Seminar on Research Ethics 
22  January 2015 
The seminar was held to provide awareness in human and animal ethics, stimulate discussion and encourage ethical practices in health research among scientists, clinicians and other individuals. Topics covered in the seminar include: 
  1. Ethical Concerns in Health-Related Research Involving Humans by Prof. Dr. Ngeow Yun Fong, Universiti Malaya. Prof Dr Ngeow later joined UTAR in June 2015 
  2. Clinical Trial on Human Sample by Dato’ Dr. Chang Kian Meng, Chairman, Malaysia Research and Ethics Committee, MOH 
  3. Animal Ethical Issue by Associate Prof Dr. Goh Yong Meng, Universiti Putra Malaysia.

Associate Prof Dr Alan Ong Han Kiat, Deputy Dean of FMHS also gave an overview on getting approval from UTAR-Scientific and Ethical Review Committee. Mr. Terrance Hoe, Product Manager of Interscience Sdn. Bhd (sponsor of the seminar) gave a presentation on” How to  start an animal research”.

Participants and speakers of the seminar 

Participant posting a question during Q&A    
Cancer Research Seminar 2014 
2 - 3 September 2014

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.

Prof. Dr Lim Yang Mooi addressing her welcome speech

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.

Prof. Emeritus Dr. Geoffrey Alan Cordell share this talk

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. 

r Goh Cheng Soon speaks at the seminar

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.

Cocktail dinner photos

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.

Forum session with participants  

Group photo with all participants, invited speakers and organizing committees   
  " Cancer Awareness Program"
21 February 2014

On 21 February 2014, Centre for Cancer Research (CCR) and Centre for Extension Education (CEE) of Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) organized the Cancer Awareness Program in UTAR, Perak Campus. The aim of this two-day program was to create awareness among its participants via various talks on cancer and its prevention methods.

Day one had fun-filled aerobic and yoga session which started at 7.30 pm after which participants had refreshments followed by a lucky draw session. The winners were seen beaming after receiving their lucky draw prizes.

Day two started as early as 8.30 am with the registration of participants followed by the welcoming speech by the Chairperson of the program, Ms. Sheela Devi a/p Sukuru, , and Professor Ir. Dr. Lee Sze Wei, Vice President of R&D and Commercialization of UTAR. Interactive talks and workshops were lined up where the participants were exposed to a number of topics regarding different types of cancer and their preventive measures. Many of the participants shared and exchanged information with the speakers and other fellow participants. The nurses from Klinik Kesihatan Kampar also were present to offer free pap smear tests to participants.

Students from the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences set up booths to educate the participants on the different aspects of cancer. The hands-on workshops on breast and testicular examinations attracted many of the participants. Here they learned how to perform routine self-examinations at home. Participants gained a lot of valuable knowledge over the two-day program which created awareness on the importance of early cancer detection.

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.  


All those who made it successful     

"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.
A total of 16 postgraduate students participated in this workshop. In the first session, Dr Kalaivani briefed the students on writing various subheadings in manuscript. Besides that, she had given some examples on the common mistakes that were frequently made by the researchers. Furthermore, guidance on how to choose the appropriate journal for publication, and effective scientific communication were given. In the second session, a QA section was conducted for students to further discuss on how to improve their manuscript write up.

"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    

World cancer day was observed on 4 February 2013 in order to raise awareness about this illness as well as to promote the measures, early detection, prevention and treatment of the disease. The theme for World Cancer 
Day, 2013 was on "Cancer - Did you know?"  The theme focused on dispelling the misconceptions associated with the disease.

Various events were organised by Centre for Cancer Research (CRC) to raise our collective voices in the name of improving general knowledge around cancer and dismissing misconceptions about the disease. There was a poster exhibition on Anti-smoking by the Unit Promosi of Pejabat Kesihatan Ulu Langat, while theNational Cancer Society Malaysia had cancer education and fund raising activities at South Lobby, Sg. Long campus.

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 Zao, lecturer from the Chinese Medicine Department, shared with us on how to prevent cancer through Chinese Medicine.  
Our participants  



"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"