The NHG Research & Development Office (RDO) was established in 2004 to achieve the cluster strategic goal of promoting relevant research through the collaboration and harmonisation of research initiatives amongst NHG Institutions.​

We define "Relevant Research" as:

  1. Research that has impact on clinical & health outcomes  
  2. Research that has impact on medical quality & cost effectiveness  
  3. Research that is aligned with the national biomedical research priorities  
  4. Research that will advance our knowledge in biomedical science and translatable to potential innovative treatments & patient care. 

This is aligned to NHG's philosophy of "Patient-centred care". Research at NHG focuses on patients’ needs, and strives to improve standard of care and delivery to our patients through challenging the status-quo so as to provide better, faster, cheaper and safer care to our patients. To achieve our vision and mission, our strategic initiatives focus on two main areas:

  1. Capability Development

    We are nurturing our clinicians through wide arrays of both human capital and intellectual development programmes to build up their research capabilities and excellence. They will be in the pipeline to become Singapore’s new and talented clinician scientists. We are also constantly upgrading our research infrastructure to facilitate and streamline our research.

  2. Collaboration & Partnership

    Leveraging on NHG’s strengths, we aim to be an international leader in specific research foci. With the burgeoning change in healthcare landscape and research knowledge, it is becoming paramount for us to foster our collaboration among our institutions and with our valued external partners including academic institutions, industry players and government agencies. Through collaboration and partnership, we rapidly improve patient care by catalysing the discovery, development and implementation of innovative solutions to pressing clinical problems.

With the rigour of our research activities, we are even more committed to protect the safety and well-being of our human subject. NHG has been accredited by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Program (AAHRPP) since March 2007. Being an AAHRPP-accredited organisation, we have in place good governance structure to maintain high quality research ethics review and systems in place to monitor the well-being of the research participants. Research participants can trust that our researchers will always put their safety and well-being as a top priority.

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