Research and knowledge is what lies between merely shielding a country from emerging infectious diseases and allowing an epidemic to occur.
One of the key goals of the Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID) Program is to set up a world-class regional infectious disease center for reference and research in the Asia-Pacific region.
The purpose of the Emerging Infectious Diseases Program at Duke-NUS is to pioneer the development and discovery of new and more effective methods for the treatment, prevention and control of new and emerging pathogens. The key outcome of the research will be the early identification of new pathogens, out of which new diagnostic tests, treatments and control strategies will also be developed. This is aided by harnessing the talents at Duke-NUS and those at partner organizations like NUS, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore General Hospital, the A*STAR institutes, DSO National Laboratories and the Novartis Institute for Tropical Diseases.
Notably, the EID Program is working towards developing partnerships throughout the region with the development of laboratory and epidemiologic capacity, training scientists and physicians from partnering countries to make Singapore a viable surveillance hub for emerging infectious diseases.
For students who are keen to pursue research projects at EID, refer to this link for project descriptions.