JCSMHS Three Minutes Thesis (3MT) 2019 Winners

31 May 2019

Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences (JCSMHS) held the 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) competition with a total of seven contestants this year. 3MT is a competition that challenges PhD students to present their research effectively to a general audience under three minutes.

Lim Chor Hong, PhD student of JCSMHS, bagged the first prize for 3MT this year. Supervised by Associate Professor Dr Tomoko Soga and Professor Ishwar Parhar, his thesis entitled ‘The role of Spexin in Social Stress’, investigates the impact of social stress on spexin, a neuropeptide, in the brain. Neuropeptides are small molecules used by brain cells to communicate with each other. Understanding how spexin communicates between brain cells during social stress, would lead to better prevention and treatment of social stress related illness. Lim also made the School proud as he emerged the second runner-up at the Monash University Malaysia campus level 3MT that was held on 30 May 2019.

Runner-up of the JCSMHS 3MT, Khadeeja Munawar, also wowed the audience with her thesis that explores the nature and process of autobiographical memories of Pakistani participants who have experienced tremendous economic hardships, political turmoil and social instability, as well as the negative events that may happen in the prototypical life of Malaysians.  Under the supervision of Associate Professor Dr Shamsul Haque, her findings will contribute to various psychological therapies in designing therapeutic interventions for individuals having traumatic experiences in their past.

Ng Siok Shen, the winner of third place, showcased her research entitled ‘Which anticoagulant do we choose?’ which looks into the clinical and economic implications of the anticoagulant interventions for stroke prevention in patients with atrial fibrillation. Supervised by Professor Nathorn Chaiyakunapruk, this research will be important, particularly to policymakers in identifying anticoagulant interventions that are worth investing to maximize the benefits in a population with limited healthcare resources.


Lim Chor Hong (centre) with his supervisors Associate Professor Dr Tomoko Soga (left) and Professor Ishwar Parhar.