Singapore (NUS) today launched the Isabel Chan Professorship in Medical Sciences, which was established through a generous donation from the Chief Justice Chan Sek Keong and Mrs Elisabeth Chan. The donation is eligible for the dollar-for-dollar matching grant by the Singapore Ministry of Education. The Professorship will advance academic medicine and research work in the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine and contribute to the advancement and delivery of better healthcare.
The Professorship is established in memory of the Chief Justice and Mrs Chan’s late daughter, Ms Isabel Chan, who died from breast cancer on 1 September 2008. To commemorate the second anniversary of Ms Chan’s death, the University, in consultation with Chief Justice Chan, announced the first Isabel Chan Professor in Medical Sciences, eminent oncologist Professor John Wong, Dean of the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. Professor Wong is also Deputy Chief Executive of the National University Health System and Director of the National University Cancer Institute, Singapore. Professor Wong will be holding the professorship for a term of three years.
Professor Tan Chorh Chuan, NUS President, said, “The University is deeply appreciative of the generosity of Chief Justice Chan and Mrs Chan in making this gift to the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. Inspired by this gift, we will work hard through the Isabel Chan Professorship in Medical Sciences to make a significant contribution towards the advancement of healthcare in Singapore. At the same time, the Professorship will help to keep the memory of Ms Isabel Chan alive for generations to come.”
Professor John Wong, who assisted in Ms Chan’s care, said, “I will always treasure Isabel for her enormous courage and independence. She never complained, and was always more concerned about the welfare of others than herself. She was a remarkable person and I learnt a lot from her.”
“The honour of being the Isabel Chan Professor in Medical Sciences will push me even harder to develop academic medicine in Singapore, linking excellent medical care with effective education of both health professionals as well as the community we live in, and ensuring that research improves the efficacy, affordability, and accessibility of treatment. There is so much to do to prevent diseases such as cancer from developing, and when they do occur, to diagnose earlier and improve on our current therapies,” Professor Wong added.