U.S. Embassy officials visit JCSMHS

Diplomats from the United States Embassy in Kuala Lumpur travelled to Johor to meet with U.S. companies, discuss the state’s economy and engage local education leaders and students on the inaugural visit of Deputy Chief of Mission Dean Thompson.

Recently arrived in Malaysia, Mr. Thompson visited the Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences at the Clinical School Johor Bahru (CSJB), Monash University Malaysia on Thursday, November 30.

At CSJB, Mr. Thompson met with faculty to learn about their areas of research and collaboration with U.S. universities.  A highlight was the dengue fever research project, a joint collaboration between the Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences at Monash University Malaysia, together with the Ministry of Health Malaysia and the U.S. Naval Medical Research Centre, based in Singapore.

The project which is expected to commence in January 2018, will look into the comparison of rapid diagnostic tests performed at the clinic with the confirmatory Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) analysis at the CSJB laboratory. It also aims to identify the causes of dengue-like illnesses such as chikugunya, zika, leptospirosis, Japanese encephalitis and influenza.

“I’ve been eager to visit Johor since arriving a few months ago,” said Thompson.  “The state’s booming economic growth – beginning with the Iskandar Development Region – provides a great opportunity to promote trade.  And as an education hub, Johor has shown tremendous innovation with their schools at all levels of learning.”