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Issue No. 6, Oct 2000

Memorandum of Understanding with the Karolinska Institute

The name Karolinska Insitute (KI), Sweden is inextricably linked with the Nobel prize. In 1895 Alfred Nobel appointed the Karolinska Institute to handle the awarding of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. In addition to awarding the prize, it answers for 40 percent of all medical research at universities throughout Sweden, and has produced five Nobel Laureates in this field.

(From left to right) Prof Chow Shui Nee representing NUS and Prof Chew Chong Lin representing the Dental Faculty, signing the MOU with Prof Klinge and Prof. Jan Carlstedt-Duke of KI.

It is therefore fortuitous that, the National University of Singapore and Karolinska Institute signed a Memorandum of Understanding as a first step toward research collaboration. It is better news that the first step of collaboration is between Faculty of Dentistry, NUS and the Institute of Odontology, Karolinska.

On 23 August 2000, at the Dental Library, Professor Jan Carlstedt-Duke, Vice-Dean of Research of Karolinska Institute and Professor Bjorn Klinge, Chairman of the Department of Odontology were in Singapore to sign the Memorandum of Understanding, between the National University of Singapore and the Faculty of Dentistry , NUS respectively. This was the culmination of months of preparation and dialogue between both institutions. Prof Jan Carlstedt-Duke had already visited the Faculty in May 2000 to deliver a presentation on dental research in Sweden and focused on collaboration in research and training and joint supervision of PhD candidates.

Over the next two days, Professor Klinge and Professor Mikael Wendel, Director of the Centre for Oral Biology, KI, had a series of discussions with various research groups within the Faculty and University on possible areas of research collaboration. From this starting point, both NUS and KI hope that this will provide the foundations for a strong and synergistic exchange of research ideas.

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