About Cardiovascular Research Institute (CVRI)
Since late 2009, CVRI has evolved from an aspiration-
al concept to a formidable and expanding infrastruc-
ture (engaging over 100 basic scientists, clinician
scientists and support staff) with a growing capacity
to pursue a primary mission – the conduct of transla-
tional research in Heart Failure.
Prof. A. Mark Richards
(seated on the right) with
the team at the CVRI.
hat was CVRI’s research
work like in the beginning?
When I rst joined CVRI in 2009,
there wasn’t a dedicated research cen-
tre focusing on basic science or cardio-
vascular disease. My rst task was to
recruit basic scientists and clinicians
interested in and able to undertake
heart research. A/Prof. Mark Chan and
A/Prof. Roger Foo, Senior Consult-
ants, NUHCS; Asst. Prof. Chester
Drum, Consultant, NUHCS; and
A/Prof. Carolyn Lam, Senior Consult-
ant, National Heart Centre Singapore
(NHCS) were one of our rst team
Key clinician scientists within NUHCS
also included A/Prof. Ronald Lee and
A/Prof. Poh Kian Keong, Senior Con-
sultants, NUHCS. Basic scientists who
have helped build our laboratory “wet
lab” capacity from the ground up in-
clude Dr. Liew Oi Wah, Dr. Wang Peipei,
Dr. Wong LeeLee, Dr. Chen YT and Prof.
Tan Huay Cheem, Director, NUHCS. He
has been very proactive in supporting
the development of NUHCS’s research.
The emergence and strengthening of
each new team member has been very
special for me.
What are some of the key mile-
stones achieved by CVRI with
regards to research grants?
We clinched our very rst National
Medical Research Council (NMRC)
Centre Grant in 2010, having started
the planning and writing for the grant
throughout the mid to late part of 2009.www.nuhcs.com.sg