Neuroscience Advocacy & Education in Malaysia (NAEM)

Embrace, Network & Change

IBRO Global Neuroscience Advocacy Workshop
“Towards national and global neuroscience advocacy: Embrace, Network and Change”
Date: 21 March 2016 | Venue: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University Putra Malaysia

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Event Snapshot
Date: 21 March 2016
Main Conference Room (BMU), Level 4, Administrative Block, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University Putra Malaysia.
Admission: Free
Time: 8.00am to 5.00pm
Others: Meals and certificate of participation will be provided

The workshop aims to discuss the following points and publish the findings in a report format for general reference:

Challenges in Neuroscience R&D in Malaysia in the next decade,
Problem-based-driven research prioritisation in Malaysia,
Our roles (academia, societies, agencies and NGOs) in R&D in the next decade,
Embrace, Network and Change: embrace our differences, stay networked with one and another and make a change to neuroscience landscape in the country.

Who should attend?
  • Academics
  • Neuroscientists
  • Medical Specialists
  • Postgraduate students
  • Policy makers
  • Leaders/Members of NGOs
  • Industrial players
Online Registration
The workshop is free and open to all. It is limited to 60 pax only. The organising committee only accept online registration by clicking the following button:
It has been estimated that there are more than 200 neuroscientists in Malaysia (including researching postgraduate students) who work alongside with more than 1000 of neurologists, neurosurgeons, psychiatrists, psychologists, neuroengineers and allied health personnel as well as members of neuroscience-related non-profit organizations. Various educational and research programmes in neuroscience have been offered by different universities in the country leading to the increasing number of neuroscientists in the past years signifying the growing needs of the community to address various issues related to the brain. Although the number of neuroscientists has improved, many of them were working in silo, lacking a concerted effort in championing causes to improve R&D funding in the country. Resources are scattered and unconsolidated leading to technological and research redundancy.

Majority of Malaysian neuroscientists are represented in different societies as well as other non-profit orgnisations related to neuroscience. These organizations, however, suffer from the lack of communications and collaborations leading to the lack of neuroscience agendas in the national blueprint for R&D. Malaysia is fast approaching the aging nation and a national agenda to tackle the challenging issues of dementia and neurodegeneration is a must. Acknowledging that the advocacy for better visibility in neuroscience has been poor due to different local requirements among neuroscience societies and non-profit organizations, International Brain Research Organisation (IBRO) together with the Malaysian Society of Neurosciences have decided to spearhead the task in concerting voices and efforts among all related parties in view of gaining better recognition from the national authority and related-community in general.

We propose to oganise a workshop cum scientific meeting to educate representatives from different organizations about the importance and effectiveness of advocacy in neuroscience. We would take the opportunity to discuss on a streamlined strategy in bringing all neuroscience-related organizations to brainstorm on Neuroscience Challenges in Malaysia and the relevance of various neuroscience organisations in pushing neuroscience R&D forward!

Programme Itinerary
0800 - 0845 : Registration
0845 - 0900 : Opening Speech by the Dean of Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, UPM,
Prof Dato’ Dr. Abdul Jalil Nordin
0900 - 0915 : Welcoming Speech by the President of MSN,
by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kheng-Seang Lim
0915 - 0930 :
Introduction to Neuroscience Advocacy, by Dr. Michael KH Ling
0930 - 1015 :
Neuroscience Advocacy in Japan, by Prof. Dr. Tadashi Isa (Japan Neuroscience Society)
1015 - 1030 : Refreshment
1030 - 1100 :
Progression of Neuroscience R&D in Malaysia, by Prof. Dato’ Dr. Jafri Malin Abdullah (P3Neuro, Universiti Sains Malaysia)
1100 - 1125 : Round table discussion on Challenges in Neuroscience R&D in Malaysia in the next decade”
1125 - 1245 : Presentation by Group Leaders
1245 - 1215 :
Bridging neuroscience R&D and healthcare service providers, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kheng-Seang Lim (Malaysian Society of Neurosciences)
1215 - 1240 : Round table discussion on Problem-based-driven research prioritisation in Malaysia”
1240 - 1300 : Presentation by Group Leaders
1300 - 1400 : Lunch
1400 - 1430 :
Role of industry in neuroscience R&D in Malaysia, by Dr. Ang Guan Lee (Norvatis Corporation (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd)
1430 - 1455 : Round table discussion on Our roles (academia, societies, agencies and NGOs) in R&D in the next decade”
1455 - 1515 : Presentation by Group Leaders
1515 - 1545 :
The importance of neuroscience R&D to the ageing Malaysian population, by YM Prof. Dr. Tengku Aizan Tengku Abdul Hamid (Institute of Gerontology, UPM)
1545 - 1610 : Roundtable discussion on Embrace, Network and Change: common goals and sustainability”
1610 - 1630 : Presentation by Group Leaders
1630 - 1700 : Closing, refreshment and end of workshop
1900 - 2100 : Dinner (by invitation only)

Speakers’ Profiles
Professor Dr. Tadashi Isa
Vice President & Head of International Collaboration Affairs
Japan Neuroscience Society
Associate Professor Dr. Kheng Seang Lim
Malaysian Society of Neurosciences & Malaysian Society of Epilepsy
YM Prof. Dr. Tengku Aizan Tengku Abdul Hamid
Institute of Gerontology, Universiti Putra Malaysia.
Professor Dato’ Dr. Jafri Malin Abdullah, FASc
Center for Neuroscience Services & Research (P3Neuro), Universiti Sains Malaysia.
Dr. Michael KH Ling
IBRO Global Advocacy Workshop in Malaysia & 6th Annual Neuroscience Seminar, Malaysian Representative to IBRO and FAONS
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Dr. Ang Guan Lee
Head, Clinical Development & Medical Affairs
Novartis Corporation (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd.

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