IMU Bio­med­i­cal Science stu­dents win top prizes at sym­po­sium

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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.

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

IMU Bio­med­i­cal Science stu­dents, Chong Ho Phin (left) and Lim Xue Zhen (right) won prizes at the Eighth Malaysian Sym­po­sium of Bio­med­i­cal Science 2017.

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