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SDGHI seeks to improve health outcomes and reduce the burden of disease through support of evidence-based research. To this end, we facilitate research partnerships, fund pilot research grants for faculty and build the onsite research capability of our collaborating partners. Our initial research priorities are: (1) communicable diseases, particularly of viral origin; (2) non-communicable diseases, such as cancer, cardiovascular disease and eye disease; and (3) health services research.


Professor Gavin Smith, Emerging Infectious Diseases Programme, Duke-NUS Medical School



SDGHI is developing comprehensive education and training programmes to provide the next generation of global health leaders with the necessary skills and knowledge to meet future global health challenges. SDGHI’s education and training programmes provide students, medical residents and fellows, faculty, researchers, policy makers and practitioners with interdisciplinary and innovative scholarship and opportunities for individual research and practice experiences to enhance their learning and prepare them for a range of career options.


Associate Professor Chow Wan Cheng, Group Director, Academic Medicine, SingHealth & Senior Consultant, Department of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, Singapore General Hospital


Adjunct Assistant Professor Courtney Davis, Staff Physician, KK Women's & Children's Hospital; Adjunct Assistant Professor, SingHealth Duke-NUS Paediatrics Academic Clinical Programme



SDGHI aims to position itself and Singapore as a regional hub for policy engagement and thought leadership. It strives to develop health policy excellence on important global health issues such as universal health coverage, health security and substandard and counterfeit drugs. It does this through leveraging on SDGHI’s faculty expertise and its relationships with regional Ministries of Health, international organisations and key opinion leaders.


Professor John Lim, Executive Director, Centre of Regulatory Excellence, Duke-NUS Medical School



The Institute aims to increase the capacity of our partner institutions in the region through long-term collaborations lasting 5 years or more. Our focus is on strengthening these institutions through knowledge and skills transfer in research, education and policy. Other areas for strengthening include institutions’ systems infrastructure and capacities for data management, laboratory support and research grant management.


Associate Professor Chua Yeow Leng, Group Director, International Collaborations Office, SingHealth


Professor Celia Tan, Group Director, Allied Health, SingHealth