Thrombosis is a global problem.  Worldwide, one in four people die from causes related to thrombosis.  Thrombosis refers to abnormal, life-threatening blood clots that form in the artery or vein. A clot in the vein (usually in the leg or pelvis) is known as a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and a clot that breaks off and travels to the lungs is known as a pulmonary embolism (PE). Together, DVT and PE make up venous thromboembolism (VTE).  VTE is a leading cause of death and disability worldwide.

VTE is often fatal, but the good news is that many, if not most cases are preventable.  The most important thing a person can do to protect himself from a life-threatening blood clot is to learn if he is at risk by knowing the signs and symptoms and contact his healthcare professional immediately if needed.

In conjunction with World Thrombosis Day, a public forum will be held to:

  • Highlight the burden of disease (thrombosis in general) and the need for action, specifically underscoring the unrecognised threat and serious consequences (morbidity and mortality) related to VTE and atrial fibrillation (AFib)
  • Increase public awareness of the significance, risks, signs and symptoms of thrombosis, specifically VTE and AFib as an important cause of thromboembolic stroke
  • Empower individuals to talk with their healthcare providers about their risk for thrombosis and appropriate prevention, and seek immediate attention if they have signs and symptoms.

The public forum is organised by the Academy of Medicine, Singapore, Chapter of Haematologists, College of Physicians, Singapore, and Singapore Society of Heamatology. To register, please click HERE.


2nd October 2016, Sunday

1 pm - 5 pm
Academia, Singapore General Hospital, 20 College Road, Singapore 169856 





Time Session Title Speakers
1:00 pm Registration   
1:45 pm Opening Speech A/Prof Lee Lai Heng
2:00 pm What is venous thromboembolic disease (VTE) and who are at risks Prof Kuperan Ponnudurai
2:15 pm How to prevent and treat VTE Dr Yap Eng Soo
2:30 pm Life after VTE and who require long term treatment Dr Tan Chuen Wen
2:45 pm Q & A All Speakers
3:05 pm Tea break  
3:35 pm Stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation Prof Ching Chi Keong
3:50 pm Life on anticoagulant medications Prof Ng Heng Joo
4:05 pm Q & A All Speakers
4:25 pm End of Session  

A/Prof Lee Lai Heng Senior Consultant Haematologist
Singapore General Hospital
A/Prof Kuperan Ponnudurai Emeritus Consultant Haematologist
Department of Haematology & Laboratory Medicine
Tan Tock Seng Hospital
Dr Yap Eng Soo Consultant, Division of Haematology
Department of Haematology-Oncology
National University Cancer Institute, Singapore 
Dr Tan Chuen Wen Associate Consultant Haematologist
Department of Haematology
Singapore General Hospital
Prof Ching Chi Keong Senior Consultant
Department of Cardiology, Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology and pacing
National Heart Center Singapore
Prof Ng Heng Joo Senior Consultant Haematologist
Singapore General Hospital
How to get there

1. Nearest MRT Station:
Outram Park MRT(NE3/EW16) & walk to Exit A

2. Nearest Bus Stop:
Along Outram Road (Opposite Outram Park MRT Station EW line) via Buses: 33, 63, 121, 75, 851, 970

For more information of how to get to Academia, please click HERE.

To register, please complete this Registration form


To Access to Speakers' slides 

1. What is Venous ThromboEmbolic Disease? Who are at Risk?

- A/Prof Ponnudurai Kuperan

2. How to prevent and treat VTE?

- Dr Yap Eng Soo

3. Life after VTE and who would require long term treatment

- Dr. Tan Chuen Wen

4.  Stroke Prevention in atrial fibrillation 

- A/Prof Ching Chi Keong

5. Life on Anticoagulant Medications

- A/Prof Ng Heng Joo