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Grants & Awards

A snapshot of the department awarded grants.

Public Sponsored Grants – Awarded Grants

Only Singapore Citizens and its Permanent Residents who are students in good standing in overseas medical schools are eligible. International students must begin at Year 1.

Project name Funding Source Institution PI Period Funded Amount
Novel Eye Imaging Biomarkers dor Degenerative and Vascular Brain Diseases AcRF, MOE NUS Dr Kamran 04/12 – 04/15 $179,500.00
Bessel Beam Imaging of the Iridocorneal Angle with overlay of fluorescence emission distribution BMRC-SERC Diagnostic Grant BMRC Prof Aung Tin 04/12 – 03/15 $183,600.00
Retinal vascular imaging Study in Transient Ischemic Attacks (REVISTA) CSA NMRC Dr Mohammad Kamran IKRAM 05/12 – 05/15 $675,000.00
Singapore Age-related macular degeneration genetic arhitecture (SAGA) study: from population genomics to personalized medicine NMRC-CSA NUS Dr Cheng Ching-Yu 05/12 – 05/15< $674,997.00
Birth parameters, early life course factors, and associations with myopia in young children (GUSTO-EYE) NMRC-NIG NUH Dr Ngo Cheryl 06/12 – 06/14 $125,000.00
Prophylactic laser iridotomy for eyes with narrow drainage angles: A randomized controlled trial CS-IRG NMRC Prof Aung Tin 06/12 – 06/15 $644,080.00
Living successfully with chronic eye diseases: the ‘Living Successfully with Low Vision’ (LSLV) Program – a randomized controlled trial of a self-management program for low vision HSR CRG MOH Prof Aung Tin 7/12 – 07/14 $200,000.00
Start-up fund Start-up fund NUS Dr Cheng Ching-Yu 07/12 – 06/13 $19,950.00
Gaze Tracking for Visual Field Test BEP A*STAR Prof Aung Tin 08/12 – 01/14 $135,836.25
Retinal Micro vascular Changes in Optic Neuropathy Subtypes: Investigating Vascular Mechanisms underlying Optic Nerve Disorders NMRC-NIG NMRC Dr Clement Tan 09/12 – 09/13 $3,954.00
Novel retinal vascular imaging and biochemical biomarkers for Stroke: The Cardiovascular Health Study NUHS-Harvard BIDMC Seed Fund NUHS Dr Mohammad Kamran IKRAM 16/07/12 – 15/07/14 $150,000.00
Safety & Efficacy of subretinal implant for partial restoration of vision in blind patient IMU Bridging Fund Award 2012 IMU A/Prof Caroline Chee 26/11/12 – 30/09/13 $60,000.00
Super-Selective intra-arterial (Ophthalmic artery) chemotherapy with melphalan for advanced intraocular retinoblastoma IMU Bridging Fund Award 2012 IMU Dr Gangadhara Sundar 26/11/12 – 30/09/13 $60,000.00
Role of Epigenetic Regulation in the Pathogenesis of Diabetic Retinopathy and Potential for Novel Therapeutics NMRC-NIG NMRC Dr Su Xinyi 12/12 – 12/14 $199,997.00
Eye Surgery and Innovative Technologies(EyeSITe) TCR Flagship Programme NMRC rof Donald Tan 01/13 – 12/17 $2,500,000.00
Bioactive Bioresorbable Orbital Implants Engineering-Medicine Seed Grant NUHS A/Prof Shantha Amrith 03/13 – 02/15 $50,000.00
Prognostic genetic markers of severe dengue NHMRC & A-STAR A*STAR Dr KHOR Chiea Chuen From 03/13 – S$483,000 + AUD 304,673
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Public Sponsored Grants – Active Grants

Only Singapore Citizens and its Permanent Residents who are students in good standing in overseas medical schools are eligible. International students must begin at Year 1.

Project name Funding Source Institution PI Co-I / Co-PI Period Funded Amount
Assessment of the Effectiveness of a Multidisciplinary Low Vision Enabling (LoVE) Programme MOH NUH A/Prof Caroline Chee N/A 06/11 – 06/13 $190,000.00
Novel Ocular Biometric Risk Factors in Primary Angle Closure NMRC-NIG SERI Dr Chelvin N/A 06/11 – 06/13 $199,600.00
Iris and Choroidal Characteristics in Asian Eyes: Elucidating the Mechanism of Primary Angle Closure Glaucoma NMRC-NIG NMRC A/Prof Cheng Ching-yu N/A 11/11 – 11/13 $192,936.00
Novel Glaucoma Drainage Device SMART NUS A/Prof Paul Chew Tec Kuan Department of Surgery (M.E.R.C.I) 01/12 – 06/13 $50,000.00
Tear Fluid Biomarkers in Thyroid Eye Disease Using iTRAQ Quantitive Proteomics SERI-Pilot SERI A/Prof Shantha Amrith N/A 01/12 – 03/13 $12,021.45
Novel Eye Imaging for Brain Diseases in the Elderly NCSP NMRC Dr Mohammad Kamran IKRAM N/A 02/12 – 02/13 $120,000.00
Dissecting Novel Phenotypes and Genotypes underlying the complexity of primary angle closure glaucoma NCSP NMRC A/Prof Cheng Ching-Yu N/A 02/12 – 05/13 $120,000.00
Phenotyping Asian Macular Diseases – a prospective functional and angiographic study of the clinical course of three common acquired retinal conditions in an Asian Population NMRC-NIG NMRC Dr Thet Naing Dr Gemmy Cheung (SERI) 03/12 – 03/15 $83,836.34
Innovations in tissue engineering of selective corneal cell layers for corneal transplantation BMRC TCRP BMRC Prof Donald Tan N/A 07/11 – 06/14 $578,500.00
Clinical intervention of eye diseases: Myopia: Atropine in the treatment of myopia (ATOM) study – Phase II NMRC NMRC Prof Donald Tan N/A 04/10 – 03/13 $1,858,357.80
Do Microbial Agents act as Disease Triggers In Age-Related Macular Degeneration? BMRC TCRP BMRC Prof Wong Tien Yin Dr Gemmy Cheung (SERI) 03/12 – 03/15 $14,028.90
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Clinical Trials Grants – Awarded Grants

Only Singapore Citizens and its Permanent Residents who are students in good standing in overseas medical schools are eligible. International students must begin at Year 1.

Project name Institution Funding Source PI Period WBS/IO Funded Amount
(Retinal Implant Trial) Safety & Efficacy of subretinal implants for partial restoration of vision in blind patients: A prospective mono – & multicenter clinical study based on randomized intra-individual implant activation in patients with degenerative retinal diseases. Commercial Retinal implant AG Prof Caroline Chee 04/12 & 03/14 NC12CTR073OM $188,477.70
A Multicentre Dispensing Clinical Evaluation of MiSight Lenses (Cooper vision) Commercial Coopervision Dr Inez Wong 05/12 – 05/15 Yet to create 212,953.00
Super-selective Intra-arterial (Ophthalmic Artery) Chemotherapy with Melphalan for Advanced Intraocular Retinoblastoma PI initiated IMU Dr Gangadhara Sundar 05/12 – 02/13 NF12IMU141OM $60,000.00
Safety & Efficacy of subretinal implants for partial restoration of vision in blind patients Commercial IMU A/Prof Caroline Chee 05/12 – 02/13 NF12IMU138OM $60,000.00
The Asia Cornea Society Infectious Keratitis Study (ACISK) SERI NUH Dr Anna Tan 08/12 – 01/14 Yet to create $12,750.00
A Multicenter, Paired-eye Comparison , Dose-escalation, Single Dose, 24-Month Study of Safety and Efficacy of Bimatoprost Preservative Free Intracameral Drug Delivery System (Bimatoprost PF IC DDS) in Patients With Open-Angle Glaucoma Commercial Allergan A/Prof Paul Chew Tec Kuan 09/12 – 06/13 Yet to create $211,780.00
A 3 Month, Multicenter, Double-Masked Safety and Efficacy Study of Travoprost Ophthalmic Solution, 0.004% Compared to Timolol (0.5% or 0.25%) in Pediatric Glaucoma Patient Commercial Alcon Dr Inez Wong 03/13 – 07/13 Yet to create $33,058.75
Myopia control contact lens study Commercial Alcon Dr Inez Wong 03/13 – 03/14 Yet to create $150,875.60
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Clinical Trials Grants – Active Grants

Project name Institution Sponsor PI Period Funded Amount
The Effectiveness of Early Lens Extraction with Intraocular Lens Implantation for the treatment of Primary Angle Closure Glaucoma: A Randomised Controlled Trial ( Eagle study) Commercial U of Aberdeen A/Prof Paul Chew Tec Kuan 06/09 – 11/13 $38,400.00
Restasis Study Commercial Allergan Dr. Anna marie Tan Wee Tien 10/10 – 08/11 $72,088.82
FAVOR: fosbretabulin in PCV Commercial Oxigene, Inc A/Prof Caroline Chee 08/11 – 08/12 $34,015.27
Travoprost Punctum Plug Study:A Phase I Study Evaluating the Initial Safety and Efficacy of the Travoprost Punctum Plug in the Treatment of Subjects with Open-Angle Commercial Ocular Therapeutix Ltd A/Prof Paul Chew Tec Kuan 01/12 – 07/13 $52,610.00
Travoprost APS Eye Drop solution versus Xalatan Eye Drops Solution Commercial Alcon Research Ltd A/Prof Paul Chew Tec Kuan 01/12 – 07/13 $121,478.00
Luminous: Study to observe the effectiveness and safety of LUCENTIS® through individualised patient treatment and associated outcomes Commercial Quintiles – Outcome Prof Wong Tien Yin 02/12 – 02/17 $142,755.00
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