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About Bia-Echo Asia Centre for Reproductive Longevity and Equality

The Bia-Echo Asia Centre for Reproductive Longevity and Equality (ACRLE), established under the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine (NUS Medicine), was made possible through a gift from the Bia-Echo Foundation, founded by lawyer and entrepreneur, Nicole Shanahan. The Centre will collaborate with our partners and specialise in research for women’s reproductive health, ageing and digital medicine, and lead the conversation in women’s reproductive longevity and equality

The work of the Centre is focused within four strategic tracks. The effort within the tracks will seek to find ways to improve and lengthen female reproductive health and longevity, help women to preserve and improve their reproductive systems for conception and general health, potentially enable women to conceive safely in their later years, and educate on reproductive equality.

About Bia-Echo Foundation

The Bia-Echo Foundation of Palo Alto, California, is a private foundation that aims to accelerate social change in order to establish a fair and equitable society for future generations to thrive. The foundation was founded by lawyer and entrepreneur, Nicole Shanahan, who has been a strong advocate in the area of reproductive longevity and equality. The foundation invests in changemakers at the forefront of innovation who are tackling some of the world’s greatest challenges.

Our Mission

To change the science and narrative of female reproductive longevity

Our Visions

Our People

Professor Brian Kennedy Prof Brian Kennedy is internationally recognised for his research in the basic biology of ageing and as a visionary committed to translating research discoveries into new ways of delaying, detecting, preventing and treating human ageing and associated diseases. He is the Director of the NUHS Centre for Healthy Longevity. He also serves as a Distinguished Professor in…

Asst Prof Huang Zhongwei

Deputy Director

Asst Prof Huang Zhongwei Zhongwei is a clinician-scientist and MOH accredited assisted reproductive techniques (ART) specialist who focuses on managing couples with fertility issues. He completed his PhD in 2011 under Associate Professor Dagan Wells at University of Oxford on effects of reproductive ageing via understanding the mechanisms of human oocyte aneuploidy and utilizing human cumulus cells as a non-invasive…

Professor Rong Li

Principal Investigator

Professor Rong Li Prof Rong Li served as the Director of the Center for Cell Dynamics in the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She has had over 25 years of independent research on cellular dynamics and mechanics employing interdisciplinary approaches. She was recruited to NUS in 2019 as the second Director of MechanobioIogy Institute (MBI).  Her research areas include Cellular…

Professor Dean Ho

Principal Investigator

Professor Dean Ho Professor Dean Ho is currently Provost’s Chair Professor, Director of The Institute for Digital Medicine (WisDM) at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, Director of the N.1 Institute for Health (N.1), and Head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the National University of Singapore. Prof. Ho and collaborators successfully developed and validated CURATE.AI, a powerful…

Professor Zhang Cuilin

Principal Investigator

Professor Zhang Cuilin MD, PhD, MPH Professor Cuilin Zhang (https://www.scopus.com/authid/detail.uri?authorId=55646336600) is full professor at the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, and the founding Director of Global Center for Asian Women’s Health, and the Lead for Population Health Studies of Asian Center for Reproductive Longevity and Equity.  Prof. Zhang holds an Adjunct Professorship at the Harvard T.H. Chan School…

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