Medical Researcher Invited Speakers

Professor Ian Goodfellow


Professor Ian Goodfellow is Professor of Virology and currently the acting deputy head of the Department of Pathology at the University of Cambridge. He studied microbiology and virology as an undergraduate at the University of Warwick, before undertaking a PhD at the University of Nottingham in bacterial genetics. His research career in virology started in 1996 as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Reading studying picornavirus-host interactions. This continued at the University of Glasgow until 2003 when he established his own research group at the University of Reading, with the help of a Wellcome Trust career development fellowship, focusing on the study of a family of caliciviruses. Since then he has worked at Imperial College London before moving to the University of Cambridge in October 2012. Research in Professor Goodfellow’s lab is primarily supported by a Wellcome Senior fellowship but he also currently holds grants from the BBSRC and Innovate UK.

His research to date has largely focused on the mechanisms of RNA virus replication and pathogenesis as well as the identification of control measures for the prevention or treatment of infections. He founded the use of reverse genetics to study the molecular basis of norovirus pathogenesis, developing the first infectious reverse genetics system for any norovirus. He has also characterized the role of viral RNA structures in the norovirus life cycle and identified host cell factors that contribute to both virus replication in cell culture but also pathogenesis in the natural host. He has recently expanded his interests to understand the virus-host interface in veterinary pathogens including viral zoonosis. During the 2014-16 Ebola virus epidemic, Professor Goodfellow was involved in the establishment and running of one of the first diagnostic facilities in Sierra Leone in the Bombali district of Sierra Leone. Working with Public Health England, Professor Goodfellow led a team of scientists who establish Ebola virus diagnostic at the Mateneh Ebola Treatment Centre in Makeni. In April 2015, Professor Goodfellow obtained funding from the Wellcome Trust to establish real-time sequencing capacity in a tent next to the diagnostic lab in the treatment centre. Professor Goodfellow and his team established a robust sequencing workflow and were able to sequence clinical samples within 24 hours of isolation from the patient. Working closely with the WHO, Public Health England, the Sierra Leonean Ministry of Health, the US CDC, Professor Goodfellow was heavily involved in the provision of sequencing for use in real-time epidemiological tracing/monitoring of Ebola infections in Sierra Leone and (in collaboration with Loman) neighbouring Guinea. Following the end of the epidemic, Professor Goodfellow has established the University of Makeni Infectious Disease Research Laboratory, which now provides in country next generation sequencing and laboratory support to researchers working within Sierra Leone.


Dr. Paul Divis


Dr. Paul Divis graduated with a B. Biomedical Science (Hons) degree from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. He further pursued an MSc in Molecular Parasitology from Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS), which he studied the prevalence on non-human primate malaria parasites in wild macaques of Sarawak using molecular tools. After joining as a lecturer in UNIMAS in 2009, he received a scholarship from the Ministry of Education to pursue his study at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the United Kingdom and obtained his PhD in Parasitology. During this course, he studied the population genetic structure of Plasmodium knowlesi infections in humans and macaques across Malaysia using newly developed multi-locus microsatellite markers as well as the genomic architecture of different P. knowlesi subpopulations.

Dr. Divis is also a research fellow of the Malaria Research Centre, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak. His research interests are mainly focusing on zoonotic malaria, with key elements of molecular epidemiology, molecular detection, parasite evolution, population genetics and pathogen genomics. Currently, he is interested in exploring the hotspots of zoonotic malaria infections that are massively occurring in Sarawak. Dr Divis’ work has been presented in many international conferences in the UK, USA, Europe, Southeast Asia and Australia, and he is also a reviewer for international peer-reviewed journals. 



Dr. Nethia Mohana Kumaran


Dr. Nethia Mohana Kumaran graduated with BSc (Hons) Microbiology from Universiti Sains Malaysia and is the recipient of the Professor E. Balasingam Gold Medal Award (Best Graduating  Student in Biological Sciences, USM, 2005). After completing her MSc (Oncology) at the University of Nottingham, UK, she received a scholarship from the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia to pursue her doctorate in Medicine at the University of Sydney (USyd), Australia. While in Sydney, she received the prestigious New South Wales Scholar Award to continue her PhD work at USyd.

She also received two awards for Best Oral Presentation by a Young Investigator from the Australasian Society of Dermatology Research and the awards were recognized as significant achievement by the USyd Medical School in 2012. Nethia joined Universiti Sains Malaysia in 2013 as a lecturer. Her main research focus is to identify pro-survival proteins which contribute to Nasopharyngeal cancer (NPC) cell survival using the CRISPR/Cas9 technology and later target these proteins with BH3 mimetic drugs. She is a life-member of the NPC Society of Malaysia, an active member and ambassodar of the European Association for Cancer Research (EACR) and a member of the Young Scientists Network- Academy of Sciences Malaysia. Nethia continues to win numerous accolades for her work including the coveted L'Oreal-UNESCO for Women in Science National Fellowship and the MAKNA Cancer Research award in 2016.


Dr. Reuben Sharma


Reuben Sharma graduated with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) and subsequently pursued a Master in Veterinary Science (MVSc) in wildlife medicine at the same university. He was later awarded a PhD in Molecular Parasitology from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. Reuben is a Member of the Royal Society of Biology (MRSB) and a Chartered Biologist (CBiol). He has been appointed as advisor to the World Health Organization (WHO) on zoonotic primate malaria, is a Director on the Executive Board of the World Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology (WAAVP), and an Affiliate Researcher at the University of Glasgow, UK. He has also been appointed as consultant/expert resource person to various NGO’s and governmental organizations including the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), the Department of Wildlife and National Parks Malaysia (DWNP), Department of Veterinary Services Malaysia (DVS), the Ministry of Human Resources Malaysia (MOHR), the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Malaysia (NRE), and the Ministry of Health Malaysia (MOH). Reuben has served as President of the Malaysian Society of Parasitology and Tropical Medicine (MSPTM), and is an Executive Council member of the Veterinary Association Malaysian (VAM), a member of the National Wildlife Genetics Advisory Board, and the Orangutan Conservancy USA Veterinary Advisory Group (OVAG). He has also received a number of international awards including the BP Conservation Program Award (twice), the Wildlife Disease Association USA Professional Development Award and the MSPTM medal. He is also the Country Coordinator for the Sakura Science Program Japan. His expertise and research interests include genetics and molecular epidemiology of haemoparasites, zoonotic wildlife diseases, wildlife medicine and conservation.


Clinical Invited Speakers

Professor Dale Fisher



Professor Dale Fisher is an Australian Infectious Diseases physician who first worked in Singapore in 2003. International Infectious Disease outbreak experience includes SARS in Singapore, 2003 and deployments through GOARN to Mongolia, China and Malaysia to assist in H1N1 2009 national responses. He was deployed to Liberia on 3 occasions during the 2014-5 Ebola Outbreak and to Myanmar in 2017 also for influenza.
He has chaired the Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) committee at the National University Hospital since 2006 and is the inaugural chair of the Singapore’s National IPC committee, since 2013.

Prof Fisher has been on the steering committee (SCOM) of the Global Outbreak and Alert and Response Network (GOARN) since 2013 and is the current vice chair. He has lead its training work group and still leads the group overseeing the implementation of Rapid Response Capacities in the context of GOARN.
Prof Fisher has facilitated scenario and interactive outbreak response trainings in Singapore, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Viet Nam, Jordan, Mexico and Portugal

Prof Fisher is often engaged as a WHO consultant including regional and global clinical service needs and guidelines development groups (GDGs)

He has received many national awards including
- Courage Medal (SARS), Courage foundation Singapore March – May ‘03
- RACP John Sands Medal for outstanding contribution to College Affairs (May 2006)
- NUS School of Medicine Faculty Teaching excellence award – 2008 & 9
- RACP Excellence in mentoring Award – 2008 & 2009
- PS21 ExCEL Award; Outstanding Activist certificate of recognition – Nov 2011
- NUHS-Mochtar Riady Pinnacle Excellence Award 2013
- National Clinical Excellence Team Award (infection prevention lead) 2013 (Ministry of Health)
- Healthcare Humanity Award, Courage Foundation, Singapore 2015
- Public Service (Health) Living the Values (Team) Award, 2015

He has over 150 published manuscripts in the peer reviewed literature and given more than 70 key note or plenary invited presentations at conferences.


Professor Dato' Adeeba Kamarulzaman


Professor Dato' Adeeba Kamarulzaman is a Professor of Medicine & Infectious Diseases and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya. Professor Kamarulzaman received her medical and specialist training in Melbourne Australia and returned to Malaysia in 1997 to establish the Infectious Diseases Unit at the University Malaya Medical Centre. Under her leadership, the Unit and its research arm the Centre of Excellence for Research in AIDS (CERiA) have expanded to be one of the main tertiary referral and research centres in the country. Professor Kamarulzaman has played a key role in the HIV response in Malaysia and internationally with a particular focus on HIV prevention and treatment amongst marginalized and key affected populations.

She is also presently Chairman of the Malaysian AIDS Foundation and an Executive Council member of the Malaysian AIDS Council, the peak HIV NGO in Malaysia. At the international level, Professor Kamarulzaman is an Executive Council Member of the International AIDS Society and a member of the UNAIDS Scientific Expert Panel on HIV. She has received numerous local and international awards and recognition for her contribution to medicine and infectious diseases including an Adjunct Associate Professorship at Yale University, and an Adjunct Professorship at Tulane University, USA. In 2015 she was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws from her alma mater Monash University.


Dato' Dr. Musa Mohd Nordin


Dato' Dr. Musa Mohd Nordin

Consultant Paediatrician & Neonatologist, KPJ Damansara Specialist Hospital.

A 1982 graduate of Cardiff University (UK), he obtained his Membership from the Royal College of Physician (UK) in 1985. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh (1995), Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and the Academy of Medicine Malaysia (1997).He served the Ministry of Health for 15 years from 1982 to 1997. Since 1997, he has been a consultant paediatrician and neonatologist at Damansara Specialist Hospital. He is a Clinical Professor of Paediatrics at the KPJ International University College and an international faculty member of Peshawar Medical College, Pakistan.Since 1999, he has served on various international advisory boards related to vaccines & immunisation. He is a founding member of the Asian Strategic Alliance on the Prevention of Pneumococcal Disease (ASAP) and Immunise4Life. Previously, he served on the Asia Pacific Expert
Committee on Immunisation, Asia Pacific COMPAS Advisory Board, Asia Pacific PCV Expert Academy and Asia Pneumococcal Advisory Board. He presently sits on the editorial boards of MIMS Paediatrics, Bangladesh Medical Journal and FIMA Yearbook. He previously served on the editorial board of the Malaysian Journal of Paediatrics & Child Health. He has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and has contributed chapters to 10 book publications. He is the chief-editor of the latest book “Immunisation Controversies- What you really need to know”. He contributed 8 chapters to Elsevier’s New App “Care of Muslim Patients – A Practical Guide”.

He is a board member of the National Neonatology Accreditation Board, Board of Governance, Malaysian National Neonatal Registry and serves on several National Committees in the Ministry of Health (MOH). He completed 2 terms (2005-09) as president of the international Federation of Islamic Medical Associations (FIMA). He is now chairman of the FIMA Advisory Council. He was an advisory board member of the International Society of Tropical Paediatrics (ISTP). He is the past-president of the Perinatal Society of Malaysian (1998) and has been treasurer of the Malaysian Paediatric Association since 1992. He is the founding chairman of two Charity Homes which shelters women and children with HIV/AIDS. He is the chairman of Viva Palestina Malaysia (VPM) and was on the International Viva Palestina 5 Land Convoy from London to Gaza in Oct 2010. He previously served as a member of the Board of Trustees, Malaysian Paediatric Foundation (MPF) and is currently a member of the Board of Trustees, Al-Quds Foundation, Malaysia. He is chairman of the Kuala Lumpur Palestine Film Festival since 2012. He is the recipient of the 2017 FIMA Lifetime Achievement Award. He was the first recipient of the Islamic Medical Association of Malaysia ar-Razi Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015. He was the recipient of the 2012 Outstanding Asian Paediatrician Award from the Asia Pacific Pediatric Association. In 2008, he was conferred the medal “Darjah Paduka Mahkota Perak” (DPMP) by HRH The Sultan of Perak, which carries the title Dato’. During his presidency, FIMA Save Vision, was awarded for excellence in charitable & humanitarian works, the Richard & Hinda Rosenthal Award, by the American College of Physicians, in 2008.


Professor Datuk Dr. Lokman Hakim Sulaiman

Prof. Datuk Dr. Lokman Hakim bin Sulaiman

Datuk Dr. Lokman Hakim S is Professor of Public Health at the International Medical University, Kuala Lumpur. He graduated as Medical Doctor from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Master in Public Health from National University Singapore and PhD in Medical Parasitology from UKM. He was conferred the Fellow of Academy of Medicine Malaysia and is the current President of the College of Public Health Medicine of the Academy. He is also a Fellow of Academy of Medicine of Singapore. He is an elected Fellow of the Academy of Science Malaysia.

He took optional retirement in July 2017 from the Ministry of Health of Malaysia after serving for more than 32 years, including 18 years as researcher with the Institute for Medical Research, Kuala Lumpur. His last position before retirement was the Deputy Director General of Health (Public Health). His research interest is in infectious disease transmission dynamics and environmental health. He is credited for the establishment of the National Malaria Elimination Program and Lymphatic Filariasis Elimination Program. In Public Health development, he is instrumental in the development of public health physician career pathway, structured public health physician training in MOH and establishment of the sub-specialty program.

He had served in various consultancy capacities to WHO. Among the more recent assignment were, Member of Expert Advisory Group on Environmental Health to the WHO Regional Director of Western Pacific Office (WPRO), 2016, Member of Malaria Advisory Committee WHO Geneva 2015, and Scientific Ad-Hoc Committee for WHO-Tropical Disease Research (TDR) Program, 2016. Recently, he is appointed as a Member of the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (PIP) Framework Advisory Group to the DG of WHO Geneva, for the period 2017-2019.