Past Students (FY2015) - Emma Du Wei

Emma Du Wei - mentored by Prof Alex Sia and A/Prof Sng Ban Leong

 

From left to right: Yeo Jun Jie, Prof Alex Sia, Ching Yin Ying, A/Prof Sng Ban Leong and Emma Du Wei

“I am a final year student from Duke-NUS Medical School. During my research year, I had the opportunity to work with Prof Alex Sia and Prof Sng Ban Leong in the department of women’s anaesthesia in KKH. My project was a spin-off of the pioneering work by my predecessors who designed an automated vasopressor pump for maintaining blood pressure during caesarean section under spinal anaesthesia. I studied the potential risk factors for the development of maternal hypotension and found that non-invasively obtained baseline hemodynamic parameters such as heart rate variability and stroke volume variation could be predictive of the risk of maternal hypotension after spinal anaesthesia during caesarean section. 

Having been trained in engineering background, I have always had a passion for integrating innovative medical technology into clinical medicine to improve patient outcomes. This project is a starting point for my future career in clinical research. I hope to expand the application of closed-loop feedback system to wider clinical situations including other forms of anaesthesia and intensive care settings. In addition, this project also provided me with the opportunity to work in a multidisciplinary team consisting of clinicians, engineers and administrative staff, which helped pave the road for future career as a clinician scientist.

I am very fortunate to be mentored by two giants in women’s anaesthesia. It has been a very fruitful year which culminated in two poster presentations in 16th World Congress of Anesthesiologists. It would not have been possible without their encouragement and support throughout the year. I am grateful to be part of the research team.”  

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