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About KK Research Centre

As an aspiring academic healthcare institution, KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital strongly believes that research is pivotal in enhancing clinical practices, innovate healthcare services, which leads towards improving the lives of our patients. At KK Research Centre, we aim to be a one-stop centre dedicated to assist and support our researchers in their pursuit of excellence in research and discovery.

Our Mission

To establish and maintain a vibrant research culture in KK Women's and Children's Hospital, hence, contributing to the generation of innovations that can be translated into value-added services for our patients.

Our Vision

A hospital where new knowledge that is generated by research is systematically translated into solving clinical problems; and the outcomes of research form the basis of sound clinical practices and policies.

Our Work

Our teams at KK Research Centre work synergistically to provide the following services:

Research Strategic Support

  • Disseminating information related to research, e.g. funding opportunities, grant calls
  • Collating and submitting grant applications to external funding agencies
  • Coordinating collaboration agreements involving legal offices, external parties and SingHealth Legal office
  • Proactively seeking avenues for collaboration and learning
  • Collaborating with SingHealth Joint Office of Research in enhancing the standard of research in the institution
  • Assist investigators in developing databases to collect data for their research studies
  • Maintaining an institution-wide database that reflects the ongoing global research activities in the hospital

Research Execution Support

Our Clinical Research Coordinators (CRCs) help to coordinate and support investigator initiated and commercially sponsored projects according to Singapore Guideline for Good Clinical Practice (SGGCP) by:

  • Providing logistical support and ensuring that projects run smoothly, culminating in the successful completion of clinical trials
  • Serving as the information and resource contact persons for subjects participating in research projects
  • Assisting researchers to implement and monitor ongoing projects to ensure the reliability of the results
  • Establishing liaison with commercial sponsors, including conducting feasibility studies for clinical trials, on behalf of the clinical departments and investigators

Financial Management of Projects

We work closely with our Research Finance counterparts in:

  • Assisting researchers in projecting trial budgets and negotiating with external sponsors
  • Facilitating the fruition of clinical trial agreements between sponsors and investigators
  • Liaison with Finance and Business Office in the management of research funds and monies

Education & Training

We maintain laboratory capabilities to support our research, particularly in:

  • Organise workshops, focal point sessions, and research methodology clinics (in partnership with Academic Medicine Research Institute, AMRI), for clinicians, investigators, research officers/ coordinators/ fellows / nurses

KK Research Centre Leadership

Designation Name
Research DirectorAdj A/Prof Chan Wei Shih Derrick
Director (Administration)Mr Sonny Lim
Director (Scientific)Dr Tan Ene Choo
Research Strategic Support, RSS
Dr Erin Teo
Research Execution Support, RES
Ms Vivien Fu