News: University of Malaya and the National Institute of Health teaming up to investigate amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and/or frontotemporal dementia (ALSFTD)

News: University of Malaya and the National Institute of Health teaming up to investigate amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and/or frontotemporal dementia (ALSFTD)

The National Institute of Health (NIH) in the United States has established a collaborative research effort with the University of Malaya (UM) to characterise the C9ORF72 gene in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and/or frontotemporal dementia (ALSFTD). The objective of this project is to search for a possible explanation on why patients with ALSFTD have different degrees of disease severity.

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News: PISA 2012 highlights deteriorating education performance in Malaysia

News: PISA 2012 highlights deteriorating education performance in Malaysia

The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is a worldwide study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The PISA examines the scholastic…

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Competition: The Great Lab Challenge

Competition: The Great Lab Challenge

The Great Lab, organised by a group of undergraduate students passionate about science and supported by CREST Malaysia, is an innovation challenge open to all Malaysian students from pre-university level all the way through to postgraduate level. The aim of the challenge is to cultivate an innovative spirit within Malaysian students as well as expose our students to the scene of industrial research and development back home in Malaysia, through a comprehensive competition involving aspects of proposal writing, ideas pitching as well as eventual product design and development.

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L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowship 2014

L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowship 2014

L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science National Fellowship is now open for Malaysian women researchers under the age of 40 years, who are PhD holders or currently pursuing research study in the field of Life Sciences. A financial assistance of RM30, 000 each will be granted to 3 young female researchers. Registration for application of fellowships in the field of Life Sciences will be open from now till 30th May 2014.

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News: Breakthrough in malaria inoculation for vaccine development

News: Breakthrough in malaria inoculation for vaccine development

A novel method which involves inoculating participants with aseptic cryopreserved P. falciparum sporozoites, manufactured by Sanaria who has fellow Malaysian, Dr. Betty Sim Kim Lee as its vice president, could hasten the progress of developing a malaria vaccine.

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L’Oréal Malaysia Honors Three Outstanding Women in Science

L’Oréal Malaysia Honors Three Outstanding Women in Science

This year, another three outstanding young women in material science was awarded the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science fellowship and each will also receive a research grant worth RM20,000. These three young women scientists were selected out of 68 submissions by an esteemed jury panel, their research proposal was evaluated based on the scientific impact, quality of research, publications, work experience and previous awards received.

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Press Release: UTAR and UM students emerged as winners of the 2nd Outstanding Technopreneur Competition 2013

Press Release: UTAR and UM students emerged as winners of the 2nd Outstanding Technopreneur Competition 2013

Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) and Universiti Malaya (UM) Master degree students emerged as joint-winners of the 2nd Outstanding Technopreneur Competition 2013 under the Young Intellectual Category. The Competition which was organized by Malaysian Scientific Association and WENCOM Career Consultancy and began in 2012 is one which provides career development for Science and Technology students with entrepreneurial potential.

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News: Malaysian Researcher Discovered That Diet Can Reverse Type II Diabetes

News: Malaysian Researcher Discovered That Diet Can Reverse Type II Diabetes

The idea that the progress of diabetes is irreversible is now being challenged by a finding that could lead to a promising long-term cure for diabetes. The finding was made in 2011 by Malaysian endocrinologist, Dr. Lim Ee Lin, while pursuing her postgraduate doctoral degree under the guidance of Professor Roy Taylor at the Newcastle University Medical School, United Kingdom.

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News: US$100 million partnership deal between Malaysia and Japan to fund green tech ideas and innovations

News: US$100 million partnership deal between Malaysia and Japan to fund green tech ideas and innovations

Malaysia has partnered with Japan-based Asian Energy Investment Pte Ltd in a US$100 million investment to fund Southeast Asian green technology ideas and innovators. This investment is part of an effort to accelerate the development of green energy products and businesses in Malaysia and within the region.

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News: Five outstanding Malaysians awarded the Merdeka Award 2013

News: Five outstanding Malaysians awarded the Merdeka Award 2013

The Merdeka Award was established by PETRONAS, ExxonMobil and Shell on the 27th of August 2007. There are five categories for the award and for each category, up to two people or organisations can be conferred the award. This year, five eminent individuals have been recently announced by the Board of Trustees of the Merdeka Award Trust to receive this prestigious award.

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The Malaysian Stem Cell Registry (MSCR)

The Malaysian Stem Cell Registry (MSCR)

The MSCR was established in 2000 and it is a joint project by the Ministry of Health, the National Cancer Council (MAKNA) and the Institute of Medical Research (IMR). Its main objective is to identify, collect data from volunteers and perform a search for potential donors for those who are in need.

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Dr Sin How Lim - Sole Malaysian Recipient of the Joint IAS-NIDA Research Fellowship Award 2013

Dr Sin How Lim – Sole Malaysian Recipient of the Joint IAS-NIDA Research Fellowship Award 2013

The International AIDS Society (IAS) and National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) Research Fellowship is a fellowship programme established in 2009 to promote research in drug use and HIV. One of the recipients of this year’s fellowship award is Dr Sin How Lim, a postdoctoral researcher from the University of Malaya. Scientific Malaysian News Editor, Azilleo Kristo Mozihim had the opportunity to speak to him at the IAS 2013 conference in Kuala Lumpur.

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