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.
All those who made it successful
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
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.
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"