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Keynote Speaker



Chen Zhi Xiong


Senior Lecturer and Integration Lead Educator, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, National University Health System, Singapore

Dr. Chen Zhi Xiong is the Deputy Education Director (Health Professions) and Principal Investigator of the Neurodevelopment and Cancer Laboratory at the Department of Physiology, and an Associate at the Centre for Medical Education. He is also Chairperson of the Asia-Pacific Biomedical Science Educators Association (APBSEA) and a Director of the International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE), Joint Scientist at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital and an Affiliate Member of the National University Cancer Institute, Singapore. In addition, he is a Resident Fellow of King Edward VII Hall where he lives among students including those from health professions and life sciences disciplines.

Sitting at the crossroads between biomedical sciences and health professions, Zhi Xiong is exploring ways to enhance education in both areas with specific interests in biomedical sciences graduate education, the role of biomedical sciences in health professions education, medical education technology and faculty development. To do so, he serves on the medical school’s Year 1 committee, Medical Education Round committee and Medical Education Technology Enterprise committee as well as chairs the Research Pathway Committee and Endocrine System-based Workgroup. Leveraging on his previous experience in student affairs as the university’s Assistant Dean of Students, he also serves on the medical school’s Admissions Committee and as a House Mentor to medical students. Outside of NUS, he is a teaching faculty for the Maastricht University-Academy of Medicine Singapore Masters in Health Professions Education degree programme.

In neuroblastoma research, he has won several grants and awards notably, the Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group McElwain Prize from the United Kingdom and the Swedish Childhood Cancer Foundation Fellowship from Sweden. He is also a member of the St Jude-VIVA KKH Pediatric Brain and Solid Tumor Programme and Singapore’s A*STAR Target Translation Consortium. Together with University of Haifa and NUS iHealthTech, they seek new drugs and diagnostics for neuroblastoma. In health professions education, he has won several teaching and academic development awards from NUS, National University Health System (NUHS), medical and dental schools. Besides publications, he also co-authored a book on curriculum organisation and developed an online platform for teaching-learning-assessing medical science-driven clinical reasoning among other projects.


Keynote Address 

Disruptive technology in this Fourth Industrial Revolution is ubiquitous in today’s developed economies. The education sector is an enthusiastic and early adopter of technology-enhanced practice. In his address, Dr Chen will touch on the opportunities and challenges that technology brings to education. In particular, he will emphasise the role of the educator in the teaching and learning of values in a digital landscape. Dr Chen will also share pedagogical strategies for values education using examples from health professions education. The aim is to initiate a conversation on issues confronting our identities as educators and also as members of a larger technology-savvy community.