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10 October 2019

Research plays an integral role in our hospital’s culture of dynamic innovation and education.

Our Department of Endocrinology and the team behind the research study Streptococcus Agalactiae (GBS) ST283 were awarded the Outstanding Research Culture Award and Outstanding Research Impact Award respectively in the inaugural National Healthcare Group (NHG)’s Research Award 2019, which recognises research work leading to good clinical and health outcomes.

The awards were given out this afternoon at the Singapore Health & Biomedical Congress.

Department of Endocrinology - Outstanding Research Culture Award


The Department of Endocrinology was established in 2004 to focus on diabetes and metabolic disorders. Recognising the need to improve clinical care for better patient outcomes, the department conducts research on our Singapore population to develop targeted methods of assessment and innovative tools.

With strong research advocates in the team, enthusiasm for research has grown and resonated in the department. Many impactful projects like the development of the thyroid-set-point algorithm, which led to the development of a mobile application that allows users to analyse lab results of thyroid function tests for individualised treatment were conceived.

Streptococcus Agalactiae (GBS) ST283: A Regional Threat to Humans and Aquaculture - Outstanding Research Impact Award


A team of researchers led by A/Prof Timothy Barkham, Senior Consultant of the Laboratory Medicine Department, identified the group B Streptococcus (GBS) bacteria, which caused the fish borne outbreak of blood poisoning in Singapore in 2015, as a strain called ST283. The study prompted the Government to issue an advisory to stop eating raw freshwater fish which ended the outbreak as well as to ban the sale of raw freshwater fish.

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