Translating Research into Highest Quality Patient Care

Skin Research Institute of Singapore (SRIS)

One in three people worldwide suffers from a skin disorder, presenting unmet demands for new treatments in this field. There are also significant differences between how skin diseases present in Asian and Western populations, as well as in how these respond to treatment.

With this in view, the Skin Research Institute of Singapore (SRIS) is set up between the Agency for Science Technology and Research (A*STAR), National Skin Centre (NSC) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU). Launched in September 2013, SRIS harnesses expertise of scientists, clinicians and engineers to foster and conduct high impact, inter-disciplinary skin research that will translate into improved health outcomes and quality of life. SRIS’s plans include activities to encourage inter-disciplinary and translational research, strengthen collaboration between industry, academia and clinical services, as well as train biologists, engineers and clinicians in skin research.

There has been significant growth of skin related basic and translational research in A*STAR and NTU in recent years. On the other hand, NSC has also been active in clinical and epidemiological research in dermatology for over 20 years and is growing its pool of clinician researchers. SRIS aims to capitalise on these synergies and to catalyse interaction and collaboration among these groups and also with industry partners, with the vision to become a global centre of excellence for inter-disciplinary skin research and innovation.

SRIS’ key research areas include eczema, allergy and inflammation, pigmentary disorders, wound healing, hair conditions and skin ageing. For more information on SRIS, visit its website at