Inspiring Science For Health
Today’s scientist is a far cry from the image of a hermit hunched over a lab bench, happily running experiments in isolation. Instead, connections among scientists in different fields and between scientists and clinicians are crucial to publishing high-impact papers, establishing strong research programmes, and winning competitive research grants. Such vibrant, collaborative research programmes will in turn produce significant discoveries and add to the scientific body of knowledge. In addition, bringing these basic scientists together as a group also helps to strengthen both the education of undergraduate and postgraduate students. In line with this vision, the Medical Sciences Cluster (MSC) was established with the aim to help build more of these critical connections among basic science researchers from the Departments of Anatomy, Biochemistry, Microbiology & Immunology, Pharmacology and Physiology at NUS Medicine. We have identified several research focus areas within the Cluster. These areas are: 1) Neuroscience; 2) Metabolic & Cardiovascular Diseases; 3) Cancer; 4) Immunobiology; 5) Infectious Disease and Host-Microbe Interactions; 6) Synthetic Biology and 7) Autophagy. However, the MSC will also support other research areas that have not yet built up a critical mass of researchers. On the educational front, the Cluster will also be an enabler in the design and development of multi-disciplinary undergraduate and postgraduate educational programmes. These could include PhD tracks that align with the cluster research areas. The MSC is led by a management team comprising Professor Hooi Shing Chuan (Cluster Chair), Associate Professor Maxey Chung (Deputy Cluster Chair), Associate Professor S T Dheen (Head, Anatomy), Professor Markus Wenk (Head, Biochemistry), Professor Nicholas Gascoigne (Head, Microbiology & Immunology), Associate Professor Fred Wong (Head, Pharmacology) and Associate Professor Lim Kah Leong (Head, Physiology). The management team will facilitate collaborations and harness synergies among researchers from the five basic medical science departments.