20th-24th August 2019
Berjaya Times Square Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
From left: Prof Rofina, Dr Tonya, Prof Datuk Asma, Prof Cheong and Prof Lim at the launching ceremony
The Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) Malaysia National Chapter (MNC) was relaunched at Berjaya Times Square Hotel, Kuala Lumpur on 21 August 2019. The launch was held after the 8th year of establishment of the OWSD NMC in facilitating the advancement of women in science and technology in Malaysia since its establishment on 11 August 2011.
The event also witnessed the launching of the new logo for the women empowering organisation, which will see OWSD NMC working closely with OWSD International in the future to enhance women’s capabilities and contributions particularly in the field of science in developing nations.
Present during the ceremony were President of Academy of Sciences Malaysia Prof Datuk Dr Asma Ismail, OWSD International Representative Dr Tonya Blowers, OWSD Malaysia National Chapter Chairperson Prof Dr Lim Yang Mooi, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Dean Emeritus Prof Dr Cheong Soon Kheng, Universiti Malaya Prof Dr Rofina Yasmin binti Othman, international and local prestigious speakers and participants.
Prof Lim welcoming the participants
Prof Lim said, “I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks to everyone for being with us today. This is an exciting moment because we have worked very hard to sustain this organisation and we managed to make it a success with great teamwork and support from the organising committee. The OWSD Malaysian National Chapter aims to facilitate changes in the socio-economic structure, paving the way for women to excel and thrive in Science and Technology.”
Dr Tonya delivering her speech
Dr Tonya remarked, “It is fantastic to be here and a great privilege to see all of you and well done for organising this event. It requires a lot of administrations and applications to get to this stage. OWSD is 26 years old this year, and we organise forums for women scientists globally to network with each other. The membership provides a place where you are able to share the specific challenges you’ve faced as well as the best practices with each other. Aside from that, OWSD also provides research training and career development for women scientists throughout the developing world at different stages in their careers.”
Prof Datuk Asma speaking about the importance of networking
Prof Datuk Asma in her speech said, “This is a place where women from various countries gather to network with each other and get to know the specific challenges faced by different women in different countries. But at the end of the day, we still share some commonalities and we shall work together to overcome these challenges. There are challenges in science as well as in research and development and we need to do something different to explore researches that could help people with low resources.”
OWSD is an international non-profit organisation based at the offices of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), in Trieste, Italy, a programme unit of UNESCO. OWSD was founded in 1987 and is the first international forum to unite eminent women scientists from the developing and developed worlds with the objective of strengthening their role in the development process and promoting their representation in scientific and technological leadership. OWSD provides research training, career development and networking opportunities for women scientists throughout the developing world at different stages in their careers.
Front row: Prof Lim (second from left), Prof Cheong (third from left) and Prof Datuk Asma (most right) with participants
From left: Prof Dr Rofina, Dr Tonya and Tan Sri Dr Augustine Ong Soon Hock during the networking session
OWSD organising committee with Prof Lim (middle)
From left: Prof Lim, Dr Tonya, Dr Sumita, Dr Ho and Prof Datuk Asma after the panel discussion
Apart from that, forums and workshops were also held from 20 August to 24 August 2019 for the participants. A forum titled “Women in Science” was held prior to the launching ceremony of OWSD MNC. The forum saw Prof Datuk Asma, University of Nottingham Malaysia Dr Ho Weang-Kee and Managing Director Global Reference Solutions, Elsevier Sumita Singh as the speakers. It was chaired by Prof Lim.
Prof Datuk Asma in her talk titled “Empower Women in Leadership” said, “Leadership should be gender-neutral. It is about the character, attribute and personality. Studies have shown that leaders are 30% genetic but the rest is to develop leadership skills. To be a leader, you must have courage and commitment as well as the skills and experience. Leaders learn by doing, through experience and not by words alone. Experiential learning is important. It is part and parcel of the curriculum in higher learning institutions so that students can pick up skills as they develop as the future nation builders.” She also spoke about women as leaders, the concept of leadership, dealing with society’s perceptions on women, the qualities of women and how to empower women to become leaders.
The session was followed by Dr Ho’s talk titled “Chance and Choice” where she spoke about her life experience and provided career advice. She said, “It is by chance and by choice that we are at what we are today because there is a series of decisions to be made. It is important to work with purpose and meaning; let’s love what we do and turn your job into passion”
Dr Sumita presented her talk titled “Analysis of Research Performance through a Gender Lens”. She said, “I would like to share with you the business perspective and why diversity in research matters. Diversity comes in many types but we focus on the diversity of gender. The proportion and number of researchers by females are increasing but it is still unrepresented. Researchers need to think about the societal impact before publishing. You need to be proactive in networking and seize the opportunity as it comes.”
Participants sharing their feedback at the event
Participants from various countries gathered to meet the industry experts
Clockwise, from left: Prof Lim presenting the token of appreciation to Prof Datuk Asma, Dr Ho and Dr Sumita
Photography session before the survey session
UTAR Centre for Cancer Research and Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World Malaysia Chapter (OWSD MC) jointly organised the Women Health Seminar on 17 May 2018 at Sungai Long Campus.
The seminar aims to address and raise the public awareness on the specific issues related to women’s health while providing access to the knowledge relating to the spectrum of women’s overall body health.
Present at the seminar were Centre for Cancer Research Chairperson-cum-Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences’ (FMHS) Head of Postgraduate Programmes Prof Dr Lim Yang Mooi, Organising Chairperson Dr Ng Foong Leng, students and staff.
In her welcome remark, Dr Ng said, “Women experience diseases and health issues which are different compared to men. This is due to the different biological, social and behavioural conditions. The top women killers include cancer, emotional disorder and hormone-related disorders. Women should anticipate positivity in life to improve their health and prolong their life span. However, to accomplish this, it is essential for women to understand their body and learn how to improve their lives through fitness.”
Prof Lim gave a conceptual introduction of the OWSD and its objective. The OWSD aims to provide a networking platform for women to help them excel in their life. “We understand that women have a lot of opportunities but we can’t hold on to the opportunities due to the commitments in career and family. However, this should not be a reason for us to fall behind. We must learn to overcome the limitations in life in order to be successful in the society. Achieve your own success regardless of any reason putting you behind!”
Teh during her presentation
FMHS lecturer Teh Siew Hoon presented a talk titled “The management of primary dysmenorrhea with Chinese Medicine”. In her talk, she spoke about the definition of primary dysmenorrhea, its presenting symptoms, the prevalence and its effects on daily lives as well as types of herbs to ease the pain. She said, “There are four types of body conditions. These conditions are known as Qi and blood deficiency, kidney deficiency, blood stasis due to cold and blood stasis due to stagnation of Qi. It is important for one to recognise their own body condition before seeking diagnosis and treatment. Herbal medicines and acupuncture are able to effectively lower down the prostaglandin level in the blood.”
Assoc Prof Dr Tin during Q&A session
Universiti Malaya Centre for Population Health Head and Department of Social and Preventive Medicine Assoc Prof Dr Tin Tin Su gave a talk titled “Return to work (RTW) and financial hardship among breast cancer survivors in Malaysia”. In her research, she spoke about the prevalence and factors associated with RTW among breast cancer survivors from an international perspective; and RTW, income loss and financial hardship among breast cancer survivors in Malaysian scenario. She added, “There are few factors associated with RTW such as socio-demographic factors, disease-related factors, treatment-related factors, psychological factors and work-related factors. Special consideration should be given to part-time employees and private sectors as the RTW rate is now higher. Policy makers could also introduce an unemployment insurance programme that may help these groups to ease their financial burden of cancer treatment and post-treatment care.”
Assoc Prof Dr Soma delivering her talk
University of Nottingham Assoc Prof Dr Soma Mitra in her talk titled “Nutritional Support for Pre and Post Conception” said, “Infant mortality is a mirror of the population’s physical health and socio-economic status. The women’s nutritional status before conception influence the physiological events during pregnancy, nutrition during pregnancy sets the scene for meeting nutritional needs during lactation. We could work towards a healthy pregnancy.” In her talk, she also explained
on topics such as body weight for pre and post conception, the energy cost of pregnancy, principles for estimating nutritional needs in pregnancy, developmental origins of health and disease (DOHAD) and recommendations for energy intake in the Malaysian context.
The seminar was followed by a survey session before it adjourned.
Prof Lim (left) presenting the token of appreciation to the speakers
UTAR Centre for Cancer Research and Taylor’s University, School of Bioscience, Drug Discovery Cluster, jointly organised the Cancer Research Seminar 2014 on 2nd-3rd September 2014 at Taylor’s University Lakeside Campus.
With the theme of ‘Cancer treatment: beyond a microscopic view’, this two-day conference provided a platform for thought sharing on research findings and networking on cancer.
In her address, Prof. Dr. Lim Yang Mooi said, “The aim of this seminar is to understand the fundamental issues of cancer complications, and to discuss the application of integrated traditional and complementary (T&CM) approaches in cancer treatment.”She also expressed her gratitude to the invited speakers from local and abroad, the organising committee for making the conference possible and extended a warm welcome to the participants.
A total of 16 invited speakers from local and overseas institutes and 41 partipantsfrom various institutions were gathered at the seminar. One of the invited speakers, Prof. Emeritus Dr. Geoffrey A. Cordell from Natural Products Inc, Evanston, IL, USpresented his topic related to the integration of traditional and complementary medicine into health care systems. He mentioned that the integration of two medical systems require mutual respect and an awareness of few major issues.
Furthermore, the Director of Traditional and Complementary Medicine Division, Ministry of Health Malaysia, Dr. Goh Cheng Soon has shared the latest information on the role of government in integrating T&CM into the mainstream health care system in Malaysia. She elaborated that the Ministry of Health involves in policy making, strategic direction determination, strategic action planning and implementation, and to ensure the safety and quality of T&CM services to the public.
The other invited speakers were Dr. Nor Saleha Ibrahim Tamin from National Cancer Institute, Dr. Teo Wei Boon from Perkin Elmer, Prof. Dr. William Cushley from University of Glasgow, Dr. Zakiah Ismail from IMR, Prof. Dr. Leong CheeOnn from IMU, Dr. Adrian Ng from CARIF, Prof. Dr. SeowHeng Fong from UPM, Dr. Yang Zao from UTAR, Prof. Victor Ng from NYMU, Prof. Dr. Lim Yang Mooi from UTAR, Dr. Ray Ong from Bio-Rad, Dr. LooiMee Lee from Taylor’s University, Mr. AngEng Loo from CLMO, Ms. Illambarthi from Kinematic Resources.
Cocktail dinner was served at the end of the first day seminar. The dinner provides an avenue for all participants to network and initiate research collaboration.
Before ending the seminar, there was an-hour forum held, chaired by Prof. Dr. Lim Yang Mooi to allow an in-depth discussion and brain-storming among the participants and speakers to generate creative ideas on furthering their cancer research.
Aerobic & yoga session
Registration of participants
Our distinguished speakers
Our students from the various faculties showing off their talents at their self-created booths
Nurses from Klinik Kesihatan Kampar who were there to render free pap smear tests.
“Writing and Publishing Scientific Papers Workshop”
31 October 2013
On 31st October 2013, Centre for Cancer Research (CCR) organized a workshop on “Writing and Publishing Scientific Papers” for the postgraduate students from Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS). The purpose of this workshop was to guide the postgraduate students in writing their research findings in clear, comprehensive and cohesive manner. The workshop was hosted by Associate Professor Dr Lim Yang Mooi. The invited speakers were Associate Professor Dr Kalaivani Nadarajah and Professor Dr. Mahani Binti Mansor from University Kebangsaan Malaysia.
“Relay For Life 2013”
What a valuable way to spend your Saturday night!
Thirty students of Sungai Long campus together with their lecturers participated in the Relay for Life event which was organized by National Cancer Society Malaysia from 6:00pm Saturday 24 August to 10:00am Sunday 25 August 2013 at Dataran Petaling Jaya.
Relay for Life is a 16 hour overnight event, starting from dusk to dawn. Individuals, survivors and people from all walks of life came to together to take turns to walk the track continuously. This is a yearly event with objectives to Celebrate, Remember and Fight back. Celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost to the disease and make a commitment to save lives by taking up the fight. There were games, performances and fundraising events in support of our cancer awareness cause.
Our students had a memorable time and saw how they could make a difference in someone’s life that is battling with cancer. For the cancer survivors, it is not the end of the journey but the beginning of a battle for which they need all the support they can get from us.
Let’s make a commitment to save lives by taking up the fight!
4 February: World Cancer Day
We had three speakers who gave talks pertaining to cancer. Dr. Dalilah Kamaruddin, the Head/Medical Officer of Women’s Detection Centre at National Cancer Society Malaysia (NCSM) spoke about general cancer awareness, while our very own lecturer from the Nursing Department, Ms. Jayanthi Marimuthu, spoke about healthy lifestyle to prevent cancer. The third speaker, Dr. Yang Zhao, lecturer from the Chinese Medicine Department, shared with us on how to prevent cancer through Chinese Medicine. We learned a lot from these talks, and dispelled our myths and misconceptions about the disease.
Representatives from the National Cancer Society at their booth
Poster exhibition on Anti-smoking by the Unit Promosi of Pejabat Kesihatan Ulu Langat
Dr. Dalilah Kamaruddin, the Head/Medical Officer of Women’s Detection Centre at National Cancer Society Malaysia asking a medical student to return demo on how to do breast self-examination
One for the album. CCR Chairman, Dr Lim Yang Mooi with the speakers, the organizing committee and CCR members.
Dr. Yang Zhao, lecturer from the Chinese Medicine Department, shared with us on how to prevent cancer through Chinese Medicine.
BREAST CANCER EDUCATION SEMINAR
“About one in eight women will get breast cancer today.” “The more advanced the cancer, the higher will be the mortality rate.”
These grim reminders were shared by Dr Peh Kiam Heng, the Consultant General Surgeon from the Sungai Long Hospital in his talk - Talking about Breast Cancer during the Breast Cancer Education Seminar in Sungai Long Campus, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR).
However, Dr Peh reiterated that breast cancer can be cured if it is detected early and given the proper treatment. One of the speakers, Ms Erica Au Yang, later testified to affirm this statement when she shared how she was diagnosed and cured of her breast cancer about 19 years ago. As a breast cancer survivor, Erica now works with the Breast Cancer Welfare Association to share her experience so that other women would be informed.
October is the Breast Cancer Awareness Month and in conjunction with this awareness campaign the Centre for Cancer Research of UTAR organized a one-day Breast Cancer Education Seminar on 20 October 2012 to highlight the increasing incidents of breast cancer and how its mortality rate can be prevented by early detection. The seminar was held at the Sungai Long Campus in collaboration with the Akademi Sains Malaysia and the Centre for Extension Education (CEE), UTAR.
Earlier in the morning, Prof Dr Zhou Rou-Li, a visiting professor from John Hopkins University started off the morning session in her talk - Learn about Cancer for Cancer Subduing. Dr Zhou shared that through her research in cancer she has discovered and cloned a cancer associated gene that can be used as an important diagnostic biomarker and therapeutic target. The biomarker has been patented in China, USA and Japan as LAPTM4B.
In the second talk on Cancer Therapy, Prof Dr Jing An Rui from China provided technical explanation on the methods used to treat various cancer disorders and its success rates. Akademi Sains Malaysia sponsored Prof Dr Zhou and Dr Jing’s visit to Malaysia and their participation in the seminar.
After lunch, Dr Robert Chen from UTAR’s Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences gave a very lively talk on Pain and Palliative Care. This was followed by Ms Yew Su Fen who talked about Physiotherapy Intervention in Breast Cancer. Despite the heavy lunch, the participants were attentive and enjoyed the talk by the two interesting and lively speakers.
The demonstration and workshop that followed included a Breast Self-Examination session led by Ms Jayanthi and Physiotherapy Care for Lymphedema by Ms Yew. The participants were given hands-on training to carry out breast self-examination to look for suspicious lumps in the breast. The guys among the participants were also encouraged to feel the silicone breasts and look for the simulated lumps.
Overall, the participants enjoyed the talks and workshop and appreciated the information gained from the Breast Cancer Education Seminar.
Registration of participants at the seminar
Q & A session with Dr Zhou and Dr Jing
The appreciative participants
Talk on controlling lymph edema by Ms Yew Su Fen.
Ms Yew Su Fen demonstrating physiotherapy management for lymph edema
Dr Robert Chen from UTAR capturing the participants’ attention
The Q & A session at the end of Dr Chen and Ms Yew’s talks
A student nurse describing the anatomy of a breast to the participants
A medical student showing “This is where you start in BSE”