Who We Are
Associate Prof. Nagaendran Kandiah
MBBS, FRCP (Edinburgh), FAMS (Neurology)
Prof Nagaendran Kandiah is a Senior consultant neurologist. He holds a clinician scientist position with the National Medical Research Council of Singapore, He holds several national grants investigating these research areas with a focus on neuropsychology, MRI, functional MRI and cerebrospinal fluid studies. He is also the chairman of the Neurocognitive and Research Training Consortium of Southeast Asia (NRTC-SEA). He was the chair of the Singapore Ministry of Health, Clinical Practice Guidelines for Dementia (2013-2018). In his free time, he enjoys doing carpentry work and his most gratifying work was a plant house he built together with his 11-year-old son, which now stands proudly in his home.
Graduate Diploma in Clinical
My name is Jin, and I am the Centre Manager at DRCS. My background is in clinical psychology. I find fulfilment in clinical, research, and statistical endeavours, focusing on cognitive resilience, peak performance, motivation and business psychology in my work. Outside of work, I prioritize mind-body wellness, often dedicating my free time to the gym, yoga studio, and beach.
We perform cognitive assessments and associated analyses
Master of Psychological Science (JCU)
I am a research associate who has a master’s degree in psychology and an overseas bachelor degree as medical doctor. From the start, I am deeply interested in understanding the connection between diseases and patients’ psychology. In that sense, my research interests reside in developing cognitive and behavioral assessment tools for neurodegenerative disorders like dementia, facilitating early detection & prevention purposes.
Furthermore, I have a fervent desire in optimizing study designs and statistical analyses to provide research with good validity and reliability. Lastly, you can find me watching K-drama & solo karaoke-ing during my leisure time.
Faith Phemie Lee Hui
Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology (Singapore)
I am a research assistant with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Having an interest in human behaviour, I aspire to be a clinical neuropsychologist through building upon opportunities in the coming years. I take an interest in the structure and function of the brain behind psychological disorders observed on the surface. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my dogs, eating, playing hockey, and sometimes playing the piano.
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Psychology (Yale-NUS College)
Liew Shan Yao
Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) in Psychology (SMU)
Tan Yu Zhen Isabelle
Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Sport Science & Management (NTU)
Wayne Freeman Chong
PhD (Singapore), PDClinPsyc (Australia), ACTA (Singapore)
Eunice Seah Limin
Master of Psychology (Clinical), James Cook University (Singapore)
I am a Research Associate with the Dementia Research Centre (Singapore) as well as Clinical Psychologist in private practice. Inspired by how cognitive impairment (e.g. mild cognitive impairment, dementia) goes beyond symptoms to impact on the individuals and their families, based on my clinical interactions and in my personal life, I started work at the Centre to learn as well as to contribute relevant clinical knowledge towards research that is conducted at the Centre. My research interests revolve around better understanding the lived experiences of individuals with cognitive impairment and potentially their families (e.g. their strengths, challenges, the way they live life and the type of supports that could be useful to them) through conducting interviews. Outside of work, I look forward to chilling out by reading, hanging out with friends and family, exploring food places as well as getting out of that couch to engage in stretches and exercises that I had learnt in adult ballet classes!
Translational Cognitive Neuroimaging
We perform MRI and associated analyses
Dr Ashwati Vipin
PhD in Neuroimaging in
I am a Research Fellow and my key research interests lie in delineating early brain changes that predict the onset and progression of young and late-onset dementia using multimodal neuroimaging techniques and how they relate to neurocognition and fluid biomarker profiles. When I am not exploring the human brain, I enjoy diving into fiction with some coffee and my dog. I also immensely enjoy travel, nature, photography and music, preferably all at the same time!
Masters in Biomedical
As a research associate, I like to delve into novel aspects of neuroimaging and clinical neuroscience data to unravel the causes of early stages of dementia. I am particularly interested in fusing information from multitudes of MRI sequences, neuropsychiatric assessments and blood-based biomarkers to discover unknown insights along the early dementia spectrum for the betterment of dementia care. In my spare time, I like to immerse myself into sitcoms, music and cooking my favourite meals.
Translational Cognitive Biomarkers
We evaluate the expression of fluid biomarkers and conduct associated analyses
Dr Gurveen Kaur
PhD in Biochemistry and
Molecular Cell Biology
Fatin Zahra Zailan
Honours in Biomedical Science
(UK), Diploma in Nursing
I am a research assistant and principal phlebotomist. Previously, I was a registered staff nurse for over 7 years with specialization in Eye and Trauma. I am interested in studying markers that will enable us to identify pathological trajectories unique to Alzheimer’s Disease within the Asian population. On top of clinical trials, it is exciting to operate state of the art technology and developing novel biomarkers that can make an impact to lives. I hope that one day, we can develop a tool that can enable healthcare facilities to diagnose dementia with precision and evolve treatment strategies in the Alzheimer’s continuum. In my free time, I love spending moments with my little one, drumming and making music videos on youtube. I am also a car enthusiast and enjoy a good race!
James Chen Xiao Yuan
Bachelors of Engineering in Materials Engineering (NTU)
Dr Dang Chao
Visiting Research Fellow
MD, PhD (Sun Yat-Sen University)
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering specializing in Robotics and Artificial Intelligence (NTU)
I am a Technology Development Officer with experience in digitizing metals and minerals manufacturing processes in companies in India and Africa. I am a co-founder of CREaiTORS where we built an integrated machine learning app to detect behavioural symptoms in patients with dementia. During my time at Bosch Research Singapore, I helped develop a patented Machine Learning algorithm to detect torque in real time in Bosch drills.
I am passionate about using technology to revolutionise healthcare by using AI and ML to make personalised healthcare cheap and accessible to the masses.
My vision for DRCS is to build a cognitive screening app that is sensitive and clinically validated to detect cognitive impairment at the earliest stages. When I’m not at work, you can catch me in the gym or in the ocean.
Farid Tan Bin Hasyim
Bachelor of Social Science (Hons) in Communications & New Media (NUS)
As a dedicated digital health research assistant, I spearhead the development of user experience and product design for our innovative digital products and interactive platforms. Championing intuitive and accessible designs, my interests resonate at the intersection of technology, community engagement and sustainability. When I’m not getting creative on Figma, you can find me lost in a good movie or passionately playing video games. I also love cafe and gallery hopping, and am often dreaming of my next travel adventure, probably under the sea.
Prof. Paul Matthews
Director of the UK Dementia Research Institute Centre at Imperial College London
Dementia is a global and growing challenge for everyone. However, our knowledge now is largely based on studies of European or North American populations. There is an urgent need to better understand the types of dementias that affect the peoples of the Far East. The new DRCS promises a step change in this effort by bringing medical centres across Singapore together for a common mission. I feel privileged to join all of you in DRCS as an advisor as you begin this work.