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Associate Professor Gerald KOH

National University of Singapore, Singapore

Dr Gerald Koh is currently an Associate Professor and Leader of Health Systems and Behavioural Sciences (HSBS) Domain and Tele-Health InnOvations Research (THOR) Programme, at Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health; and Joint Associate Professor at Dean’s Office, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine; National University of Singapore, National University Health System.

A medical doctor by training, he obtained his Masters in Family Medicine in 2000 and Fellowship in Family Medicine in 2003. He obtained a Graduate Diploma in Geriatric Medicine from NUS in 2002, a Masters in Gerontology and Geriatrics from the European Institute of Gerontology at the University of Malta in 2009, and his PhD in Family Medicine from Western Unversity, Canada in 2012.

His current research interests include stroke and geriatric rehabilitation, and tele-rehabilitation. To date, he has published 146 papers in journals, including Journal of American Medical Association, Canadian Medical Association Journal, Stroke, BMJ Open, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation and Journal of Intellectual Disability Research. He also has obtained research grants amounting to S$26 million as Principal Investigator and over S$12 million as Co-Investigator. He is also currently Consultant for Ministry of Health’s Policy Research and Economics Office.


Professor Mari IKEDA

Tokyo Women's Medical University, Japan

Mari Ikeda is the Professor of the Department of Nursing Administration and Policy, within the School of Nursing at Tokyo Women’s Medical University. She is the member of the International Exchange Promoting Committee in Japan Association of Nursing Programs in Universities (JANPU).

Mari is a registered nurse and a certified clinical psychologist. She completed her PhD in Health Science from the Department of Family Nursing at the University of Tokyo. Over the past years she has focused her research efforts on developing a program addressing postpartum mood among new mothers, using qualitative and quantitative research methods, focusing as well on the broader family-level effects. She also worked on incorporating lessons learned through her program development study into interpersonal group therapy for cancer patients and families. She worked as a faculty member at the University of Tokyo before coming to Tokyo Women’s Medical University in 2016. In recent years, Mari has focused on research in the areas of nursing administration and leadership, policy education and health systems science.


Dr Edward POON

St Luke's Eldercare Ltd, Singapore

A/Prof Edward Poon has broad and recent nursing experiences with specialty practices and teaching in infection control, neuroscience, quality management, research and palliative care. With his experts knowledge in palliative care, he has contributed in research, community care outreached local and overseas, sitting at national advisory board and ethics board and volunteers.

He has vast clinical experience from both restructured and community hospital as well as Hospice; and now he is designing a new nursing home under St Luke’s Eldercare.