The department of Hand and Reconstructive Microsurgery maintains a strong tradition of producing original research. To date we have published over 250 original articles dating back to 1976 in a wide range of peer-review journals. There are several ongoing NMRC-funded research projects as well as collaborative basic science and clinical research both locally and internationally.
Bench-to-Clinic, Bench-to-Surgical Table
Pioneering work in basic and clinical research and adaptation of new technology is exemplified by the body of research from Emeritus Professor Robert Pho. He published ‘Computer-Aided Design and Computer-Aided Manufacture (CAD-CAM) applications in cosmetic below-elbow prostheses’ in 1990, ‘A composite neuro-teno-cutaneous forearm flap in the one-stage reconstruction of a large defect of the soft tissue around the ankle in 1992,and the concept of fetal limb allograft transplants in young rabbits in 1992.
In 1996, Dr Lim Beng Hai developed the six strand tendon repair technique which is now an established surgical technique. A/Prof. Aymeric YT Lim studied the intramuscular innervation of muscles and developed an original classification of skeletal muscles which was used to develop the original split muscle transfer technique , in which for the first time it was demonstrated that a single muscle could be split into two independently functioning units for application in tendon transfer and the feasibility of the microsurgical repair of intramuscular nerve branches , both of these techniques were successfully translated to clinical practice
Currently numerous projects are underway, with on-going research in tissue engineering, on the application of mesenchymal stem cells in tendon healing is being carried out by Dr A Chong, and the mechanisms of Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) in aiding wound healing and its possible link towards cancer progression by Dr Mark Puhaindran, both being funded by the NMRC. A randomised clinical trial on outcomes of distal radius fracture is being carried out by Dr Sebastin as an international collaborator to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA, under NIH funding.
Collaborative projects among others include the exploration of 3-D printers for manufacturing custom made finger prostheses (Dr Andre Cheah in collaboration with the department of Industrial Design NUS) and the development of peripheral nerve prosthesis (Dr A Lahiri, with the Singapore Institute of Neurotechnology).
Please contact our departments research director Dr Amitabha Lahiri for more information regarding research opportunities with us.
Hand & Reconstructive Microsurgery Center