We build and nurture long-term relationships with our research partners. Everyday, we work at turning research outcomes into solutions to problems facing communities in Malaysia and elsewhere.
The ground-breaking MyMAP Accelerator project studies herbal plants that have medicinal value. Through this joint collaboration with the Malaysian Government’s Agensi Inovasi Malaysia (AIMS) and the Indian Government’s Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), we provide evidence that demonstrates the effectiveness of herbal products to help manufacturers remain competitive.
Research into renewable energy is essential to our future, especially in fast-developing Asia. Our School of Engineering is taking a closer look at the industrial use of solar power and other fuel-efficient technologies. A project team within the school’s Environment and Green Technology research strength, led by Associate Professor Dr KS Ong and funded by local industry, is working with industry on solar options and the use of heat pipes, heat pumps and thermoelectric heating and cooling to improve energy efficiency in air conditioners.
Pathways to the brain
Led by the world’s leading comparative neuroscientist, Professor Ishwar Parhar, the Brain Research Institute at Monash Sunway (BRIMS) is the University’s main institute for neuroscience research. It is part of the Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences and many of its projects are funded by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI), Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) and National Cancer Council (MAKNA).
Research programs operate under three major thematic areas, modelled along the lines of the RIKEN Brain Science Institute in Japan. They are:
- knowing the brain
- nurturing the brain
- protecting the brain.
Powering intelligent technologies of the future
The multidisciplinary Intelligent Systems group works on future smart devices, social networks, multimedia and knowledge management technologies. Hosted by the School of Information Technology, the group is currently developing robotic technology in collaboration with the Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences to create a seeing-eye system to help the visually impaired in their homes.
Marginalised-communities research project
Our School of Business researchers are studying technology adoption in marginalised communities to help them develop sustainably and flourish in a knowledge-driven economy. The Leap-frogging Strategies project provides valuable information to policy makers on sustainable and innovative ecosystems for marginalised communities. Like many of our projects, it is funded by the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE).
Contributing to community health and wellbeing
The South-East Asian Community Observatory (SEACO) is a multidisciplinary collaborative research project, involving experts in public health, social and environmental sciences, demography, human geography, and clinical and biomedical sciences. It’s a 'community health laboratory' that will generate rich, innovative and relevant evidence to improve lives and our ability to conduct interdisciplinary research.
Modelled after successful demographic and health surveillance systems (DHSS) in other countries, SEACO is a joint effort between Monash Australia, Monash Malaysia, Harvard School of Public Health, the University of Copenhagen, the global INDEPTH Network and other institutions in Europe and Malaysia.