The National University of Singapore (NUS) Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine (YLLSoM) has received a $25 million gift from the Yong Loo Lin Trust to work with the National University Cancer Institute, Singapore (NCIS) to develop new models of cancer care through research and education.
Cancer is the leading cause of death among Singaporeans. “Almost 52,000 new cases were diagnosed among Singapore residents between 2006 and 2010. We need to develop better ways to prevent, screen, diagnose and treat cancer through research and education,” said NUS Vice-Provost for Academic Medicine and Isabel Chan Professor in Medical Sciences Professor John Wong. Prof Wong is also the Director of NCIS, located at the National University Hospital (NUH).
Miss Yong Siew Yoon, Director of the Yong Loo Lin Trust and daughter of the late Dr Yong Loo Lin, said, “NUS and NUH are engaged in pioneering work in this field. I hope that this gift towards cancer research and education will bring relief to patients, especially in Asia, through useful, cost-effective treatments, and improve training for medical students.”
In recognition and appreciation of the Trust’s generous gift, NCIS’ facility at the upcoming NUH Medical Centre will be named the Yong Siew Yoon Wing. When completed, the facility will provide holistic care for cancer patients. The one-stop facility will integrate physician consultations, family and counselling, chemotherapy infusion, radiation therapy, diagnostic imaging, and a health resource centre.
NUS President Professor Tan Chorh Chuan said, “NUS has benefitted tremendously from the beneficence of the Yong Loo Lin Trust over the years. The Trust has truly been pivotal in shaping the future of education in medicine and music in Singapore. We are deeply grateful and honoured by the gift.”
The Yong Loo Lin Trust was established by the family of Dr Yong Loo Lin, who was a medical doctor and strong advocate of education. Since 1996, the Trust has shown its unwavering support for NUS through its generous gifts to both the YLLSoM and Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, supporting causes such as scholarships, professorships and research.
The latest gift to YLLSoM will allow clinicians and clinician-scientists in NCIS to collaborate with other leading clinicians in Singapore and around the world to formulate useful and cost-effective treatments for cancer patients living in Singapore, as well as provide seed-funding for clinical trials, benefitting Asian patients.
NCIS is grouped under the National University Health System along with NUH, YLLSoM, the NUS Faculty of Dentistry and the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health under a common governance structure that integrates clinical care, research and education.