Clinical Research & Innovation Office

Conducting Research

Research cannot be carried out in isolation. Fortunately, there is a community of like-minded people who will be glad to interact with you for mutual learning and support. 

What would you say are the most important characteristics of a new researcher?

The three are:

  1. The right attitude, consisting of passion, curiosity and persistence;
  2. The right mentor; and
  3. Finding the right question to answer.

Who can be a researcher?

It is written in our policy ‘The principal investigator is the leader of the research team and is responsible for all aspects of conducting the clinical research and clinical trial in line with the principles of good clinical practice. The investigator(s) should be qualified by education, training and experience to assume responsibility for the proper conduct of the study, should meet all the qualifications specified by the applicable regulatory requirement(s) and should provide evidence of such qualifications through an up-to-date curriculum vitae and/or other relevant documentation requested by the Sponsor, Health Science Authority (HSA), Domain Specific Review Board (DSRB) and / or Ministry of Health.’

Researchers are people who have the necessary training and qualification to do such work. In TTSH, we usually only allow TTSH staff to hold leadership position in a research study. Students or non-TTSH staff members usually work in collaboration with our staff.

How do I prepare myself to conduct medical research?

At the very least, you need basic ethics training. The program accepted by NHG is CITI, which you can access here.

The NHG Investigator’s Manual contains a lot of information about research that every researcher must know. This is essential reading. 

How do I obtain ethics review for my proposed study?

Research projects should only start after ethics approval has been granted by the relevant body. In TTSH, ethics review is conducted by the Domain-Specific Review Boards under the purview of NHG.

To submit a proposal for review, visit this web site. The ID and password are the same as those that you use in TTSH.

See here for information about how to complete the online submission.

How do I obtain more advanced research methodology training?

There are various courses and programs that are accessible to you.

  1. TTSH Clinical Research & Innovation Office conducts regular seminars on research methodology, dealing with basic skills necessary for medical research. Please watch out for announcements in your email.
  2. The Master of Clinical Investigation is designed to provide formal training in research. For suitable clinicians, the MOH pays for the course fee. 

How do I equip myself to conduct clinical trials?

The Health Sciences Authority of Singapore offers a set of helpful FAQs with regard to clinical trials in this country.

All clinicians planning to be involved in clinical trials need to be trained in Good Clinical Practice. Traditionally a 2-day course, from 1 August 2014, this is available online.