CSJB Research Week 2018

15 August 2018

The sixth CSJB Research Week was held from 23rd to 26th July 2018 as a part of the Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine & Health Science’s continuous effort to support research activities in the clinical campus. The Research Week aims to promote research activities, to share research outputs and ideas, and to encourage reflection on the research values among our medical students. Similar to its past years, this program plays a pivotal role in providing a platform for the medical students to showcase and critically discuss their research projects. CSJB Research Week 2018 was funded by the Tropical Medicine and Biology Platform.

This year’s program saw research projects from various areas featured including Dermatology, Oncology, Endocrinology, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatric, Musculoskeletal, Psychiatry, Emergency Medicine, Public Health, Medical Education, Ethics, Stress and Alternative Medicine. The participation of Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia (NuMed) and the inclusion of a new segment - the 3-Minute Thesis (3MT) competition - for BMedSc (Hons) graduates, added the excitement to this year’s event.

In conjunction with the Research Week, a series of 5 research-related workshops were held for staff and students with experts: Professor Rusli Nordin (Questionnaire Validation), Dr Amutha Ramadas (Research Methods & Introduction to Statistics, SPSS Basics, Systematic Review) and Ms Namita & Ms Nor Afidah (Publishing for Impact & Research Metrics).

This year’s competition attracted 23 abstracts for the competition with seven entries competing for the Best Research Project, 16 for Research Proposal and seven for the 3MT.  The students were required to display and present their posters for evaluation during poster round from 23rd – 25th July 2018.  Following the poster presentation week, all participants gave an oral presentation of their work during the Research Symposium on 26th July 2018 for the final evaluation.


The winners for each category are:

1) Completed Project Category

Status

Cash Prize

Presenter

Supervisor

Project Title

Winner

RM1,200

Walimuni Devage Rashmi Himashi Pemasiri

A/P Dr Suneet Sood

Setting ethics on a scientific platform: creating a hierarchy for the elements of ethics

1st runner up

RM800

Choong Tze Ray

Dr TV Jayanthi Arasoo

Perceived barriers to exercise among expectant women with gestational diabetes mellitus

2nd runner up

RM500

Megan Yeoh Li Yuen

Dr Audrey Brown, Prof Mark Walker (NuMed)

p38  Mitogen Activate Kinases (p38MAPK) activation and skeletal muscle function

2) Research Proposal Category

Status

Cash Prize

Presenter

Supervisor

Project Title

Winner

RM1,000

Yasas Munasinghe

A/P Dr Sivakumar Thurairajasingam

Dr Cindy Niap

Symptoms predicting evolution into schizophrenia in patients with schizophreniform disorder

1st runner up

RM750

Goh Kim Ling

AP Dr Khoo Joon Joon,
A/P Dr Subathra Sabaratnam

Development of an interactive module on cerebrovascular accident

2nd runner up

RM500

Sisijaya Vinura Jayawardena

A/P Dr Sivakumar Thurairajasingam

Mental health status and burnout amongst clinicians

3) 3-Minute Thesis Competition

Status

Cash Prize

Presenter

Supervisor

Project Title

Winner

RM500

Chiew Yilynn

Prof Dato’ Dr Khalid Abd Kadir, Dr Badariah Ahmad

Tocotrienol-rich vitamin E from Palm oil (tocovid) and its effects in diabetes and diabetic retinopathy

1st runner up

RM300

Lim Zheng Yu

AP Dr Amudha Kadirvelu, Dr Sivalal Sadasivan

Determinants and severity of acute gastroenteritis in children

2nd runner up

RM200

Cheong Xian Pei

Dr Ahmad Farouk Musa Prof Rusli Nordin

Validation of EuroSCORE II in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass (CABG) surgery in Malaysia

Our warmest congratulations to all the winners as well as to the prominent judges and a heartfelt thank you to all who have participated and supported CSJB Research Week.

The organizing committee would like to thank the following researchers for their support towards the event: Professor Shajahan Yasin, A/Prof Dr Khoo Joon Joon, A/Prof Dr Sharifah Syed Hassan, A/Prof Dr Amudha Kadirvelu, A/Prof Dr Uma Palanisamy, A/Prof Dr Rakesh Naidu, Dr Kyi Kyi Tha, Dr Amreeta Dhanoa, Dr Lau Wee Ming, Dr Priyia Pusparajah, Dr Christina Gertrude Yap and Dr Vinod Balasubramaniam.

Organizing committee:

Dr Amutha Ramadas
A/P Dr Rafidah Atan
A/P Dr Nor’azim Mohd Yunos
Dr Ngim Chin Fang
Ms Pang Pei Ling
Ms See Wai Mun

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