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Is my study human biomedical research


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Examples of Studies (For Reference)

1. A study involving questionnaires and interviews with patients to obtain their feedback on their treatment programme and their suggestions on how the doctors could improve.

2. A project to set up a database with patient information to support public health monitoring of brain and lung cancer.

3. A behavioural economics study that evaluates loan uptake and saving behaviour by offering different loan plans, one with automatic savings deposit feature and the other with communications to encourage saving.

4. A study on how people live in different social and cultural settings across the globe. The study team will interview the participants on their thoughts and feelings on the protests happening in their cities.

5. A study to find out if wearing pulse oximeters can help to predict more severe pneumonia. COVID-19 patients in a community care facility who are in the study will wear the pulse oximeter throughout their stay in the facility. The study has been approved by the Director of Medical Services in MOH under the Infectious Diseases Act.

6. A study on whether painkillers can prevent cancer. Volunteers in the study will consume painkillers in the first week of each month over 12 months. The study has been approved by the Health Sciences Authority as a clinical trial.

7. A study on whether computer puzzle games can improve the intellectual ability in healthy children aged 8-10. There will be two groups of children in the study. The first group will play computer puzzle games for 30 min each day. The second group will read a story book for 30 min each day. The children from both groups will take IQ tests before staring the computer puzzle games and after playing the games for three months.

8. A study involving dyslexic children on whether increasing the font size of their textbooks improved their performance in English tests.

9. A study to find out if Gene ABC affects the eye colour of Asians. Volunteers in the study will provide 5ml of blood for DNA analysis.

10. A study on the quality of sperm in men age 50 years and above.

11. A study on the quality of eggs in women age 35 years and above. 

12. A study on the genetic material in eggs and embryos from patients in the fertility clinic. Only eggs and embryos deemed unsuitable for fertility treatment would be used.

13. A project to grow “mini-human brain” in rats. A small volume of human neural cells will be injected into the brains of rats.

14. A study to find out if athletes clock faster timings when training in MacRitchie Reservoir than in Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.

15. A study on whether exercising affects decision making. Volunteers in the study will run on the treadmill at moderate intensity and answer questions posed by the study team. The volunteers’ responses and electrocardiography (ECG) data will be collected.

16. A project to assess the social life of the elderly in Singapore. Sensors will be placed in the elderly’s homes to count the number of times the elderly leaves the house daily and how long do they spend their time outside the house.

17. A study to find out if dietary preferences can predict if individuals are likely to suffer from hyperglycemia (high blood sugar). The researchers will request the Medical Records Office to extract the medical records of patients in the Health Screening Centre and the Diabetes Clinic. The names and identifying information of the patients will be removed by the Medical Records Office before the medical records are passed to the researchers.

18. A study to find out patients’ satisfaction of their appearance with a liposuction technology recently developed in-house. During face lift, the skin will be injected with a small volume of ionised water to help redistribute the fat cells.

19. A programme combining exercise and gaming for seniors with the aim of preventing dementia and falls.

20. A research on novel surgical techniques to create double eyelids and procedures for breast augmentation, facelift and liposuction etc.

21. A study to predict the survival rates of cancer patients using the levels of protein ABC in the blood. Volunteers in the study will have 5ml of blood drawn to detect the levels of protein ABC. 

22. A study to find out what causes lung cancer by reviewing the medical records of patients in the clinic. The study team comprises doctors in the clinic and they will analyse the hardcopy medical records of patients who visited the clinic previously.


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