Neurodevelopment Research Centre

The Neurodevelopment Research Centre is a community health initiative and research facility housed at the KK

Women & Children's Hospital in eastern Singapore. The center is a hub for interdisciplinary research on brain development and mental health. Our close alliances with key neuroscience and health partners in Singapore include KK Women’s & Children’s Hospital, the Institute of Mental Health, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, National University Health System, National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University.

With an emphasis on evidence-based healthcare, we are actively involved in local and regional epidemiological studies that assess the molecular basis of environmental influences on brain development, psychological health and function. Some of these studies are incorporated within GUSTO, the largest longitudinal birth cohort study in South-East Asia, and we anticipate findings of social and biological significance for today’s Asian family. As a platform to incorporate cognitive science in public health practice and propose suitable interventions, we partner with community-based programs such as REACH, a national childhood mental health programme, and the KKH Department of Child Development. Through these initiatives, we also seek to understand the biological causes of childhood and adolescent challenges in learning, emotional health and behavior.

Assessment Capabilities

  • Task-Based Behavioral Observations
    • Attention and imitation in newborns
    • Focused Attention
    • Habituation
    • Memory (Relational Binding Tests)
    • Mother-Child Interactions
  • Eye Tracking-Based Measures of Cognition
  • Electroencephalography (EEG) and Event-Related Potentials (ERP) Measurements
  • Non-Sedated Neonatal, Infant and Child Neuroimaging
  • Non-Sedated Paediatric Neuroimaging
  • Heart Rate Monitoring
  • Actigraphy (Sleep and Circadian Rhythms)
  • Social-Emotional Function (Interaction Models)
  • Appetite, Taste Preferences and Feeding Behavior
  • Questionnaire-based Tests on Topics including:
    • Bayley Scales of Infant And Toddler Development
    • Sleep and Health
    • Infant and Child Temperament
    • Maternal Emotional Health
    • Language Development