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 UniKL Conferences organized in 2016

Ceiba pentandra or Kapok tree as its mostly used common name may also refer to the cotton obtained from its seed pods. The pods contain seeds surrounded by a fluffy, yellowish fibre that is a mix of lignin and cellulose. The fibre is light, very buoyant, resilient, resistant to water and flammable. It is commonly used as filling in mattresses, pillows, upholstery and stuffed toys such as teddy bears.

 


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Dhaka International Business and Social Sciences Research Conference (DIBSRC) 2016, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 21-22 Jan 2016

UniKL Business School (BIS), Uttara University, and AABL

Sibr-Unikl 2016 Kuala Lumpur Conference On Interdisciplinary Business & Economic Research, Kuala Lumpur, 12-13 Feb 2016

UniKL Business School (BIS) and SIBR

Bandung  International Business & Social Entrepreneurship Science Research Conference (BIBSESRC) 2016, Bandung, Indonesia, 21-22 April 2016

UniKL Business School (BIS), UNISBA, and AABL

International Conference of Pharmacy and Health Sciences 2016, Ipoh, Perak, 18-20 March 2016

UniKL Royal College of Medicine Perak (RCMP) – Faculty Pharmacy, and Ministry of Health Malaysia

Educational Workshop and Symposium on Polymer Science and Technology, Kuala Lumpur, 29-30 March 2016

UniKL Malaysian Institute of Chemical and Bioengineering Technology (MICET), Malaysia Polymer Society, and the Society of Polymer Japan

Image Processing, Image Analysis and Real Time Imagine IPIARTI Symposium 2016 & Symposium on acoustic, speech & signal processing (SASSP) 2016, Gombak, Selangor, 17 May 2016

UniKL British Malaysian Institute (BMI) and IEEE Malaysia

International Conference on Information and Communication Technology 2016 (ICICTM ‘16), Kuala Lumpur, 14-15  May 2016

UniKL Malaysian Institute of Information Technology (MIIT), Universiti Pertahanan Malaysia (UPNM), and IEEE Malaysia

International Conference on Ubiquitous Information Management & Communication (ACM IMCOM 2016), Danang, Vietnam, 6-7 January, 2016

UniKL Malaysian Institute of Information Technology (MIIT), SungKyunKwan University, and ACM

Conference on Academic, Engineering, Science and Research  (CAESAR), Langkawi, Kedah, 22-24 January 2016

UniKL Malaysian Spanish Institute (MSI)

 


 

Research Highlights

 

 Expanding the commercial usage of KAPOK TREE FIBRE

Ceiba pentandra or Kapok tree as its mostly used common name may also refer to the cotton obtained from its seed pods. The pods contain seeds surrounded by a fluffy, yellowish fibre that is a mix of lignin and cellulose. The fibre is light, very buoyant, resilient, resistant to water and flammable. It is commonly used as filling in mattresses, pillows, upholstery and stuffed toys such as teddy bears.


UniKL researchers lead by Assoc. Prof. Ir. Abu Hanifah Abdullah has found potentially new commercial inventions using the raw material that is easily obtainable in Malaysia through exhaustive research which started from the idea of using the biodegradable materials from Kapok tree fibre for aircraft thermal and acoustic insulation blankets for aircraft cabins.

 
His team of "Malaysia on Mars" comprising of three students from UniKL Institute of Product Design and Manufacturing (IPROM) and the Kapok fibre research was officially announced as the Top 5 (finalist) entries from more than 2,600 entires worldwide and participated in the final round of International Airbus Fly Your Ideas Competition 2011 which was held at Paris Airshow-Le Bourget 2011.
 
"The recognition given by such a prestigious organization in a major event has spurred me to go more in depth in exploring Kapok fibre as a commercial commodity in the high-tech industries", said Abu Hanifah.
 
For more information regarding this research, Abu Hanifah can be contacted at abuhanifah@miat.unikl.edu.my
 

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News : Second International Conference on Tropical Medicine And Infectious Diseases “Diseases without Borders : Challenges and Preparedness”

UniKL Royal College of Medicine Perak successfully organized the second International Conference on Tropical Medicine and Infectious Diseases from 29 September to 1 October 2015. The conference managed to attract more than 230 participants consisting of scientists, experts on infectious diseases, academicians, technologist and postgraduate students from 20 countries around the world.
 
Participants from 20 countries
 
Held at Syuen Hotel, Ipoh, Perak the two-day International Conference organized by the Faculty of Medicine, UniKL RCMP, gave opportunities to experts from the health industry, academia, government and the public to discuss ideas, share knowledge and learn about the latest inventions and researches that will benefit the health industry and the public at large. The presentations focused on discussing more comprehensive ways to address the infectious tropical diseases spread worldwide through human mass movement.
 
Academicians and scientists in the hall 
 
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Cheah Tong Soon, Chairman of the Organizing Committee, welcomed all participants and expressed his hope that this conference will provide an opportunity for people from various countries and from various disciplines to meet, discuss, share and  hear the views of some distinguished speakers  in the field of tropical medicine and infectious diseases. 
 

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Cheah Tong Soon, Chairman of the Organizing Committee
 
The conference brought experts from countries such as Brazil, Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India, Australia, Japan, and Malaysia to this International Conference. Altogether five plenary sessions, five symposiums and twenty-one oral papers were delivered at the conference involving 19 symposiums speakers. Additionally 39 poster presentations were also held at the conference hall.
 
Plenary sessions discussed topics such as Diseases without Borders, Drug Resistance, Deployable Laboratory Approaches to the West African Ebola Epidemic and Re-emerging Tuberculosis. The symposium topics discussed were Overview of Infectious Diseases, Food and Water Borne Pathogens, Dengue and Vector Borne Viral Diseases, Malaria and Zoonotic Diseases
In this 21st century, pathogens are able to travel and infect people much more easily than ever before as people have become progressively closer and more interdependent through efficient transport, communication and trade systems. The recent outbreaks of Ebola in West African countries and the consequent detection of Ebola cases in the United States and Europe have clearly shown that the infectious agent can be spread to non-endemic countries through the frequent movement of people across borders. 
 
Datuk Dr Yusof Hj Yacob, Chairman of UniKL RCMP who officially opened the conference observed "Emerging and re-emerging viral infections like Ebola is still simmering in West Africa. Diagnosis of sporadic cases of this disease in North America and Europe clearly illustrates that diseases can disseminate beyond borders due to international travels".
 
Datuk Dr Yusof Hj Yacob, Chairman of UniKL RCMP
 
He added, "Though most cases of MERS-CoV have been identified in the Arabian Peninsula, several travel-associated cases have also been reported in Asian countries such as the recent outbreak of the disease in South Korea.  Global warming also increases the risk of transmission of mosquito-borne arboviruses. In addition, dengue has emerged as a serious health problem in the Asian region. Other infectious diseases like tuberculosis, dengue and malaria with fatalities are still endemic in several countries and are reemerging with a vengeance."
This international conference is timely in that it provides a forum for discussions among scientists, infectious-disease experts, academicians and technologist on the various aspects of combating infectious diseases and the future directions in this endeavor.

Group photo with the speakers and participants 
 
The main sponsors of the conference were Abbot Laboratories (Singapore) PTE. LTD; Bank Rakyat, Interscience Sdn. Bhd, Lab Science Solution Sdn. Bhd, Leeds Dynamic Sdn. Bhd, LKL Advance Metaltech Sdn. Bhd, Matrix Optics (M) Sdn. Bhd; OMS Technology Sdn. Bhd.; Sanofi Pasteur Pharmaceuticals; Hand Sanitizer (Cheah Tong Soon) – UniKL RCMP; Esco Micro (M) Sdn. Bhd.

Second International Conference Committee Members 
 
Some of the more interesting Research papers presented at the conference were:-
  1. Diseases without Borders by Dr Cheng Chi Chung, Queen Mary Hospital, Hong Kong
  2. Overview of Infectious Diseases by Prof Dr. Paul Anantharajah Tambyah, NUS, Singapore 
  3. Epidemiology of Streptococcal Pharyngitis  in a Tropical Country by Prof Dr. Thangam Menon, University of Madras, India; 
  4. Deployable Laboratory Approaches to the West African Ebola Epidemic by Prof Dr TJJ Inglis, PaLM, UWA, Australia 
  5. Food and Water Borne Pathogens - Dr Dhamodaran Subbiah, Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology Changi General Hospital, Singapore 
  6. Neglected Tropical Diseases – Food Borne Trematodiases; A Global Challenge - Prof Dr S.P. Pani, QUEST University, Malaysia; 
  7. Sanofi Pasteur's new dengue vaccine candidate:Is it worth the wait, Alan Bouckenooghe, Assoc Vice President, Medical Affairs, Clinical R&D, Asia Pacific Region
  8. Drug Resistance: A Global Threat Datuk-Dr Christopher Lee Kwok Chong, Head of Infectious Diseases and Senior Medical Consultant, Sungai Buloh Hospital, Malaysia
  9. Attacking Hypnozoite Reservoir of Plasmodium vivax with Primaquine and G6PD Deficiency Obstacle – Prof. Dr. Kevin Baird, Eijkman-Oxford Clinical Research Unit, Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology, Indonesia.
     
The next International Conference is scheduled to be held in 2017.

Reported by
Zahaimi Abdullah Sani
UniKL RCMP
 

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