By Arthur S M Lim

Simply 10 years in the past, ophthalmic examine was once nearly remarkable in Singapore. With little funds and no infrastructure, ophthalmologists and scientists expressed scant curiosity in study. this day, despite the fact that, ophthalmic examine in Singapore is at a excessive overseas point, as exemplified by way of the actions of the Singapore Eye study Institute (SERI), that's able to competing with and difficult the world's prime eye study facilities. certainly, the world-class learn conducted at SERI has helped to increase Singapore's foreign succeed in because the nation strikes in the direction of its aim of turning into a world urban and a number one kingdom influencing advancements throughout Asia and the world.This publication summarizes a decade of exertions, commitment, and dedication by means of a handful of medical professionals and researchers of their efforts to set up SERI and confirm its good fortune. specifically, the impressive contributions of 2 of Singapore's ophthalmic pioneers, the past due affiliate Professor chunk Sek Jin and present Professor Donald Tan, are stated. The publication will encourage leaders of constructing international locations in visualizing how examine can increase quickly of their personal state, and the way help and amenities could materialize in the event that they can assemble a number of devoted, clever researchers.

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I shall conclude with a comment on the benefits, rewards and joy of research and my experience of the research “high”. For me, the discovery, if it is genuine, is the fact — the sudden realisation that I alone in the whole universe have this knowledge. Going or coming, awakening or sleeping, I alone (and my collaborators, of course) have this knowledge. This is the research “high”. ” Not pride of knowledge, but wisdom in knowing. Like that famous researcher must have realised: “Gosh! ” S E R I SI NGAPORE’S W O R L D- CL ASS RESEA RCH 51 Chapter 2 The End The end of research is arrived at when there are no more answers to a particular question.

It was the incorporation of quality assurance into the practice of ophthalmology in the SNEC that provided the first impetus to the development of clinical ophthalmic research in Singapore. From the outset, clinical research in the SNEC was encouraged. The volume of clinical research papers and case reports published attested to the enthusiasm with which the challenge of clinical research was met by SNEC’s junior and senior staff. Indeed, the SNEC held the distinction of generating the greatest number of research publications in any government hospital department in Singapore.

Eye Research in Singapore: From Laboratory to Modern Institute 1991 Chapter 2 By Assoc Prof Chew Sek Jin, PhD, FRCSE The rapid pace at which eye research has developed in Singapore is unprecedented and nothing short of a miracle, viewed against a backdrop of ophthalmic vision and research. A Modest Headstart The story of eye research in Singapore begins with a quiet start in a small and unpretentious laboratory with the work of the unassuming Dr Lim Kuang Hui,a also the editor of this timely book.

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