The Malaysian Society of Parasitology and Tropical Medicine (MSPTM) is one of the oldest non-profit organizations in the country serving the professional and scientific needs of academicians, researchers, industries and individuals in related disciplines.
The society was established in 1964 by the First President, Professor Dr. A.A. Sandosham and his team under the auspices of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene, London. To date, MSPTM has more than 543 members affiliated with various educational institutions, private industries, government health agencies. Members are lecturers, researchers, veterinaries, medical doctors, research technicians, consultants, students, pest management professionals etc.
The MSPTM is also famed for her journal; which is the internationally acclaimed Tropical Biomedicine quarterly that provides open access of the general sciences of parasitology, tropical medicine, entomology and microbiology. For the members updates on our activities we also bring out an e-publication of the biannual MSPTM Newsletter, which can be perused at our website.
The highlight of MSPTM is its Annual Scientific Meeting, which is a conference, held in March annually. Each year experts, scientists, members and students gather to exchange scientific information. Over the past two years, as the world was inundated by COVID-19, the society started its digital era by operating our journal via an online platform, organising knowledge sharing activities virtually such as seminars and annual conferences which aims at providing our members and attendees current research updates. We have also successfully conducted the Annual General Meeting of MSPTM with a record high number of members attending it.
Undeniably, our members have a strong research and scholastic background, as they are the experts in their field of interest. However, the linkage between the MSPTM and general public still minimal. In the past few years, the MSPTM has started to contribute more towards the community by organising awareness programmes such as Dengue Awareness Drawing Competition for school children and teenagers, Animal Awareness Day, Tree Planting Program, funding for building a Student Lecture Hall, donation drives for Covid-19 Frontliners and Children with special needs. We are also very keen to fund various Community Research Projects that can impact our society.
As President of the 59th Council, I plan to continue the legacy of MSPTM with its future in mind. I will strive in every way and work closely with my council members, continue to promote and increase the visibility of MSPTM to the general public, and encourage more communication and collaboration between our members from various institutional and agencies, in order to benefit our community and nation.
“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” – Mother Teresa
Dr. Chen Chee Dhang
President of 59th MSPTM Council