IMU Biomedical Science students win top prizes at symposium
IMU’s Biomedical Science students Chong Ho Phin and Lim Xue Zhen, from cohort BM114, won the best prize for oral presentation and runner-up for poster presentation in the Eighth Malaysian Symposium of Biomedical Science, held from May 12 to 14, at International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), Kuantan, Pahang.
A total of 11 universities throughout Malaysia took part in this symposium.
The projects presented were Chong (Effect of Copper on the Growth and Metabolism of Bacterial Isolates from Antarctica) and Lim’s (Effect of Lead on the Growth and Metabolism of Bacterial Isolates from Antarctica) final year projects under the supervision of Prof Stephen Ambu and Dr Fabian Davamani.
This is also part of the Antarctic flagship grant awarded to Prof Chu Wan Loy who collaborated with Prof Peter Convey from British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge, UK in extending facilities for obtaining samples from Antarctica.
Lim shared her gratitude to IMU for honing her abilities while Chong expressed her experience and appreciation to her friends and colleagues.
“I wanted everyone who was attending my presentation to understand my passion, my project, its application and its importance.
“‘Speak to inform’ and that was what I kept as my core principle for every presentation Idid.
“I am blessed as my friends and colleagues were in the crowd giving me moral support.
“Once I started to speak, my anxieties and fears were replaced with my firm objective to inform the public of the project and my passion.
“I am grateful I was given the opportunity to present a project on a national platform,” said Chong.
“One of the interprofessional skills that I have gained from IMU is about building up my own confidence level.
“I realised that after three years of studying in IMU, lecturers have helped me boost my confidence level, not only by showing their enthusiasm on their job, but also their endless encouragement to the students.
“I know that it will definitely help to broaden my career opportunities,” explained Lim.
IMU’s curriculum for the biomedical science programme is developed to meet international standards. It 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.
The next commencement dates for this programme are in July and September. Those with pre-university qualifications and are interested in taking up Biomedical Science can apply online now and join the university in pursuit of a promising and rewarding career.
Those who have just completed their SPM and do not possess pre-university qualifications yet can 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.
IMU is Malaysia’s first and most established private medical and health sciences university with over 25 years of dedicated focus in healthcare education.
Established in 1992, IMU pioneered the world’s first Partner Medical School programme and has since gained international recognition with over 30 worldclass university partners in Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Canada, the US, Ireland and China.
IMU’s main campus is located at Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur, with clinical branch schools in Seremban, Kuala Pilah, Batu Pahat and Kluang.
IMU is part of IMU Health, a wholly owned subsidiary of IHH Healthcare Berhad (IHH). IHH is a leading international provider of premium healthcare services.
Known as the world’s second largest listed healthcare operator, IHH presently operates close to 10,000 licensed beds in 49 hospitals across their home markets of Singapore, Malaysia and Turkey, and key markets of China and India.
IHH is also present in Brunei, Myanmar, UAE, Macedonia and Iraq.
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IMU Biomedical Science students, Chong Ho Phin (left) and Lim Xue Zhen (right) won prizes at the Eighth Malaysian Symposium of Biomedical Science 2017.