The Neuroscience Research Partnership (NRP) was established in 2007 under the chairmanship of Colin Blakemore as an experiment in a new way of promoting biomedical science in Singapore. In general, A*STAR’s investment has been in research institutes, each devoted to a particular discipline, an approach that has been quite successful. Given the breadth of neuroscience and its clinical relevance, however, it was attractive to try an approach that is horizontal rather than vertical.
The mission of the NRP is to strengthen neuroscience in Singapore by building up a critical mass of scientists and better coordinating neuroscience research and education. The immediate aim is to recruit 10 new neuroscience faculty members over the coming 5 years, who can be located at either the Duke-NUS or the Biopolis campus.
NRP @ Biopolis
The NRP @ Biopolis has a strong program in molecular and cellular neuroscience, and aims to continue to strengthen its capabilities in developmental neuroscience neural stem cells and neurogenesis, synaptic plasticity, and regulation of neuronal survival and degeneration.
Situated at Biopolis, the biomedical sciences hub, the NRP @ Biopolis researchers have access to state-of-the-art scientific resources, facilities and infrastructure. Its proximity to Fusionopolis, which is the physical science and engineering hub, will also encourage multidisciplinary neuroscience research in areas such as computational neuroscience.
NRP @ Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Campus (a.k.a NBD Program)
The Neuroscience and Behavioral Disorders (NBD) Program at Duke-NUS is already recognized for its developing strengths in cognitive neurosciences, psychiatric disorders and developmental neurobiology, and has outstanding faculty members with research interests ranging from development of neurons, the molecular basis of neuropsychiatric disorders, neuropharmacology, neural networks, brain imaging and eye diseases.
At present, the NRP includes 17 PIs in the Neuroscience and Behavioral Disorders Program at Duke-NUS GMS, and 4 A*STAR PIs at Biopolis. Financial support for the NRP derives from A*STAR’s portion of Singapore’s Science and Technology budget and from Duke-NUS GMS’s contribution to the Neuroscience and Behavioral Disorders Program. Dale Purves is the Executive Director and Colin Blakemore now the External Scientific Advisor.
Principal Investigators at Duke-NUS
Augustine, George J., Professor
Blakemore, Colin, Professor and External Scientific Advisor
Beuerman, Roger, Adjunct Professor
Chee, Michael, Professor
Fivaz, Marc, Assistant Professor
Goh, Eyleen, Assistant Professor
Gooley, Joshua J., Assistant Professor
Keefe, Richard, Professor
Krishnan, Ranga, Professor, Dean
Lee, Tih-Shih, Associate Professor
Li, Ting-Kai, Professor
Purves, Dale, Professor and Director
Rozen, Steve, Associate Professor
Shenolikar, Shirish, Professor
Tan, Eng King, Associate Professor
VanDongen, Antonius, Associate Professor
Wang, Hongyan, Assistant Professor
Young, Terri, Professor
Zhang, Xiaodong, Assistant Professor
Hyunsoo Shawn Je, Assistant Professor
Principal Investigators at Biopolis
Augustine, George J., Professor
Manser, Edward, Associate Professor
Leung, King Chor, Thomas, Associate Professor
Lim, Kah Leong, Associate Professor
Jesuthasan, Suresh Jeyaraj, Associate Professor
Adam Claridge-Chang, Assistant Professor