Keynote Speaker: Prof. Dr. Bay Boon Huat
Prof. Bay Boon Huat graduated with a medical degree from the National University of Singapore (NUS) and subsequently, obtained his PhD in cancer biology from his alma mater. He was awarded a Commonwealth Medical Fellowship for his postdoctoral training at the University of Oxford. He has taught in NUS since 2000 and is currently Professor of Anatomy, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, NUS. He ha also served as the Head of Anatomy from 2008 – 2016. His research interest is in cancer biomarkers and more recently, nanoscience. He has co-authored more than 250 papers in international journals that include Journal of Clinical Investigation, Journal of Pathology, Autohagy, Advanced Materials and Biomaterials. He has also been presented teaching excellence awards by the University and was awarded the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine Outstanding Researcher Award in 2007. He is currently on the Editorial Board of Anatomical Sciences Education and Current Medicinal Chemistry. Plenary 1 Speaker:
Plenary 1 Speaker: Prof. Dr. Pasuk Mahakkanukrah
Prof. Dr. Pasuk Mahakkanukrah is a professor in Anatomy at Department of Anatomy, Faculty of Medicine, Chiang Mai University, and the present position is both professor and director of the Research cluster in osteology research and training center and the vice director of Cadaveric surgical and training center, Faculty of Medicine, Chiang Mai University. In 2013, she received the Outstanding Preclinical Teacher Award in Faculty of Medicine and National Excellent Teacher Award (Council of the University Faculty Senates of Thailand).
Plenary 2 Speaker: Prof. Dr. Norzana Abd Ghafar
Prof. Dr. Norzana Abd Ghafar is a Professor of Anatomy and Assistant Dean (Entrepreneurship and Creativity) of the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre (UKMMC). She is also the current President of Malaysian Anatomical Association (MAA). She underwent her undergraduate medical training (BMedSc) at the University of St Andrews, United Kingdom and pursued her medical degree at the University of Glasgow, United Kingdom (MBChB). She obtained her postgraduate degree in Anatomy (MMedSci) in 1999 and doctorate (PhD) in 2010 in UKMMC. She is actively involved in teaching undergraduate and postgraduate medical courses. She has been invited as an external examiner and curriculum evaluator to various medical or dental institutions either locally or internationally. She is also the pioneer of corneal cell culture in Malaysia which has stemmed from her PhD research project of tissue engineering of the cornea. Her research interest focuses on the mechanism of corneal wound healing and the development of natural product-based eye drop in the treatment of ophthalmological disorders. As an anatomist, she has published more than fifty research articles in the peer reviewed journals. She has received numerous awards such as Excellent Service Award (2015, 2012, 2002), Best Lecturer Award (2011, 2005, 2003, 2001) and Innovation Award at the 6th International Conference on Technology and Wellness Industry (2016). She is currently an editorial board member of the Surgical Academia Journal (Malaysia) and Associate Editor of the BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine (UK). Symposium 1 (Cell Biology):
Symposium 1 (Cell Biology): Dr. Munirah Sha’ban
Dr. Munirah Sha’ban joins Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia (UIAM) in 2009 after she completed her PhD (Physiology); majoring in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. She had her Biomedical Science degree from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) in 2002 and later embarked on cartilage tissue engineering for her postgraduate studies at the Faculty of Medicine, UKM in 2003. Her works received multiple awards ranging from the best poster presentations to gold medal at both national and international level that include the inaugural L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science award in 2006. Her research secured various research grants offered by the University and Malaysian ministries (MOHE/MOE and MOSTI/MESTEEC) namely ERGS-01/2011, FRGS-01/2012, MIRGS-01/2014, Science Fund 2014 and TRGS-01/2016. With 10 years of dedicated service to UIAM, she has been entrusted to hold various academic administrator positions so far. She is currently the Head of Research and Innovation at the Kulliyyah of Allied Health Sciences, UIAM Kuantan. Symposium 2 (Neuroanatomy):
Symposium 2 (Neuroanatomy): Dr. Lim Lee Wei
Dr. Lim Lee Wei is currently an Assistant Professor in the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, the University of Hong Kong; and an Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, Sunway University. After completing his MD, MSc, and PhD degrees, Dr Lim spent several years of research fellowships in Maastricht University, Oxford University and Nanyang Technological University. Dr Lim’s research focuses on the basic and translational neuroscience using the existing neuromodulatory treatment for neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric disorders. More specifically, his research interests are directed towards understanding the neural basis of mood and anxiety disorders, as well as neurodegenerative disorder in particular Alzheimer’s disease. His investigation consists of different inter-related sections using cellular and molecular techniques, electrophysiology, behavioral and neurochemical methods, which together provide a multidisciplinary approach to understand how neuromodulation interfaces with the brain networks, by controlling the neuronal activity and cellular microenvironment. S
Symposium 3 (Anatomy Education): Dr. Siti Nurma Hanim Hadie
Dr. Siti Nurma Hanim Hadie is a senior medical lecturer and the Head of Anatomy Department, School of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia. She is the first Malaysian clinical anatomist with a PhD degree in medical education, specializing in anatomy education. Her research interest include anatomy teaching method, anatomy curriculum, anatomy assessment, cognitive load-based teaching and learning environment. She is the designer of the Immersive Cognitive Load Theory-based teaching guideline and has been a strong advocate for the development of the Anatomy Education Environment Measurement Inventory. She has received several national and international awards for these innovations and is the first recipient of the Rugayah Jaafar Health Profession Education Award 2016.