IMU shines at health conference
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.