Prof Datuk Dr Lokman Hakim Bin Sulaiman
MD, DAP&E, MScPH, PhD, FAMM, FAMS, FASc
Director, Institute for Research, Development and Innovation (IRDI) and Professor of Public Health at the International Medical University (IMU)
Topic: Zoonoses in Malaysia: Issues and Challenges
Datuk Dr. Lokman Hakim S, is currently the Director, Institute for Research, Development and Innovation (IRDI) and Professor of Public Health at the IMU. He has served the Ministry of Health for 32 years, including 18 years at the Institute for Medical Research (IMR), before taking optional retirement in July 2017. His last position before retirement was Deputy Director General of Health (Public Health). At the IMR, he served as the Director of Infectious Disease Control Centre, Head of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Brugian Filariasis and Dean of the SEAMEO-TROPMED School of Post-Graduate Diploma in Applied Parasitology & Entomology.
He was very much involved in health policy consultation and development both at national and international level. He headed MOH Delegations in various consultative fora such as ASEAN Senior Officers for Health Development, OIC Strategic Health Plan of Action, and various WHO meetings.
He had served in various consultancy capacities to WHO. Among the more recent assignment were, Member of Malaria Advisory Committee, WHO Geneva, 2015, Member of Expert Advisory and Group on Environmental Health to the WHO Regional Director of Western Pacific Office (WPRO), 2016. He chaired two WHO consultative meetings on monkey malaria in 2014 and 2017. He is currently a member of the WHO Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (PIP) Framework Advisory Group, Geneva for the period 2017-2019. He has published 62 articles in peer reviewed journals and has made more than 50 presentations as invited speaker in various national and international conferences.
Prof Dr Rahmah Noordin
Director, Institute for Research in Molecular Medicine (INFORMM), Universiti Sains Malaysia
Topic: Moving Forward with Rapid Tests for Parasitic Diseases: as Invaluable Tool for Diagnosis and Control of Diseases
Professor Dr. Rahmah Noordin was appointed as an academic staff at the Department of Medical Microbiology and Parasitology, School of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) in year 1993, an Associate Professor in 2000, and a full professor three years later. In year 2004, she joined the Institute for Research in Molecular Medicine (INFORMM), USM as one of the founding members. She served as INFORMM’s Deputy Director in 2005 to 2012 and is now the Director since January 2017. Her main research focus is on the discovery of diagnostic infection markers, in particular for neglected parasitic diseases, and development of new or improved diagnostic assays. Most of the assays developed are in the format of lateral flow rapid test which is suitable for resource-limited settings. Brugia Rapid and PanLF Rapid are commercialised lateral flow tests that are recognised by the World Health Organization (WHO) for use in brugian filariasis endemic countries as part of the Global Programme for Elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis (GPELF). BLF RapidTM for antibody detection of bancroftian filariasis is now in the process of technology licensing, and is targeted for use at the tail end of the GPELF. Together with her team, prototype lateral flow rapid tests have also been developed for amoebic liver abscess (XEh Rapid®), hydatid cyst disease (Hyd Rapid) and toxoplasmosis (ToxoM Rapid). She has authored more than 155 peer-reviewed scientific articles, obtained 6 international and over 30 national and university research grants as principal investigator. To date she has graduated 16 PhD and 26 MSc students She has received a number of international and national awards and recognitions, including fellow of the Academy of Science Malaysia in 2011 and National Academic Award for Innovation and Commercialization in 2015. She is the main inventor of five granted and three filed patents.
Prof Dr Balbir Singh
Director, Malaria Research Centre, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS)
Topic: Zoonotic Malaria in Southeast Asia Online
Professor Balbir Singh is the founding director of the Malaria Research Centre, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS). He obtained his BSc, MSc and PhD degrees from the University of Liverpool (1976-1984). He worked as a Postdoc and as a Beit Medical Fellow on falciparum malaria at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. He joined Universiti Sains Malaysia in 1992 and moved to UNIMAS seven years later. His research team have made several key discoveries indicating that knowlesi malaria is a significant, life-threatening zoonotic disease in Southeast Asia. His research has been funded by local and international funding agencies, including the Wellcome Trust. He has published in leading journals, including The Lancet. He is a recipient of the Merdeka Award (2017), is a Fellow of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia, was one of the recipients of the Top Research Scientists Malaysia 2012 Award, and was an advisor to the WHO (2012 & 2017).
Prof Datin Dr Indra Vythilingam
Professor, University of Malaya
Topic: Medical & Forensic Entomology New Tools to Revamp Mosquito Borne Disease Vectors
Indra Vythilingam (PhD) is currently a Professor in the Department of Parasitology, University of Malaya (UM). She worked as a Principal Research Scientist, in Environmental Health Institute, Singapore prior to her appointment to UM. Indra has contributed vastly to the field of vector biology and control for the past 30 years when she worked in the Institute for Medical Research (IMR) in Kuala Lumpur. She has successfully completed many research projects on vectors of malaria, Japanese encephalitis, dengue and filariasis. She incriminated the vectors of simian malaria in Malaysia. Her recent work is on a new paradigm for dengue surveillance. She has published more than 100 articles in peer reviewed International and local journals and has presented numerous papers at International and local conferences. Indra has served as a WHO consultant on many occasions. She served as a member of the WHO Vector control advisory group on new tools from 2013-2016. She was awarded the Sandosham Gold medal in 2007 by the Malaysian Society of Parasitology and Tropical Medicine for her contribution towards parasitology and Tropical Medicine. She was the Editor of Journal Tropical Biomedicine from 2006-2014. Now she is subject Editor for Parasites and Vectors – an International tier 1 journal. In 2017 received Malaysia’s Research star Award for outstanding national research in Tropical diseases from the Ministry of Higher Education and Elsevier.