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School of Biosciences student, wins the Best Oral Presenter at the 8th Regional Conference on Molecular Medicine

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The 19 and 20 September 2018 were two remarkable dates during which scientists and healthcare professionals from Japan, Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia gathered at the 8th Regional Conference on Molecular Medicine (RCMM) in conjunction with the 4th National Conference for Cancer Research at the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) Medical Biology Institute (UMBI), Hospital UKM. Exciting exchange of knowledge on top-notch research advancements were made during the event in the areas of cancer, non-communicable diseases, biomarkers, public health, omics, genomics, proteomics, immunotherapy, personalized medicine, healthcare and infectious diseases.

In the free papers oral presentation session, a host of PhD students, Assistant/Associate Professors and Medical Doctors competed by presenting their research work concisely within a period of five minutes. Sonia Wong How Ming, a PhD student from School of Biosciences under the supervision of Dr Eunice Ngai Siew Ching, stood out as the Best Oral Presenter among 20 competitors.

“I would like to thank UMBI for organising such a conference. I would also like to thank my supervisors for their unending support in the progression of my research career. My research focuses mainly on using the epigenetic drugs Trichostatin A (TSA) and Zebularine (Zeb) in sensitising breast adenocarcinoma cells towards the apoptosis induced by a selective anti-cancer candidate, Tumor Necrosis Factor-related Apoptosis-inducing Ligand (TRAIL). Thank you once again for recognising our research effort,” said Sonia in her winning speech at the end of the conference.

“I have seen her potential in public speaking and I wish to congratulate and encourage her to keep up the good work!” Dr Ngai, Sonia’s supervisor said when she received the news of her student’s win.

Once again, our well wishes go to Sonia and her supervisor, Dr Ngai, as they take a greater leap in their research from this significant milestone.

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(Article image caption: Sonia Wong during the presentation)

(Thumbnail image caption: Sonia Wong at the awards presentation ceremony)


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Posted on 17th October 2018

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