“Research has become one of the most important pillars in the 2015-2020 CyberjayaUC Strategic Thrusts,” said Associate Professor Dr. Muhammad Najib bin Mohamad Alwi, the Chairman of the 1st CyberjayaUC Research Week.
CyberjayaUC’s Research Week Brings Together More Than 100 Academicians and Young Researchers
Cyberjaya, 21st November 2017 – Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences (CyberjayaUC), launched the 1st CyberjayaUC Research Week at Cyberjaya Campus today. The event aimed to provide a platform for academic members and students to share research output and ideas, as well as to promote research activities and values aligned with the university thrust to enhance creativity through involvement in market-oriented research, publication and commercialization.
The Research Week was organised by the Faculty of Pharmacy, Centre of Graduate Studies and Research Resources Centre and was officiated by Tan Sri Datuk Dr Ridwan Bakar, Chairman of the University Board of Governors at Cyberjaya Campus. There were several activities lined up throughout this event such as Research Colloquium, Research Enhancement Series: Grant Writing Workshop, 3-Minutes Thesis Competition, Image of Research Competition, Research Talk on Nutraceutical Research and Book Forum on Translation.
Associate Professor Dr. Muhammad Najib bin Mohamad Alwi, the Chairman of the 1st CyberjayaUC Research Week said in his welcome note, “Research has become one of the most important pillars in the 2015-2020 CyberjayaUC Strategic Thrusts and we managed to kickstart this initiative for the betterment of the university’s research efforts. We hope to widen our horizons next year and to organize more activities.”
This initiative also provides a platform for university students and researchers to present their works to be evaluated by a panel of experts. The participation was not only opened to internal staff and students but also to other institutions of higher learning.
The keynote speaker was YBhg Tan Sri Datuk Dr M Jegathesan presenting on the topic of the ‘Past, Present and Future’. The topic focus in the “digital revolution” which clearly has made huge impacts in the way we conduct research and use its findings in our daily life. This will certainly be compounded soon with the incorporation of robotics and artificial intelligence into our everyday lives which some reflect upon as “disruptive technologies” that could potentially cause the future loss of research personnel and jobs as we now see them.
Among other plenary speakers were Dr. Abhimanyu Veerakumarasivam from Sunway Institute for Healthcare Development who spoke on the Cancer Genetics: Research Reflecting the Desire to Impact Lives. The topic highlighted on the increase in genetic instability associated with bladder cancer progression which is often associated with the dysregulation of DNA Damage Response (DDR) genes. While bladder cancers share some common molecular features such as the dysregulation of classical tumour suppressor genes, there is great genetic divergence across tumours.
The second plenary speaker was from the International Islamic University Malaysia, Dr. Hazrina Ab. Hadi who presented on the topic of Cosmetic Research: Reaching beyond the Fantasy. She stressed on the increase in usage of cosmetics these days and how skin scientists play a vital role in inventing the most advanced research and technology to develop products that are effective, safe, and gentle for global customers and the environment.
Prof. Dato’ Dr. Mohamad Abdul Razak, President of CyberjayaUC presented on the topic of Medical Research: Orthopaedic Innovation Research. He focused on the improvement of the patient care and recovery through new devices in orthopaedic surgery. However, he stressed that the cost of these implants or devices could hindered the process of holistic treatment.
Lastly, Mohd Khairul Annuar Othman and Muhammad Khalis Othman from DreamEDGE Sdn. Bhd presented their research on the Challenges in the Industrial Revolution 4.0 and Digital Dental Solution Center respectively.
At the sideline of the Research Week was the launch of the book “Mengemudi Emosi”, a Malay translation of the original book “Mind Over Mood” by Dennis Greenberger and Christine A Padesky. Prof Dato Dr Hj Abd Rahim Hj Mohamad led the translation effort in collaboration with Malaysian Institute of Translation & Books (ITBM) and Morne Art Gallery.
The Chief Executive Officer of Malaysian Institute of Translation & Books, Mr Mohd Khair Ngadiron said, “A research by World Health Organisation (WHO) stated that mental health will replace cardiovascular disease as the main factor for an individual fit to work or otherwise. It was indeed timely for the translation of medical sciences books in this topic. We need a proactive action in ensuring the industry to provide intellectual benefits for the public consumption”
This book was chosen because of its wide target readership which not only focused on psychologist and counsellor but the public as well. ‘Mind Over Mood’ explains the way on how people could overcome emotional instability including the questions of depression, low self-esteem, addiction and anxiety attack.
Among the nine translators, were eight academicians from CyberjayaUC, namely Prof. Dato’ Dr. Hj Abd Rahim Hj Mohamad, Dr. Maria Zalina Abdul Rahim, Dr. Maisara Yusra, Dr. Wan Rosalina Wan Rosli, Dr. Norlehan Abdul Samad, Dr. Rafidah Bahari, Dr. Sabariah Hamid and Mr. Shaharuddin Abdul Rashid.
CyberjayaUC which was recently awarded a 5-Star SETARA rating by Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE), has long promoted research as a core element of its teaching and learning. It’s one of the very few private university to be included in the MYRA research rating. The Research Week is further testament to this focus. The University was proud that the event saw the participants of more than 100 participants including academicians, students and researchers from all over Malaysia.
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