Conference Speakers

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

PROFESSOR DR. MAURICE HALLETT
Neutrophil Signalling Group, School of Medicine,
University of Cardiff, United Kingdom

Professor Dr. Maurice is currently  Emeritus Professor of Experimental Cell Biology / Cellular Pharmacology at Cardiff University. He obtained his first degree (BSc Pharmacology) from the University College London (UCL) followed by a PhD Degree from the Department of Pharmacology, also from UCL, undertaking a project on Ca2+ in mast cell secretion. He specialises in developing and using techniques and approaches which allow cellular and subcellular events to be visualised and measured at the individual cell level. His research has focused on understanding the complex and dynamic behaviour of neutrophils (immune white blood cells) and established the Neutrophil Signalling Group within Cardiff University Medical School which he has lead for over 20 year now. The group has built up the equipment and expertise necessary for measurement, manipulation and imaging chemical changes in individual living neutrophils, and solved many of the difficult problems which arise when working with these cells. His research team has received funding from the Medical Research Council (MRC), Wellcome Trust, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Arthritis and Research Campaign (ARC), British Heart Foundation (BHF), National Research Network, Cystic Fibrosis Trust and others. He has served as the honorary secretary of the Royal Microscopical Society Committee (Cell Biology) and also the Cell Biology Theme committee of the Biochemical Society.

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TOM HUGHES
Senior Scientist & Malaysian Project Coordinator
EcoHealth Alliance, USA

Tom Hughes is a senior scientist and the Malaysian Project Coordinator at EcoHealth Alliance, a global environmental health nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting wildlife and public health from the emergence of diseases. Tom received his Bachelor of Science in Development Studies and Natural Resources from the University of East Anglia and has a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Tom established the Deep Forest Project in Sabah, a study of the effects of land use change on viral diversity, set up the Wildlife Health Unit and the Wildlife Health, Genetic and Forensic Laboratory with Sabah Wildlife Department and Danau Girang Field Centre, and works closely with partners from the Ministry of Health, the Department of Wildlife and National Parks, the Department of Veterinary Services, Sabah Wildlife Department and local universities to develop personnel and laboratory capacity and establish sustainable disease surveillance systems. His work has been featured on The National Geographic Channel, BBC Newshour, and in several publications including The Independent, The Boston GlobeNewsweek and The Daily Telegraph.

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PLENARY SPEAKERS

PROF. DR. RUKMAN AWANG HAMAT
Senior Consultant Microbiologist
Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, Universiti Putra Malaysia

Dr. Rukman Awang Hamat, a Professor in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Parasitology, Universiti Putra Malaysia obtained his MBBS degree from University of Malaya in 1996 and 10 years later pursued his Doctor of Pathology (Medical Microbiology) from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. He has been with Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, UPM for 15 years and is currently teaching Medical Microbiology/Parasitology courses for undergraduate and postgraduate students. He is also the Head of Department from 2013 until Feb 2017. His primary research areas of interest include parasitic infections in immunocompromised hosts and children, opportunistic protozoan, hostparasite relationships, molecular epidemiology, microbial pathogenesis, antimicrobial resistance, toxin/antitoxin systems, stem cells and vaccine-preventable diseases. He has been involved in more than 15 research projects as Principal Investigators and Co-researchers, supervised and co-supervised more than 40 Masters and PhD students, and has published more than 200 publications (80 high impact journals, 6 books, 9 chapters in books, 100 proceedings and posters). As a Senior Consultant Clinical Microbiologist, he is currently doing his consultation work in Serdang Hospital. He is one of the editorial members of the Journal of Microbiology and Modern Techniques and The International Arabic Journal of Antimicrobial Agents.

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ASSOC. PROF. DR. MD AZMAN SEENI MOHAMED
Molecular Toxico-Pathologist
Advanced Medical & Dental Institute, Universiti Sains Malaysia

Dr. Azman Seeni is an Associate Professor in Molecular Toxico-Pathology at Advanced Medical and Dental Institute (AMDI), Universiti Sains Malaysia. He obtained his Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology and Bachelor of Applied Science (Biotechnology) from Universiti Sains Malaysia, followed by a Master’s degree in Medical Sciences (Pathology) from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and subsequently a PhD from Nagoya City University, Japan in Molecular Toxico-Pathology. He has over 14 years experience in Cancer Research, published numerous papers in High Impact Factor journals and has supervised more than 20 postgraduate students in cancer research and biomaterial products. Dr. Azman has won many local and international prestigious awards such as the American Association Cancer Research Travel Grant Award 2009, Double Gold Award at the British Invention Show 2011 and obtained one patent on chemopreventive agent. Recently, he has focused his research work on cancer chemoprevention agent derived from natural flora and fauna.

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DR. MUHAMMAD AMIR KAMALUDDIN
Council Member,
Malaysian Association of Environmental Health

Dr. Muhammad Amir Kamaluddin graduated in Medicine (MBChB) from the University of Alexandria, Egypt in 1980. He then pursued Master of Science (Occupational Medicine) at the National University of Singapore (1989-90) followed by Masters of Public Health (Epidemiology & Biostatistics) Boston University School of Public Health, USA (1994). Dr. Muhammad Amir had since served 37 years in the Ministry of Health (MOH) Malaysia where he last headed the Environmental Health Research Centre (EHRC), Institute for Medical Research (IMR). He was gazetted as Pakar Perubatan Kesihatan Awam by MOH, a member of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH), United Kingdom and is the Subject Consultant in Health Impact Assessment registered with the Department of Environment, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Malaysia. 

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DR. ARNI TALIB
Head of National Pathology Services &
Head of Pathology Department, Hospital Kuala Lumpur

Dr. Arni Talib is presently the Head of Pathology Department, Hospital Kuala Lumpur and also heading the National Pathology Services (Perkhidmatan Patologi Kebangsaan) at the Ministry of Health, Malaysia. She obtained her medical degree from the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) in 1986 and subsequently pursued specialization in Pathology also from UKM receiving her Master’s in 1994.

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INVITED SPEAKERS

DATO’ DR. FARAIZAH DATO’ ABDUL KARIM
Senior Consultant Hematologist
Hospital Ampang, Hospital Kuala Lumpur

Dato’ Dr. Faraizah received her medical training at the University Science Malaysia in Penang and obtained her post graduate degree in Haematology/Pathology from University of London and her subspeciality training in Transfusion in UK. She has served in multiple committees with the Ministry of Health in Malaysia and has been actively involved in various international initiatives. She is the past president of the Haemophilia Society Malaysia and past vice president of the Malaysia Blood Transfusion Society. She is also a member of the College of Pathologist, Academy of Medicine Malaysia, ISTH, ISBT and WFH.

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ASSOC. PROF. DR. FIRDAUS HARIRI
Maxillofacial Surgeon & Humanitarian
Faculty of Dentistry, University of Malaya

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Firdaus Hariri is a consultant oral and maxillofacial surgeon in University of Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) and Department of Oro-Maxillofacial Surgical and Medical Science, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Malaya. He obtained both his dental and medical degrees from University of Malaya (UM) and had his oral and maxillofacial surgery training at Queen Mary Hospital and Prince Philip Dental Hospital, The University of Hong Kong. He later had his craniofacial attachments at various established craniofacial centres in the United Kingdom and France. In addition to routine maxillofacial surgical practices such as orthognathic surgery, trauma and oral implantology, his subspecialty and research interests are focused on pediatric craniofacial and reconstructive surgery, distraction osteogenesis, bone regeneration for oral rehabilitation and the application of 3D printing in surgical planning. He is currently the coordinator for the multidisciplinary craniofacial clinic in UMMC, the team leader for Oro-Craniomaxillofacial Research and Surgical (OCReS) group at the Faculty of Dentistry UM, subspecialty coordinator for the Fellowship in Advanced Craniomaxillofacial Surgery UM as well as the editor-in-chief for Journal of Oro-Craniomaxillofacial Research and Surgery.

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DR. ROHANI JAHIS
Head of Zoonosis Sector, Disease Control Division,
Ministry of Health, Malaysia 

Dr. Rohani Jahis obtained her medical doctor degree from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) in 1990. She subsequently pursued her specialist degree in Public Health also from UKM graduating in 2001. Dr. Rohani is presently the Head of Zoonosis Sector, Disease Control Division, Ministry of Health, Malaysia.

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DR. NORYATI ABU AMIN
Director, National Blood Centre (Pusat Darah Negara)

Dr. Noryati Abu Amin currently serves as the Director of Malaysia’s National Blood Centre. She received her undergraduate training at RCSI, Dublin, Ireland and was trained as a Haematopathologist in University Sains Malaysia, Kubang Kerian, Kelantan in 2000. She has since then worked in the field of Transfusion Medicine and Haematology including over ten years as a Medical Officer in the Blood Transfusion Safety team in World Health Organization, Geneva. She has been involved in the development and implementation of policies, standards, guidelines, advocacy and training materials for blood and transfusion safety. She has had experience in providing technical support in countries for national blood system strengthening and towards achieving universal access to safe blood products while ensuring the quality of care and safety of patients, blood donors and health-care workers throughout the transfusion chain. Other key areas of interest include patient safety and quality of care; health in emergency and disaster situation and impact of globalization, market forces and technology on plasma-derived medicinal products and other therapeutic substance of human origin.

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PROF. DR. SHARIFA EZAT WAN PUTEH
Public Health & Deputy Dean (Relations & Generations)
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre

Prof. Dr. Sharifa Ezat, currently the Deputy Dean (Relations & Generations) at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre (UKMMC) is a trained Medical Doctor also from UKM. She obtained her Masters in Public Health (Hospital and Health Management) and PhD in Public Health-Health economics from the United Nations University-International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH). Her main interests are in areas of health inequality and health economics. She is also a coding and casemix consultant with UNU-IIGH and International Training Centre and Clinical Coding UKM to conduct research & capacity building on Accessibility, Efficiency and Quality of Care in Health System to support casemix implementation in developing country. She is currently the assistant editor for the Malaysian Journal of Public Health and reviewer of several local and international journals, and has published numerous papers and books on cost effectiveness of vaccination against cervical cancer. Prof. Sharifa is a member of the Health Economics Association Malaysia, the Malaysian Public Health Physicians Association, MySPOR (Malaysian Pharmacoeconomics and Outcome Research Group) and One Health with the Global Health Institute.

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PROF. DR. ABDUL MANAN MAT JAIS
Pharmacologist & Industrial Advisory Board,
Universiti Kuala Lumpur, Insitute of Medical Science Technology

Prof. Dr Abdul Manan Mat Jais, fourth in a family of seven siblings was born on 8 March 1954 in Tanah Merah Kelantan to Mat Jais Talib and Noranua Awang from Pahang.  He was brought back and raised in Pahang, and spent most of his adventurous explorative young age in sea facing Beserah some 12 kilometers from Kuantan.  He is married to Shakinah Arshad on 2 August 1982, and bless with 2 daughters and 3 sons. He is a dedicated, passionate, ambitious and hard-at-work where he has started research on biology and biomedical properties of Haruan Channa striatus in 1985.  Ever since, he is the leader, and the founder of Haruan Research Group (HRG) based at Universiti Putra Malaysia. Academically, he is a neurophysiologist, and obtained his Ph.D from the University of Southampton, United Kingdom in 1984, and has served as a Professor and Head of Department of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, UPM. Recently, Prof. Dr. Abdul Manan was appointed as UniKL MESTECH’s industrial advisory board following his retirement from UPM.

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DR. MUHAMMAD HAMDI MAHMOOD
Senior Lecturer,
Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak

Dr. Muhammad Hamdi Mahmood obtained his Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Hons) degree from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia in 1999 and a Master’s degree in Medical Science from Universiti Sains Malaysia in 2003. Following a postgraduate diploma from Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) in 2006, he then obtained his PhD from the University of East Anglia, United Kingdom in 2011 where he has served as the President of the Malaysian Student Society Norwich, United Kingdom. Dr. Hamdi is currently a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, UNIMAS since July 2012 and is also a certified Good Clinical Practice laboratorian. Dr. Hamdi is actively working towards the establishment of the biomedical science profession and has been involved in the working committee for Allied Health Professions Act (Biomedical/Clinical Scientist) under the Allied Health Division, Ministry of Health Malaysia. He is a  committee member for the Malaysian Biomedical Science Society (MyBiomed), member of the Malaysian Institute of Medical Laboratory Sciences (MIMLS) and a Licentiate of Institute of Biomedical Sciences (IBMS), United Kingdom.

DR. IZUDDIN FAHMY ABU
Molecular Neuropharmacologist & Head of Research and Innovation
Universiti Kuala Lumpur, Insitute of Medical Science Technology

Dr. Izuddin Fahmy Abu obtained his first degree (Bachelor in Biomedical Sciences) from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, followed by a Master’s Degree in Pharmacogenomics at the Faculty of Pharmacy, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam. He pursued his PhD in Molecular Neuropharmacology at the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom, undertaking a project on exploration of NMDA receptors as a potential target for neurodegenerative disorders. Dr. Izuddin is currently working with his alma-matter, University of Nottingham, University of Copenhagen and University of Bologna in designing, synthesizing and evaluating novel therapeutic compounds specifically for Alzheimer’s disease and glaucoma. His work has received funding from the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia, and was also a recipient of the Guarantors of Brain, University of Cambridge grant award. Dr. Izuddin is is currently the Head of Research & Innovation at Universiti Kuala Lumpur, Institute of Medical Science Technology.

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