NUMed to help tackle de­men­tia in Malaysia

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NEW­CAS­TLE Univer­sity Medicine Malaysia (NUMed) has helped se­cure fund­ing for de­men­tia re­search in Malaysia.

The fund­ing was part of a wider grant ap­pli­ca­tion led by New­cas­tle Univer­sity UK to es­tab­lish a global health­care unit to tackle de­men­tia in Malaysia, Tan­za­nia and In­dia.

The UK gov­ern­ment’s De­part­ment of Health awarded over RM10mil for the global project and NUMed will co­or­di­nate the re­search across Malaysia.

“We at NUMed be­lieve in com­mon goals to solve com­mon prob­lems, so lead­ing re­search into de­men­tia in Malaysia will al­low us and our part­ners to help find an­swers to com­mon dis­ease pro­cesses that af­fect the Malaysian pop­u­la­tion,” said NUMed’s Dean of Re­search Dr Michaela Good­son.

NUMed was es­tab­lished with the aim of be­com­ing the lead­ing South-East Asian cen­tre of aca­demic medicine.

“Cen­tral to this role is giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity and that is why we are try­ing to help im­prove the qual­ity of life for peo­ple in Malaysia in the fu­ture,” con­tin­ued Dr Good­son.

The fund­ing is part of a UK gov­ern­ment ini­tia­tive to as­sist de­vel­op­ing coun­tries in the global en­deav­our for bet­ter health.

The UK’s Na­tional In­sti­tute for Health Re­search (NIHR) held an open re­search com­pe­ti­tion for in­sti­tu­tions to ap­ply for fund­ing for projects to help pro­mote global health.

The suc­cess­fully funded project en­ti­tled “De­men­tia Preven­tion and En­hanced Care (DePEC)” was led in the UK by Prof Louise Robin­son from the Na­tional In­no­va­tion Cen­tre for Age­ing, UK at New­cas­tle Univer­sity.

It in­ves­ti­gates cur­rent so­cial, pol­icy and ser­vice set ups for peo­ple with de­men­tia in Malaysia, Tan­za­nia and In­dia.

The Malaysian re­search is led by NUMed’s Dr Good­son and brings to­gether Prof Daniel Rei­d­path and Prof Pas­cale Al­lotey from Monash Univer­sity Malaysia and Dr Tan Maw Pin from Univer­sity of Malaya.

“We are de­lighted to have se­cured fund­ing to help fight de­men­tia in Malaysia,” said NUMed CEO and provost Prof Roger Bar­ton.

“NUMed aims to sup­port Malaysia’s as­pi­ra­tion to be­come a global health­care player and this is a great ex­am­ple of us help­ing the na­tion achieve its goal.”

Prof Bar­ton ex­plained that age, obe­sity and di­a­betes are big risk fac­tors and Malaysia’s age­ing pop­u­la­tion will likely see an in­crease in de­men­tia.

“It is im­por­tant for us to un­der­stand it more and the is­sues that sur­round it,” con­cluded Prof Bar­ton.

Recog­nised for its ex­cel­lence in re­search, New­cas­tle Univer­sity aims to be a global leader in age­ing re­search and in­no­va­tion and is al­ready known for help­ing to raise the pro­file of age­ing as one of the ma­jor is­sues fac­ing com­mu­ni­ties world­wide.

In 2015, NUMed hosted a panel dis­cus­sion con­ducted by Chan­nel NewsAsia on the topic of “Car­ing for Age­ing Asia” for its Per­spec­tives se­ries.

The event brought to­gether ex­perts from across fields in­clud­ing New­cas­tle’s Prof Robin­son and the Malaysian Health Min­istry’s deputy direc­tor-gen­eral Datuk Dr Jeyain­dran Sin­nadu­rai.

Prof Robin­son is New­cas­tle Univer­sity’s direc­tor of In­sti­tute for Age­ing and pro­fes­sor of Pri­mary Care and Age­ing.

She said: “The New­cas­tle Univer­sity team will bring to­gether ex­per­tise in pub­lic health and pri­mary care, with global epi­demi­o­log­i­cal re­search, to cre­ate a NIHR Global Health Re­search Group on de­men­tia preven­tion and en­hanced care.”

As part of its Of­fi­cial Devel­op­ment As­sis­tance, the UK gov­ern­ment has pledged over £120mil (RM676mil) to help de­vel­op­ing coun­tries im­prove the health of their pop­u­la­tions through re­search fund­ing to tackle health, en­vi­ron­men­tal, eco­nomic and so­cial is­sues per­tain­ing to those coun­tries.

Projects are en­cour­aged to be in­ter­dis­ci­plinary with im­pact, ad­dress­ing as many rel­e­vant con­tribut­ing fac­tors to a prob­lem as pos­si­ble.

New­cas­tle Univer­sity and its Malaysian cam­pus hope to achieve more of th­ese pres­ti­gious awards in the next five years.

New­cas­tle Univer­sity UK has es­tab­lished an in­ter­na­tional branch cam­pus in Jo­hor to pro­vide its un­der­grad­u­ate de­grees in Medicine (MBBS) and Bio­med­i­cal Sciences (BSc).

Both pro­grammes of­fer op­por­tu­ni­ties for pe­ri­ods of study in the UK.

A one-year Foun­da­tion Cer­tifi­cate in Bi­o­log­i­cal and Bio­med­i­cal Sciences is also avail­able, the suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of which will lead to pro­gres­sion to the MBBS or BSc (Hons) Bio­med­i­cal Sciences pro­gramme.

All pro­grammes of study are equiv­a­lent to those of New­cas­tle’s UK-based pro­vi­sion, and lead to the award of the same de­grees.

By choos­ing to study at NUMed Malaysia, stu­dents will ob­tain a rep­utable UK qual­i­fi­ca­tion, from an in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised univer­sity, at a cost sig­nif­i­cantly lesser than that of study­ing in the UK.

■ For more in­for­ma­tion, look out for the ad­ver­tise­ment in this StarSpe­cial.

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