Our Mission

The Duke-NUS Centre for Outbreak Preparedness (COP) aims to enhance regional health security across South and Southeast Asia.

We work to improve regional surveillance and laboratory capacity for early detection and genetic sequencing of disease threats. The Asia Pathogen Genomics Initiative supports countries across the region in early detection and variant analysis through enhanced genomic surveillance and data sharing.

We translate basic science innovations into new tools and technologies to diagnose, treat and prevent emerging diseases. This includes early isolation and swift characterization of pathogen threats, the development of viral neutralization tests, and cutting-edge efforts to investigate potential treatments and vaccines. We also support multi-country platforms for clinical trial research.

We support health system improvements through information, innovation and capacity strengthening. This includes predictive modelling of outbreaks, leadership development and cross-country learning exchanges to advance best-practice models of care.

We foster an enabling environment for health security through better policies, legal frameworks, financing and regulatory systems. This includes strategic planning, investment-case development, strategies to balance intellectual property rights in the context of public health emergencies, and efforts to accelerate the convergence of regulatory requirements across countries in the region.

Regional health security is about countries working together.
Flagship Project


April 2022
Expert comment: Dr Ruklanthi de Alwis highlights the challenges in developing a vaccine against dengue – a process that has been going on for decades.
March 2022
Expert comment: Associate Professor Ashley St John from Duke-NUS Medical School’s Emerging Infectious Diseases Programme explains factors that can lead to differences in immune systems and illness severity.
Feb 2022
Associate Professor Kenneth Mak, Director of Medical Services, Ministry of Health Singapore, spotlights the need for more research into diagnostics in Singapore and the region, in opening speech of inaugural dialogue on accelerating diagnostics field and its applications in Asia spearheaded by the SingHealth Duke-NUS Global Health Institute