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List of associations and societies established in Singapore.




The Asia Pacific Bioinformatics Network (APBioNet) is a non-profit, non-governmental, international organization. It focuses on the promotion of bioinformatics in the Asia Pacific Region. Since 1998, its mission has been to pioneer the growth and development of bioinformatics awareness, training, education, infrastructure, resources and research amongst member countries and economies. Its work includes the technical coordination and liaison with other international bodies such as the EMBnet.

APBioNet has more than 20 organizational and 300 individual members from over 12 countries in the region, and members include those from industry, academia, research, government, investors and international organisations. APBioNet has coordinated or co-organised more than 20 international and national meetings in cooperation with members in different economies. It is spearheading a number of key bioinformatics initiatives in the region in collaboration with international organisations such as APAN, APEC, S* Alliance and A-IMBN.



The Association for Medical and Bio-Informatics Singapore (AMBIS) was set up to promote excellence in Medical and Bio-Informatics and advances the development of these exciting disciplines in Singapore. Previously, AMBIS was known as the Association for Informatics in Medicine, Singapore (AIMS). In 2003, it was unanimously agreed that AIMS should be expanded into informatics in the life science, ie. both Medical and Bio Informatics. 

Today, there is a tremendous need for all organisations to understand how technologies such as the Internet are revolutionising the way they operate. The practice of medicine, life science research and healthcare delivery organisations are not exempted. AMBIS is at the forefront of such activities and is best positioned to initiate projects in these areas.

Some of the past achievements of AMBIS (when it was known as AIMS) include the successful MEDINFO conference which earned AMBIS a significant sum (which accounts for our five digit assets), the pioneering launch of medical websites in Singapore and achieving a number of world's firsts in this area, as well as initiation of the Asia Pacific Association for Medical Informatics APAMI by our illustrious immediate past president, Professor KC Lun. Our future initiatives include the forthcoming Asia Pacific Telemedicine consortium initiative, and several conferences and workshops.

ISCB Student Council Regional Student Group in Singapore


The establishment of ISCB-SC as a pilot Regional Student Group (RSG) in Singapore and in-cooperation with AMBIS, with the approval of ISCB. With this ISCB-SC and AMBIS can complement each others’ work and create an environment which will help students to excel in their fields. This partnership created a forum for the dissemination, exchange and analysis of information through education and participation of RSG members.
S* Alliance

S* (pronounced as 'S Star') is a collaboration between the following universities and institutions:

Macquarie University, Australia,
University of Sydney, Australia,
Karolinska Institutet, Sweden,
University of Uppsala, Sweden,
National University of Singapore, Singapore,
University of the Western Cape, South Africa,
Stanford University, USA
University of California, San Diego , USA

The S* group of teaching institutions have formed a global alliance to provide a global, unified bioinformatics learning environment (GLOBULE) made up of modular courses in the disciplines of genomics, bioinformatics, and medical informatics.

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