Inaugural Singapore Research Ethics Conference




Time Details
8:45am – 9:00am Welcome Address
9:00am – 10:30am Plenary 1 – Balancing Research Ethics and Administrative Duties (Auditorium)
Chin Jing Jih
IRB's Mission: Attention on Proportionality, Avoiding the Bureaucratic Trap
Graeme Laurie

Navigating Regulatory Spaces in Health Research Design and Delivery

10:30am - 11:00am


11:00am - 12:30pm Plenary 2 – Data Management Challenges (Auditorium)
Marcus Ong Eng Hock
Research Information Systems and Data Science Core at Singhealth-Duke Health Services Research Institute
Graeme Laurie

Data Ownership

12:30pm - 1:30pm


Research Ethics & Integrity Clinical Trials / Research Conduct IRB & IRB Administration
1:30pm – 3:00pm Breakout 1 (L1S1)
Race, Culture Ethnicity and Research: Challenges and Opportunities
Breakout 2  (Auditorium)
Clinical Trials
Breakout 3 (L1S3)
The Role of the IRB
Sara Jordan
Diversity and Inclusion in Research Settings
Mathew Mathews
The Ethics of Researching Cultural Differences in Singapore
Shirley Sun
Limits of Race and Ethnicity-Based Population Sampling in Precision Medicine
Lisa Tan
Regulation of Clinical Trials in Singapore
Poh Cuiqin
ICH E6 Addendum
Agnes Ng
Autonomy, Race & Culture
Lee Kok Onn
Payment in Human Research
3:30pm - 5:00pm Breakout 4 (L1S1)
Social, Behavioural, and Educational Research
Breakout 5  (Auditorium)
Industry-Sponsored trials and investigator initiated research
Breakout 6 (L1S3)
Sharing of Best Practices Among IRBs
Voo Teck Chuan
Justice and Educational Research
Lucienne Blessing
To Do or Not to Do - That's the Question!
Patricia Yap
When Researchers Use the Net: Experiences of an Ethics Review Board
Darren Lim Wan Teck
Institution Engagement in the Early Clinical Trial Conduct
Yong Wei Peng
Challenges in Managing Clinical Trials / Hybrid-Sponsored Investigator Initiated Trials in Singapore
Yong Eu Leong
Conducting Research With Limited Resources - An Investigator's Perspective
Hedy Goh
A Single IRB for All Research Involving Human Participants – the Ngee Ann Polytechnic Experience
Steve Yang
Why Do We Need a Research Ethics Committee?
Elyse Summers
Challenges Faced By International IRBs: How They Have Been Overcome By Effective and Novel Practices


Time Details
8:00am - 9:00am Keynote Address (Auditorium)
Pearl O' Rourke
Novel Data, Application and Technology
Research Ethics & Integrity Clinical Trials / Research Conduct Quality Management & Training
9:00am - 10:30am Breakout 7 (L1S1)
Ethical trial design
Breakout 8 (L1S3)
Training and Development for Clinical Research Professional
Breakout 9  (Auditorium)
Risk Assessment & Monitoring
Graeme Laurie
Regulatory Stewardship
Teoh Yee Leong
Ethical Challenges in Vaccine Clinical Trials
Yeo Jing Ping
Improving Compliance in Clinical Research – According to ICH GCP & HBRA
Aamir Shaikh
Crafting Sound Clinical Research Professionals - Going Beyond GCP
Goh Siew Lee
Effective Staff Training For a Successful Research
Damien Hong Yew Hui
A Continuous Effort to Develop Clinical Research Coordinators in Singapore
Li Jun
Quality Risk Management in Clinical Development – Managing Risks & Sustaining Quality
Lisa Marie Saldanha
Risk-Based Monitoring: How Can It Be Implement For More Effective Study Oversight
Jacky Lee
Risk-Based Audit Approach to Human Biomedical Research
10:30am - 11:00am


11:00am – 12:30pm Breakout 10 (L1S1)
Research Integrity / Responsible Conduct of Research
Breakout 11  (Auditorium)
New Approaches to Consent
Breakout 12 (L1S3)
Quality Management (Quality assurance and improvement)
Tony Mayer
Embedding Research Integrity in a Fast-Rising and Research-Intensive Asian University
Calvin Ho
Ethical Responsibility to Consider Accessibility of Medicines in Research
Lee Eng Hin
Research Ethics and Integrity: A Funder’s Perspective
Sara R. Jordan
Informed Consent and Internet-Based Social Survey
Pearl O' Rourke
Consent forms: The Broader…the Better?
Owen Schaefer
Meta Consent
Sng Ban Leong
Infusing Quality in Research at KKH
Sumitra Sachidanandan
GCP Inspection Findings – A Paradigm Shift
Xavier Tey
Investigator Site Audit and Inspection Findings – Overview and Lessons Learnt
12:30pm - 1:30pm


1:30pm – 3:30pm Plenary 3 - Human Biomedical Research Act (Auditorium)
Goh Yeow Tee
The Human Biomedical Research Act: Compliance and Risks
Reflections on the transition
Panel Discussion with IRB Chairs, Principal Persons in Charge & Regulators:

3:30pm – 4:00pm


4:00pm - 5:30pm Plenary 4 – Human Biomedical Research Act Tissue Framework  (Auditorium)
Eng Chon Boon
Best Practices, Certification and Accreditation programs for biorepositories
Tan Soo Yong
Regulation of Tissue Banks and Human Tissue Activities Under HBRA


The inaugural Singapore Research Ethics Conference is a collaboration between the National Healthcare Group, National University of Singapore and Singapore Health Services, and will be held on 1 & 2 March 2018 at Academia.

It aims to provide IRB members, IRB administrators, researchers and clinical research professionals with a training platform to share knowledge and best practices in:

  • Research ethics & integrity
  • Human subject protection
  • Regulations for human subject research

This conference will explore the ways in which IRBs and other research oversight systems can ensure adequate protections for subjects, balancing the needs of efficient administration with the requirement to ensure research is conducted responsibly and with integrity.

The Plenary Sessions will address the following:

  1. Balancing research ethics and administrative duties
  2. Data management challenges
  3. Human Biomedical Research Act – Human Biomedical Research Framework
  4. Human Biomedical Research Act – Human Tissue Framework

The Breakout Sessions will consist of the following tracks:

  • Research Ethics and Integrity
  • Clinical Trials & Research Conduct
  • IRB & IRB Administration
  • Quality Management & Training


The conference venue is at Academia, located at 20 College Road, Singapore 169856 (located in Singapore General Hospital Campus).

View the location on Google Maps.

How to Get Here

(A) By Public Transport

Nearest MRT Station: Outram Park

Nearest Bus Stops

Bus Stop Location Bus Numbers
Bus Stop A Jalan Bukit Merah SBS Transit: 147, 196, 197

SMRT: 167, 961

Bus Stop B Kampong Bahru Road SBS Transit: 124, 143, 147, 166, 196, 197

SMRT: 61,167,961

Bus Stop C New Bridge Road Bus Terminal SBS Transit: 2, 12, 54, 62, 103, 174, 196

SMRT: 61, 190, 520, 961

Bus Stop D Before Outram Road SBS Transit: 124, 143, 147, 166, 197

SMRT: 61, 961

Bus Stop E Along Outram Road SBS Transit: 33, 63

SMRT: 75, 851, 970

The SGH shuttle service operates from Monday to Friday (8.00 am to 7.00 pm) and is available from the following bus-stops:

  • Bus-stop opposite Outram Park MRT station (East-West Line) along Outram Road
  • Bus-stop outside Outram Park MRT station (North-East Line) along Eu Tong Sen Street

Alight at the Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC) and cross the road to Academia.

The shuttle service operates from Monday to Friday, 8.00 am to 7.00 pm.

(B) By car

There is no car park in Academia.

Parking is available at Car Park H, located at MacAlister Road, behind the College of Medicine Building (Ministry of Health). Alternatively, you may park your car at the National Heart Centre, 5 Hospital Drive (opposite SGH Block 4).

Please refer to the map above for the various car park locations.

(C) By taxi
Take a taxi to 20 College Road, Singapore 169856 (located in Singapore General Hospital Campus).


Professor Lucienne Blessing

Singapore University of Technology and Design

Associate Professor Chin Jing Jih

Tan Tock Seng Hospital

Dr Eng Chon Boon

National University Health System

Dr Hedy Goh

Ngee Ann Polytechnic

Dr Goh Siew Lee

Syneos Health, Singapore

Associate Prof Goh Yeow Tee

Deputy Group Director, Research Integrity, Compliance & Ethics, SingHealth

Dr Calvin Ho

Centre for Biomedical Ethics, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore

Mr Damien Hong Yew Hui

Singapore Clinical Research Institute

Assistant Professor Sara Jordan

Virgina Tech, School of Public & Internal Affairs, Center For Public Administration and Policy

Professor Graeme Laurie

University of Edinburgh, Scotland

Professor Lee Eng Hin

National University Health System

Dr Jacky Lee Wong Cheng

Ministry of Health, Singapore

Lee Kok Onn

National University of Singapore

Mr Li Jun

Johnson & Johnson

Dr Darren Lim Wan Teck

SingHealth Investigational Medicine Unit

Dr Mathew Mathews

Institute of Policy Studies, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore

Mr Tony Mayer

Nanyang Technological University

Professor Philip Keith Moore

National University of Singapore

Associate Professor Marcus Ong Eng Hock

Singapore General Hospital

Pearl O'Rourke

Partners HealthCare

Associate Professor Agnes Ng


Ms Poh Cuiqin

Health Sciences Authority

Ms Sumitra Sachidanandan

Health Sciences Authority

Ms Lisa Marie Saldanha


Dr G. Owen Schaefer

Centre for Biomedical Ethics, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine
National University of Singapore

Dr Aamir Shaikh


Associate Professor Sng Ban Leong

KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital

Elyse Summers


Associate Professor Shirley Sun

Nanyang Technological University

Dr Lisa Tan

Health Sciences Authority

Associate Professor Tan Soo Yong

National University Cancer Institute, Singapore
Department of Pathology, National University Hospital

Associate Professor Teoh Yee Leong

Singapore Clinical Research Institute

Mr Xavier Tey

Allergan Singapore Pte Ltd

Dr Philomena Tong

Ministry of Health, Singapore

Dr Voo Teck Chuan

Centre for Biomedical Ethis, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore

Dr Steve Yang

Raffles Hospital

Dr Patricia Yap

National Healthcare Group / Institute of Mental Health

Dr Yeo Jing Ping

Singapore Health Service Pte Ltd

Professor Yong Eu Leong

National University Hospital

Dr Yong Wei Peng

National University Cancer Institute, National University of Singapore

Registration is now closed!

Registration Fees
$100 (inclusive of 7% GST) includes conference materials, coffee/tea/refreshments, and lunches. The fee is the same whether you attend one or both days of the conference. Please note that this registration page is for the main conference only.

Cancellations & Refunds
Please notify us of any cancellations by 1 Feb 2018. Refunds are at the discretion of the Conference Organizers.

Contact Us

If you have any queries about the conference, please contact the Conference Secretariat:

Miss Devi Veeramah
DID: +65-6601 1209

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