Nephrology Advanced Specialty Trainees Meeting (NAST)
The Nephrology Advanced Specialty Trainees (NAST) Meeting was introduced in 2006 with three aims: (1) to provide a platform for the nephrology trainees to hone their skills in oral presentation, (2) to allow the local nephrology community to share their research, through the presentations of their trainees and (3) to equip the trainees with skills that would be useful in their clinical practice.
To fulfil the third aim, invited speakers delivered talks on a variety of topics such as how to prepare and present an oral paper, understanding biostatistics and molecular biology and what to expect when going on HMDP (Health Manpower Development Programme).
The half-day programmes were capped with a social event which included wine tasting, tea appreciation, and talks on horology and financial planning.
There were, in total, four NAST meetings (2006 to 2009) after which the meeting became incorporated into the Annual Scientific Meetings of the Singapore Society of Nephrology from 2010.
Prof Kon Oi Lian conducting a workshop on Molecular Biology during NAST Meeting 2009
Tea Appreciation by Ms Carrie Chen from Tea Bone Zen Mind (NAST 2009)
Winners Of Best Oral Presentations
Dr Adrian Liew (2006)
Simultaneous external cuff shaving with exit site relocation is effective in the treatment of chronic exit site infection (TTSH)
Dr Yeo Wee Song (2007)
Characterization of DEC1 Gene in the CD4+ T cells of children with relapse of minimal change nephrotic syndrome (Paediatrics, NUH)
Dr Manish Kaushik (2008)
Epidemiology of Varicella zoster infection in adult renal transplant recipients (SGH)
Dr Ng Kar Hui (2009)
A novel TRPC6 gain-of-function mutation may cause focal segmental glomerulosclerosis through altered interactions with podocin and nephrin (Paediatrics, NUH)