Singapore: The very best medicine

This year the city state is hosting a whole range of medical events. These include new conventions and an established trade fair.

Medical Fair Asia continues the series of medical events in the second half of the year. (Photo: Messe Düsseldorf Asia)
Medical Fair Asia continues the series of medical events in the second half of the year. (Photo: Messe Düsseldorf Asia)

At the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) they see their destination as the ideal place to host medical events. “We are a biomedical hub and have a knowledge-driven economy,” argues Jeannie Lim, executive executive director for conventions, meetings and incentive travel at the STB. She also emphasises the reciprocal effect that these events have: “Content-rich medical conferences like this enable delegates from Singapore and abroad to expand their knowledge.” In this way, the MICE segment helps to deliver further improvements in quality. Two medical events are coming to Singapore in May that are being held in South-East Asia for the first time. From 7 to 13 May, the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) is convening at Suntec Singapore. A few days later, from 16 to 20 May, SpineWeek will be focusing on spinal problems and research at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre. 

There will be an accompanying exhibition at both of these conventions, each of which is expected to attract between 6,000 and 7,000 delegates from all over the world. The 24th ISMRM Annual Meeting will bring hospital doctors, engineers, physicists, biochemists and technology experts, among others, to this equatorial city. There will also be an interdisciplinary element to the exchanges about the latest developments in the delegates’ various fields of activity. 16 international spinal medicine societies come together at SpineWeek, an event that involves more than just delegates presenting scientific papers. Training workshops will be staged on aspects of clinical practice. These convention-accompanying events are also designed to facilitate networking, according to the Singapore Tourism Board. The convention organisers hope this will lead the delegates to engage in “fruitful collaboration in the future” (

Singapore is gaining popularity for medical events like last year’s ESMO Congress. (Photo: ESMO)
Singapore is gaining popularity for medical events like last year’s ESMO Congress. (Photo: ESMO)

The round of medical events in Singapore continues with Medical Fair Asia from 31 August to 2 September, which Messe Düsseldorf Asia is organising for the eleventh time. The event is being complemented for the first time by the one-day Medicine + Sports Conference Asia 2016 on the second day, at which experts in sports medicine, health providers, fitness experts and the industry will discuss innovations and challenges. “As the years have gone by we have seen progress in sports medicine all over the world,” explains Gernot Ringling, managing director of Messe Düsseldorf Asia. “So it’s important that those involved in our region continue to remain at the very forefront of developments in technology,” he emphasises. The Asia-Pacific market for sports medicine is set to grow significantly in the coming years. In addition, sport is a good means of counteracting lifestyle diseases, which are on the increase in South-East Asia due to the adoption of a western lifestyle. These include cardiovascular and respiratory diseases and diabetes (

Author: Peter Borstel

This article was published in TFI issue 2/2016


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