Conference Speakers

Confirmed ICMST 2018 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. 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. Prof. Dr. Maurice’s current research interest is within the Division of Infection and Immunity and is focused on neutrophil behaviour and signalling at the individual cell level. He established the Neutrophil Signalling Group within Cardiff University Medical School with the aim of using novel techniques to understand and influence the activity of these cells which are important in inflammatory diseases. His research group 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.

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.

Plenary Speakers

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Rukman Awang Hamat

Senior Consultant Microbiologist, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, Universiti Putra Malaysia

Dr. Rukman Awang Hamat is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Parasitology at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia. He completed his MBBS  at University of Malaya in 1996 and Master of Pathology at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia in 2006. Dr. Rukman Awang Hamat’s Area of Specialization includes Medical Microbiology, Infectious Diseases, Vaccine-Preventable Diseases, Clinical Parasitology and Tropical Health.

Assoc Prof. Dr. Azman Seeni, Universiti Sains Malaysia

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.

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. 

Dr. Arni Talib

Head of Pathology Department, Hospital Kuala Lumpur & Head of National Pathology Services 

Invited Speakers

Dato’ Dr. Faraizah Dato’ Abdul Karim

Senior Consultant Hemato-pathologist, Hospital Ampang

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.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Firdaus Hariri

Maxillofacial Surgeon & Humanitarian, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Malaya

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Firdaus earned his degree both in medicine and denstistry from the University of Malaysa before obtaining Masters of Dental Surgery (with Distinction) in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery from Hong Kong University to become specialized in the treatment of genetic disorder (Crouzon Syndrome) that is characterized by the distortion of face structure in children. He is also actively doing clinical attachment in Children’s hospital in London and Paris to treat Crouzon Syndrome’s patient. Dr Firdaus has published a biography book called Doc & Roll for his passion for music and surgery.