$82 million was awarded by the National Medical research Council to four research projects under the Open Fund-Large Collaborative Grant programme. This is the biggest amount awarded since the grant’s inception in 2016.
The Singapore Parkinson’s Disease Translational Clinical Programme received a $25 million grant. Led by Prof Tan Eng King, Director, Research, and Senior Consultant, Department of Neurology, NNI, the project aims to identify the risk factors and develop new drugs to treat Parkinson’s disease which affects three in 1,000 people in Singapore aged 50 and above. The team is also working on using stem cell transplant to replace nerve cells lost in the brain as a result of the disease.
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