Winning the War Against Diabetes
About Campaignends 22 Sep 2017, 11:59 PM
Singapore has the second-highest proportion of diabetics (after the US) among developed nations, with 10% of the population aged between 20 and 79 estimated to have the chronic disease. According to the WHO, the number of adults to be living with diabetes in Singapore has nearly quadrupled over 35 years.
The MOH has declared war on diabetes, describing it as one of the biggest burdens on the healthcare system in Singapore, costing more than $1 billion annually.
Since 2016, an international team of scientists at the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine has been tackling diabetes through a multi-pronged research strategy, with a key focus on Asian populations. The breakthrough research has 3 key priorities: (a) Develop smart drugs that slow down enteric glucose absorption; (b) Advance paper-based diagnostics for pre-diabetes metabolic disease; and (c) Establish rapid immune cell profiling from a single drop of blood from diabetics.
There is no cure for diabetes yet, but with generous support towards our key research as above, there is hope that we can slow down the trend of diabetes in Singapore and accelerate findings for preventive solutions and treatments for diabetes.
All donations go towards diabetes research under the LKCMedicine Healthcare Research Fund. Your support also goes towards the raising of diabetes awareness in Singapore.
Thank you for joining in the fight to win the war against diabetes in Singapore.
Young and research-intensive, Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) is ranked 13th globally. It is also placed 1st amongst the world's best young universities. The university has colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, and an Interdisciplinary Graduate School. It also has a medical school, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, set up jointly with Imperial College London. NTU is also home to world-class autonomous entities such as the National Institute of Education, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Earth Observatory of Singapore, and Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering. NTU provides a high-quality global education to about 33,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students. The student body includes top scholars and international Olympiad medalists from the region and beyond.
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