The focus of the Singapore Phenome Centre's (SPC) clinical studies is to gain a better understanding of diseases in terms of early detection of diseases, prevention of disease development, disease progression and impact of therapeutic interventions, leading to a higher quality of healthcare. This is of great interest as the incidences of many lifestyle diseases have been rising rapidly, in Asia and around the world, in the past decade. The first step towards these aims is the identification of biomarkers for diagnostic, prognostic, and therapeutic purposes. Identification of these critical disease-related biomarkers will pave the way for further in-depth mechanistic studies into the underlying causes of diseases. This would be a significant step towards the goal of personalised and preventive medicine, and precision medicine.
In the area of environmental research, the primary aim is to ensure water quality. This is especially important in many developed urban societies where various commercial and industrial activities can affect water quality or availability. Gaining an understanding of how microbial factors can influence urban water treatment and quality will open up a range of options to improve water-care.