Photography by Veronica Tay
If anyone has a clear vision and a steadfast determination to harness the power of research for life-changing discoveries, it’s Dr Christine Cheung. The vascular biologist has been on a decade long quest to ﬁnd a way to accurately predict if patients are prone to blood vessel diseases such as stroke and dementia.
The now 35-year old’s research resulted in her being named an honouree – and the only one who was a woman – at the 2018 Ten Outstanding Young Persons of Singapore Awards by the Junior Chamber International Singapore.
Dr Cheung continually works on convincing local philanthropists of the need to fund basic scientiﬁc research for its far-ranging human and medical beneﬁts.
“Basic exploratory research – as opposed to research with a speciﬁc application, such as for a cure or preventing a disease – may seem ‘aimless’ to investors, yet it’s actually very necessary,” she explains.
“It’s basic research which provides evidence from which important ﬁndings and breakthroughs come. For science to be strengthened as an enterprise, there must be real fundamental knowledge.”
Up next for her is the world stage. Dr Cheung has been selected as one of 40 scientists in the World Economic Forum’s Young Scientists Community, which is tasked to help world political and business leaders understand the impact of science on global issues. Her two-year commitment began in July with a global conference in Dalian, China.