Discipline Area: Medical and Life Sciences

Presenting The Inaugural Graduating Cohort of the Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Care for the Elderly

  • Professor Alvin Ng Lai Oon

The Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Care for the Elderly (PGDPCE) is the first programme of its kind in Malaysia that aims to train medical doctors to address health issues in an increasingly ageing population. This one-year programme started in January 2020 with 12 students who successfully completed their studies by the end of 2020. As the extended lockdown in Malaysia prevented any graduation during the COVID-19 pandemic, their graduation was delayed to December 2021. This article briefly covers what the PGDPCE programme is about and the graduation of the inaugural batch at the end of 2021.

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Sunway University Signs Collaborative Agreement with the Malaysian Society of Geriatric Medicine (MSGM)

  • Professor Alvin Ng Lai Oon

This article covers the signing of the collaborative agreement between Sunway University and the Malaysian Society of Geriatric Medicine (MSGM), which is a significant milestone in the medical advancement for elderly health care in Malaysia. This collaboration between the two entities has resulted in the Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Care for the Elderly (PGDPCE), to address health issues in an increasingly ageing population in the country.

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Co-designing a Future of Healthy-Ageing & Well-Being at Sunway City

  • Professor Abhi Veerakumarasivam

Sunway University collaborates with a community-based Senior Citizens Club to promote healthy-ageing and well-being. By collaborating in meaningful research and education initiatives, this partnership aims to inform, engage and empower a whole-of-society approach to maximise the opportunities and overcome challenges associated with the rapidly ageing demographic shift.  

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Dr Nagammai Thiagarajan: Falls Champions Award Winner

Dr Nagammai Thiagarajan is the inaugural graduate of the Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Care for the Elderly (PGDPCE) programme recently who won the Falls Champions Award for her efforts in contributing to falling prevention in older persons within the primary care setting. This award was given by the Malaysian Falls Prevention Network (MYFALLS). This article details some of her initiatives in championing fall prevention among the elderly after completing the PDGPCE programme at Sunway University.

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Immunobiology and Pathophysiology of Hodgkin Lymphomas

  • Professor Sibrandes Poppema

As a medical student at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, the author was intrigued to see a young man with Hodgkin Lymphoma, a lymphoid cancer that is characterized by large multinucleated tumor cells and a prominent inflammatory infiltrate. 

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Ageing in the Human Brain: A Focus on Neuroprotection and Healthy Ageing

  • Associate Professor Dr Audrey Lim Wei Ling

Ageing is a universal biological process often associated with gradual deterioration in physiological and biochemical functions, including progressive cognitive decline.

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Arjun Thanaraju is the Regional Programme Officer of INGSA-Asia, based at the School of Medical and Life Sciences, Sunway University

Arjun Thanaraju is a recent graduate of the BSc (Hons) Biology with Psychology Programme under the Department of Biological Sciences, School of Medical and Life Sciences at Sunway University. After three years of study, Arjun graduated with a First-Class Honours in 2020.

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Treating Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • Associate Professor Dr Hwang Jung Shan

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic autoimmune disease that affects the joints in the body. Some common symptoms include stiffness, swelling, and pain in the joints, particularly of the fingers, knees, ankles, wrists, elbows, hips, and shoulders.

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Detecting HFMD: A Virologist’s Race Against Time

  • Professor Poh Chit Laa

The year was 2000 when an unprecedented outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) in Singapore claimed the lives of five children. Professor Poh Chit Laa, then a researcher at National University of Singapore, felt herself grieving with a mother who lost two children to the disease.

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Could Low-Dose Radiation Be Beneficial for Us?

  • Professor David Bradley

Nuclear power plants and incidences like Chernobyl and Fukushima have resulted in radiation phobia (radiophobia) — the fear that even the smallest dose of radiation is harmful.

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