The A*STAR’s National Metrology Centre (NMC) is the national measurement institute of Singapore, dedicated to advancing measurement science for an innovative and competitive economy
NMC establishes, develops, maintains and disseminates the national measurement standards traceable to the International System of Units, providing key support to a wide spectrum of industry.
Achieving the nation’s highest level of physical measurement through close collaboration with leading national and international organisation.
With a multidisciplinary team of experienced scientists and engineers and state-of-the-art facilities, NMC provides dedicated services to industry partners to meet their specific needs.
NMC believes in working in close collaboration with industry partners, to create values for them and fuel growth for the industry.
Medical Technology (MedTech) involves the use of dedicated instruments and devices in medical treatment and diagnosis, with the aim of improving healthcare delivery to patients. Advancements and innovations in MedTech have helped medical professionals in treating patients’ diseases and medical problems, and have also improved the rehabilitation process of patients. The MedTech industry is expected to be on the rising trend with ageing population, increasing prevalence of chronic illnesses and growing healthcare cost. With greater awareness in individual’s lifestyle and the need for better quality healthcare system, there is a need to continuously innovate and develop, so as to achieve cost-effective solutions in the healthcare industry.
Through this seminar, participants will learn about the new measurement needs, techniques and advancements in the MedTech industry. The seminar will cover topics on iHuman for Med-Tech and Beyond; the clinical application in the metrology of HD-OCT images; and the optical technology and application in clinical and biomedical research. In one of the sessions, participants will also be able to share the measurement challenges they are facing, and also learn more of the work at NMC.
Registration and Breakfast
Dr. Beng Cheah, Director, Industry Development Office, NMC
iHuman for MedTech and Beyond
Vice Dean, Assoc. Prof. Dr Cao Tong, NUS
Unlimited, standard, functional tissues and organs with
vascularization and innervations from single hESC are currently being
explored. It offers ideal in-vitro ‘clinical’ platform of
no-risk trials / tests for the studies and applications of all human
health related sciences including fundamental study of health,
ageing, disease, prevention, diagnosis, therapy and transplant; drug
and medtech R&D. Moreover, this live human platform will be widely
adopted in much more areas beyond medicine and pharmaceutics in other
industries. The immediate applications will be the human function
and safety evaluation of food; cosmetic; daily and general chemicals;
organisms; nuclear, IT, electromagnetic, radiating device and
technique; environment (air, water, soil, daily living and working
environment); etc. As a much more cost-effective and safer platform,
iHuman will replace animals and human-subjects in the near future.
AP Cao Tong is Supervisor of NUS Graduate School for
Integrative Sciences and Engineering; Chief Principal Investigator,
Cranio-Maxillofacial Group, NUS Tissue Engineering Program; Vice
Dean, Director of Oral Science Disciplines, Faculty of Dentistry,
NUHS and NUS. He has served as an Invited Reviewer for 9 renowned
international funding agencies and also serves in the Advisory
Editorial Board, Editorial Advisory Board, and Editorial Board for 9
international peer review journals. He has been invited and sponsored
to speak at 45 international conferences and scholarly meetings and
has published 130 scientific articles international peer review
journals and books.
The clinical applications in the metrology of HD-OCT images
Dr Tey Hong Liang, National Skin Centre
In vivo high-definition optical coherence tomography
(HD-OCT) was recently developed and commercialized. With an enhanced
resolution of 3µm in both axial and en face planes, a
penetration depth of 570µm, and the ability to produce real-time
images, it enables visualization of morphological structures in the
skin and outlines of individual cells. Currently, clinician
researchers have been using it to aid the identification of abnormal
skin architecture in diseases. NSC has similarly used it to better
diagnose, monitor and understand certain diseases. HD-OCT, in
addition, offers a means for measurement of skin parameters. The speaker
will present the work in exploring its use in measurement of the
skin surfaces, such as wrinkles in cosmetic studies, measurement of
epidermal thickness in diseases, and measurement of dermal signal
intensities in certain diseases.
Dr Tey Hong Liang is a Consultant Dermatologist and
Clinician Researcher at the National Skin Centre. He is the Deputy
Head of Research, and founding consultant and head of the Itch Clinic
and In-patient Service. His main research interests are
Dermatological imaging and neurodermatology. His international
publications include a book, 12 book chapters, and 80 peer-reviewed
journal articles. He has also recently commercialized an
itch-relieving moisturising cream.
Optical Technology and Application in clinical and biomedical research
Dr. Shinoj V K, Scientist, NMC
Ultra-sensitive optical manipulation and detection techniques
employing specialty fiber optics and tailor made coherent lasers, have
huge potential in research and development of new generation medical
diagnosis systems. Photonic crystal fiber is one such specialty
fiber that has emerged prominent in recent years, and has established
as an efficient medium for sensing or other micro manipulation such
as optical trapping or tweezing, promising a non-invasive,
non-contact methodology with minimum damage to the living cells. In
this perspective, my research work focused on the exploration and
development of relevant concepts and optical system configuration for
detection of target analytes from an extremely low fluorescent sample
volume using such micro-structured fibers and on development of a
multifunctional analysis system to perform optical trapping, position
sensing, and spectral characterization sequentially and
Non-invasive medical imaging techniques have generated great
interest and high potential in the research and development of
ocular imaging and follow up procedures. Primary angle closure glaucoma
is one form of glaucoma where the eye’s drainage canals become
blocked by iris so that intraocular pressure rises over time. Various
available optical imaging methods for evaluation and management of
glaucoma allowing visualization of the iridocorneal angle are
discussed along with novel in-house developed imaging schemes. The
obtained results are promising and are expected to find potential
application in irido-corneal angle documentation, glaucoma diagnosis and
follow up management procedures.
Dr. Shinoj V K is a Scientist of the optical metrology lab
at NMC. He was engaged at the Centre for Optical & Laser
Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, as a
Research Fellow from October 2012 to December 2014. Before, he has
worked as a postdoctoral Research Associate for one year at Singapore
Eye Research Institute, Singapore. Dr. Shinoj was awarded a PhD from
Nanyang Technological University in 2012 and has received his Master
degree in Physics from Cochin University of Science and Technology,
India in 2006. His main research focus areas include biomedical
imaging and sensing for various disease detection and diagnosis.
Q & A and Discussion
Lab Tour (optional for interested attendees)
Labs – Optical Radiation Lab, Radio Frequency Lab, Temperature Lab and Acoustic Lab
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Registration is free and on a first-come-first-served basis. Click here to register for the seminar, by 21 January 2015.
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