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Past Workshops

26 - 27 February 2018, Pharmacogenomics Workshop, Clinical Implementation Strategies & Pharmacists’ Roles


Clinical Implementation Strategies & Pharmacists’ Roles


26 – 27 February 2018

Topics Covered

• Fundamental of Pharmacogenomics
• Clinical Applications of Pharmacogenomics
• Strategies for Clinical Pharmacogenomics Implementation
• Cost Effectiveness of Phamacogenomics Implementation


Seminar rooms A – D
Department of Pharmacy
National University of Singapore


(Photo by  Patrick Campbell/University of Colorado)

Christina Aquilante, PharmD, FCCP
University of Colorado


Alexandre Chan, PharmD, MPH, FCCP
Deputy Head and Associate Professor
Department of Pharmacy
National University of Singapore


Ho Han Kiat, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Pharmacy
National University of Singapore


Wee Hwee Lin, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Pharmacy
National University of Singapore


Ong Pei Shi, PhD
Department of Pharmacy
National University of Singapore


Michael David Winther, PhD
Senior Project Manager


Dorothy Toh, PhD
Assistant Group Director (Post-market Cluster)
Health Sciences Authority, Singapore


Doreen Tan, PharmD, BCPS (AQ Cardiology)
Specialist Pharmacist (Cardiology)
Khoo Teck Puat Hospital


Astrid Irwanto, PhD
Junior Principal Investigator


26 Feb, Day 1  
0830 – 0900 Registration & Tea Reception
0900 Opening
A/P Alex Chan
0905 – 1005 Fundamental of Pharmacogenomics
Prof Christina Aquilante
1005 – 1030 Breakout activity: Genetics Nomenclature
Prof Christina Aquilante
1030 – 1045 Tea break
1045 – 1130 Genotyping Tests and Interpretation
Prof Christina Aquilante
1130 – 1230 Pharmacogenomic Evidence, Study Designs, and Guidelines
Prof Christina Aquilante
1230 – 1300 Breakout activity: Using PGx Website Resources
Prof Christina Aquilante
1300 – 1400 Lunch
1400 – 1430 Preemptive genotyping to reduce ADRs
A/P Alex Chan
1430 – 1500 SAPPHIRE and SEA-Pharm
Dr Michael David Winther
1500 – 1530 Clinical Application #1: Pharmacogenetics of carbamazepine – a case study in Singapore
Dr Dorothy Toh
1530 – 1545 Teabreak
1545 – 1615 Clinical Application #2:  Pharmacogenetics of TKIs- a case study on genes affecting pharmacodynamics
A/P Ho Han Kiat
1615 – 1645 Clinical Application #3: Cardiology
Dr Doreen Tan
1700 End of Day 1
27 Feb, Day 2  
0900 – 1000  Pharmacist-Directed Clinical Implementation (Institutional and Community Practices), Part 1
Prof Christina Aquilante
1000 – 1040 Breakout activity: Barriers to Implementation
Prof Christina Aquilante
1040 – 1045 Teabreak
1045 – 1145 Pharmacist-Directed Clinical Implementation (Institutional and Community Practices)
1145  – 1230 Breakout activity: Formulating an Implementation Plan
Prof Christina Aquilante
1230 – 1330 Lunch
1330 – 1400 Pharmacoeocnomics of precision medicine
Dr Wee Hwee Lin
1400 – 1430 Clinical Application #4: Genotyping of Leprosy in Indonesia
Dr Astrid Irwanto
1430 – 1500 Title TBA
Dr Ong Pei Shi
1500 – 1515 Teabreak
1515 – 1615 Educational Strategies to Prepare Pharmacists for Personalized Medicine: Teaching Towards Competencies
Prof Christina Aquilante
1615 – 1715 Breakout: Formulating an Educational Plan
Prof Christina Aquilante
1715 Closing and End of Day 2

Workshop Fee

Regular fee per participant 


Early bird registration fee
(register by 02 Feb 2018)


Group discount *
(register by 02 Feb 2018)

S$900 per participant

* Group discount is only applicable when 2 or more participants from the same organization register at the same time.
All prices stated are inclusive of 7% GST. Breakfast, lunch and tea will be provided.


Click here to register now!
Registration closes on 19 Feb 2018.

For inquiries, please email to
This is a SPC CPE recognized event.


Special thanks to the following sponsor:



We are glad that our workshop was well received and thankful for the numerous positive encouragement. We would like to send our gratitude to all participants and speakers for their participation and we sincerely hope you have enjoyed the lectures and have learnt a lot that will be useful in your workplace.


We would also like to thank Vishuo Biomedical Pte Ltd for sponsoring the workshop.


Quotes from our workshop participants

“Thank you for organizing the workshop! It was highly enjoyable and I learnt a lot. More importantly, it was a good networking platform and good for generating ideas” – Dr. Doreen Tan Su-Yin, PharmD, BCPS, Cardiology Specialist Pharmacist & Head, Pharmacy, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital

“This was a well-organised workshop and I’ve learnt many new things. Good job to you and your team!” – Joelle Chia, Co-Director, Pharma To Market Pte Ltd

Thanks for all the hard work put into the PGx workshop! It was really well planned and executed. It was a great opportunity to meet with practicing pharmacists and PGx researchers, and we have learned a lot from the lectures” – Zheng Weiling, PhD, Business Development Manager, Vishuo Biomedical Pte Ltd

22 - 23 February 2018, The Science, Art and Regulation of Consumer Care Products: The Workshop

The Science, Art and Regulation of Consumer Care Products: The Workshop



22 – 23 February 2018


Block S14, Level  4
Science Drive 2, Lower Kent Ridge Road
National University of Singapore

Why Attend?

Live demonstrations on PBPK modeling & DPRA prediction
Formulation lab & advances in encapsulation technology
Practical tips on transdermal delivery
Network with internationally recognised scientific leaders


A/P Giorgia Pastorin
Deputy Head (Research)
NUS Pharmacy
Prof Dr Alex van Herk
Principal Scientist
ICES, A*STAR & Eindhoven University of Technology
A/P Suresh Valiyaveettil
NUS Chemistry
A/P Eric Chan
NUS Pharmacy

Dr Bhashkar Mukerji
Regulatory Affairs & Product Safety
Givaudan Singapore Pte. Ltd.

Prof Benjamin Boyd
Drug Delivery Disposition & Dynamics
Monash University, Australia
Prof Wong Tin Wui
Non-Destructive Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Research Centre, iPROMISE
Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia
Dr Li Chunxiang
Research Scientist
Singapore Polytechnic

Mr Pang Tit Keong
Deputy Director (CCU)
Health Sciences Authority, Singapore


Dr Thomas Dawson
Senior Principal Investigator

Adjunct Professor
Department of Pharmacy and Drug Discovery
Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), USA



Dr Vivek Arjunan Vasantha


Dr Yuri Dancik


Dr James Chan
NUS Pharmacy


Dr Gopalakrishnan Venkatesan
NUS Pharmacy


Day 1, 22 Feb 2018
0815 – 0845 Registration & Tea Reception
0845 – 0900 Opening Address
Overview on NUS Pharmacy Department & CoRE-Net
A/P Giorgia Pastorin & Prof Dr Alex van Herk
0900 – 0915 Introduction to consumer care products
A/P Giorgia Pastorin
0915 – 0945 Encapsulation technologies of consumer care products
Prof Dr Alex van Herk
0945 – 1015 Constructing your formulation – considering exipient interactions and impact on molecule behaviour
Prof Ben Boyd
1015 – 1045 Break
1045 – 1115 Cosmetic products regulation in Singapore
Mr Pang Tit Keong
1115 – 1145 Nanotechnology for cosmetic applications
Dr Li Chunxiang
1145 – 1215 Strategies to decrease toxicity in consumer care products (hair and temporary tattoos)
A/P Suresh Valiyaveettil
1215 – 1300 Lunch
1300 – 1315 Safety briefing
1315 – 1500 Hands-on training 1 – Encapsulation technologies
Prof Dr Alex van Herk & Dr Vivek Arjunan Vasantha
1500 – 1530 Tea Break
1530 – 1700 Hands-on training 2 – In-vitro evaluation of transdermal delivery through Franz diffusion cells: considerations & tricks
Dr Yuri Dancik
1700 – 1730 Discussion & debrief
Day 2, 23 Feb 2018
0830 – 0900 Tea Reception
0900 – 0930 Introduction to the concepts of physiologically-based pharmacokinetics (PBPK) modeling
A/P Eric Chan
0930 – 1000 Human cutaneous microbiome
Dr Thomas Dawson
1000 – 1030 Break
1030 – 1100 Safe fragrances: The IFRA commitment
Dr Bhashkar Mukerji
1100 – 1130 Local skin malignant melanoma treatment: Interplay of microwave and nanotechnology as permeation enhances
Prof Wong Tin Wui
1130 – 1200 De-briefing on data collection during day 1 practicals
1200 – 1330 Photo-taking & Lunch
1330 – 1340 Safety briefing
1340 – 1500 Hands-on training 3 – PBPK Simulation & Discussion
Dr James Chan
1500 – 1530 Break
1530 – 1700 Hands-on training 4 – Direct Peptide Reactivity Assay (DPRA) for determination of skin sensitization potential
Dr Gopal Venkatesan
1700 – 1730 Discussion & debrief
1730 – 1745 Feedback & concluding remarks

Workshop Fee

Regular Fee Per Participant

SGD $1400 + 7% GST
(Total SGD $1498)

CoRE-Net Members

SGD $1260 + 7% GST
(Total SGD $1348.20)

NEW Tertiary Institution Discount
(Including Research Institutes)

SGD $500 + 7% GST
(Total SGD $535)

NEW Group Discount
Additional 10% off when you register in groups of 2 or more. Registrants must be from the same company/institute.

Cancellation and Substitution Policy Cancellation must be received on or before February 12, 2018. Refunds will not be issued for cancellations received after this date. There is a SGD $100 processing fee on all cancellations. You may send a substitute registrant from the same organization. Substitutions must be submitted via email. To cancel or substitute your registration, contact

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We would like to convey our heartfelt appreciation to all our distinguished speakers, hands-on training demonstrators and participants for taking their precious time off to share their expertise and contribute in one way or another to the success of the workshop. It was heartening to know that our participants found the event relevant and really liked the topics in the program and their corresponding practical sessions. We sure hoped our participants had fun putting on their labcoats and getting their hands dirty (especially for those who have not step into the lab for a long time)!


Quotes from our workshop participants

 “Great series of lectures and practical sessions with a broad coverage of topics that are of interest to the consumer care industry” -anonymous

 “A lot of effort was put into the talks and practical sessions. Knowledgeable speakers and facilitators” -anonymous

“Good mix of science and regulatory topics covered” -anonymous

“Great organization of the entire workshop!” -anonymous

“Excellent demonstrators and experiments” -anonymous

12 - 13 October 2017, NANOMEDICINES: Understanding the technical & regulatory perspectives for better translation


12 and 13 October 2017

NUS Department of Pharmacy, Seminar Rooms A-D

This is a 2-day workshop with a blend of classroom learning and expert panel discussions, for lecturers, researchers and students to learn the latest advances, as well as knowledge on the safety and regulatory aspects in nanomedicine.

Besides classroom learning, this workshop also features a hands-on practical session, where participants can learn different nanomedicine assembly and characterization methods.

Registration is now open. To sign up, submit your registration at

The hands-on training is limited to 30 participants. Hurry up and register now to secure your place.

Tertiary Institution discount available