SCCS is developing itself into valuable resource which is open to collaboration with researchers in Singapore, the region and worldwide.
It is an infrastructure large-scale project to collate health data and tissue samples from Singaporeans over the long term. The initial phase of this project will include the following participants by March 2011:
12,000 healthy Chinese, Malay and Indian Singaporeans
10,000 Singaporeans with Diabetes Mellitus Type 2.
Researchers may tap on SCCS for cases and controls, and our anonymised datasets with corresponding tissue samples. We are expending much effort to set up a scalable workflow, IT infrastructure and procedures to safeguard participants’ privacy of data through the Data Privacy Office. As expected, all research proposals must be cleared by respective ethical and scientific boards of participating researchers.
If you are a researcher or Principal Investigator of a cohort study and wish to find out how to join or collaborate with SCCS, we welcome you to write to us with your proposal and questions.
You may also tap SCCS for:
Controls for your case-control studies
Infrastructure / procedures for privacy - Data Privacy Office (DPO), A*STAR
IT Infrastructure, workflow
Anonymised datasets with samples/specimens - both case and control.
The SCCS Multi-ethnic Cohort (SCCS: MEC) plans to involve 12,000 healthy Chinese, Malay and Indian participants by March 2011. Like its predecessors Singapore Prospective Study Program (SP2) and Singapore Cardiovascular Cohort Study (SCCS2), it is designed to identify environmental risk factors and genetic factors in cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. The addition of two more cohort studies, Singapore Malay Eye Study (SiMES) and Singapore Indian Chinese Cohort (SICC), will help boost Malay and Indian participation in this study.
SCCS Multi-ethnic Cohort participants answer a questionnaire detailing their health, lifestyle and diet. They also attend a health screening - to measure height, weight, and blood pressure, and to test blood sugar and blood cholesterol, as well as have their retinal photos taken
SCCS Diabetic Cohort
The SCCS Diabetic Cohort (SCCS: DC) which plans to involve 10,000 Singaporeans with Diabetes Mellitus Type 2 by March 2011, builds on the existing NUS Diabetic Cohort with diabetic participants previously recruited from Clementi Polyclinic, Toa Payoh Polyclinic, National University Hospital and Tan Tock Seng Hospital. Diabetic participants are now being recruited at Pasir Ris Polyclinic and Changi General Hospital.
SCCS Diabetic Cohort participants answer a questionnaire detailing their health, smoking and family history. Detailed clinical and treatment information are extracted from the case notes of each patient, along with records of any eye, kidney or macrovascular complications.