Singapore Institute for Neurotechnology (SINAPSE) brings together engineers, scientists and clinical researchers with a common goal of making an impact on society. SINAPSE focuses on Neurotechnologies for basic science, clinical application and commercialization. The title SINAPSE appropriately reflects the joining (or "synapse") of different organizations with diverse expertise and resources but with common objective to bring intellectual, technological, medical and economic benefit to Singapore and to the world.
SINAPSE represents linking of major institutions and their diverse mission. National University of Singapore (NUS) is the leading engineering and scientific institution in Asia centered upon education and basic research. National University Hospital (NUH) brings the opportunity to form strong collaboration with medical doctors to identify patient needs and develop engineering solutions to solve them. A*STAR brings the expertise to develop advanced technologies for economic benefit. MINDEF brings dedication to understanding the human brain and its extraordinary capabilities. This year, National Research Foundation (NRF) has brought the capability to develop a true bench-to-bedside revolutionary neuroprosthetic to drastically improve patient lives. SINAPSE is the single initiative leading these initiatives under one umbrella on the NUS campus.
There is no such institute in the world, with single-minded focus on technology to drive development of medical devices, solutions to clinical problems, discovery of human brain function, and commercializion of technologies.
The field of neurotechnology is ripe and poised for explosive advances and growth. This is possible, as never before, through understanding, treating, and utilizing the power of brain and nervous system through cutting edge technologies. The mission of SINAPSE is to use advanced research partnership of engineers and scientists to develop neurotechnologies that offer the breakthrough potential: for scientific discovery, medical or defence needs and for commercialization and economic benefit. Here, brain research, clinical translation and eventual commercialization for society's benefit is employed using an array of advanced technology: microelectronics for building neural interfaces, imaging tools and technologies for studying function and dysfunction of brain, optical methods for manipulating the nervous system (e.g. optogenetics), cognitive and computational methods for assessing brain function, robotics for rehabilitation and neuromorphic systems for modeling the nervous system to inspire the next generation of robots and intelligent machines.