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Prof Chin Jing Jih

Chairman of NHG REC
National Healthcare Group

Chairman, Medical Board
Geriatric Medicine
Tan Tock Seng Hospital 

Professor Chin Jing Jih is Chairman, Medical Board and Senior Consultant Geriatrician at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH).  He is also the Advisor to TTSH Institute of Geriatric and Acting Ageing.  He chairs the NHG Research Ethics Committee and holds teaching responsibilities at both NTU Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine and the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine.  Professor Chin serves in several committees in the Ministry of Health and the community, including the Board of Directors for the Agency for Integrated Care, DT Chair Panel of the Singapore Medical Council and the Singapore Bioethics Advisory Committee, and the National Medical Ethics Committee.  He also chairs the HSA Complementary Health Products Advisory Committee and the Medical Advisory Board of Ang Mo Kio-THK Hospital.

Presentation Title

Ethical Challenges of IRBs in Singapore 

Singapore has long been a leader in clinical research from the early days of the 20th century. The landscape however has changed dramatically in the last few decades with the advent of strong commercial pressures as well as increasing regulatory oversight. While researchers often complain about the slow pace of IRB handling of research protocols, given tight deadlines from funding agencies, the IRB perspective is often neglected. There are numerous examples of issues which have arisen in IRB approved studies in Singapore. The challenge is to have a workable approach which protects human subjects while facilitating cutting edge research to deal with the challenges of human health in Singapore and beyond.

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