SingHealth Duke-NUS Global Health Institute launched at the 2018 Scientific Congress

At the opening ceremony of the 2018 SingHealth Duke-NUS Scientific Congress, Singapore’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan, launched the SingHealth Duke-NUS Global Health Institute (SDGHI), which aims to address global health challenges in South East Asia and the region. The Institute builds on the partner institutions’ collective strengths; extends the research, education and training, policy and care mission of the SingHealth Duke-NUS Academic Medical Centre (AMC); and leverages U.S.-based Duke University’s long history in global health.

Reaffirming the close relationship between SingHealth, Duke-NUS Medical School and Duke University, Durham, USA, Dr. Michael H. Merson, former vice-provost for global affairs at Duke University and founding director of the University’s Duke Global Health Institute, was announced as director of the SDGHI. Dr. Merson led the DGHI as Wolfgang Joklik professor of Global Health from its establishment in 2006 to a well-regarded, interdisciplinary institute providing educational programmes and undertaking research on global health problems around the world. Dr. Merson went on to serve as Vice Chancellor of Duke-NUS Medical School from 2010 to 2017, and as Vice President and Vice Provost for Global Affairs at Duke University from 2011. He stepped down in August this year to assume his new role in Singapore.

With a career spanning decades in prominent global health leadership roles, Dr. Merson has authored over 180 articles, primarily in the area of disease prevention, and served in advisory capacities for UNAIDS, WHO, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, World Bank, World Economic Forum, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine.

The launch of the SDGHI and appointment of a well-respected leader in global health underscores the strong commitment of the SingHealth Duke-NUS Academic Medical Centre partnership to improving health and patient care in the region and beyond.  Leveraging the forte of SingHealth’s established clinical services and research capabilities with Duke-NUS’ strengths in medical education and research, the SDGHI will focus its efforts on four areas:

  • research to respond to current and emerging health issues;
  • education and training of future global health leaders;
  • policy development to implement strong regulatory practices and high value health systems; and
  • capacity building to develop a robust collaborative network of regional partners.

Researchers, educators, and healthcare practitioners in the SDGHI will work across borders to gain deeper insights into diseases seldom seen locally, be exposed to diverse patient case-mixes and disease manifestations, and conduct multi-national research studies.

For more information on the SDGHI, please visit the SDGHI page on the SingHealth website. 

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