About Us

In 2009, CENTRES (then the Clinical Ethics Network for Training, Research and Support) was established by the Ministry of Health (MOH) with the aim of building a network of hospital ethics committees and to develop local capacity in clinical ethics consultation. Since then, our remit has expanded significantly.

We aim to:

  • Provide a platform for mutual support and joint training opportunities for local clinical and research ethics networks
  • Facilitate the adoption of uniform ethical principles in clinical, transplant and research ethics, towards the development of consistent nationwide standards.
  • Support the work of the MOH Healthcare Ethics Capability Committee (HECC) in enhancing the clinical ethics competency of healthcare professionals.

CENTRES is based at the Centre for Biomedical Ethics (CBmE), National University of Singapore.

Watch this video to learn more about what CENTRES and CBmE do.

Meet Our Team

  • Co-Director
    ROY JOSEPH
    Co-Director
    Contact No: +65 6516 7199

    A/Prof Roy is the Undergraduate Director (HeLP) and Emeritus Consultant at Departments of Neonatology and Paediatrics, National University Hospital. He read Medicine at the Christian Medical College, Vellore, India from 1967-1972, aided by a Government of India Cultural Scholarship. He returned to Singapore and trained from 1976 -1979 as a paediatrician at the National University of Singapore.

     

    His sub-specialisation in Neonatology began in 1980 at the Kandang Kerbau Hospital, Singapore. He obtained additional training under the supervision of Prof Victor Yu at the Queen Victoria Medical Centre, Melbourne, in 1983 through a China Medical Board Scholarship of the University of Singapore.

     

    From 1997 to 2005, A/Prof Roy was the Chief of the Department of Neonatology at the National University Hospital. In 2004, he was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Neonatal. Special and intensive care, newborn screening, well baby and child care, long term management of the congenital hypothyroid, developmental assessment and disorders and chairing the NUH Clinical Bioethics Committee form the sphere of A/Prof Roy’s clinical practice.

     

    Apart from that, A/Prof Roy also provides ad-hoc consultation on general paediatric ailments. Evidence, tempered with art, forms the basis of his practice. A/Prof Roy’s areas of academic and administrative responsibilities include directing undergraduate (faculty level) and postgraduate (departmental level) education and training in Neonatology, assisting in the development of an undergraduate Medical Ethics and Law curriculum and serving in the National Medical Ethic Committee and the Advisory Council for Neonatal screening. His research activities aim at improving medical education and in preventing mental and developmental retardation through providing a safe transition into the extrauterine environment and universal newborn screening for selected congenital conditions.

  • Co-Director
    SUMYTRA MENON
    Co-Director

    Dr Sumytra Menon is the Co-Director for the Clinical Ethics Network + Research Ethics Support (CENTRES) initiative, which develops educational activities in clinical and transplant ethics to enhance capabilities in ethics committees work in Singapore. She is also Director of Continuing Education and Director of Organisational Development. In these roles, Sumy is responsible for CBmE’s Continuing Education programmes, and offers strategic insights and support regarding organisational development.

     

    Sumy is a lawyer by training, and her particular research interests are in healthcare decision-making, the law on mental capacity and at the end of life. Sumy teaches on the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, and designs and develops the curriculum for CENTRES’ continuing education programmes.

     

    Previously, Sumy was Deputy Director of the PACE Programme at the Lien Centre for Palliative Care (Duke-NUS) where she conducted research in advance care planning and spearheaded the Centre’s e-educational initiatives in offering a blended learning platform for palliative care education.

  • Co-Director
    ADELINE SEOW
    Co-Director
    Contact No: +65 6516 1072

    Adeline Seow graduated from the NUS Medical School in 1988 and joined the University as a senior tutor in 1990, eventually specializing in public health and epidemiology. She is a faculty member at the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, where her research focus has been on the environmental and genetic factors that lead to lung cancer in non-smoking women. She has also been involved in interdisciplinary research in the area of cancer screening and prevention, and in the teaching of epidemiology to graduate students and medical undergraduates. Between 2011 and 2019, she was founding Master of the College of Alice & Peter Tan (CAPT).  She currently holds a joint appointment at the NUS Office of Student Affairs as Vice-Dean of Students.

     

    Between August 2019 and March 2020, Adeline was on sabbatical leave to pursue collaborative research with the Centre for Biomedical Ethics in the area of public health ethics and professional values. She spent part of her sabbatical as a visiting researcher at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics in Georgetown University, Washington DC. Adeline also serves as co-chair of the population health domain of the NHG Domain-specific Review Board.

  • Research Associate
    RYAN FRIETS
    Research Associate
    Contact No: +65 6601 5600

    Ryan joined the Centre for Biomedical Ethics in 2021 as a Research Associate as part of Clinical Ethics Network + Research Ethics Support (CENTRES). He holds a BA in Jurisprudence from the University of Oxford, as well as an MA in Medical Ethics and Law from Kings’ College London. His dissertation focused on the implications of Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing in public healthcare settings, focusing primary on informed consent and patient autonomy. His current research interests include the regulation of emerging medical technologies and other areas involving the intersect between law and ethics.

  • Research Associate
    MATHAVI SENGUTTUVAN
    Research Associate
    Contact No: +65 6601 6272

    Mathavi Senguttuvan joined the Centre for Biomedical Ethics (CBmE) in 2019. She is currently a Research Associate with the Clinical Ethics Network + Research Ethics Support (CENTRES) programmes, and had previously worked under the Patient Activation through Community Empowerment/Engagement for Diabetes Management (PACE-D) Programme. A lawyer by training called to the Indian Bar in 2018, she holds a B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore and an LL.M. from the NUS Faculty of Law. In hopes of specialising in public health ethics, she is also pursuing a Ph.D. part time with CBmE. Her research focus is on issues relating to stigma, vulnerability and health disparities rising from the infectious disease setting.

Meet Our Associates

  • Assistant Professor
    TAMRA LYSAGHT
    Assistant Professor
    Contact No: +65 6516 7903

    Dr Tamra Lysaght first joined CBmE in 2009 as a Research Fellow and, after a 2-year appointment as Senior Research Fellow at NUS Asia Research Institute (2012-2014), was promoted to faculty at NUS Medicine in 2014. She is currently Director of Research and Director of the Phase III Health Ethics, Law and Professionalism (HeLP) curriculum.

  • Assistant Professor
    OWEN SCHAEFER
    Assistant Professor
    Contact No: +65 6516 2056

    Dr. G. Owen Schaefer was appointed Assistant Professor at the Centre for Biomedical Ethics in 2020. He is currently Director of the Phase II Health ethics, Law and Professionalism (HeLP) curriculum. Owen’s research interests cover ethical issues raised by the development of novel biotechnologies.

     

    Before beginning his graduate work, Owen spent two years at the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health in the US as a pre-doctoral fellow.  There, he received training in research ethics, was involved in the department’s ethics consultation service, and published several academic articles.  He then went on to read for BPhil and DPhil degrees in philosophy at Oxford, writing a dissertation on moral enhancement.  Immediately prior to joining the CBmE, he spent a year as a post-doc at the Oxford Centre for Neuroethics researching the implications of various novel biotechnologies.

     

    Owen joined CBmE in August 2015 under the MOH-funded initiative, Clinical Ethics Network + Research Ethics Support (CENTRES). In January 2018 he switched roles to be a Research Assistant Professor under the Science, Health And Policy-Relevant Ethics in Singapore (SHAPES) initiative at CBmE, funded by a grant from the NMRC, before taking up his present role as Assistant Professor in July 2020.

     

    Owen’s CV can be viewed here

  • Assistant Professor
    VOO TECK CHUAN
    Assistant Professor
    Contact No: +65 6516 3331

    Dr Voo Teck Chuan’s academic background is in Philosophy and Medical Jurisprudence. He researches on ethical issues in healthcare and public health (with focus on epidemic response and preparedness).  He is an editorial board member of the Asian Bioethics Review; and, Springer Nature Philosophy and Medicine book series. He directs the Health Ethics, Law and Professionalism curriculum for Phase I medical students, and is CBmE Director of Graduate Education. Teck Chuan also directs CBmE’s role as a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Bioethics. He is an appointed member of the Ng Teng Fong General Hospital and Jurong Community Hospital Clinical Ethics Committee; Ministry of Health (MOH) Assisted Reproduction Services Working Committee; National Healthcare Group Research Ethics Committee; MOH Advisory Committee on Restricted Human Biomedical Research; and, the National Advisory Committee for Laboratory Animal Research (NACLAR). Internationally, he serves as a steering committee member of the Global Forum on Bioethics in Research. He has served the World Health Organization (WHO) in the development of clinical guidelines, and ethics guidance relating to epidemics and public health emergencies. He is a member of the WHO Working Group on Ethics and COVID-19.

Contact Us

Team Contact
centres@nus.edu.sg

Mailing Address
CENTRES, Centre for Biomedical Ethics
National University of Singapore
Blk MD 11, 10 Medical Drive #02-03
Singapore 117597

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