Professor Ng Soon-Chye is an internationally-renown specialist in the area of Reproductive Medicine. He graduated from the University of Singapore (NUS) in 1974, obtained a specialist degree in Obstetrics & Gynaecology, and became a member of the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (RCOG) of London in 1981. He has also obtained his Doctorate in Medicine (M.D.) from NUS in 1989.
Professor Ng started his first in-vitro fertilization program in Singapore in 1982 which resulted in Asia's first test-tube (IVF) baby, delivered in May 1983. He went on to develop the first SUZI (sub-zona insemination) baby in the world in 1989. This was a revolutionary technique at that time, whereby weak sperm was injected directly under the shell (zona pellucida) of the egg, to enable fertilization. The baby born was the first in the World from a micro-injection technique. In 1993, he did the first ICSI baby in Asia, which was an extension of the SUZI technique, whereby the sperm is injected directly into the egg proper.
Professor Ng served in NUS from 1977 to 2003 and concurrently in the National University Hospital (NUH) from 1986 to 2003 (from 1977 to 1985, he was in the University Unit of the old Kandang Kerbau Hospital). He obtained his professorship in December 1993, and from 1997 to 2001 he became the Chairman of the Department of O&G in NUS and Chief of O&G in NUH. Professor Ng was also Chairman of the Committee of O&G, Graduate School of Medical Studies in NUS from 2000 to 2002, during which period he was in charge of the O&G post-graduate training.
He holds special interests in infertility (including male infertility), gynaecological laparoscopy, and hormonal disturbances. He serves as an advisor to the Ministry of Health when there are issues related especially to infertility. He holds an adjunct professorship in the Dept of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, NUS, and in the School of Biological Science, Nanyang Technological University, where he lectures Development Biology.
Professor Ng is very active in research work. From 1997 to 2003, he was the Director of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Clinical Collaborating Center for Research in Human Reproduction and the WHO Clinical Collaborating Center for Maternal-Child Health / Family Planning Service Research and Training. He also has an extensive list of his own publications, mainly in the field of human embryology and in-vitro fertilization, especially micro-injection.
Professor Ng was awarded the prestigious Fellowship to the Asian Oceanic Federation of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists in June 2015 for his scientific and medical contributions to infertility; the Fellowship is limited to less than 25 Fellows at any one time, and at the time of conferment, there were only 21 Fellows world-wide.
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