Professor Barry HALLIWELL

Deputy President (Research and Technology) and Tan Chin Tuan Centennial Professor

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Professor Barry HALLIWELL

Professor Barry Halliwell is Deputy President (Research and Technology) at the National University of Singapore and is responsible for driving the University's research agenda He is involved in planning and establishing research institutes, centres and programs as well as in helping to formulate policies and agreements relating to intellectual property rights. He oversees the NUS research institutes and centres, the NUS Institutional Review Board (IRB) and NUS Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC) and enforcement of the NUS Research Integrity Code. His responsibilities also include overseeing the expansion and allocation of research funding and liaison with granting bodies.

Professor Halliwell graduated from the University of Oxford with BA (1st class) and D.Phil degrees. He holds a D.Sc degree from the University of London. He was a faculty member with the University of London, King’s College from 1974 to 2000 and held a prestigious Lister Institute Research fellowship.  From 1995 to 1999, he was a Visiting Research Professor of Internal Medicine and Biochemistry with the University of California, School of Medicine, Divisions of Cardiology and Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine. Professor Halliwell was a Visiting Professor of Biochemistry to NUS from 1998 to 2000. He was Head of the University’s Department of Biochemistry from 2003 to 2007 and was Deputy Director, Office of Life Sciences from 2001 to 2005. From 2003 to September 2008, he was Executive Director of the NUS Graduate School of Integrative Sciences and Engineering.

An internationally-acclaimed biochemist, Professor Halliwell is known especially for his seminal work on the role of free radicals and antioxidants in biological systems. The Thomson Reuters lists Professor Halliwell as one of the world’s most highly-cited researchers in Neurobiology & Behaviour, Pharmacology & Toxicology, Biology and Biochemistry and his Hirsch Index is 140. His book Free Radicals in Biology and Medicine published by Oxford University Press, and now in its fourth edition, is regarded worldwide as the authoritative text in the field.

Professor Halliwell was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 2010 by the President of Singapore for contributions to Singapore and awarded the President’s Science and Technology Medal 2013 by the President of Singapore “for distinguished sustained and exceptional contributions to Singapore’s Science and Engineering landscape”. He was awarded the “Lifetime Achievement Award” by the Society for Free Radical Biology and Medicine in the USA for overall sustained excellence in the field. He was recently awarded the Ken Bowman Research Award for outstanding achievements in the field of cardiovascular research from the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences (Canada) and NUS University Award – Outstanding Researcher Award. His laboratory is also ranked number one worldwide by highest citation score in Free Radical Research.

His research focuses on the role of free radicals and antioxidants in human disease, particularly Alzheimer disease and other brain disorders, such as strokes, and in the ageing process. His interest in identifying the most important antioxidants in the human diet and in developing novel antioxidants has critical bearing on treating human diseases and understanding how diet might cause or prevent them.

Professor Halliwell is a member of several editorial boards including FEBS Letters, Biochemical Journal and Antioxidants and Redox Signaling.  He has been a lead speaker at Gordon Conferences and other prestigious events worldwide and is a member of several expert advisory panels to leading universities, companies and government agencies.

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