September 28, 2022, by Lee Mei Kee

SWU-UNM 2nd Annual Post-graduate Symposium 2022

On the 5th of September 2022, an entourage consisting of 7 academics and 12 post-graduate students from the School of Pharmacy, UNM boarded a plane to Bangkok, Thailand for the 2nd SWU-UNM Annual Post-graduate Symposium. The symposium was hosted by Srinakharinwirot University (SWU) and was a result of a long-standing collaboration between SWU and UNM. Due to the constraints of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 1st annual SWU-UNM postgraduate symposium in 2021 hosted by UNM had to be delivered online. Therefore, it was exciting to see our Thai counterparts face-to-face for the first time!

Postgraduate students from the left : Wong Zheng Wei, Wong En Tong, Sou Yong Ling, Kok Yee Zhen, Paulina Tan, Masyitah Zulkifli, Low Hui Ching, Ungku Maryam Jamilah, Pang Li Yin, Booi Han Ni

Academics from the left : Dr Pung Yuh Fen, Dr Jim Chai, Dr Pan Yan, Prof Ting Kang Nee, Dr Georgina Marsh, Dr Then Sue Mian, Azrina Ely, Dr Khoo Teng Jin

The symposium was held at Radisson Blu Plaza, Bangkok on the 6th of September. A total of 24 presenters, including UNM and SWU students presented their research topics in a mix of oral and poster presentation. From UNM, Wong Zheng Wei, Pang Li Yin, Paulina, Masyitah and Azrina Ely which are 3rd year students competed for oral presentation whereas Booi Han Ni, Wong En Tong, Sou Yong Ling, Kok Yee Zhen, Low Hui Ching, Mehdi Samad and Ungku Maryam Jamilah which are 1st to 2nd year students presented their research in the form of a digital poster. There were judges assigned for each category and Drs Georgina Marsh, Then Sue Mian, Pan Yan, and Khoo Teng Jin from UNM were invited to be the panel judges.

Highlights:  Prof Ting Kang Nee from UNM who was invited as the keynote speaker gave a wonderful talk about her research regarding Schwarzinicine A. Aside from that, Prof Ramida Watanapokasin who is the head of Biochemistry department, Faculty of Medicine SWU gave an in-depth presentation about fundamental medical research, focusing on autophagy and its association with aging.

The event was closed with a prize giving ceremony to award the hard-working students for their effort in the presentation. A total of three prizes were given for each category. Due to an outstanding presentation, Paulina Tan and Pang Li Yin managed to bag the 1st and 3rd place for the oral presentation award respectively. Meanwhile Booi Han Ni, Ungku Maryam Jamilah and Sou Yong Ling managed to win the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for the poster presentation respectively.

Overall, the symposium was a successful event with a lot of exciting research being presented. Aside from the main goal which is to train young and upcoming scientists to communicate their research, we had also managed to strike a beautiful friendship amongst UNM and SWU representatives.

We have much gratitude for Prof Dr Ramida Watanapokasin, Dr Amarin Narkwichean,  SWU academics and students involved, for their great hospitality throughout our stay in Bangkok. A special thanks to Dr Amarin Narkwichean from SWU and Dr Pung Yuh Fen from UNM for overseeing the event planning smoothly. Not to forget the UNM Student Committee which aided and contributed to the success of the event. We are looking forward to the next annual SWU-UNM post-graduate symposium which will be hosted by UNM in mid August 2023.


This article is written by Ungku Maryam Jamilah binti Ungku Mohsin (Pharmacy PG student)

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