A team from Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) performed well while attending the 10th Malaysia Indonesia Brunei Medical Sciences Conference which took place at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) Medical Centre in Kuala lumpur, Malaysia from 26th to 28th July 2017.
Made up of 12 academics and 12 students from PAPRSB Institute of Health Sciences, the team was headed by Dean of IHS, Dr Hjh Rafidah Hj Ghariff who was also invited to present a plenary talk entitled "Diabetes Education Challenge". Four of the students; Jessica Pei Chii Kok, Jia Ying Tan, Chie Hui Leong and Nurul Adhwa Rahman were awarded with the overall Best Oral Presentation in the symposia on Biomedical Science and Science Technology, Social Medicine, Tumour and Oncology, Infection and Immunity respectively. Another student, Mohammad Haziq Emran was awarded the Best Poster Presentation (Medical Science).
The theme of the conference was "Current Healthcare Challenges in South East Asia". There were nine symposia which covered topics on Biomedical Science and Science Technology, Social Medicine, Musculoskeletal Disorder, Non-Communicable Diseases, Maternity and Child Health, Tumour and Oncology, Infection and Immunity, Community Medicine and Medical Education.
Nurul Adhwa Rahman, one of the recipients of the Best Oral Presentation attributed her success to the implementation of audience-friendly slides in "Interaction of Von Willebrand factor with streptococcus pneumoniae using a brain endothelium model" under the Infection and Immunity symposium. "I used minimal scientific jargon so everyone from various backgrounds could understand my presentation," she said. Her study on the application of brain endothelial cells for the study of bacterial meningitis was made clearer with cartoon-like diagrams showing the protein being released normally and during infection. "The audience can imagine the movement," she added.
Von Willebrand factor is a blood glycoprotein involved in hemostasis. Deficient or defective in Von Willebrand disease, it is involved in a large number of other diseases including thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura, Heyde's syndrome, and hemolytic-uremic syndrome. Adverse changes to the endothelium is presumed to increased plasma levels in a large number of cardivascular, neoplastic and connective tissue disease, contributing to increased risk of thrombosis.
She also shared that the slides were prepared a month before the conference and had support from her supervisors. This included a mock Question and Answer session with questions which potentially could be asked by conference assessors.
The 10th Malaysia Indonesia Brunei Medical Sciences Conference concluded on a high note with possible future collaborations between UBD and UKM including becoming a Partner Medical School for UBD's medical students, other student exchange programmes including Discovery Year and potential research collaborations.
A biennial conference between PAPRSB Institute of Health Sciences, UBD; Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Indonesia since 2005, the Malaysia Indonesia Brunei Medical Sciences Conference serves as an important avenue for the exchange of ideas, evidences, and information to initiate research collaborations as well as research publications amongst the faculty members in the region.
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