VIVA Education Webinar 01 July 2020 web


Every LCH Child is Different: Unconventional Approaches to a Fascinating Disease

Tuesday, 21 July 2020
20:30-21:30 (Singapore UTC+8)



The VIVA Asia Education Webinar Series brings together regional delegates from developing countries to discuss treatment, data management, and evaluation of outcomes for paediatric solid tumours and leukaemia. This Webinar Series continues the educational opportunities offered by the VIVA Asia Educational Day, which evolved from the pre-forum workshop at the annual St. Jude-VIVA Forum in Paediatric Oncology.

In this webinar, Prof TC Quah (NUH) will share his lifelong interest in LCH, as well as his experiences with this complex and challenging condition.



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Assoc Prof Quah Thuan Chong

Senior Consultant, Division of Paediatric Haematology and Oncology, Department of Paediatrics
Khoo Teck Puat - National University Children's Medical Institute, National University Hospital

Associate Professor, Department of Paediatrics, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine,
National University of Singapore

Associate Professor Quah Thuan Chong grew up in the island of Penang (a beautiful city off the western coast of West Malaysia) and came to another island (another beautiful island off the southern coast of West Malaysia) in 1971 to study medicine at the then University of Singapore.

He was captivated and inspired by Professor Wong Hock Boon, the "walking encyclopaedia" and "the smartest man I've ever known personally" whose motto is "if you want to do paediatrics, you've got to live paediatrics, eat paediatrics, sleep paediatrics". He was also inspired by the children he got to know when he was doing his housemanship (internship) in 1976 in the University Department of Paediatrics (then at the Mistri Wing in the Singapore General Hospital).

Then and there, he decided to spend the rest of his life looking after kids. After spending a very happy one year in the paediatric department in Alexandra Hospital under another wonderful mentor, Dr Tan Keng Wee, he went back to the University's Department of Paediatrics, and has been there ever since (moving together with the department to the National University Hospital in 1986).

He started to devote his life to paediatric haematology and oncology in 1983, training under Professor Wong, and also in Australia and Jerusalem (under Professor Shimon Slavin, for marrow transplant, under whose guidance he did the first bone marrow transplant in Singapore).

He is the recipient of the National Medical Excellence Awards 2013 (National Outstanding Clinician Mentor Award).

Dr Shweta Bansal

Senior Consultant, Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital (HNRFH)
Honorary Pediatric Hemato-oncolgy Consultant, Asian Cancer Institute, Mumbai, India
Visiting Faculty and BMT Incharge, LTMGH, Sion hospital
Mumbai, India

Dr Shweta Bansal has a post graduate in Pediatrics from Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in Delhi, India. She is trained in Pediatric Hemato Oncology at Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Hospital, Delhi and Tata Memorial hospital, Mumbai. She did her IOP fellowship in 2011 at St Jude Children`s Hospital, Memphis USA and in 2013 completed her bone marrow transplant fellowship at NUH, Singapore.

Dr Shweta after completion of her BMT fellowship, joined HNRFH and LTMGH hospitals. She was instrumental in starting the bone marrow transplant units at both the places and has so far completed more than 50 transplants which include varied conditions like thalassemia, aplastic anemia, Fanconi`s anemia, leukemia, neuroblastoma and immunodeficiency conditions.

Dr Shweta has been an active member of Pediatric Hemato-Oncology Society of India and has served as its treasurer for 4 years. Recently she has been appointed as an ethics committee member of the prestigious Indian Council of Medical Research. She has also served as an editor in chief and assistant editor at various PubMed indexed journals including South Asian Journal of Cancer, Pediatric Hematology Oncology Journal. She has received accolades for her work and presentations at national and international conferences including St Jude Viva, 2010 and SIOP, 2008. She has been felicitated by Society of Oncology, Patna for her outstanding work in field of Pediatric Oncology in 2010.