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KUALA LUMPUR, 28 NOVEMBER 2012 – The University of Malaya in collaboration with the Malaysia Toray Science Foundation (MTSF) organized the Malaysia Toray Science Foundation Grant Research Symposium yesterday at the Auditorium, Research Management and Innovation Complex (RMIC), UM.
MTSF Grant Research Symposium brings together researchers from a spectrum of scientific research institutes and agencies that are able to provide a platform for them to discuss, deliberate and produce new ideas and recommendations on emerging researches and technologies. The exchange of knowledge and experience will bring research activities to greater heights on knowledge development and advanced innovation that will benefit the society and mankind, in general. 

This programme started in 1994.  Since then, the University of Malaya (UM) has a number of times been working together with MTSF in organising the symposium.  For this year, again, UM has been selected to co-organise the symposium.

According to Prof. Dr Awang Bulgiba Awang Mahmud, Acting Vice-Chancellor for UM “Having the researchers share their knowledge and research outcome this morning is timely for us since the Malaysian economy is now moving very quickly towards an innovation-led economy. Countries like Malaysia will now be investing not only in technology and development, but also in research and higher education.”

Among the projects to be presented are the Regulation of Cancer Stem Cell in Drug Resistant Breast Cancer by Herb-Drug-Treatment by Ms. Ho Wan Yong, Universiti Putra Malaysia and Development of Nanocatalyst for Direct Methonol Fuel Cell by Ms Sahriah Basri, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.

Grantees of the MTSF Science & Technology Research Grant are required to complete and sign the General Grant Conditions that stipulate the general terms and conditions of the research grant.  Each year until the research is concluded, the Grantees are required to submit their annual reports, together with the up-to-date account of disbursement and utilisation of funds, jointly certified by the University/Institution and the Grantees.  Upon conclusion of the whole project, the Grantees are required to submit a final report and the statement of account to MTSF within 3 months thereof.

Subsequently, the Grantees are required to present their research report findings and share experiences at the MTSF Grant Research Symposium which are organised yearly for the benefit of the general public and the scientific community.






Genetic Engineering of Phalaenopsis Orchid for Fungal Disease Resistance

Dr. Sreeramanan Subramaniam,

AIMST University



Regulation of Cancer Stem Cell in Drug Resistant Breast Cancer by Herb-Drug-Treatment

Ms. Ho Wan Yong,

Universiti Putra Malaysia



Glycomics Study on Immunusuppressive Glycoproteins-Tamm-Horsfall Glycoprotein and Uromodulin


Dr. Wong Nyet Kui,

Universiti Malaysia Sabah


Synthesis and Characterization of Inorganic-Organic Nanocomposite Comprising Metal Chalcogenicles (CuS & CdS) and Mesogenic Diols Liquid Crystals as well as Their Polymers for Photonic Applications


Ms. Lee Hooi Ling,

Universiti Sains Malaysia


Isolation and Characterization of Novel Marine Bacteria Involved in Degradation of Heterocyclic Compound carbazole and Biphenyl From the Coast of Sarawak


Dr. Awang Ahmad Sallehin Awg Husaini (representing Dr. Azham Zulkharnain), Universiti Malaysia Sarawak


Preparation and Characterization of a Simultaneous Pore Forming and Titanium Binding Nanocomposite Membrane for Fouling Mitigation


Dr. Ooi Boon Seng,

Universiti Sains Malaysia


Studies on the Biosynthesis of Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) by a Locally Isolated Bacterium and Genetic Analysis of the PHA Synthase Gene


Mr. Julian Chin Hock Chye, Universiti Sains Malaysia


Bioconversion of Ferulic Acid to Vanillin by Using Locally bacillus sp

Mr. Nik Azmi Bin Nik Mahmood,

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia



Novel Poly (Vinyl Chloride) Based Composite Polymer Electrolytes Consisting of Ionic Liquid in an Approach Towards Environmentally Friendly Energy Sources


Dr. Ramesh T. Subramaniam, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman


Molecular Phylogeny of Malaysian Ralfsiales (Phaecophyceae)


Dr. Lim Phaik Eem,

Universiti Malaya


Comparing Insulin Release by Insulin-producing Cells Generated from Human Diabetic and Non-diabetic Bone Marrow-derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells in vitro


Dr. Rebecca Wong Shin Yee International Medical University


The Anti-inflammatory Mechanism of Active Fractions Isolated from Bixa orellana

Mr. Yong Yoke Keong, Universiti Putra Malaysia



Prof. Dr Awang receiving a token of appreciation from Prof. Dr Yong

Prof. Dr Kurunathan chairing the second presentation

Prof. Dr Ali Hashim as a panellist for the second session

Dr. Lim Phaik Eem presenting her project


  Last updated 28th November 2012  
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