October 6, 2020, by Lee Mei Kee
Vice-Chancellor’s Medal 2020 Winner – Dr. Aini Hamid
The warmest congratulations to Vice-Chancellor’s Medal 2020 Winner, Dr. Aini Hamid, from the School of Pharmacy and Division of Biomedical Sciences! She was nominated by Dr. Mustafa Al-Shagga. Read her achievement below:
“Dr. Aini Hamid joined the school of Pharmacy in UNM about 10 years ago. She was one of the 4 pioneer members of the newly established Department of Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Aini was part of the team to develop the BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences at the initial stage and she continues to be involved in the accreditation of this programme.
Dr. Aini was first diagnosed to have cancer in 2012 and after treatment she has a relapse two years ago. Although she is still fighting her disease she has not given up and has been an inspiration to colleagues and students alike. Due to her illness, she has to shift her research from wet lab to a dedicated community-cancer researcher and supporter. She immersed herself with many activities ranging from increase community awareness to foster cancer patient medical and social support on within the university and to national level.
In March 2019, Dr. Aini launched the UNM’s Cancer-Checkmate. This was a major event for the University to increase the awareness to promote cancer prevention amongst students, staff and local community. She arranged for free medical check-ups for everyone who was eligible especially those from the low socioeconomic class around Semenyih. She is a pioneer committee member of the ‘War on cancer Malaysia’ and the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia launched this in 2019.
Within a short time working in this area, Dr. Aini has made herself known in supporting cancer research and awareness and has been invited to many national events as guest speaker and forum panellist. She was recently involved in an international event on 15th march 2020 during World Cancer Day Forum. She was invited by the Malaysian Oncology Society as a guest speaker and involved in the roundtable discussion with leading policy agencies (such as Galen Center and Third World Network) and policy makers surrounding medical financial toxicity.”
Article written by Dr. Mustafa Al-Shagga (Division of Biomedical Sciences, School of Pharmacy)