08:00 – 8:30


Log-in to Virtual Conference

08:30 – 8:40


Dr Noor Ani Ahmad
Chairperson 22nd NIH Scientific Conference, Director of Institute for Public Health, National Institutes of Health

Prof. Dr Maznah Dahlui
Co-Chairperson 22nd NIH Scientific Conference, Regional Director of Asia Pacific Academic Consortium of Public Health

08:40 – 9:40

PLENARY 1: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: Where are the Health Systems Challenges?

Chairperson: Dr Noor Ani Ahmad
Director of Institute for Public Health, National Institutes of Health

Prof. Daniel Reidpath
Senior Director, Health Systems and Population Studies Division, Bangladesh

Prof. Daniel Reidpath
Prof Daniel D Reidpath is Senior Director of the Health Systems and Population Studies Division at International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh since September 2019. He retains an adjunct professorial appointment in the Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences (JCSMHS) at Monash University, Malaysia. He held the position of Professor for Population Health at Monash Malaysia from 2009-2019 and was the establishing Director of the South East Asia Community Observatory; a health and demographic surveillance system (HDSS) located at Segamat, Johor. Prior to that, he was the inaugural Chair of Public Health at Brunel University, West London. Prof Reidpath is a Social Epidemiologist and has worked extensively in the measurement of population health, health systems, social marginalisation, and equity.

9:40 – 11:00


Welcoming Speech

Dr S Asmaliza Ismail
Advisor for Organising Committee of 22nd NIH Scientific Conference, NIH Manager, National Institutes of Health

Datuk Dr Hishamshah Mohd Ibrahim
Patron of 22nd NIH Scientific Conference, Deputy Director General of Health Malaysia (Research and Technical Support)

Keynote Address and Launching of 22nd NIH Scientific Conference

Tan Sri Dato Seri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah
Director General of Health Malaysia

11:00 – 11:30

Tea Break

11:30 – 12:30

ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION 1: Heal, Innovate, Change and Improve for a Healthy Nation: Strengthening the Health Promotion Agenda ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION 1:
Heal, Innovate, Change and Improve for a Healthy Nation: Strenghtening the Health Promotion Agenda

Deciding to make a change in your life is never easy. Breaking old habits, creating healthy ones and maintain it can be challenging and even discouraging at times especially within current pandemic situation. However, it’s not impossible. Gradually working toward change improves your odds of success. Let’s explore into behavioural insights that can help you enact healthy change in your life, no matter what change (or changes) you’d like to make with panels of expert in human behaviour, public health and health promotion.

Moderator: Dr Manimaran Krishnan
Director of Institute for Health Behavioural Research, National Institutes of Health

Prof. Emeritus Dr. Samsudin b. A.Rahim
Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, National University of Malaysia

Prof. Emeritus Dr. Samsudin b. A.Rahim
Prof. Emeritus Dr. Samsudin is conferred professor Emeritus for his great contribution in the field of development communication and social change as well as national development in 2016. He obtained BA (Hons) Communication from National University of Malaysia, MS (Development Communication) from University of Wisconsin – Madison and Ph. D (Communication) from University of Wisconsin – Madison. He has been leading various major research projects since 1993 and still actively involved till date. In addition, he has authored numerous journal articles and working papers in seminars/workshops. He is advisory Fellow of Malaysian Institute for Youth Research (IYRES), member of Member, Health Promotion Board, Ministry of Health, Malaysia, Member of Social Science Evaluation Panel, Prototype Research Grant Scheme. (PRGS), Guest Editor of Journal of Current Research on Higher Education in Malaysia (CREAM). Inaugural Issue. Ministry of Higher Education and member of Evaluation Panel, Long-term Research Grant Scheme.
Prof. Dato’ Dr. Lokman Hakim bin Sulaiman
International Medical University, Kuala Lumpur

Prof. Dato’ Dr. Lokman Hakim bin Sulaiman
Datuk Dr. Lokman Hakim is a Professor of Public Health at the International Medical University, Kuala Lumpur. He graduated as Medical Doctor from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Master in Public Health from National University of Singapore and PhD in Medical Parasitology from UKM. He was conferred the Fellow of Academy of Medicine Malaysia and is the current President of the College of Public Health Medicine of the Academy. He is also a Fellow of Academy of Medicine of Singapore and Fellow of the Academy of Science Malaysia. He took optional retirement in July 2017 from the Ministry of Health of Malaysia after serving for more than 32 years, including 18 years as researcher with the Institute for Medical Research, Kuala Lumpur. His last position before retirement was the Deputy Director General of Health (Public Health). He had served in various consultancy capacities to WHO. Among the more recent assignment were, Member of Expert Advisory Group on Environmental Health to the WHO Regional Director of Western Pacific Office (WPRO), 2016, Member of Malaria Advisory Committee WHO Geneva 2015, and Scientific Ad-Hoc Committee for WHO Tropical Disease Research (TDR) Program, 2016. Recently, he is appointed as a Member of the WHO Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (PIP) Framework Advisory Group for the period 2017-2019.
Dr Vanitha Subramaniam
Senior Principle Assistant Director, Population Wellness Branch, Health Education Division, Ministry of Health Malaysia

Dr Vanitha Subramaniam

12:30 – 2:00


2:00 – 3:00

SYMPOSIUM 1: Bioethics And Research Integrity in a Pandemic to Improve Health Outcomes SYMPOSIUM 1:
Bioethics and Research Integrity in a Pandemic to Improve Health Outcomes

In the times of unknown, medical professionals will have to make important decision with little evidence and support. This is especially true during a public health emergency like we are currently facing. Hence, bioethics can act as a guide in not only clinical decision making and policy changes, but also in ensuring medical researches are being conducted with a high integrity and ethical standard. In this symposium, we will introduce the roles of bioethics and its state in Malaysia, and how it can be applied to medical researches during a public health crisis.

Chairperson: Dr Hjh Salina Abdul Aziz
Chairperson of National Committee on Ethics and Research, Ministry of Health Malaysia

Bioethics Guidance in a Pandemic

Dr Tan Hui Siu
Head of Hospital Ethics Support Service, Co-Chair of Clinical Ethics Committee, Hospital Ampang

Dr Tan Hui Siu
Dr. Tan Hui Siu is a full-time clinician for the past 17 years with administrative and policy-making experience. She graduated from University of Malaya in 2004 and obtained her professional degree in 2010. She was the head of the department in Hospital Teluk Intan in 2012-2018. As a Yayasan Khazanah scholar, she holds a Master of Bioethics from Harvard University. She currently concentrates her efforts in establishing clinical ethics support in public hospitals, which involves clinical ethics consultation and inter-professional ethics education. She helped set up the Hospital Ethics Support Service (HESS) and Clinical Ethics Committee (CEC) in Hospital Ampang last year. Dr. Tan is the co-founder of the Malaysian Bioethics Community. She led the editorial work for “Bioethics and COVID-19 - Guidance for Clinicians,” published in May 2020, hosted several webinars, gave multiple talks, and published a few writings during the COVID-19 pandemic. She led the initiative to produce a “best practice” guide for medical ethics during the COVID-19 pandemic for the MOH. She is most proud to be part of the team effort in crisis decision-making and patient-family support in Hospital Ampang during the worst crisis. HS is also a Malaysian Research and Ethics Committee (MREC) member, and her other areas of interest include social advocacy, intersectoral discourse and collaboration, narrative ethics, and healthcare leadership.

Ethical Standards and Their Application to Research During Public Health Emergencies

Dr Nishakanthi Gopalan
MOHRE Programme Manager Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya

Dr Nishakanthi Gopalan
Dr Nisha Gopalan is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya (UM). She is a biotechnologist by training and holds a Ph.D in research ethics and policy implication particularly looking at stem cell technology. During which time, she published her key findings in several reputable high impact bioethics’ journals. She is currently an instructor and a Programme Manager for the Master of Health Research Ethics (MOHRE) programme which is a programme under the collaboration between Faculty of Medicine and the Berman institute of Bioethics, Johns Hopkins University (JHU). Dr Nisha is also a member of the Research Integrity and Ethics Unit (RIEU) supporting work on the ethics arm such as the Ethics Consultative Service for the Marginalized Population (ECS-MP). Her research interest includes not only research ethics but also bioethics and medical ethics on various topics ranging from emerging technologies, health research, and aesthetic medicine.

3:00 – 4:00


Note: Time indicated is GMT+8 (i.e. Malaysia Standard Time)