A Multi-Centre Clinical Research on the Efficacy of Tuina


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The HEAD Foundation is supporting a multi-centre randomised controlled trial (RCT) to investigate the efficacy of Tuina vis-à-vis Physiotherapy in alleviating chronic low-back pain. This is one of the initiatives supported by the Foundation to promote East-West collaboration in healthcare solutions.

To date, three medical centres – Mayo Clinic in the USA, Singapore General Hospital (SGH), and the Medical School of Jinan University in Guangzhou, China – had confirmed their participation in this research, involving notable experts in Physiotherapy and Tuina from each centre. To facilitate the  development of a robust research protocol, a team of researchers and project managers from the Foundation and SGH visited Jinan University recently to discuss technical details, visit clinical facilities, and to sign a memorandum of understanding for research collaboration. A trip to Mayo Clinic for similar purposes is forthcoming.

Clinical research in these three centres is targeted to commence in early 2020. Watch this space for more updates on the research as it progresses.

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Mr Ho Swee Huat

Mr Ho Swee Huat is the Founder and Managing Director of Abacus Assets Advisors Pte Ltd. Before starting the company, he had an established career in the banking industry, with 20 years of experience in Singapore, Hong Kong and New York.

He was an Independent Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of CapitaCommercial Trust Management LTD from 2004 to 2013.

He is the current Chairman of Autism Association (Singapore) which he co-founded with a group of parents in 1992. He is also Vice-Chairman of Eden School, a special school for children with autism.

Mr Ho holds a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Liberal Arts degree in Economics from Hamilton College, USA.

He has been a member of the Board of the Foundation since its incorporation.