Updated: 02/12/2014 01:21

NTU's Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine on research strategy

NTU's Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine on research strategy

The Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine has invested $250 million in its research strategy. 

The medical school, a tie-up between the Nanyang Technological University and London's Imperial College, will center its research on the health-care needs of Singapore's ageing population. 

There are four key areas: infectious disease, metabolic disease, neuroscience and mental health, and dermatology and skin biology. 

The school's new vice-dean of Research, Philip Ingham, explains why these are relevant to Singapore. 

"First of all, there's an epidemic of metabolic disorders throughout the developed world, and Singapore, of course, is part of the developed world. So that's important. And then, the Singapore population is ageing rapidly. So this change of demographics means it's going to be different sorts of diseases which we're going to have to address here in singapore."

Dean of the school, Dermot Kelleher, says they hope to shed more light on the cellular and molecular basis of human diseases. 

They also want to develop new therapies based on their research. 

The medical school will expand its intake in the coming year to at least 66 undergraduates. 

Its first intake last August saw some 54 undergraduates being admitted.

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