DAY 2 - WEDNESDAY (22 SEPTEMBER 2021)

Time

Programme

08:00 – 8:30

REGISTRATION

Log-in to Virtual Conference

08:30 – 9:30

PLENARY 2: The Global Economy In The Post Covid-19 Era

Chairperson: Dr Nor Izzah Haji Ahmad Shauki
Director of Institute for Health Systems Research, National Institutes of Health

Prof Dr Jomo Kwame Sundaram
Fellow, Academy of Science, Malaysia, Emeritus Professor, University of Malaya, Senior Adviser, Khazanah Research Institute, and Fellow, Initiative for Policy Dialogue, Columbia University

9:30 - 10:30

SYMPOSIUM 2: Constant of change: Communicable diseases amidst COVID-19 pandemic SYMPOSIUM 2:
Constant of change: Communicable diseases amidst COVID-19 pandemic

Synopsis:
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, a nationwide population-based survey was conducted in 2020 to assess the burden of selected communicable diseases that had adapted to new standard data collection strategies. Data on Hepatitis B and C was gathered as part of the survey to ensure that preventive programmes are maintained to eliminate viral hepatitis by 2030. The survey has collected data on HIV knowledge and stigma to ensure ongoing efforts to reduce HIV transmission and the stigma associated with HIV. Due to the intricacies of COVID-19 outbreak management, applying research skills is critical to mitigating the outbreak.

Chairperson: Dr Chong Zhuo Lin
Head of Centre for Communicable Diseases Research, Institute for Public Health, National Institutes of Health

Field survey implementation for NHMS survey during COVID-19 pandemic

Mr Mohd Hatta Abdul Mutalip
Centre for Communicable Diseases Research, Institute for Public Health, National Institutes of Health

Mr Mohd Hatta Abdul Mutalip
Mr Mohd Hatta Abdul Mutalip is an Environmental Health Officer from the Communicable Disease Epidemiology Research in Institute for Public Health. Since 2010, he has been involved in research, and he is also the Principal Investigator for the NHMS 2020 national survey. His research focuses on communicable diseases that are intertwined with environmental health issues. His research expertise ranges from data analytics to epidemiology of population health. He was a research scholar in survey methodology at the University of Michigan's Institute of Survey Research (ISR). He has authored numerous journal articles and presented at a variety of local and international conferences. He is also a reviewer to several international journals such as Environmental Research, PlosOne, and Asia Pacific Journal of Public Health. He is currently a member of the Society for Epidemiologic Research, and the Malaysian Association of Environmental Health Officers (EHOM). A dedicated researcher who contributes his own column to the EHOM Bulletin.

Hepatitis B and C burden in Malaysia: Are We Ready to Eliminate Hepatitis by 2030?

Ms Hasmah Mohamed Haris
Centre for Communicable Diseases Research, Institute for Public, National Institutes of Health

Ms Hasmah Mohamad Haris
Hasmah Binti Mohamed Haris is Science Officer (Microbiologist) of Center for Communicable Disease Reseach (CCDR) Institute for Public Health (IKU), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Ministry of Health Malaysia. She obtained her Bachelor’s of Science in Microbiology from the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia in 1998. She began her scientific career at Hospital Seberang Jaya in 1999 and continued to work in pathology field for 16 years. She has experience working for a microbiology laboratory and practiced laboratory techniques in medical microbiological testing. She has joined the Institute for Public Health, National Institute of Health since 2018 and since then she has been involved in various research projects, particularly national survey research and communicable disease survey.

HIV: Knowledge & stigma in Malaysia

Dr Mohd Shaiful Azlan Kassim
Head of Centre for Family Health Research, Institute for Public Health, National Institutes of Health

Dr Mohd Shaiful Azlan Kassim
Dr Mohd Shaiful Azlan Kassim is currently the Head of Center for Family Health Reseach (CFHR) Institute for Public Health (IKU), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Ministry of Health Malaysia. He obtained his Medical Degree from the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia in 2008, Master of Community Medicine in 2015, and Doctorate in Public Health (Occupational Health) in 2019 from the same university. Dr Shaiful has joined the Institute for Public Health, National Institute of Health since 2018 and since then has been involved in various research projects, particularly national survey and occupational health research. His research areas are survey methodology, occupational & environmental health, elderly population and mental health. Recently in 2018 & 2019, he has received several awards in international conferences i.e. Travel Grant Award for Seoul International Conference of Endocrinology & Metabolism (SICEM 2019) for oral presentation and Best Oral Presenter in 2nd International Conference on Medical Science Technology (ICMST 2018) for oral presentation. Dr Shaiful currently the Principal Investigator for the upcoming NHMS: Maternal & Child Health 2022. He also currently the Co-Principal investigator for Orang Asli Health Survey. Other than that, Dr Shaiful is also actively involved in international committees such as Asia Pacific Academy for Psychosocial Factors at Work (APAPFW), Malaysia One Health University Network (MyOHUN) and Malaysia Ageing Research Network.

COVID-19: Applying Research Skills to Practice

Dr Noor Aliza Lodz
Centre for Communicable Diseases Research, Institute for Public Health, National Institutes of Health

Dr Noor Aliza Lodz
Dr Noor Aliza Lodz is currently the medical officer of Centre for Communicable Disease (CCDR) in Institute for Public Health (IKU) National Institutes of Health (NIH), Ministry of Health Malaysia. She obtained her Medical Degree from the University of Brawijaya, Indonesia in 2010. She is currently pursuing her Master of Public Health in University of Malaya. Dr Aliza has joined the Institute for Public Health, National Institute of Health since 2016. She has been involved in several studies and mostly are communicable disease related. She also has been a PI for few projects including TB projects and she was the CO-PI for the NHMS 2020.

10:30 – 11:00

Tea Break

11:00 - 12:30

SYMPOSIUM 3: Next Frontier in Public Health SYMPOSIUM 3:
Next Frontier in Public Health

Synopsis:
COVID-19 continues to pose novel challenges to many health systems around the world. This pandemic has also shown us the importance of public health management and effective clinical decision with evidence-based and value-based medicine. Even though this pandemic resulted in significant negative implications, it has brought hopes to the next frontier of public health. This pandemic teaches us that health education and promotion need to recognize future preparedness plans and use a whole-of-community approach in its planning. Public health genomics for medical therapies and disease prevention approaches creates new opportunities to curb the disease at the individual and community levels. The rise of artificial intelligence will challenge the dominance of statistical learning and facilitates decision making in public health. This symposium will discuss various public health strategies and the advancement of public health approaches to build and prepare for a better future post-pandemic era.

Chairperson: Prof Victor Hoe
Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya

Genetic Applications in Disease Prevention

Prof Yik-Ying Teo
Dean, Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore

Prof Yik-Ying Teo
Prof Yik-Ying Teo, or commonly known as YY, is the second Dean of the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health at the National University of Singapore. Trained as a mathematician at Imperial College and completed his MSc and DPhil at Oxford in statistical genetics, YY returned to Singapore in 2010 after working for four years as a Lecturer in Oxford and concurrently a researcher at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics. Prior to his Deanship, he was the Founding Director for the Centre for Health Services and Policy Research, and also the Director for the Center for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Research. He is presently a member on the Council of Scientists for the International Human Frontier Science Program, as well as a member governing board member of the Regional Centre for Tropical Medicine and Public Health Network for Southeast Asia.

Public Health Education and Promotion

Prof Datuk Dr Awang Bulgiba Awang Mahmud
President of the Asia-Pacific Academic Consortium for Public Health-KL (APACPH-KL)

Prof Datuk Dr Awang Bulgiba Awang Mahmud
Datuk Prof Dr Awg Bulgiba Awg Mahmud is the first Malaysian doctor to gain a PhD in Health Informatics. He is currently Secretary-General for the Academy of Sciences Malaysia (Malaysia’s foremost science think tank), Council Member for the Academy of Medicine Malaysia and President of APACPH-KL, the Malaysian chapter for APACPH (Asia-Pacific Academic Consortium for Public Health). Prof Awg Bulgiba is the first public health medicine specialist in Malaysia to hold these 4 fellowships simultaneously (FFPH, FPHMM, FAMM and FASc). Currently, he is heading an Independent COVID-19 Vaccination Advisory Committee and a research project called CEASe (COVID-19 Epidemiological Analysis and Strategies. In the past, he was a Vice-President of the College of Public Health Medicine, Malaysia, Chair of the Council of DVCs (Academic and International) and Chair of the Council of DVCs (Research and Innovation) and has had a remarkable run as DVC (Academic and International) and DVC (Research and Innovation) in the University of Malaya (UM). Prof Awg Bulgiba has published more than 100 Web of Science-indexed journal articles. He led the formulation of Malaysia’s National Policy on Science, Technology and Innovation (NPSTI) 2021-2030 and a MoHE playbook called “Strengthening Academic Career Pathways and Leadership Development”. Prof Awg Bulgiba was awarded the Ma’al Hijrah Award for Outstanding Achievements in Research and Development in 2013 by the Sarawak State Government and the UM Eminent Scholar Award in 2018 (UM’s highest award). He was also awarded the Asia-Pacific Academic Consortium for Public Health (APACPH) Excellence in Leadership Medallion in 2018.

Big Data Analytics in Public Health

Prof Dr Sanjay Rampal
Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya

Prof Dr Sanjay Rampal
Dr Rampal is a Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health and a Public Health Physician at the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya. Dr Rampal was medically trained in India and served in the Ministry of Health Malaysia from 1998 to 2005. The clinical experiences from his early medical career helped him realize that treating one patient at a time was not sufficient and more could be done by intervening at a population level. He improved his basic epidemiology and biostatistics knowledge by completing an MPH degree in 2004 from Harvard University. He joined the University of Malaya in 2005 with the aim to improve the research skills of the medical and public health community. He completed his PhD in Epidemiology from Johns Hopkins University in 2014. He was Certified in Public Health (CPH) by the US National Board of Public Health Examiners in 2013. Dr Rampal’s research focuses on the epidemiology and prevention of cardiovascular disease, with an emphasis on nutrition, obesity, diabetes, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and dyslipidemia. He is particularly interested in elucidating their roles as upstream factors utilizing common major pathways leading to the different Non-Communicable Diseases. During this pandemic, Dr Rampal aims to improve the prevention and control of COVID-19 through active research and translation. He has also been actively communicating with the public through the media on current issues pertaining to the COVID-19.

12:30 – 2:00

Lunch

2:00 - 3:00

SYMPOSIUM 4: Healthcare Landscape in Malaysia: Threats and Neglected Diseases

Chairperson: Dr Norazah Ahmad
Head of Infectious Disease Research Centre, Institute for Medical Research, National Institutes of Health

Viral Diseases: Future Pandemic; Are we prepared?

Dr Ravindran Thayan
Head of Virology Unit, Infectious Disease Research Centre, Institute for Medical Research, National Institutes of Health

Asymptomatic Dengue: Is it a threat or we neglected?

Dr Ahmad Faudzi Yusoff
Head of Secretariat for Training, National & International Collaboration, Institute for Medical Research, National Institutes of Health

Ticks and Tick Borne Pathogens in Malaysia: Will it be A Growing Public Health Threat?

Dr Mariana Ahamad
Head of Acarology Unit, Infectious Disease Research Centre, Institute for Medical Research, National Institutes of Health

Meliodosis, The Threat is Undeniable

Dr Rohaidah Hashim
Bateriology Unit, Infectious Disease Research Centre, Institute for Medical Research, National Institutes of Health

3:00 – 4:00

ORAL PRESENTATION VIDEO AND POSTER VIEWING SESSION

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

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