The Institute of Mental Health (IMH) is the largest provider of mental healthcare in the country. IMH comprises an inpatient facility with a total bed capacity of 2,000 beds, and an outpatient base of more than 35,000 patients. IMH has a wide and comprehensive range of clinical expertise for the treatment of various mental disorders.
The Research Division of IMH was established with an Institutional Block Grant (IBG) from the National Medical Research Council (NMRC). Since its inception in Year 2000, this division has grown exponentially and is now a core activity for IMH and is one of its missions. The Research Division supports research at all levels, provides training and mentoring, and establishes collaboration with other centres and stakeholders.
In recent years, we have focused on key research areas, chosen to leverage on the strengths of the institute and the unique characteristics of the Singapore population. We have seen a steady increase in the number of projects initiated, amount of competitive funding secured, number of publications in peer-reviewed journals, number of presentations in scientific meetings, and number of awards received.
Our mission is to carry out scientifically and clinically relevant research that will help us to understand the mechanisms underlying the various mental disorders and translating these findings into interventions. These interventions should either relieve the suffering of patients with mental illness, or help address the real-world challenges faced by persons living with mental illness, their families, providers, payers and policymakers in selecting, delivering, and financing optimal care.
Underpinning this mission are several overarching principles:
Principle One: We actively seek out, develop and maintain vibrant and productive partnerships with stakeholders, including persons living with mental illness and their families, payers, clinicians, researchers, and policy-makers.
Principle Two: Our research should integrate or translate across levels of analysis from bench to bedside, and should involve the interdisciplinary integration of physical, biological, behavioural, and social science.
Principle Three: There should be timely dissemination of actionable relevant research findings to stakeholders, including the policy makers, research administrators, and the general public.
This website highlights some of our current studies and provides further information on our Research Division, including the profiles of some of our staff and researchers.
A/Prof Chong Siow Ann
Vice Chairman, Medical Board (Research)
Institute of Mental Health