Keynote Speaker Biodata

Prof Dato’ Dr Lokman Saim (Malaysia)
Title: Innovation and Research : The Key to Better Healthcare

Professor Dato’ Dr Lokman Saim is Professor of Otorhinolaryngology (Ear Nose and Throat Specialist). His super-specialty is in otology and neurotology (surgery of the ear and brain). He was appointed by KPJ Healthcare University College as its President and founding Dean School of Medicine since February 2012. He initiated postgraduate medical specialist training programmes in KPJ private specialist hospitals, through innovative teaching and training methodology delivered by private consultants.

He was the pioneer batch of the first MRSM, i.e. MRSM Seremban (1972 – 1976). He received further study and training at various institutions including UKM, Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh and Harvard Medical School, USA. He was Head Department of ORL- Head & Neck Surgery (ENT) at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) 1994-99. He is a surgeon and also an administrator. He was appointed Dean Faculty of Medicine UKM 2003-2007. In February 2008, he was given the mandate by UKM Vice-Chancellor, to initiate the merger of the faculty of Medicine UKM and Hospital UKM. With the merger, the UKM Medical Center was established, as an academic medical institution under a single administration that provides excellent patient care, education and research. He was Dean Faculty of Medicine and Director of UKM Medical Center from 2008-2011.

His clinical work is in the prevention of hearing loss and recovery of hearing. He started the cochlear implant program in UKM and is the first surgeon in Malaysia to perform cochlear implant surgery (operation to enable deaf child and adults to hear again). He is actively involved in training of ENT surgeons in ear surgery and assists many centers in Malaysia and the Asia Pacific region to establish cochlear implant programs. He performs operations of the ear (cochlear implant surgery) almost every month, in Indonesia, Brunei, Vietnam and Pakistan. Prof. Dato’ Dr.Lokman Saim was appointed as Clinical Professor at the Australian School of Advanced Medicine, Macquarie University from 2010-2012. He is also active in professional organizations and is founding President of ASEAN Academy of Neuro-Oto-Audiology (AANOA), member of Collegium OtorhinolaryngologicumAmicitea Sacrum (CORLAS) and Executive Board member of International Federation of Otorhinolaryngology Societies.

He was awarded the Nikhil Bhatt International Award for Public Service by the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Foundation at its 120th AAO Meeting on 17th September 2016 in San Diego USA. He also awarded an Honorary Fellow of the Philippines Society of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery in December 2016.

Plenary Speakers Biodata

Prof Gilles Guillemin (Australia)
Title : Involvement of tryptophan metabolism in neuroinflammation

Prof Gilles Guillemin has been working in the fields of Neuroimmunology and tryptophan metabolism for more than 20 years. He is the Co-Director of the MND and Neurodegenerative Diseases Research Centre and the Head of the Neuroinflammation group at Macquarie University. Prof Guillemin’s team is one of the world’s leading research groups working on the involvement of the tryptophan catabolism (via the kynurenine pathway) in human neurodegenerative diseases. He demonstrated this pathway in multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

He is the President of the International Society for Tryptophan Research and the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal for Tryptophan Research. He has published an overall of 182peer reviewed scientific articles. His current h-index is currently 43 and has more than 7000 citations.

Prof Dr.NateetipKrishnamra (Thailand)
Title: Skeletal changes in diabetes mellitus : Possible celllular and molecular mechanisms

Dr.NateetipKrishnamra is a Professor at the Department of Physiology, Faculty of Science, Mahidol University, Bangkok,Thailand. She is recognized as one of Thailand’s leaders in calcium metabolism and bone physiology. She established the Center of Calcium and Bone Research (COCAB) with a long range goal of promoting bone health through understanding how to use calcium supplementation effectively, and reducing the incidence of bone disorder in metabolic diseases eg., DM and b-Thalassemia. Her research team uses a multidisciplinary approach to study cellular and molecular mechanisms of intestinal calcium absorption and bone remodeling in physiological (growth, pregnancy and lactation) and pathological conditions (postmenopausal osteoporosis, DM, and b.Thalassemia).They also explore possible development of hydroxyapatite nanocomposite as bone implants. Prof.Krishnamra has more than 100 international publications.

Prof Dr. Oteh Maskon (Malaysia)
Title: Controversies in Cardiology: The Fanatics vs Skeptics

Dr. Oteh Maskon underwent his undergraduate medical training at Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin. He then completed the MRCP (Ireland) and joined the Internal Medicine and Cardiology Training in Ireland, completed Masters in Cardiology (MSc Cardiology) from the Trinity College, Dublin in 2005. Now he is a senior Consultant Cardiologist and Head of Cardiology Unit at UKM Medical Centre a position he held since April 2005. Since May 2013 he was appointed Head of the Heart and Lung Centre, UKM. Though his main practice is as Interventional Cardiologist, he has interest in Coronary artery disease and hypertension, with a particular clinical interest in Heart Disease in Young People. Besides the UKMMC, he also runs private practice clinics and inpatient services at the UKM Specialist Centre (UKMSC). He was appointed lecturer and Clinical Associate Professor under the Faculty of Medicine in 2007. He had participated in many multicentre clinical trials and numerous fundamental researches including collaboration with various institutions in the country. He has over 50 publications in international journals and appointed as faculty members in a number of international meetings, as well as speakers at national and international levels. Dr. Oteh was among the first recipients of Fellowship of the National Heart (FNHAM) in 2007, and he was a council member of NHAM for the session 2010-2012. He was also a member of the Clinical Practice Guidelines on Stable Coronary Artery Disease, Acute Coronary Syndrome, STEMI and Atrial Fibrillation and had participated as organising committee members for the NHAM and Mylive annual Congress, and the Asian Pacific Cardiology Congress (APCC) in Kuala Lumpur (2010).
Symposium Speakers Biodata

Dato’ Dr Nik Ritza Kosai (Malaysia)
Title: Gastrooesophageal junction tumours: The rise of a silent killer

Associate Professor Dato’ Dr Nik Ritza Kosai is currently the head of Upper GI, Minimally invasive, Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery at the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre, Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. He obtained BSCmed at the University of St Andrews, Scotland followed by MBChB at Manchester University. He underwent basic surgical training in the northwest of England deanery obtaining the MRCS. Then furthered his higher surgical training and fellowship again in Manchester obtaining FRCS Gen Surgery. He has published over 50 papers in peer reviewed journals, has 2 book chapters and frequently writes in health magazines. He is very active in research primarily in the field of bariatrics and gastric cancer and currently involve in looking at the effects of H Pylori on the expression of CD antigens in chronic gastritis and gastric cancer and the hormonal effect and changes following bariatric and metabolic surgery. He has presented and delivered talks in many national and international conferences and workshops.

Prof Dr Gabriele Ruth Anisah Froemming (Malaysia)

Title: Cellular response of osteoblasts to environmental stressors

Dr Gabriele R.A. Froemming is an Associate Professor and lecturer in the Medical Faculty, University Teknologi MARA where she is heading the discipline of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine at the moment.  Recently she joined the Institut Patologi, Perubatan Makmal dan Foresik (I-PPerForM) as a research fellow. She is heading the unit for Nutrional Sciences and natural products in I-PPerForM. Gabriele has more than 10 years of experience of teaching Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine to medical students and she has been the director of the Institute of Molecular Medical Biotechnology (IMMB), UiTM for more than five years.  She has an MSc in Analytical Chemistry with specialisation in food, water, tobacco, cosmetics and household products from the University of Hamburg (Germany), where she also obtained the title of a state-certified Food Chemist. After finishing her Ph.D. in Biochemistry (University of Hamburg, Germany) she spend five and a half years as a Post Doc at the Department of Nutrition (UCC) and Pharmacology (UCD) in the Republic of Ireland. Gabriele is a passionate researcher and her main area of interest is molecular cell stress responses. She is  especially interested in bone related topics as well as chronic inflammation like it is seen in atherosclerosis, diabetes, obesity and arthritis as well as how certain nutritional products can prevent osteoporosis or induce cell death in cancer cells. Dr. Gabriele has published more than 50 full articles and graduated four PhD and nine MSc students. On a private basis she is a passionate mother of nine cats which all have been rescued.

Assoc Prof Dr Rebecca H. Ritchie (Australia)
Title: Targeting physiological growth signalling as a novel therapy for diabetic cardiomyopathy

Prof. Ritchie is a Senior Research Fellow of the Australian NHMRC, head of Heart Failure Pharmacology laboratory in Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, Melbourne and Adjunct Associate Professor in Monash University.  She received her B.Sc. (Hons) from Department of Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology, University of Adelaide in 1989 and Ph.D from Department of Medicine (Cardiology), University of Adelaide in 1994. Prof. Ritchie and her team actively seeks to understand the role of reactive oxygen species (ROS), inflammation, nitric oxide (NO) signalling and cardiac glucose metabolism in heart failure and diabetic cardiomyopathy, as well as to develop novel pharmacotherapies for prevention and treatment of these conditions. She has published over 70 articles in world-renowned scientific journals and supervised 11 graduate students to date.

Assoc Prof Dr Isa Naina Mohamed (Malaysia)

Title: The Secret of Healthy Bones from Adolescent to Elderly


Dr Isa Naina Mohamed is an Associate Professor in the Medical Faculty, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). He graduated with distinction in Medicine from UKM in 2003 and joined UKM as a medical lecturer in 2005. He completed his Masters in Clinical Pharmacology and doctoral studies in Medicine and Therapeutics at the University of Aberdeen in 2006 and 2011. Upon returned to Malaysia and UKM, he was invited to join the UKM Bone Metabolism Research team by top UKM researcher Professor Ima Nirwana Soelaiman to add on epidemiology and human research expertise to the team, in which he is an active member till today. Within 5 years, Isa was awarded 3 awards (Outstanding Service award, UKM Outstanding Educator award and UKM Young Researcher award), published over 40 research paper publications with a cumulative impact factor above 80, achieved an h-index of 10, 2 pending patents and lead many high impact researches with a cumulative research grant value of one million ringgit as principal investigator. Isa’s basic research interest is pharmacoepidemiology of bone health. He has broad experiences in clinical pharmacology, herbal product development, addiction and wound healing. He is currently leading one of the largest bone health epidemiology researches in Malaysia focusing on multiple risk factors of adolescent bone health, mortality and morbidity and recovery of osteoporotic fractures and, knowledge and awareness of osteoporosis among the general population. He is the current head of Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety Unit, Antimicrobial Stewardship committee member of Chancellor TuankuMuhriz Hospital and head of Student Affairs and Alumni for the UKM Medical Faculty. Isa is a strong advocate of leadership and soft skill development among university students especially on his interest, debating.  

Dr. Khin Pa PaHlaing @ Farida Hussan (Malaysia)

Title: 11 βHydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 1 enzyme and liver injury

Dr. Khin Pa PaHlaing @ Farida Hussan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anatomy, Faculty of Medicine, UniversitiKebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). She is a medical doctor graduated from the University of Medicine (1), Yangon, Myanmar. She also has a degree of Master in Medical Science (Anatomy) from the same university. She joined UKM in 2008 and she has been a member of Stress Enzyme Group since 2009. Her research area is on drug-induced liver injury. She is a project leader of FRGS grant entitled ‘Effect of Polygonum minus extract on cisplatin induced liver injury’ which is awarded by the Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia. She is currently supervising 2 PhD students and 3 Master Students.

Assoc Prof Dr Qodriyah Haji MohdSaad (Malaysia)
Title: Effects of Virgin Coconut Oil and Palm Tocotrienol Combination on Heated Oil Induced Atherosclerotic Lesions on Postmenopausal Rat Model

Assoc Prof Dr. Qodriyah Haji MohdSaad is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine, UniversitiKebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). She is a medical doctor graduated from the University of Malaya. She also has a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Pharmacology from UniversitiKebangsaan Malaysia. She joined UKM in 1999 as a trainee lecturer and has been a member of Cardiovascular and also Stress Enzyme Group. Her research area is on antioxidant, cardiovascular and stomach ulcer. She was a project leader of Science Fund grant entitled ‘Effects of Virgin Coconut Oil and Palm Tocotrienol Combination on Heated Oil Induced Atherosclerotic Lesions on Postmenopausal Rat Model’ which was awarded by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI), Malaysia.  She has graduated one PhD and four MSc students.

Assoc Prof Dr.FaridahMohd Nor (Malaysia)
Title: Forensic Exhumation - The Malaysian experience

Assoc Prof Dr. Faridah Mohd Nor is an Associate Professor in the Medical Faculty, UniversitiKebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). She graduated with a Medical Degree from UKM in 1988 and joined UKM as a medical lecturer in 1994. She completed her Masters in Forensic Pathology in UKM in 1999, doctoral studies in Forensic Anthropology at the University of Bradford, UK in 2006 and postdoctoral studies in Forensic Anthropology at the University of Oregon, USA in2015.Faridah is a team member of the UKM Bone Metabolism Research group headed by a top UKM researcher Professor Ima NirwanaSoelaiman and the Stress Enzyme Research group. She haspublished about 20 research papersand case studies, achieved an h-index of 4,and lead many high impact researches as a principal investigator. Faridah’s basic research interest is in stature estimation, human and non-human bone origin differentiation and geometric morphometric of crania for identification. She has broad experience in stature estimation, bone histology,human and non-human bone identification, age estimation from bone histology. She is currently leading one of the largest bone researches for human identification in Malaysia focusing on Ct scan of long limb bones and geometric morphometrics of crania and mandible to assist the police and law enforcement officers in solving difficult forensic cases in Malaysia. She is, currently working in the forensic unit of Chancellor TuankuMuhriz Hospital and UKM Medical Faculty. Faridah has a strong link with the police and justice system in Malaysia, and she is often asked for a second opinion in court cases for presentation of evidence in many high profile cases in her career.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mohd Yazid Bajuri (Malaysia)
Title: Current Updates in Charcot Arthropathy

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

MD (UKM), MS Orth (UKM)
Fellowship of Foot and Ankle Surgery (United Kingdom & Switzerland)

Head of Advance Trauma, Foot and Ankle Team and Diabetic Foot Care Service