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Department of Clinical Translational Research



To provide laboratory-based research support for clinicians and scientists to facilitate high quality research.


  1. Consolidate and develop the strengths and capabilities of the existing DCR Platforms
  2. Offer technical expertise and support with experimental design, protocol development, data analysis and interpretation, assistance with budget and grant preparation
  3. Facilitate the use of state-of-the-art platforms for genomics, proteomics, cellular molecular biology, immunological analyses and cellular therapy
  4. Acquire new technologies and world-class instrumentation


The Department of Clinical Translational Research (DCR) was established in November 1990 by the Ministry of Health (MOH) and funded by the National Medical Research Council (NMRC) when the latter was set up in 1994. In January 1999, DCR was transferred from MOH to the Singapore General Hospital (SGH) and came under the SGH Division of Research when it was established in late 2001. NMRC funded DCR under the Institutional Block Grant (IBG) till it ceased in 2009 and currently the operations of the department are supported by SGH.

DCR objectives, since its establishment in 1990, remain the same and that is to promote laboratory-based research, assist clinicians in pursuing their interest in research and provide technical and scientific manpower through collaborative projects.