Youth Programme: Fundamentals of Medicine and Life Sciences




This 13-week introductory programme aims to expose students to the fundamentals and research trends in pharmacology and medicine. Lecturers, researchers from Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine and affiliated research labs will share their findings on following topics:
• Foundations of Medicine
• Pharmacokinetics
• Pharmacodynamics
• Toxicology
• Cancer Biology
• Neuroscience
• Cardiovascular System
• Immunology

The programme will be delivered through synchronous lectures and interactive tutorials/Q&A sessions. Towards the end of the programme, students will work in groups to prepare a verbal presentation on the topic of interest.



Youth Programme Welcome by Dean
Law PP Class
Welcome message from Dean of NUS SCALE Tutorials conducted over Zoom


Participants should have good command in English and have attended modules/programmes on life science and/or basic medicine at undergraduate level in their home university.


Undergraduate Students from Medicine and Pharmacy.


39 hours of Synchronous sessions including tutorials and final presentation. 


  • Group Presentation
 Mitchell K.P. LAI

Dr. Mitchell K.P. LAI
Assistant Professor
Department of Pharmacology

Dr. Mitchell Lai obtained a BSc in Biological Sciences from the University of Alberta, Canada; and a PhD in Neurochemistry from University of Sydney, Australia. His research interest is in dementia, specifically in the area of neuropathology, neurochemistry, and the identification of drug targets and biomarkers for Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia. He has authored over 70 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. In his current role as Senior Lecturer in the Department of Pharmacology, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, he is also involved in teaching life science, pharmacy, nursing, dental and medical students as well as the development of CET courses

 Gavin S. DAWE  Prof. Gavin S. DAWE

Assistant Professor
Department of Pharmacology

Prof. Gavin Dawe obtained a BSc (Hons) in Neuroscience from the University of Edinburgh and a PhD in Pharmacology from King’s College London, University of London. He worked in the stem cell biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries before joining the National University of Singapore, where he is now Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Pharmacology, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. He has authored over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and he has received several research awards, including the GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Academic Centre of Excellence Research Award in 2010 and the Singapore Neuroscience Association Distinguished Neuroscientist Award in 2017

 Christopher P. CHEN Christopher P. CHEN

Associate Professor

Prof. Christopher Chen is a Senior Clinician-Scientist at the Departments of Pharmacology and Psychological Medicine, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, and Director of the Memory Aging and Cognition Centre. His early medical and research training was at the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford as well as the Institute of Neurology, London. Since returning to Singapore, Prof. Chen has developed multi-disciplinary research programmes with extensive international collaborations. His major research and clinical interests are in neuroimaging, molecular biology and treatment of stroke and dementia. He has published over 400 peer-reviewed papers, is the PI for several studies with cognitive outcomes, serves on journal editorial boards and has been a member of clinical trial steering committees and advisory panels. Currently he is President of the Asian Society Against Dementia, Secretary-Treasurer of the Asian & Oceanian Association of Neurology and past-chair of the International Society for Vascular Behavioural and Cognitive Disorders. 



Successful participants who complete all requirements of the programme including passing the assessment will receive a certificate of completion issued by NUS SCALE.
A sample of the certificate of completion can be found here: 

Participants from the project team with the highest score for the group project will also receive a commendation letter. A sample is shown below:
Sample Online Commendation Letter


Group Sign-up:
January 2022

For enquiries, please contact us at

18 January 2023