Biomedical Research has traditionally focused on diagnostics and therapeutics research. Recently there has been an increasing emphasis on population healthcare, stretching the care continuum from prevention to rehabilitation. Likewise, biomedical research should also extend its focus to prevention and rehabilitation.
Building on a decade of collaborations, a group of like-minded researchers and clinicians from the Agency of Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and National Healthcare Group (NHG) got together to formalize this relationship by signing a Memorandum of Understanding to commit a total of S$100 million between them in order to set up the Rehabilitation Research Institute of Singapore (RRIS). On 1 January 2016 , RRIS officially started operations.
The vision of RRIS is to become a world-class institute with a focus on inter-disciplinary research and innovation in rehabilitation science and technology to improve the quality of life of sufferers of disabling diseases.
The mission of RRIS is to facilitate the establishment of an ecosystem which synergizes all stakeholders including healthcare providers, academic & research institutions, industry and community; to bring new possibilities to our patients. RRIS aims to transform Singapore into an international research and innovation hub for rehabilitation; and to accelerate technology transfer to industries.
Through RRIS, Singapore also hopes to attract overseas companies to set up research and development in rehabilitation technologies in Singapore. RRIS is an ideal platform to test-bed and validate new products.
RRIS is open to working with industry partners to commercialize RRIS’ Intellectual Property (IP), to boost the medico-technical capabilities of Singapore’s small and medium enterprises (SMEs). It is envisaged that the research and innovation output of RRIS could be deployed and implemented towards better health outcomes and better quality of life.
RRIS also aspires to be a Centre of Excellence to train and develop future generation of researchers in rehabilitative medicine. Together, RRIS will bring new solutions to our patients, in partnership with businesses, industry and society.
Associate Professor Lim Tock Han
RRIS Steering Committee (Chair)
Deputy Group CEO (Education & Research)
National Healthcare Group
Over the last decade, we witnessed and experienced an exponential increase in the use of advanced technologies to improve the efficacy of rehabilitative treatments and productivity of rehabilitation services in Singapore. In NTU, we have foreseen this increasingly important role that technology will play in addressing the many challenges that emerge with a rapidly ageing Singapore population. The establishment of Rehabilitation Research Institute of Singapore (RRIS), through collaboration with A*STAR and NHG, encapsulates NTU’s commitment towards research in rehabilitation science and engineering. We envision RRIS to be a world class research institute that provides leadership in rehabilitation related research at the national, if not regional, level. This shall be achieved through well designed thematic grant calls, establishment of a rehabilitation ecosystem as well as building institute’s capability through involvement in clinically relevant projects. We are thrilled to be part of this exciting journey and welcome like-minded students, researchers and clinicians to join us.
Associate Professor Ang Wei Tech
School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Nanyang Technological University