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Research Director's Message

Welcome to Research at National Neuroscience Institute (NNI).

Our goals are in the pursuit and advancement of neuroscience research. We aspire to be the leading neuroscience centre to complement Singapore's biosciences initiative. The mission of NNI's research is to improve treatment and discover cures for neurological disease. Our research focuses on achieving better understanding of basic physiological and disease mechanisms, discovering and exploring new medical and surgical therapies, and improving health care provision and delivery, through these core programmes;stroke, dementia, movement disorders, neuro-genetics.

In our pursuit of research opportunities, we look to strategic collaborations with local and international research institutions with the intention of achieving critical mass and benefiting from multidisciplinary expertise. We will continue to engage in competitive research programmes to promote national and international collaboration.

We have a team of dedicated researchers with national and international reputations in their respective fields. Our NNI scientists collaborate extensively with clinicians at our Institute as well as with researchers from various local and overseas institutions. Many of our scientists hold adjunct or joint faculty appointments at local universities including the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Duke-NUS Medical School. Importantly, our scientists and doctors share a common long-term aim in their pursuit of research excellence; to reduce the burden of diseases and improve the quality of life for our patients.

With the close association of our clinical services and basic research laboratories, NNI is also a favourable environment for the rapid translation of research findings into clinical practice. Today, NNI provides clinical services for the largest proportion of patients with neurological ailment in Singapore. This positions NNI as an ideal biomedical research hub to co-ordinate and support clinical trials and epidemiology studies.

We actively subscribe to the nurturing of future neuroscientists. Our research laboratories provide an environment for the training of graduate and post-doctoral training in the fields of neuroscience.

On behalf of our dedicated faculty and staff, I invite you to learn more about the research being conducted in NNI.


Professor Tan Eng King

Director, Research
Academic Vice Chair, Research (Neuroscience ACP)
National Neuroscience Institute