Mile­stone for bio­med­i­cal sci­en­tists

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A FIVE-hour-long ex­hi­bi­tion of the bio­med­i­cal sci­ence field themed “Work­ing To­gether to Com­bat An­timi­cro­bial Resistance” took place on In­ter­na­tional Bio­med­i­cal Lab­o­ra­tory Sci­ence (IBLS) Day at the IMU Bukit Jalil cam­pus.

The ac­tiv­ity cov­ered ar­eas of Hae­ma­tol­ogy, Bio­chem­istry, His­tol­ogy, Mi­cro­bi­ol­ogy and Foren­sic Sci­ence – these top­ics form the main back­bone of this pro­fes­sion.

The event it­self was a huge suc­cess as it man­aged to attract ap­prox­i­mately 190 stu­dents to take part in the ac­tiv­i­ties rang­ing from Foun­da­tion in Sci­ence to those from dif­fer­ent un­der­grad­u­ate pro­grammes in IMU.

The first eye-catch­ing at­trac­tion of the event was ob­vi­ously an out­lined corpse spread on the Atrium floor.

Equipped with many vis­ual aids (blood, urine, bac­te­ria and a sev­ered arm) that lead to the re­spec­tive booths, this dis­play aided in get­ting looks and glimpses from stu­dents/staff as well as cu­ri­ous on­look­ers from dif­fer­ent floors.

The field re­spon­si­ble for such a dis­play be­longed to the Foren­sic Sci­ence booth, filled with ac­tiv­i­ties like io­dine crys­tal fin­ger­print­ing and well load­ing for elec­trophore­sis. Other ac­tiv­i­ties like venipunc­ture and blood group test­ing ob­vi­ously re­volves around Hae­ma­tol­ogy.

Venipunc­ture is the art of with­draw­ing a blood sam­ple. Par­tic­i­pants were demon­strated this process and al­lowed to have a hands-on ex­pe­ri­ence of with­draw­ing blood from a sim­u­lated arm model.

Since blood is the topic of mat­ter, blood glu­cose test­ing was also con­ducted in ret­ro­spect to the Bio­chem­istry booth.

Fol­low­ing that, the His­tol­ogy and Mi­cro­bi­ol­ogy booths not only al­lowed stu­dents to view stained spec­i­mens but also to stain and view them un­der the mi­cro­scope.

Dif­fer­ent gram-stained bac­te­ria as well as a sealed sam­ple of an or­gan fix­a­tive were up for view­ing.

Last but cer­tainly not the least is the main theme of the event – An­timi­cro­bial Resistance. An an­tibi­otic quiz and demon­stra­tion about disk dif­fu­sion as­says and Elek test were part of this in­for­ma­tive booth.

A sep­a­rate booth was put up to raise aware­ness on an­timi­cro­bial resistance fol­lowed by poster-based quizzes.

At the same event, a talk on An­timi­cro­bial Resistance was given by Prof Vic­tor Lim, a topic close to his heart and of im­por­tance in to­day’s med­i­cal pro­fes­sion.

Well pre­pared with facts and sta­tis­ti­cal data, he spoke with pas­sion about the mod­ern era of an­timi­cro­bial resistance and pos­si­ble fu­ture short­com­ings.

Soon af­ter, the ISBS so­ci­ety pres­i­dent and vice-pres­i­dent, Hos­sein Ja­hedi and Alyssa Fon­seka re­spec­tively, gave their clos­ing speeches and ex­pressed their ab­so­lute grat­i­tude to the team and staff who made this event a tri­umphant mile­stone for Bio­med­i­cal Sci­ence com­mit­tee.

Hence­forth, the IMU So­ci­ety of Bio­med­i­cal Sci­ence (ISBS) was es­tab­lished on April 19 as the first pro­fes­sion-re­lated so­ci­ety in IMU. This will also be the first bio­med­i­cal sci­ence so­ci­ety in South-East Asia to be af­fil­i­ated with the In­sti­tute of Bio­med­i­cal Sci­ence (IBMS).

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 dis­ci­pline.

The next com­mence­ment dates for this pro­gramme are in July and Septem­ber.

If you have pre-univer­sity qual­i­fi­ca­tions and an in­ter­est in Bio­med­i­cal Sci­ence, ap­ply on­line now and join the univer­sity in your pur­suit of a promis­ing and re­ward­ing ca­reer.

If you have just com­pleted your SPM and do not have a pre-univer­sity qualification, con­sider en­rolling in the one-year IMU Foun­da­tion in Sci­ence, the pre­ferred foun­da­tion and di­rect route for en­try into any of the univer­sity’s lo­cal de­gree pro­grammes.

■ For de­tails, visit my, e-mail or call IMU at 03–2731 7272.

Hands-on ac­tiv­i­ties were held at the ‘Work­ing To­gether to Com­bat An­timi­cro­bial Resistance’ ex­hi­bi­tion.

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