IMU shines at health con­fer­ence

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IN­TER­NA­TIONAL Med­i­cal Uni­ver­sity’s (IMU) alumna Ng Yeng Yi won the Nu­tri­tion So­ci­ety of Malaysia (NSM) Un­der­grad­u­ate Prize at the first South­east Asia Public Health Nu­tri­tion (SEAPHN) Con­fer­ence, held on May 14 to 17.

She was from the uni­ver­sity’s Bach­e­lor of Science (Hons) Nu­tri­tion first co­hort.

Ng’s win was based on her re­search in the area of car­bo­hy­drate nu­tri­tion and risk of di­a­betes.

For this re­search, Ng and other team mem­bers worked on the ef­fec­tive­ness of a sali­vary en­zyme in de­ter­min­ing the type and amount of car­bo­hy­drates con­sumed.

They also ex­plored if saliva could be an al­ter­na­tive biomarker for screen­ing of di­a­betes.

Her team mem­bers in­clude IMU fac­ulty per­son­nel Dr Sangeetha Shyam, Dr Snigdha Misra and Dr Val­sala R.

At the same con­fer­ence, the NSM Pub­li­ca­tion Prize for Dairy Nu­tri­tion was awarded to an ar­ti­cle from a re­search spear­headed by IMU.

The IMU team col­lab­o­rated with UPM re­searchers to study the di­etary in­take and blood lev­els of gan­glio­sides among Malaysian tod­dlers.

Gan­glio­sides is a nu­tri­ent found to be im­por­tant for the de­vel­op­ment of the brain, im­mu­nity and gut in in­fants.

The team mem­bers work­ing on this re­search are Emer­i­tus Prof Khor Geok Lin, Dr Sangeetha Shyam, Dr Snigdha Misra and Dr Me­gan Chong.

IMU’s nu­tri­tion cur­ricu­lum has been de­vel­oped to meet high in­ter­na­tional stan­dards and global needs.

This de­gree ex­poses stu­dents to prac­ti­cal in­dus­trial place­ments and re­search, giv­ing them valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence and prepar­ing them to be com­pe­tent nu­tri­tion­ists, upon grad­u­a­tion.

This gives its grad­u­ates an added ad­van­tage as they will be well pre­pared to meet the in­creas­ing de­mand for nu­tri­tion­ists in gov­ern­ment agen­cies, in­dus­tries, uni­ver­si­ties, re­search in­sti­tu­tions, mass me­dia and busi­nesses in­volved with food, nu­tri­tion, well­ness, fit­ness and health.

This pro­gramme com­mences in July and Septem­ber each year.

Those with an in­ter­est in science, an abil­ity to work in a team and en­deav­our to make a dif­fer­ence in the lives of oth­ers via a ca­reer in nu­tri­tion can make an on­line ap­pli­ca­tion to­day to study nu­tri­tion in IMU.

They will be­gin a ca­reer that will chal­lenge them to stretch their skills and open new doors.

There is also a 25% bur­sary avail­able for stu­dents who en­rol for the nu­tri­tion pro­gramme this year.

With this bur­sary, stu­dents study the nu­tri­tion pro­gramme for only RM87,750.

Those who have just com­pleted their SPM but do not have their pre-uni­ver­sity qual­i­fi­ca­tion yet can con­sider en­rolling in the one-year IMU Foun­da­tion in Science.

That is the pre­ferred foun­da­tion and di­rect route for en­try into any of the uni­ver­sity’s de­gree pro­grammes, in­clud­ing credit trans­fer op­tions.

Find out more about IMU’s Foun­da­tion in Science pro­gramme at the Foun­da­tion in Science (FiS) Info Day on June 17 at the uni­ver­sity’s cam­pus in IMU Bukit Jalil from 10am to 4pm.

Prospec­tive stu­dents can also find out more about the Nu­tri­tion pro­gramme, Foun­da­tion in Science and other IMU pro­grammes dur­ing the Open Day on July 9 at the uni­ver­sity’s cam­pus in Bukit Jalil, 10am to 4pm.

Those wor­ried about not be­ing able to make it to the Open Day in Kuala Lumpur should not miss the op­por­tu­nity to meet IMU’s fac­ulty mem­bers at the Info Days.

These road­shows will start in Kuch­ing on July 8 at Hil­ton Kuch­ing fol­lowed by Kota Kin­a­balu, July 9 at Prom­e­nade Ho­tel.

These Info Days will run from 10am to 4 pm.

Info Days are also op­por­tu­ni­ties to find out more about IMU’s full and par­tial schol­ar­ships for stu­dents with ex­cel­lent aca­demic re­sults and its 25th an­niver­sary special bur­sary.

Ap­ply for any of IMU pro­grammes dur­ing the Open or Info Days and get a waiver up to RM800 (ex­cept for medicine and den­tistry).

In­takes are for July or Septem­ber this year.

■ For more in­for­ma­tion, re­fer to www.imu.edu.my, e-mail to start@ imu.edu.my or call 03-2731 7272.

IMU alumna Ng Yeng Yi re­ceiv­ing her prize at the first South­east Asia Public Health Nu­tri­tion (SEAPHN) Con­fer­ence.

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