International Symposium on Precision Medicine: The Future of Population Health

Experts from renowned research institutions gather to discuss the future of healthcare.


Leading medical researchers from as far as the United Kingdom and the United States of America convened on the 22-23 March 2016 to discuss the various implications of recent developments for the future of healthcare in South East Asia. The distinctive meeting is envisioned to increase clinical efficacy, improvements in treatment safety, reduction in harmful side effects, and health economic benefits in this region.

Joining a distinguished panel of experts from renowned research institutions such as the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford, Columbia University, the J Craig Venter Institute, California and The Chinese University of Hong Kong, were our very own Professors Dato' Dr Khalid Bin Abdul Kadir and Dr Maude Phipps from the Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

During the final panel discussion, Professor John Todd from the University of Cambridge started off the discussion by talking about Sunway Group Founder and Chairman Tan Sri Dato' Seri Dr Jeffrey Cheah’s ambitions to launch initiatives promoting better patient care by taking some of the advances from other countries and applying them here. According to Prof Todd, one of the challenges that was evident from earlier discussions was creating a university hospital here that resembled university hospitals in Oxford and Cambridge.

When asked about his commitment towards the vision of turning a private hospital into a research hospital, Tan Sri replied, “Truly committed within my capacity!”. Tan Sri also brought the discussion to a close by stating: “What I’m doing is not for myself. It’s for the future generation - a good education, good research system and good quality healthcare. If I see in the longer term it will benefit the society, I will do it”.

The symposium was co-hosted by Sunway University, Sunway Medical Centre and the Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences.