More than $30 million has been raised for the SingHealth Duke-NUS Academic Medical Centre. The funds will go towards improving medical research and education initiatives in Singapore, including cancer, eye and cardiovascular research.
Contributions came from major healthcare organisations such as the Children’s Cancer Foundation, as well as individual donors. This was announced on Sunday (Aug 30) at a gala dinner, which was jointly hosted by both parties for the first time. More than 700 guests attended the dinner, including clinicians, researchers, educators and donors. Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam was also present.
Said Duke-NUS Dean Professor Thomas Coffman: “Many of the very successful activities the SingHealth Duke-NUS Academic Medical Centre has achieved so far may fall outside the bounds of typical grant support mechanisms. Therefore, funds raised from private philanthropy for medical research and education will boost this trajectory of accomplishments, and help sustain support that can further strengthen, expand and fast track these programmes.”
The event also celebrated the 10-year partnership between SingHealth and Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School in establishing an academic medical centre.
Professor Ivy Ng, Group Chief Executive Officer at SingHealth, said: "As we celebrate 10 years of partnership between SingHealth and Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School as an Academic Medical Centre, we are encouraged by the tremendous support from our partners - both individuals and corporations - who share the same vision and hope for a healthier tomorrow.”
"This strengthens our resolve to accelerate research discoveries that translate into findings that enable us to better prevent, predict, diagnose, treat and halt disease progression. We hope to form more partnerships to achieve new possibilities and transform healthcare in the future,” she added.