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Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention & Management

With increasing life expectancy and a rapidly ageing population, Singapore is facing unprecedented health challenges. As the burden of disease shifts towards chronic non-communicable diseases, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease, growing numbers of people are living for decades in the shadow of multiple, complex conditions. This requires the evolution of healthcare system to better serve the needs of the population of the future.

The Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Management (CDPM) seeks to serve as the catalyst for healthcare transformation through the programmes and research we undertake. We believe that the solution lies with an ‘engaged and activated individual’ (patient or healthy member of the community) collaborating with an ‘engaged and activated provider’ (or healthcare system) to achieve the best outcomes. As the catalyst, we are committed to optimally engaging patients and members of the public by changing the way they interact with the healthcare system.

Through the Centre’s projects, we hope to generate insights into human behaviour that will enable our stakeholders to make informed decisions about their health. We will also develop new models of care and strategies that leverage these insights, along with modern technologies such as telehealth and the internet of things to support our patients and family to maintain their health or live with chronic disease.

The Centre also aims to influence daily health-related behaviours by minimising the barriers to change. Specifically, we are looking to alter the food environment i.e. the types of food locally available, to make choosing health-promoting food easier and more accessible. By these and other activities, the Centre seeks to transform healthcare and create an ecosystem to support sustainable lifestyle change.

Our Mission

To be a catalyst for chronic disease care transformation by:

evolving the nature of patient interactions with the health system,

creating an ecosystem for sustainable lifestyle change,

and taking a leadership role in care innovation

Our Programmes

​Centre Director 


Professor Tai E Shyong 

Prof Tai has held several National Medical Research Council/Biomedical Research Council individual research grants as principal investigator since 1996. He has published more than 100 original articles in top journals in the area of genetics (including nature, nature genetics) and diabetes/metabolism (including diabetes, diabetes care, diabetologia and the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism). His work on the epidemiology of metabolic diseases forms the basis for the clinical practise guidelines for obesity, diabetes mellitus and lipids.  

He is experienced in the area of risk assessment, having developed the risk assessment tool that is used for the estimation of risk of cardiovascular disease in Singapore to make clinical decisions on lipid lowering.  As such, he has demonstrated the ability to translate findings from his research into clinical practice. 

Prof Tai runs a research programme that spans public health, human physiology and health services research in the area of diabetes and metabolic disease.  He has extensive collaborations across disciplines such as behavioural science and food science to examine the various factors and reasons affecting health behaviours such as food choices. He is currently working on innovative models of care delivery that seeks to transform the care and management of chronic diseases in Singapore.

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