USM plans to showcase research findings internationally

Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) will highlight research findings to various other countries in the future.

Prof. Prof. Farid (far right) explains the sea cucumber cage to the Vice Chancellor watched by the Campus Director, Assoc. Dato 'Mohamed Mafauzy (left), Dr. Chan (second left) and Dr. Zuraida.

"We will do screening and careful selection among those who have shown potential, particularly for research with potential for commercialization that is able to strengthen the existing networks," said USM Vice Chancellor, Professor Dato 'Omar Osman in a press conference held at the Hospital USM today.

He said the university is confident with the ability of university researchers that has been proven based on outstanding achievements in various national and international expositions.

In the same press conference, Omar also introduced three researchers who won the gold and silver in the Malaysian Technology Expo (MTE), held in Kuala Lumpur last weekend.

In the competition, Dr. Chan Yean Yean from the School of Medical Sciences and Dr. Zuraida Zainun from the School of Health Sciences each won gold medals while Prof. Prof. Farid Che Ghazali won the silver medal.

Dr. Chan won the award for developing a DNA-based cholera detection kit that could speed up the time of testing compared with conventional methods.

"Before this, we needed between 3-5 days to process a confirmation of cholera. But with the "Oligo CT Strip ', the results will be known after only 2 hours 30 minutes," he said.

He added that this product can be used at room temperature and can be produced at a cost as low as RM10.

Dr. Zuraida Zainun said his research module develops balance exercises capable of helping stroke patients in therapy sessions at home. This module focuses on training sessions that stimulate the brain and has dimodulkan in a compact disc.

Assoc. Prof. Farid Che Ghazali produced the the first sea cucumber reefs to stem the extinction of marine animals that are often used for medical purposes.

These reefs are enriched with a variety of materials that could provide a suitable habitat for the breeding of sea cucumbers.

Published: 23 Feb 2012

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