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Tan Chorh Chuan, president of the National University of Singapore (NUS), has become the first Singaporean to be elected to the US National Academy of Medicine (NAM), an organisation that serves as an adviser to the US and the global community on health and science matters.
NAM on Monday unveiled 70 new regular members and 10 international members in conjunction with its annual meeting.
Said NAM president Victor J Dzau: "Our newly elected members represent the brightest, most influential, and passionate people in health, science, and medicine in our nation and internationally. The expertise they bring to the organisation will help us respond to today's most pressing health-related challenges and inform the future of health, science, and medicine."
Prof Tan, also chairman of the National University Health System and deputy chairman of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), said the appointment is a "strong recognition" of the contributions made by Singapore and NUS to the study of medicine and health in Asia, and particularly meaningful in the 50th year of Singapore's independence and 110th year of NUS's founding as a "modest medical school".
NAM, established in 1970 under the name Institute of Medicine, is an independent US organisation that operates under a formal peer-review system to provide unbiased, evidence-based, and authoritative information and advice on health and science policy to policy-makers, professionals and leaders.
Membership to NAM is for a lifetime. New members are elected annually, and they will serve without compensation in the conduct of studies and other activities related to health and science.