Visit by Mr. Khaw Boon Wan, Health Minister of Singapore

Singaporean Health Minister Khaw visits OIST
On August 31, 2007, Mr. Khaw Boon Wan, the Minister for Health of the Republic of Singapore, and his delegation made a visit to OIST, which was hosted by Mr. Ferry Toya, Executive Assistant to the President and Director of the Research Division, on behalf of President Dr. Sydney Brenner. At the Research Laboratory in Uruma City, Mr. Khaw met with Dr. Mitsuhiro Yanagida of the G0 Cell Unit and Dr. Jeff Wickens of the Neurobiology Research Unit, who each briefed the minister on their research while taking him on a tour of their units. Mr. Khaw then visited the Okinawa Health Biotechnology Research and Development Center in Uruma City and the main campus site in Onna Village, where he was briefed by OIST staff on the ongoing construction plan. Mr. Khaw commented that he was very impressed with research activities underway at OIST, and that many young researchers are working at the institution, including Dr. Mizuki Shimanuki of the G0 Cell Unit, whom the minister also met.

Minister Khaw (center) and his delegation pose to the camera with
principal investigators and staff at OIST


Minister Khaw (front, left) is taken on a tour of the Research
Laboratory by Mr. Toya


Dr. Wickens shows Minister Khaw a microscopic photo

Dr. Yanagida (left) explains to Minister Khaw some of the equipment
his unit uses, while Dr. Shimanuki looks on


Minister Khaw stands on the observation deck at the main campus
construction site


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