Great feats by JCSMHS researchers at ITEX 2018

15 May 2018

Congratulations to the researchers from Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences (JCSMHS) who have won medals at the recent 29th International Invention, Innovation and Technology Exhibition (ITEX 2018).

​ITEX 2018 was organised by the Malaysian Invention and Design Society (MINDS) on 10 - 12 May 2018 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC). The primary objective of this exhibition is to cultivate the ability to think critically - a quality separating innovators from followers. Awards were conferred to inventions that were judged based on the following criteria: novelty; inventiveness; usefulness and application; presentation and demonstration; market and commercial potential; and environmental friendliness.

JCSMHS researchers together with President & Pro Vice-Chancellor of Professor Andrew Walker
(front row, third from left) and other researchers from Monash University Malaysia.

Following are the winners from JCSMHS:-

Silver Award

Lanctos 75TM for Mental Wellness

The team consists of Professor Lekhsan bin Othman, Dr Mohmad Farooq Shaikh, Thaarvena Retinasamy, Brandon Kar Meng Choo & Dr Yatinesh Kumari (Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences), Dr Zurina Hassan & Associate Professor Amin Malik Abdul Majid (Universiti Sains Malaysia)

Lanctos 75™ is a potent herbal supplement for neurodegenerative diseases and related cognitive dysfunction. Lanctos 75™ inhibits enzyme (AchE) that break down neurochemical which is important for learning and memory. Lanctos 75™ is a neuroprotective against beta amyloid and significantly improve memory status.

From left to right: Thaarvena Retinasamy, Dr Mohmad Farooq Shaikh, Professor Iekhsan bin Othman,  Dr Yatinesh Kumari and Brandon Kar Meng Choo.


Collaborative Learning Ecosystem of Multi-Touch Tabletop Computers (in Smart Lab)

The team consists of Associate Professor Arkendu Sen, Associate Professor Lakshmi Selvaratnam & Professor Dato’ Anuar Zaini (Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences)

Practical teaching of a foundational  science such as human anatomy or biology within a packed  curriculum, with escalating student enrolments and acute shortage of interactive / active learning environments and specialist teachers prompted this design and development of a novel high-tech collaborative learning ecosystem of networked Lecturer and Student Multi-touch Tabletop computers (MTCs). This invention enables ‘active learning’ for mass student cohorts (up to 160 students) with integration of hands on practical skills through simultaneous group study and co-construction of knowledge using both physical learning resources and interactive digital media. This ecosystem was aimed to promote the reinforcement of knowledge, practical competencies  and 21st century skills in learning  STEM+ subjects with the target of enhancing employbility of graduates in alignment with the Malaysian Education Blueprint  (2015-2025).


Bronze Award

DITTO (Deaf in Touch Today)

The team consists of Associate Professor Uma Devi A/P M Palanisamy, Dr Sabrina Anne Jacob, Dr Amreeta Dhanoa & Elizabeth Chong Yie-Chuen (Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences & Global Asia in the 21st Century (GA21) Platform), Reza Rosli and Gayathrie Deva (Leo Burnett/Arc WorldwideMalaysia) & Goh Soo Leng (Malaysian Federation of the Deaf)

There is a need for safe and effective communication between healthcare personnel and Deaf individuals. Currently the practice of written notes, simple signing, physical presence of interpreter/family has its limitations which includes misdiagnosis/interpretation, underutilisation of healthcare services by deaf individuals, frustration for both parties, medication errors, among many others. The invention is a mobile app which allows a hearing-impaired person to book the services of a Sign Language Interpreter (SLI) by appointment or on-demand.  The interpreter can then contact the user using a video calling service.  Different from existing solutions which requires significant investments in video conferencing technology, DITTO makes use of free video calling features of popular platforms such as WhatsApp, Skype and Facebook Messenger.

(From left to right) Gayathrie Deva,  Associate Professor Uma Devi A/P M Palanisamy, Dr Amreeta Dhanoa, Elizabeth Chong Yie-Chuen and Reza Rosli.

Read more about this event here.