Singapore-Malaysia Nephrology Forum (SMNF)

Description

The Singapore-Malaysia Nephrology Forum is the brainchild of Dr Wong Kok Seng and Dato’ Dr Zaki Morad who suggested that regular meetings of nephrologists from both countries would allow strengthening of the ties that already existed.

The tag-line “Sharing Ideas, Fostering Lasting Friendships” was adopted and the first meeting was organised in Singapore on 26-27 March 2004. The Forum was planned to combine a mix of science and fun to allow the nephrologists to interact on both social and scientific levels. The first day was dedicated to “fun” and this included friendly badminton, table tennis and golf tournaments between the Singaporeans and Malaysians. The scientific programme on the following day, allowed the two sides to share on-going projects in order to explore possible areas of collaboration. The highlight of the scientific meeting was a debate between Singapore and Malaysia.

The Forum now alternates between the two countries and the programme structure has remained essentially unchanged. Two debate challenge trophies were introduced and they are the Dato’ Dr Zaki Morad B Mohd Zaher Debate Challenge Trophy for the winning team (2006) and the Prof Woo Keng Thye Best Debater Challenge Trophy (2009). The Forum is currently organised biennially.

Venue / Debate Topics and Winners

2004 Singapore General Hospital, SINGAPORE
Regulation of Paid Kidney Transplant in Asian Countries will be Beneficial
Winner: MALAYSIA
2005 Cyberjaya Lodge Resort & Spa, Putrajaya, SELANGOR
Nephrologists Will Not Be Relevant in the Practice of Nephrology in the Future
Winner: MALAYSIA
2006 National University of Singapore, SINGAPORE
Peritoneal Dialysis is Inferior to Haemodialysis as a Form of Renal Replacement Therapy in Newly Diagnosed Patients with End-Stage Renal Failure
WINNER: SINGAPORE
BEST SPEAKER: Dr Adrian Liew (SINGAPORE)
2007 Awana, Genting Highlands, PAHANG
Expecting a Renal Transplant from an Emotionally Related Donor is Tantamount to Emotional Blackmail
WINNER: MALAYSIA
BEST SPEAKER: MALAYSIA
2009 Tan Tock Seng Hospital, SINGAPORE
Politicians Make Good Doctors
WINNER: MALAYSIA
BEST SPEAKER: Dr Francisco Salcido Ochoa (SINGAPORE)
2011 Philea Resort, Ayer Keroh, MELAKA
Young Fit Patients Should be on PD
WINNER: MALAYSIA
BEST SPEAKER: MALAYSIA
2013 The Academia, Singapore General Hospital, SINGAPORE
Offering the Elderly Renal Replacement Therapy Does More Harm than Good
WINNER: SINGAPORE
BEST SPEAKER: MALAYSIA
2015 Avillion Resort, Port Dickson, MALAYSIA
Experience-based Nephrology vs Evidence-based Nephrology
WINNER: SINGAPORE
BEST SPEAKER: Dr Tai Yinxia (SINGAPORE)

1st Singapore-Malaysia Nephrology Forum 2004

Seated (L to R): Hooi Lai Siong, Woo Keng Thye, Abu Bakar, Zaki Morad
Standing (L to R): Akira Wu, Wong Kok Seng, Tan Chwee Choon, Evan Lee

Malaysian and Singaporean participants

3rd Singapore-Malaysia Nephrology Forum (2006)

3rd Singapore-Malaysia Nephrology Forum (2006)

Prof Woo Keng Thye Best Debater Challenge Trophy (left) and
Dato Dr Zaki Morad Mohd Zaher Debate Challenge Trophy (right)