SPEAKERS

KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Professor Khalid

Professor Khalid did his residency at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne and underwent training for his FRACP in endocrinology at the Prince Henry’s Hospital where he also did his PhD with John Funder. He returned to join Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia as a lecturer in 1982, and was later promoted to be Associate Professor in 1984 and Professor in 1990. He was the Dean and foundation Director of Hospital Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia from 1990 to 1997 and 1996 to 2000 respectively. He was appointed as the foundation Professor of Medicine by Monash University Malaysia in 2004 and was the first Head of the Clinical School in Johor Bahru.

He was awarded the Tun Abdul Razak Research Award in 1986, the Asia Pacific Society Clinical Nutrition Award 1996, the National Science Award Malaysia in 1997 and also the joint winner of the MERDEKA Award for medicine, science and technology in 2008. Professor Khalid was the president of several reputable societies, including the Malaysian Endocrine Society from 1995 to 1998, the ASEAN Federation of Endocrine Societies from 1992 to 1993 and Persatuan Diabetes Malaysia from 1985 to 1990. He was a Member of Council of the International Diabetes Federation, representing Western Pacific countries in 2000, and an elected member of the Malaysia Medical Council from 1986 till 2001. He was also the Master of the Academy of Medicine of Malaysia from 2005 to 2008 and Fellow of the Academy of Science Malaysia. His main research interest is in Nutritional Stress in the pathogenesis of Metabolic Syndrome and investigating compounds for the treatment of diabetes and metabolic syndrome.

PLENARY SPEAKER
Dr. Simon Kennedy

Dr. Simon Kennedy is a Senior Lecturer at Glasgow University and has been involved in developing and using in vivo animal models of balloon injury and stenting for around 15years. He has published widely using these models to investigate mechanisms of cardiovascular pathophysiology. He has chaired symposia at local and international meetings and organized several specialized meetings on in vivo research. He is on the editorial board of the British Journal of Pharmacology and the review journal Pharmacology & Therapeutics and is a member of the British Pharmacological Society meetings committee. His work is supported by the British Heart Foundation, Medical Research Council and the EPSRC. His research interests are on the study of vascular pathologies and therapy aimed at improving the outcome of interventional procedures such as vein grafting, balloon angioplasty and stent implantation. He is also interested in the control of vascular function and the effect of conditions such as hyperlipidaemia on this. Recent work has been done to investigate the function of perivascular adipose tissue (PVAT) surrounding blood vessels and the effect of the enzyme AMPK on this. He also has an interest in the effect of hypoxia on expression and function of the sphingolipid system.

Prof. Dr. Ima Nirwana Soelaiman

Prof. Dr. Ima Nirwana Soelaiman is a Professor of Pharmacology from the Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). She has spent almost more than 20 years researching in the fields of osteoporosis and natural products. She has published 152 articles in high-impact journals and has a H-index of 23 (Scopus), 25 (Google Scholar); and cumulative citation of 1,724 by Scopus and 2,457 (Google Scholar). She has won 13 medals locally and internationally in research, including Gold Medals in the 34th International Exhibition of Inventions, New Techniques and Products, Geneva, Switzerland, 2006; Invention and New Product Exposition (INPEX2008), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, 2008; and The Belgian and International Trade Fair for Technological Innovation, Brussels, 2013. She was also UKM’s Researcher of the Year in 2006, 2008, 2015 and UKM Scholar of the year in 2017. Prof. Ima was featured by Elsevier as one of “10 Women in Science for International Women’s Day 2015” in the journal “Life Science”. Prof. Ima was the Deputy Dean (Research and Innovation) and Chair, Research Committee, Faculty of Medicine UKM and has served in Research Evaluation Panels for UKM and the Ministry of Agriculture.

Professor Alberto Avolio

Professor Alberto Avolio is Professor of Biomedical Engineering in The Australian School of Advanced Medicine at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. He has acquired international recognition in the field of cardiovascular haemodynamics. He has taught in the fields of cardiovascular dynamics and in the broad area of engineering in medicine and biology. Current research areas include pulsatile relationships between blood pressure and flow, characterization of pressure-dependent indices of vascular function, cellular and molecular mechanisms of arterial stiffness, pulse wave analysis and non-invasive estimation of central aortic pressure, retinal vascular function and non-invasive assessment of cerebral dynamics, cerebral aneurysms, cardiovascular modelling and biological signal processing. He is on the editorial board of journals of cardiovascular research and hypertension (Hypertension, Journal of Hypertension, Artery Research, Current Hypertension Reviews, Advanced Biomedical Engineering, Pulse) He has over 250 publications including a book, book chapters and peer reviewed articles. He has been elected a Fellow of the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering and has recently (2015-2017) held the position of President of the society Pulse of Asia.