Research Programmes_Human Development

Human health is affected by many different factors. Through careful study of these components, we seek to advance our understanding of Human Development. Major themes include women’s health, paediatric health, metabolic health, and neurodevelopmental health.

Our clinician-scientists, biologists, and statisticians work together to identify the associations and causal relationships between clinical phenotypes and developmental outcomes, upon which real-world change can be moulded. We have since made strides towards our translational objectives, such as updating paediatric clinical imaging methods so that infant MRI can now be carried out without sedation. Such achievements have sparked interest from industry partners, expanded research capacity in complementary domains, and extended collaborative clinical research through participation in developmental cohorts.

Our cornerstone development cohort is the longitudinal study, GUSTO, which aims to provide insights into how conditions in pregnancy and early childhood influence the health and development of women and children.


Research Programmes_Translational Neuroscience

Singapore’s economic growth is increasingly knowledge-based, relying on brain health across the population as the foundation for human capital. The challenge is to promote brain health across society, which demands studies of brain development and function across diverse cultural and socio-economic contexts. Our Translational Neuroscience initiative will pioneer the integration of neuroscience into Singaporean society by targeting determinants of individual differences in brain health across the population. We will leverage advances in neuroscience to address major public health challenges facing Singapore’s society.