Research Our People

Our People

Our researchers solve biomedical problems and help improve patients’ lives through innovative and translational research.

Research Our Infrastructure

Our Infrastructure

Our sophisticated biomedical research facilities are designed to encourage and enable cutting-edge transformative research.

Research Our Programmes

Our Programmes

Our research programmes have reflected collaboration and productivity. This achievement will be propelled by our flagship Summit Research Programmes. 

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Faculty

Faculty

Fuelling these research programmes is our deep talent base, which is the result of a long-term plan to attract the best and most innovative scientists from around the world. As part of the National University Health System (NUHS) – an academic health centre that includes the National University Hospital – we combine a strong foundation in the basic sciences with the capacity to translate findings to the clinic and beyond.

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Research Programmes

Research Programmes

NUS Medicine fosters collaborative research in various programmes to drive and focus on bench-to-bedside-to-community translation of basic biomedical discoveries. Comprehensive investigations in the following programmes extend from the basic discovery to the development of new approaches towards preventing, diagnosing and treating diseases.

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High Impact Research Stories

High Impact Research Stories

Our researchers solve biomedical problems and help improve patients’ lives through innovative and translational research.

The stories here reflect our sustained and evolving research pursuit; and celebrate the range, depth and the journey that the researchers have undertaken and how it impacts on society, on a national and international level.

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Infrastructure

Infrastructure

Several research facilities have been established to support clinical and translational research. The core facilities also support innovative research at NUS Medicine by providing highly specialised services and staff, and cutting-edge technology.

Biosafety Level 3 Laboratory (BSL-3)
Confocal Microscopy Unit
Electron Microscopy Unit
Flow Cytometry Laboratory
Centre for Health Services and Policy Research (CHSPR)
Medical Engineering and Research Commercialization Initiative (MERCI)
Tissue Repository
Clinical Imaging Research Centre (CIRC)
Clinical Nutrition Research Centre Singapore (CNRC)
Investigational Medicine Unit (IMU) Centre for Personalized and Precision Health (CPPH) Tissue Engineering and Cellular Therapy (TECT) Translational Centre for Development & Research (Transcend)
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Summit Research Programmes

Summit Research Programmes

The Summit Research Programmes (SRPs) bring together established high-caliber investigators to form distinctive collaborative research programmes with high international impact. The SRPs will nurture early-career scientists to produce the next generation of biomedical researchers. The aim is to achieve significant improvements in disease understanding and clinical practice and innovations that will improve health outcomes and lead to societal and economic benefits for Singapore.

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Summit Programmes in INnovation

Summit Programmes in INnovation

Innovation is about creating something new, and of value to the world. The Summit Programme in INnovation (SPIN) gathers clinician-innovators and their scientific knowledge, resources and expertise to produce adoptable solutions that will make an impact to the delivery of healthcare.

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Our Stories

Research at NUS Medicine is as varied and vibrant as our researchers. By combining knowledge gleaned from scientific inquiry with strong clinical expertise, we are improving healthcare for patients in Singapore and beyond. These are just a few stories showing the impact of our research.

House Dust Mites Cause DNA Damage and Cell Death in Lung, Worsening Asthma

Asthma affects 300 million people globally, with 250,000 people dying from it every year. The house dust mite (HDM) is a major cause of allergic asthma, and the allergic response to HDM has been well characterised. However, researchers found another damaging effect - HDM directly causes DNA damage and cell death in lung epithelial cells, the cells lining the airways in the lung.

Found - Tumour Suppressor That May Lead to More Accurate Prognoses, New Treatments for Childhood Neuroblastoma

Neuroblastoma is a rare but aggressive cancer that affects immature nerve cells in the sympathetic nervous system in infants and young children. The system comprises nerve cells and fibres that control body functions such as heart rate and digestion.

Cancer Immunotherapy - Immune System Unplugged: Releasing Cancer's Grip with Checkpoint Inhibitors

Using the body’s immune system to attack cancer cells has been a focus of intense research for several decades, but recent breakthroughs in the field have moved immunotherapy to the forefront of new cancer treatments. This article about antibodies that release “checkpoints” in immune cells marks the first in a series about different types of cancer immunotherapy.

Cellular Immunotherapy - Harnessing the Body's Defenses against Cancer

In this second installment of the Cancer Immunotherapy series, we delve into cellular immunotherapy, which involves harnessing the power of immune cells to attack cancer cells.

Microbiological warfare in the gut

In a new article published online in Nature Communications on 12 April 2017, Associate Professor Matthew Chang’s team has demonstrated for the first time that engineered probiotic E. coli bacteria can sense and kill disease-causing bacteria in the gut of animals.