About Campaign

ends 11 Dec 2023, 11:59 PM
The Durian project aims to find out if eating the famous local favourite fruit durian (Durio zibethinus), the "King of Fruits" has any impact to the gut microbiome.

Evidence suggests that gut microbiota is the key factor for mucosal immunity and therefore can influence human health.

Cancer patients undergo various intensive treatments like chemotherapy, immunotherapy & radiation therapies. However, some of these therapies have been shown to disrupt patients' gut microbiome, which may even lead to unwanted side effects like diarrhoea. More research is needed to understand associations between the diverse range of gut microbes contributing to effective treatments like immunotherapy.

Your gift can help this study explore how eating durian changes the microbiome, and how such changes can contribute to better treatment outcomes in the future.

Your gift will go towards Cheng Kin Ku Herbal Biodiversity & Medicine Programme (Onco ACP) in support of Precision Nutrition - Impacts of Durian Consumption on Human Microbiome and Metabolome in Healthy Staff Volunteers from SingHealth (DURIOME).

This is an initiative by SingHealth Duke-NUS Institute of Biodiversity Medicine (BD-MED) which aims to drive and accelerate biodiversity research that can promote all aspects of human health and wellness.

For more information about BD-MED, visit singhealthdukenus.com.sg/research/BDMed or email [email protected].

About the Charity

Someone in Singapore is diagnosed with cancer every hour. For many, a cancer diagnosis is an emotional and difficult time. The NCCS Cancer Fund (NCCSCF) helps support the fight against cancer by providing financial assistance for needy patients, ensuring sufficient funding for NCCS scientists and clinicians to continue their work in cancer research and promotes cancer education for healthcare professionals and the general public.

NCCS helps over 26,000 cancer patients each year. From the moment they are diagnosed and throughout their treatment we are with them, providing the very best care, by the best people, in the best place.

Donate today and help us give hope to people with cancer.

All donations received are managed by SingHealth Fund (SHF), an institution of Public Character (UEN 201624016E).
All donors are required to provide their Tax Reference number (e.g. NRIC/FIN/UEN where applicable) to enjoy tax deduction. The donation will be automatically included in the donor's IRAS tax assessment. As such, we will not be sending any official receipt, unless upon written request by the donor.

Please note that donations must be made before 15 December for processing and be included in time for tax assessment in the same year.


Fundraising can help to raise more and change more lives.