A proud year for JCSMHS

Dr Ooi

2017 has been a year of achievements for the Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Both Dr Ooi Hean Sun and Dr Hardesh Singh made the School proud when they won in the Young Investigator’s Award category.

2016 MBBS and 2017 BmedSc (Hons) graduate, Dr Ooi, won the MSJ-PACTRIMS Young Investigator Best Poster Award at the Tenth Congress of the Pan-Asian Committee on Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (PACTRIMS) in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. According to Dr Ooi, he was encouraged to participate in the competition by Dr Shanthi  Vishwanathan, a neurologist that he was working with.

Dr Ooi, who prior to this had never participated in an international conference shared: “It was all team effort. It took us an entire year to complete the research!”. His research involved using appendicitis as a marker of dysbiosis to try and determine if Multiple Sclerosis and Neuromyelitis Optica had any association with such dysbiosis.

“I did not expect to win the Young Investigator Best Poster Award. It took me by surprise. It proves to me that I am on the right path and hard work really does pay off,” Dr Ooi shared.

Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours) graduate Dr Hardesh Singh was awarded the third prize in the Professor Mustaffa Young Investigator’s Award category at the recent Diabetes Asia Conference 2017 held in Kuala Lumpur.  His research on the “Impact of Diabetes Complications and Severity, Medication Adherence, and Psychosocial Well-being on the Quality of Life of People with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus” competed against several projects conducted across Asia.

With a strong interest in endocrinology, Dr Hardesh took up the project under the supervision of Dr Amutha Ramadas and Professor Rusli Nordin for BMedSc (Hons) program. His passion and hard work led him to graduate with a first class honors.

Dr Hardesh is currently working on publishing his research in an international journal. He remarked that winning the award has fueled his interest in taking his project to a larger scale and hopes his findings can aid in improving the care of patients with diabetes.