FINAL year students of the Biomedical Science programme are required to complete their attachment in hospitals or research centres of their choice as part of the requirements of their programme.
Students Ong Teik Hwa and Soon Yuen spent eight weeks undergoing practical attachment in the Cancer Science Institute (CSI), Singapore.
“From this attachment, we learnt how to perform immunohistochemical and immunofluorescence staining under the supervision of research assistants. Apart from that, we also learnt to present the research findings to our supervisor every week. The expertise gained through this training had been greatly beneficial to us,” said Ong.
“Overall, working in Cancer Science Institute was a joyful learning experience and we have no regrets choosing CSI for our practical attachment. There are no words to describe our appreciation to the Student Mobility Programme, which gave us a chance to polish our skills in Singapore,” said Soon Yuen.
Another student, Rusheni Munisvaradass, took this opportunity to do her research internship at DukeNUS Graduate Medical School in Singapore.
“During my attachment in Singapore, I was given a subproject to work on under the banner of a main research project done by a senior research fellow, Dr Wilfried Saron, in our principal investigator, Dr Ashley St John’s laboratory.
“I worked on the avidity of cross reactive flavivirus antibodies involving the Dengue virus, Japanese encephalitis virus and Yellow Fever virus.
“It was a fascinating subject to work on and I am glad to have been a part of it.
“Furthermore, all my laboratory members in DukeNUS and I also regularly attend seminars and research presentations conducted at the campus to increase our knowledge about current research areas.
“My experience allowed me to master key laboratory skills and gain knowledge about current biomedical research. It was a truly rewarding learning experience that deepened my interest in research.”
The IMU Student Mobility Programme gives IMU students the opportunity to visit overseas universities or partner institutions to observe or undertake any form of academic activities such as study tours, observation, electives, research, clinical, community or any other practical attachments.
At IMU, the curriculum of the biomedical science programme is developed to meet international standards and is accepted by renowned international partner universities (University of Newcastle, Australia; University of Otago, New Zealand; University of Strathclyde, Scotland and St George’s University of London, England) for credit transfer into relevant programmes.
Graduates of these degrees can undertake postgraduate degrees in any related disciplines. Biomedical science students will have many hours of handson practical sessions.
The Biomedical Science programme in IMU will also expose students to industrial attachments, giving them the opportunity to gain valuable industrial experience.
The next commencement dates for this programme are in July and September.
If you have preuniversity qualifications and have an interest in Biomedical Science, apply online now.
If you have just completed your SPM and do not have a preuniversity qualification, consider enrolling in the oneyear IMU Foundation in Science, the preferred foundation and direct route for entry into any of the university’s local degree programmes.
The next intake for this programme will be in September.
For more details, visit www. imu.edu.my, email start@imu. edu.my or call 032731 7272.
(Seated, from left) Soon Yuen and Ong spent eight weeks undergoing practical attachment in the Cancer Science Institute, Singapore.