Department of Pharmacology
NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine
Associate Professor Fred Wong is a pharmacologist by training, and earned his PhD degree from Ohio State University in the United States. He teaches medical, dental, pharmacy, nursing and life sciences students and was recently named “Role Model” by the MBBS graduating class of 2012.
As the Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies and Research at the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, A/Prof Wong has revamped the PhD curriculum by introducing several new initiatives, including new modules, workshops on ethical research, a laboratory rotation scheme, the Annual Graduate Scientific Congress and Graduate Student Career Fair, as well as a new joint PhD program with Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
A/Prof Wong’s research focuses on drug discovery and development for asthma and COPD. He has published over 70-peer reviewed journal articles including Nature Medicine, American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, J Allergy and Clinical Immunology and Journal of Immunology. He has also filed or obtained four patent applications.
In collaboration with NUH doctors and the Investigational Medicine Unit, A/Prof Fred Wong has successfully translated his pre-clinical findings from bench to bedside by treating asthmatic patients with the anti-malarial drug artesunate. This clinical trial is still ongoing, and he aims to introduce a new drug therapy for asthma in the next five to 10 years.