Adrian Teo Laboratory

Adrian Teo @ Interstellar Initiative - outstanding team contribution award

The Interstellar Initiative — presented jointly by the Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development and the New York Academy of Sciences — will recognize the world's most promising Early Career Investigators (ECIs) in the fields of cancer, regenerative medicine, and neuroscience. Individuals accepted into the Interstellar Initiative will participate in a three-day conference at the New York Academy of Sciences from March 17–19, 2017, where they will be grouped within teams of three and asked to propose a solution to a major research question, guided by mentors who are at the peak of their respective disciplines.

Larry Loo

A*STAR Graduate Scholarship 2015

A*STAR-P&G 1st Singapore Biotechnology Young Entrepreneur Scheme (YES) Competition 2016 – Most Original Idea Prize Featured on A*STAR social media (

NTU-Quintiles Challenge 2016 – Predicting Patients’ quality risk - 1st Prize Featured on social media

Selected as one of the 100 leaders of tomorrow (LoT) from around the world to participate in the Global Biotech Revolution GapSummit 2017 held in Washington D.C (Team Digi-ease - Finalist in Idea Challenge)

Adrian Teo

Speaker for Gibco 24 Hours of Stem Cells Virtual Event

AWARDS AND stem cell and diabetes facts & Media

Stem Cells and Diabetes Information ​ ·     

  • International Society for Stem Cell Research ·        
  • Stem Cell Society Singapore ·         
  • The World Diabetes Day is on the 14th November. ·         
  • American Diabetes Association ​·         
  • JDRF ·         
  • European Association for the Study of Diabetes ·         
  • Diabetes UK

Diabetes Facts

The Straits Times reported the following on 20th August 2017

  • 11 % of Singaporeans are diabetic
  • Another 12 to 15 % suffer from pre-diabetes. Of them, one in three will become diabetic within eight years
  • The number of diabetics under 70 in Singapore is expected to rise to 670,000 by 2030 and to one million by 2050
  • Diabetes costs Singapore $1 billion a year and the figure is expected to climb to $1.8 billion by 2050
  • The incidence of diabetes is highest among Indians, with 17.2 % of adults affected. This is followed by Malays (16.6 %) and Chinese (9.7 %)
  • Half of those who have a heart attack; two in five victims of stroke, and two in three with kidney failure in Singapore are also diabetic
  • Every day, four amputations are the result of uncontrolled diabetes

The Straits Times reported the following on 8th April 2016

  •  Singapore is No. 2 nation with most diabetics

 The BBC News website reported the following on 8th April 2016

  • Gestational diabetes is common and affects up to 18 in every 100 pregnancies
  • Babies can be at higher risks of obesity and diabetes later in life
  • Women testing positive for gestational diabetes at 28-week stage were twice as likely as other mothers to have an abnormally large foetus
  • Mothers who were obese as well as having gestational diabetes had five times the risk of a large foetus
  • Screening should take place at some point between 24 and 28 weeks, but in practice a lot screen at 28 weeks

The BBC News website reported the following on 6th April 2016

  • Diabetes cases had nearly quadrupled to 422 million in 2014 from 108 million in 1980
  • High blood sugar levels are a major killer – linked to 3.7 million deaths around the world each year
  • 8.5 % of adults worldwide has diabetes
  • 1.5 million people died as a result of diabetes in 2012
  • 2.2 million additional deaths were caused by higher-than-optimal blood glucose
  • 43 % of these 3.7 million people died before they were 70 years old
  • Diabetes triples the risk of a heart attack and leaves people 20 times more likely to have a leg amputated, as well as increasing the risk of stroke, kidney failure, blindness and complications in pregnancy
  • Diabetes itself is the eighth biggest killer in the world


  • 34 % of those aged 24 to 35 in 2016 may become diabetic by age 65
  • Diabetes rates have risen from 8.6 % in 1992 to 11.3 % in 2010.

The BBC News website reported the following on 17th August 2015

  • Diabetes cases soared by 60 %, from 2.1 million to more than 3.3 million people in the UK
  • Diabetes can lead to blindness and amputations, and is a massive drain on NHS resources
  • Diabetes medication now accounts for 10 % of the NHS drugs bill
  • Nearly £869 million was spent on drugs including insulin and metformin as of 2015
  • Diabetes costs the NHS nearly £10 billion a year

The Straits Times reported the following on 24th May 2015

  • Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is the top cause of blindness among working-age adults in Singapore, causing 
  • About 600 people to be totally blind
  • Over 8000 to lose their sight in one eye
  • 17500 to be visually impaired
  • Three in ten diabetics have diabetic retinopathy
  • Singapore has an estimated 600000 diabetics aged 18 to 69
  • About 180000 have the eye condition
  • Only 30000 have been diagnosed
  • 11 percent of diabetics and 83 percent of those with DR were undiagnosed.
  • Nine in ten of those who did not know they had DR were aware they were diabetic.
  • The incidence of both DR and the late-stage vision-threatening DR was highest among Indians
  • The World Diabetes Day is on the 14th November
  • As of 2013, Singapore is ranked 10th in the world for the prevalence of impaired glucose tolerance (IGT), at 12.4 %.
  • Every 6 seconds, a person dies from diabetes

The Straits Times reported the following on 24th February 2012

  • One in three Singaporeans will develop diabetes
  • 11.3 % of those aged 18 to 69 already had the disease in 2010
  • Diabetes is the top cause of blindness in Singapore
  • Diabetes is linked to two limb amputations a day
  • Diabetes is linked to 60 % of kidney failures
  • 46.4 % of people who had their first heart attacks in Singapore were diabetic

The Straits Times reported the following on 2nd October 2012

  • By 2050, Singapore may have as many as one million diabetics   
  • Every one in two people, by age 70, will be diabetic
  • Aging and obesity are the two main factors that will drive Singapore’s number of diabetics up in the next 40 years

Nicole Pek

'Best Oral Presentation First Prize' in the 7th Biochemistry Student Symposium (NUS)

Natasha Ng

Selected for the EASD Scientist Training Course (STC) 2017
Stem Cell Society Singapore (SCSS) Overseas Travel Fellowship 2018
ISSCR Travel Award 2018

AT lab would like to congratulate the following members for their various awards and achievements: