About the Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences (SICS)

Established in 2007, the Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences (SICS) is a research institute within the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), and its mission is to do needs driven, impact-focused research to promote the health and human capacity of Singapore.

SICS is distinguished by its focus on clinical sciences and the use of innovative approaches and technologies that enable the efficient and effective study of human health and diseases. The clinical scientists in SICS conduct the full spectrum of "bench to bedside" research activities in:

  • Metabolic diseases (including diabetes, obesity and insulin resistance)
  • Pathways to normal growth and development (including neurocognitive and behavioural development) via birth cohort studies e.g. GUSTO & S-PRESTO – Growing Up in Singapore Towards healthy Outcomes, and Singapore PREconception Study of long-Term maternal and child Outcomes
  • Nutritional sciences (including functional foods, body composition, carbohydrate / fat / protein metabolism and aspects of food intake, energy regulation, human growth and development, satiety regulation, sensory and taste perception, and nutritional psychology)
  • Biology of human ageing.

The institute aims to attract, train and nurture clinician-scientists and to develop joint programmes with universities, academic medical centres, government hospitals and research institutes.

SICS is committed to:

  • Excellence in conducting hypothesis-driven disease-oriented research, with a focus on nutrition and metabolic diseases
  • Developing a better understanding of the pathogenesis of Asian-relevant diseases and the underlying developmental processes
  • Attracting, training and nurturing the next generation of clinical and translational investigators
  • Building partnerships with A*STAR’s research institutes, universities, medical schools, hospitals, public health agencies and companies to conduct multidisciplinary research and realise the full potential of our valuable discoveries.

To do needs-driven, impact-focused research to promote the health and human capacity of Singapore.

We have several specialised research facilities and platforms: