Professor Mackay-Sim is a neuroscientist using stem cells for two purposes: for understanding the biological causes of neurological and psychiatric diseases and for drug discovery. There is a great need for new treatments for brain diseases because the few drugs available treat only symptoms, not causes. In his novel research Professor Mackay-Sim uses patient-derived stem cells, initially, to investigate the cellular and genetic causes of brain diseases, and then, to look for potential drugs that reverse the disease deficits in patient cells. Drugs that treat the “disease-in-a-dish” are then candidates for clinical trials in patients.
Professor Mackay-Sim developed a unique cell model: growing adult stem cells from the olfactory mucosa, the organ of smell in the nose. These stem cells normally regenerate the olfactory sensory neurons which get damaged throughout life. Professor Mackay-Sim, as Director of the National Centre for Adult Stem Cell Research, established NeuroBank, a biobank of olfactory stem cells from more than 300 people with various neurological diseases. This resource is unique internationally and includes stem cells from healthy controls and from people with neurological and psychiatric brain diseases including: schizophrenia, Parkinson’s disease, motor neuron disease, ataxia telangiectasia, Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia, mitochondrial mutation disorders, and Alzheimer’s disease. NeuroBank is the foundation for collaborative investigations into all these diseases. This research has led to identification of several drug leads for Parkinson’s disease and a new drug candidate for clinical trials in Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia.
Professor Mackay-Sim was scientific director of a clinical trial in which other cells from the nose (called "olfactory ensheathing cells") were transplanted into the injured spinal cord to test their safety in three paraplegic patients. This trial provided a world-first precedent for a recent clinical trial in Poland in which a patient was able to walk after being transplanted with his own olfactory ensheathing cells. Work is progressing to another clinical trial in the Griffith Spinal Injury Project directed by Associate Professor James St John.
Daijiro Yanagisawa is an Associate Professor at Molecular Neuroscience Research Center with 10 years of experience in the field of neurobiology, neuropathology, neuropharmacology, and molecular imaging of neurodegenerative diseases.
Ibrahima Faye is an Associate Professor at Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, Seri Iskandar, Malaysia. He is attached to the Department of Fundamental and Applied Sciences and the Centre for Intelligent Signal and Imaging Research (CISIR), a national centre of excellence. He received a BSc, MSc and PhD in Mathematics from University of Toulouse and a MS in Engineering of Medical and Biotechnological Data from Ecole Centrale Paris. His research interests include Machine learning, Mathematics, Signal and Image Processing, Science of Learning. He has published over 150 papers in peer reviewed journals and international conferences and holds 4 patents in Image Processing. He is a senior member of the IEEE and currently the chair of IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (CIS), Malaysia.
Associate Professor Liao Ping is Deputy Director of Research in National Neuroscience Institute of Singapore. He is interested in developing novel therapeutic antibodies targeting ion channels in the central nervous system.
Nor Azian Abdul Murad, Director and Research Fellows in UMBI, focusing on molecular biomarkers of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD), obesity, diabetes and hypercholesterolemia as well as neurodegenerative diseases.
Dr Rajesh Ramachandran Nair is pediatric epileptologist & neurologist at the McMaster Children's Hospital since 2006. He is the medical director of the Comprehensive Pediatric Epilepsy Program. His clinical care focus is medically refractory epilepsy, Ketogenic Diet and Electrical Status Epilepticus of Sleep (ESES). Dr RamachandranNair is a program director for the International Child Neurology Teaching Network (ICNTN) by the International Child Neurology Association (ICNA), and the Canadian Epilepsy Teaching Network (CETN) by the Canadian League Against Epilepsy (CLAE). He is a member of the department tenure & promotion committee, and the coordinator of the Pediatric Neurology Rounds. He is the Project ECHO (Epilepsy across the life span) Hub lead for the McMaster Children's Hospital. Dr RamachandranNair is a researcher in ketogenic diet, ESES and SUDEP Communication, and is funded by the Ontario Brain Institute. Dr RamachandranNair has been an invited speaker in national and international neurology and epilepsy conferences and has organized several scientific sessions.
Associate Professor Dr Subhashini Jayanath is a consultant developmental paediatrician at University of Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) and University of Malaya Specialist Centre (UMSC). She is a Co-chair & Global Outreach Officer for the Early Career Committee of the International Society for Autism Research (INSAR), an EXCO member of the Malaysian Society of Neurosciences (MSN) and a member and past treasurer of the Chapter of Child Neurology and Developmental Paediatrics. She is a member of the Australasian Society for Autism Research (ASfAR) and the Neurodevelopmental & Behavioural Paediatric Society of Australasia (NBPSA) as well as a member of the subspecialty education subcommittee for Developmental Paediatrics of MMC. Dr Subhashini has also written a book for parents of young children with ASD (Autism in Short: A Handbook for Parents).
Dr. Ai-Huey Tan (MD, PhD, FRCP Edin) is an Associate Professor and Consultant Neurologist/Movement Disorder Specialist at the University of Malaya. She is the current President of the Malaysian Society of Neurosciences and the Secretary of the Malaysian Movement Disorders Council. At the international level, Dr Tan serves on several committees in the International Parkinson’s and Movement Disorder Society (MDS) including the MDS Education Committee. She is the current Treasurer of the ASEAN Neurological Association.
Dr Tan’s research areas are in Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders, with a particular interest in exploring the role of gut infections and gut microbiota in neurodegenerative diseases. Other research scopes include genetics, inflammation and geriatric aspects of parkinsonian disorders, and the characterization of rare/orphan neurological diseases.
Professor Tang Tong Boon is the Director of the Institute of Health & Analytics, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS. His research interests include in neurotechnology, from device and measurement to data analytics.
Dr Rabani Remli is an Associate Professor at the Department of Medicine, National University of Malaysia. She is also a Consultant Physician and Neurologist at the Hospital Canselor Tuanku Muhriz, Kuala Lumpur. Dr Rabani received her medical degree from University of Sheffield , United Kingdom and completed her Doctor of internal medicine training at the National University of Malaysia. She was awarded a certificate of completion in Neurology Training in 2014 by the National Neurology Board, Malaysia. Her main interest is in the field of neuromuscular and neuroimmunology disorders. She is currently served as executive member of Malaysian society of neurosciences, chair of Clinical Neurophysiology and Neuromuscular council in Malaysia Society of Neurosciences and a committee member of Therapeutics Plasma Exchange Task Force Group. She is the author and co-author of peer-reviewed articles published in local and international journals including Mulitple sclerosis, Clinical Neurophysiology and Neurology Asia.
Dato' Dr Vigneswari M Ganesan is a Senior Consultant Paediatrician and Paediatric Neurologist. She is the Current Head of Paediatric Neurology Subspeciality, Ministry of Health,Hospital Pulau Pinang. She has Clinical experience in the field of paediatric neurology for 25 years and had overseas attachment for 1 year in Australia. trained in general paediatric neurology in Sydney and in paediatric epilepsy in Melbourne. Area of interest in paediatric epilepsy.
He is an Internal Medicine Physician, Neurology Fellow, and Medical Lecturer. He is currently working in Hospital Pengajar Universiti Putra Malaysia (HPUPM). He obtained his medical degree from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) in 2010 and subsequently received his Master in Medicine (Internal Medicine) from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) in 2018.
His main interest in research and study is on stroke, mainly the interventional aspect. He is also involved in genetic research, mainly on Congenita Myotonia and research involving non-invasive procedures for neuro-rehabilitation, e.g., Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS). He is also actively involved in Malaysia Stroke Council (MSC) and is currently the MSC Stroke Certification head co-ordinator. He is also involved in the Asian Oceanic Association of Neurology (AOAN) and is presently the Executive Secretariate Member of society.
Dr Ahmad Rithauddin Mohamed is a paediatric neurologist working at the Women and Children’s Hospital Kuala Lumpur. He obtained his medical degree from University College London in 1997 and membership of Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (UK) in 2003. He received his training in paediatric neurology and epilepsy at Hospital Kuala Lumpur and the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. He now heads the paediatric neurology unit in Hospital Tunku Azizah Kuala Lumpur and is actively involved in training and research.
Dr Ahmad Shahir Mawardi graduated from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia in 2004. He completed Master in Internal Medicine from the same university before pursue his neurology training in Malaysia. He has special interest in Movement disorders and an active committee member of MSN and MDC.
Dr Ang Chong Lip passed his MRCP in 2007 and started neurology training at HKL in 2009. Had a 1 year training stint in Royal Perth Hospital for stroke under Prof Hankey. He obtained his fellowship in neurology and was transferred back to Ipoh HRPB in 2013. He started acute stroke service there and extended the service to Pantai Hospital Ipoh when move to greener pasture in 2016. Currently a resident in KPJ ISH ( Ipoh) since 2019.
Celia L. Heyman is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst. She has been providing behavior analytic services to learners ranging from pre-kindergarten to grade 12. Celia continues to consult with school districts and families; providing training to teachers, paraprofessionals, and parents. Celia’s clinical work involves the dissemination of the practical functional assessment and skill-based treatment to address challenging behaviors. Celia is a professor with Capella University’s graduate applied behavior analysis program. Celia enjoys mentoring and tutoring aspiring behavior analysts and in her spare time, has cultivated a Facebook studying group to a community consisting of over 49,000 members worldwide. She is currently pursuing her doctorate degree in behavior analysis at Capella University.
Dr Charlotte Jane Joseph is a Developmental Paediatrician based at Hospital Tunku Aziziah. She has served the Ministry of Health for more than 20 years, and has worked both in East Malaysia (Sabah) and several states in West Malaysia. Dr Charlotte has attained both her membership and her Fellowship from the Royal College of Paediatrics as well as completed Diploma in Paediatric Neurodisability.
Chee Yong Chuan is an internal medicine specialist and lecturer at the school of medical sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia. He is currently pursuing his neurology subspecialty training and has keen interest in various fields of neurology including stroke, epilepsy, movement disorders, autoimmune diseases among others. He has several peer-reviewed publications in the field of neurology and has completed a Diploma in Cerebrovascular and Stroke Medicine with the Royal College of Physicians Ireland.
Dr Chey Shin Yee graduated from University of London in 2010 and obtained MRCP in 2015. She completed her training in Neurology including Fellowship in Neuroimmunology from Western Australia in 2022. She is currently based in Selayang Hospital.
Dr. Chia is currently a Consultant Neurologist at Hospital Queen Elizabeth, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. He is also visiting Consultant Neurologist at KPJ Sabah Specialist Hospital and Jesselton Medical Centre. In term of academia, he is a lecturer in Universiti Malaysia Sabah. Dr. Chia obtained his undergraduate degree from the University Of Western Ontario, Canada in 2000. He subsequently continued his training in internal medicine and obtained his MRCP (UK) and Master in Medicine (NUS Singapore) in 2007. He did his subspecialty training in Neurology in Penang General Hospital, Hospital Kuala Lumpur, Hospital Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and finally National Neuroscience Institute of Singapore. He has special interest in neurophysiology and neuromuscular disorders.
Dr. Ching is a Consultant Developmental Paediatrican in Johor, with special interest in Autism Spectrum Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). She has initiated various group intervention programmes for children and adolescents with mild ASD in Johor Bahru.
David Capelle once very nearly joined neurology subspecialty training before embarking on palliative care. However he stayed close to his early ambition as a member of the Motor Neurone Disease Clinic and looks forward to working together with the neurology community in establishing nationwide care for people living with MND.
Dr. Mohd Feizel Alsiddiq is a Consultant Paediatrician and Paediatric Neurologist at Prince Court Medical Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia as well as an Honorary Medical Lecturer at the Department of Paediatrics, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University Putra Malaysia(UPM).
He is currently the chairperson of the Chapter of Child Neurology and Developmental Paediatric (CCNDP) of the Malaysian Society of Neurosciences (MSN) and Malaysian National delegate for Asian Oceania Child Neurology Association (AOCNA).
Dr Goh Kwang Hwee is currently a Consultant Neurologist in Regency Hospital, Johor Bahru. He graduated from University of Malaya in 2004 and obtained his MRCP in 2010. He completed his fellowship in Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders at National Neuroscience Institute of Singapore, in 2016.
Dr. Grace Chu graduated from UNIMAS in year 2012 and obtained her MRCP (UK) in year 2017. She has served in East Malaysia, East Coast, West Coast and is currently a first year neurology trainee at Hospital Tuanku Jaafar, Seremban with special interest in movement disorder.
Dr Heng Hock Sin Currently holding the post of consultant Paediatrician and Paediatric Neurologist at Sabah Women and Children Hospital, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. He Graduated from Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya in 1997. He completed his Paediatric Neurology training in Penang Hospital and Kuala Lumpur Hospital, and Fellowship in Paediatric Neuro-inflammation in Evelina Children Hospital London (2016-2020). He has Special interest in paediatric neuro-inflammation.
Dr. Jasminder Kaur Rai is a developmental paediatrican who is currently heading the Child Development Unit at Sabah Woman & Children’s Hospital, Kota Kinabalu. She pursued her sub-speciality training in developmental paediatrics at the Kuala Lumpur Woman & Children’s Hospital Kuala Lumpur and went to complete a fellowship in developmental paediatrics at McMaster University in Canada. Today she is going to talk to us about “Obesity in Children with Developmental Disorders: Practical Approaches to Management”.
Dr Khoo Chai Soon who is a Developmental Paediatrician. He obtained his fellowship through his training in Child Development Centre, Penang and Hospital Tunku Azizah, and the Centre for Community Child Health in Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne. Besides working with children with neurodevelopmental disorders, he has interest in managing encopresis and constipation issues in neurotypical children.
Dr. Ching Soong Khoo is currently a senior lecturer and consultant neurologist of the Department of Medicine, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre. After graduating with an honours degree in MD and obtaining MRCP (UK), he went on to pursue training in neurology at the National University of Malaysia. He was a successful candidate of the Korean Epilepsy Society Fellowship Program in 2018 and trained under Prof. Byungin Lee, who is an eminent epileptologist. Dr. Khoo is a Fellow of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Ireland; and European Board of Neurology. He’s an electroencephalographer certified by the Asian Epilepsy Academy & ASEAN Neurological Association. He’s an active member of the ILAE (International League Against Epilepsy) and liaison member of the YES (Young Epilepsy Section) representing Malaysia.
Dr Law Wan Chung is consultant neurologist at Sarawak General Hospital. He is head of neurology unit at Sarawak GH and head of neurology service in Sarawak state. He is currently secretary of MSN and vice president of Malaysia stroke council. He is keen in teaching and research. His area of interest include stroke and epilepsy.
Dr Lila Landowski is a multi-award winning lecturer and neuroscientist at the University of Tasmania (Australia), an Executive Director of the Australian Society for Medical Research, a Director of Epilepsy Tasmania, as well as a regular guest expert science communicator for ABC radio, news and TV.
Dr Lim Boon Chuan is a Developmental Paediatrician currently working in Sarawak General Hospital. He deal with young people with neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism and cerebral palsy. He has been actively involved in conferences and hold a few important roles both in Ministry of Health as well as in NGOs.
Dr. Lim Thien Thien is currently a Consultant Neurologist working in Island Hospital, Penang. He was awarded the Fellowship in Parkinson disease and Movement disorders from Cleveland Clinic, United States of America in 2012 after his training in the United States of America. Dr. Lim is currently the Chairman of the Movement Disorder Council Malaysia and the Social Media Editor or Parkinsonism and Related Disorders journal.
Dr. Malini Mahalingam is a newly minted Paediatric Neurologist currently practicing in Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun, Ipoh. She attained her basic medical degree (MBBS) in the year 2006 from Melaka Manipal Medical College ( MMMC) and completed her paediatric training and was awarded the membership of paediatric and child health (MRCPCH UK) in 2014. She served as a general paediatrician in Perak for 4 years before embarking on Paediatric Neurology in 2018. She recently completed 4 years of training in Paediatric Neurology in IPHKL/HTA and Penang General Hospital. She is passionate about all things Neurology and Neuro-disability and is excited to learn more in the ever expanding field of Neuroimmunology.
Dr Ngu Lock Hock, MBBS (Malaysia), MRCP (UK), Fellowship in Clinical Genetics (Malaysia) is a Consultant Clinical Geneticist & Paediatrician and the Clinical Lead in Inherited Metabolic Diseases at the Genetics Department of Hospital Kuala Lumpur which serves as the national referral centre for inherited metabolic diseases and genetic disorders in Malaysia.
After graduating from School of Medicine, University of Malaya in 1997, Dr Ngu received training in general paediatrics and obtained the Membership of the Royal College of Physicians (UK) in 2000. He then joined the Ministry of Health’s Clinical Genetics Fellowship Programme at the Hospital Kuala Lumpur in 2002. As part of his training, he has also spent one year at Nijmegen Centre for Metabolic and Mitochondrial Disorders, the Netherlands in 2006.
Dr Ngu is the medical advisor for the Malaysia Lysosomal Diseases Association, a support group for Lysosomal disorders. He has published 80 manuscripts in peerreviewed journal in the field of genetics and inherited metabolic diseases. He has been an invited speaker at over 100 local and international events and has presented over 100 free papers since 2003. He has been an invited reviewer for international journals. He is a member of the Malaysia Ministry of Health’s Clinical and Supportive Management of Rare Disease Working Committee, Newborn Screening Committee, Technical Committee on Enzyme Replacement Therapy for Lysosomal Storage Disorders and the Expert Committee on Orphan Drugs, and Asia Pacific Mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS) Network. He is the principal investigator at Hospital Kuala Lumpur for a number of clinical studies and is the current Chairman of Hospital Kuala Lumpur Research Review Committee.
Dr. Nor Amelia Mohd Fauzi is a Consultant Neurologist and Physician, and a senior lecturer in Internal Medicine working at Hospital Al-Sultan Abdullah UiTM. She graduated with a double degree in medicine, surgery and medical science from University College Cork, Ireland in 2008. After her internship, she subsequently completed Basic Specialist Training program in Internal Medicine in Ireland in 2011. She obtained her Membership of Royal Colleges of Physicians (MRCP) from the United Kingdom (UK) in 2012. She joined Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) in 2013 as Internal Medicine lecturer and specialist. Between 2015 and 2018, she underwent general neurology training at Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL), Hospital Sungai Buloh (HSB), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) and University Malaya (UM). In 2018, she pursued her subspecialty training at world-renowned neurology training center, the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (NHNN) UCL Institute of Neurology Queen Square, & Chalfont Center for Epilepsy, Buckinghamshire, London, United Kingdom. She completed her UK training in 2021, and was awarded dual-Fellowship in Epilepsy & Parkinson’s disease and Movement Disorders by Royal College of Physician London. She is also a Fellow of the European Board of Neurology (FEBN). She has a keen interest in research and has published many articles in high-impact journals.
Dr Nor Azni Yahaya is a consultant paediatrician and paediatric neurologist at Hospital Raja Perempuan Zainab II, Kota Bharu Kelantan. He qualified from National University of Ireland and completed paediatric neurology training in Birmingham Children’s Hospital, United Kingdom in 2008.
Dr Ong Beng Hooi is Consultant Neurologist at Kedah medical Centre, Alor Setar, Kedah. Graduated from PPUKM, with MD, and MRCP from Royal College of Edinburg in 2004. He obtained his Fellowship of Neurology from ministry of Health, HKL. He underwent his fellowship in Neurophysiology and Neuromuscular at National Neuroscience Institute, SGH & TTS campus, Singapore.
Dr Ong Beng Hooi has been actively involved in the setting up of neurophysiology clinical laboratory in Hospital Sultanah Bahiyah and Kedah Medical Centre. His main interest is in neurophysiology and Neuro-diagnostic utility of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) for various neurological disorders. He had published many papers at international level and presented numerous poster and abstract at conferences. He has received numerous invitations to lecture locally. He is also an examiner for the MRCP mock examination from Hospital Sultanah Bahiyah, which held annually and supervises master students from USM & UKM in neurological teaching as part of 2 months attachment since 2012 until 2019.
He is a life member of Malaysian Society of Neurosciences and was part of the organizing committee member of Neuroscience in year 2008, AOCCN 2020 and has been a regular invited speaker for the neurophysiology chapter in CNNS-MSN from 2012-2020. Currently a committee member of CNNS and an editor for Neurology Asia journal.
Dr Ong Jun-Jean is a developmental paediatrician and lecturer at International Medical University. She completed her fellowship training at various government and university hospitals in Malaysia and Australia. In addition to her public and private clinical practice, she has an interest with medical education and research involving children with disabilities.
Dr Ooi Phaik Yee obtained the MRCP(UK) in 2006, and completed her neurology training in 2011 under the Ministry of Health. Her subspecialty is movement disorder. She is currently a Consultant Neurologist based in Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur.
Dr Poorani Anandakrishnan is currently the general paediatrician and paediatric neurologist in Hospital Tunku Azizah, Kuala Lumpur. She completed her paediatric neurology fellowship in Sydney, Australia in 2019. Her passion lies in paediatric neuromuscular conditions and neuro-disabilities.
Dr Poorani Anandakrishnan is currently the general paediatrician and paediatric neurologist in Hospital Tunku Azizah, Kuala Lumpur. She completed her paediatric neurology fellowship in Sydney, Australia in 2019. Her passion lies in paediatric neuromuscular conditions and neuro-disabilities.
Dr Rohaya Binti Mohamad @Zakaria obtained her medical degree in medicine from National University Malaysia (UKM) and MMED (Paediatrics). Master of Medicine from Science University of Malaysia (USM). Currently she is paediatric Neurologist in Hospital Sultanah Nur Zahirah.
Dr Sangita Terumalay is a Consultant Pediatrician and Pediatric Neurologist currently working in Thomson Hospital Kota Damansara. Her main interests are neonatal neurology, neonatal and pediatric EEG's and pediatric epilepsies in the early years.
Dr Sanihah Abdul Halim is a consultant neurologist at Universiti Sains Malaysia. She received neurology training in Malaysia as well as from National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery, London.
Her works include stroke reperfusion therapy, pre-epilepsy surgery evaluation, and DBS programming. Her research includes epilepsy, stroke, and Parkinson’s disease. She is currently an Exco committee member of the Malaysian Society of Neurosciences and also the CNNS council member of MSN.
Dr Sathyabama Ramachandram, Consultant Developmental Paediatrician at Paediatric Dept., Penang Hospital. Obtained MBBS from UM, MRCPCH (UK), Clinical Fellowship at Newcomen Centre for Neurodisability, St Thomas Hospital, London, UK. Established northern region Child Development Clinic at Penang Hospital from September 2013. MRCPCH examiner who is actively involved in training of Clinical Fellows, medical officers and medical students in Child Development Clinic, research activities and parent training on various problems related to children with developmental disabilities.
Dr. Shahedah Binti Koya Kutty is a Consultant Neurologist and internal medicine physician. She completed Academic supervision of medical undergraduates in MBBS (IIUM) and medical postgraduates in Master of Internal Medicine. She is running of general neurology clinic, movement disorder and Parkinson Clinic, general neurology wards and acute stroke unit. She is Member of International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society, Member of Malaysian Society of Neuroscience and Member of Malaysian Medical Association.
Dr Shanthi Viswanathan is a Consultant Neurologist, working at the Department of Neurology,Kuala Lumpur Hospital, Kuala Lumpur with interests in Multiple sclerosis & other demyelinating diseases and Movement Disorders.
She obtained my MBBS from Kasturba Medical College, India and membership from the Royal college of Physicians of Ireland in 2002. She trained to be a neurologist here in Malaysia with a short stint at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.
She is also the Vice President of the Malaysian Society of Neurosciences, Current Committee Member and Past Honorary Secretary to the Movement Disorder chapter of the Malaysian Society of Neurosciences here in Malaysia. She is a member of Pactrims and a member of the Movement Disorder Society Internationally and the the chairman of the development group for the Malaysian Clinical Practice Guidelines on management of Multiple Sclerosis Version I.
Dr Shanthi Viswanathan is also an honorary lecturer for RCSI Perdana University medical students and currently involved in the study of demyelinating diseases in Malaysia.
Dr Sherrini Bazir Ahmad graduated from University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, United Kingdom. She had Neurology training from Frenchay Hospital Bristol, followed by Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham UK and University Malaya, Kuala Lumpur. She completed training in Neurology and Epileptology from University of Malaya. She is currently practicing as Neurologist with special interest in Epilepsy in Subang Jaya Medical Centre and the president for Malaysian Epilepsy Society, an NGO society supporting caregivers and patients with epilepsy, helping to spread awareness to the general public on the illness.
Dr Sherrini Bazir Ahmad also the executive member of Malaysian Epilepsy Council (under the umbrella body of Malaysian Society of Neurosciences, MSN), a professional organisation to educate and train young doctors, professionals and Neurology trainees on Epilepsy and related subject. She is a member of International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) and International Bureau for Epilepsy (IBE), an international organisation to support clinical, research work, and educate professionals and general public on epilepsy. She chaired multiple National and local epilepsy awareness programme to the general public, schools teachers and young professionals as part of the programmes supported by Epilepsy Council and Persatuan Epilepsy Malaysia.
Dr Sim Chun Yang is a medical lecturer from UNIMAS, Sarawak. He obtained MRCP(UK) in 2018 and Doctor of Internal Medicine(UKM) in 2019. He is currently undergoing his 3rd year neurology training in HPUPM.
Dr Steve Ng Chen Fei is a Lecturer and Neurologist at the Department of Medicine, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre. He did his neurology training at UKM and subsequently completed the Fellowship in Clinical Neurophysiology at The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London.
MBBS (1994 Chennai, India), Master’s in Internal Medicine (2004 National University of Malaysia UKM, CMIA (2007, Ministry of Health Malaysia), Fellowship in General Neurology (2009 Ministry of Health Malaysia), Fellowship in Epilepsy (2013 The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square, University College of London).
Dr Suganthi is a Consultant Neurologist/Epileptologist at Department of Neurology from 2009 up till now at Kuala Lumpur Hospital. Dr Suganthi was trained by Prof
Dr John Duncan and Prof Dr Beata Dhiel at the Queen Square the National Hospital
for Neurology and Neurosurgery, UCLH, London from 2009-2012 focusing on
Epilepsy surgery, Neurophysiology and managing difficult cases at the Epilepsy
society’s Chalfont Centre for Epilepsy, St Peter’s Buckinghamshire. During her
attachment her special interest was on surgical evaluations for complex epilepsy cases,
extracranial and intracranial evaluations. She also worked as a Consultant Neurologist
with Interest in Epilepsy at the Manchester Royal Salford NHS foundation Trust
(Central Manchester Neurosciences) from 2012-2014.
Upon returning to Malaysia in 2014, she started the First Adult Epilepsy Surgery
Program under the Ministry of Health at Neurology HKL collaborating with Hospital
Sg Buloh. Her other interest are intracranial evaluations and vagal nerve stimulation
Implantation. She has published various articles both nationally and internationally
and her articles has been cited 103 times so far.
She is the Secretary for the Epilepsy Society of Malaysia, Expert panel committee
for the Neurology Training and curriculum development in Malaysia, Expert panel
committee for the Health Technology Assessment Cannabis for medical use.
Coordinator of the Neurology clinic at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital, Sub coordinator
for the Specification at the Neurology department Kuala Lumpur Hospital Malaysia,
Coordinator of the Adult Epilepsy Surgery Program under the Ministry of Health
Hospital Malaysia. Committee member of the National Medical Device Survey for
Ministry of Health, Malaysia.
Dr Sumitha Murugesu is pediatric neurologist at Hospital Tunku Azizah, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She completed training in 2019 consisting of two years in IPHKL ( Institut Pediatrik Hospital Kuala Lumpur ) and a final year of training in the field of Epileptology and Clinical Electroencephalographyat Shizuoka Institute of Epilepsy & Neurological Disorder, Japan. Predominant work focuses on general neurology, complex and refractory epilepsy syndromes,pre-surgical evaluation for epilepsy surgery and ketogenic diet.
Dr Tan Kenny is a Consultant Neurologist and Physician at Loh Guan Lye Specialists Centre, Penang, Malaysia. He completed his undergradduate medical degree with Honors in University Kebangsaan Malaysia and obtained his MRCP from UK, London. He had his training in Neurology in Malaysia and obtained a Fellowship in Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders from Northwestern University, USA. Dr Tan is well versed in treating various neurological conditions with special interest in movement disorders. He actively participates in Neurology academic development and is currently serving as the Honorary Secretary for Malaysian Society of Neurosciences.
Dr. Tan Khian Aun is currently a pediatric neurologist in Hospital Sultanah Bahiyah. He had done one year of neuromuscular fellowship in the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne before completing his subspeciality training.
Professor Dr TANG Ing Ping, a skull base surgeon from Universiti Malaysia Sarawak. Currently, he is practising as a senior consultant in Sarawak General Hospital & visiting Consultant in Borneo Medical Centre, Kuching, Sarawak. He has published numerous articles in International journals and presented lectures in numerous international conferences too.
Dr. Teh Chee Ming is currently working as consultant paediatrician and paediatric neurologist in Hospital Pulau Pinang. He is also the adjunct paediatric lecturer for RCSI & UCD Malaysia Campus (RUMC). He graduated from University of Malaya as the best student in 2001. He had his paediatric neurology training in The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), University of Toronto, Canada in 2011. His major research interests are paediatric stroke and viral associated encephalopathy & encephalitis in children. He is the co-investigator for International Paediatric Stroke Study (IPSS) and founding member for International Paediatric Stroke Organization (IPSO).
Dr Wan Asyraf is a stroke neurologist and clinical lecturer in National University of Malaysia (UKM). He graduated from UKM undergraduate and postgraduate program. He did his neurology subspeciality training in UKM and Stroke attachment in Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne, Australia.He is also the first cohort of World Stroke Organization Future Stroke Leader Program. He is now the Vice Chairman of Malaysia Stroke Council and Regional Committee Co-Chair of MT2020+ for Malaysia. He is actively leading ongoing Stroke RCTs in Malaysia and passionate in teaching stroke medicine for young physicians and neurology fellow in Malaysia and Asia.
Dr Wong Yee Choon is practicing as a Consultant Neurologist at Pantai Hospital Penang, Malaysia since Oct 2008. He is also the Chairman of the Drug Committee and the Director of stroke unit at Pantai Hospital Penang.
He began his postgraduate medical training in Scotland and England from 1998 to 2002 after graduating from The University of Melbourne, Australia in 1997. Dr Wong obtained his MRCP (UK) and became a member of RCP, London in Nov 2000. Following that, he continued his training at the National Neuroscience Institute of Singapore as an Advanced Specialist Trainee in Neurology from 2002 to 2006.
Dr Wong has special interests in acute management in ischaemic stroke and he had done research and publications in stroke. He was a speaker for various Neurology and medical meetings and had given many public talks in Malaysia.
Ernest Somerville is Director of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Service of the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney and Professor at the University of New South Wales.
Ernie studied medicine at Sydney University and received his training in neurology and epilepsy at Duke University, North Carolina, USA.
He established the epilepsy surgery program at Westmead Hospital in Sydney and became head of the Prince of Wales program in 2003. With Andrew Bleasel, he set up the ANZAN Annual Course in Clinical EEG and has directed the ESA’s Course in Clinical Epilepsy since 2006. He has lectured extensively in Australia and Asia. Research interests include clinical epilepsy, EEG, driving, epilepsy in developing countries and seizure aggravation by anti-epileptic drugs.
He established the East Timor National Epilepsy Training Program, which trains Timorese health workers to diagnose and manage epilepsy and performs community education.
He is a Past President of the Epilepsy Society of Australia and chairs its Driving Committee.
He has received an Ambassador for Epilepsy Award from the ILAE and IBE and awards from the Epilepsy Society of Australia and the Australian and New Zealand Association of Neurologists.
Dato’ Dr K J Goh is Professor and Head, Division of Neurology, Department of Medicine at
the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur. He graduated from National University of
Singapore. He trained in Clinical Neurology in Singapore and was Commonwealth Fellow at
the University of Oxford, UK, 1999-2000, where he specialised in clinical neurophysiology and
peripheral neurology. He was also a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellow
at the National Center for Neurology and Psychiatry, Tokyo in January 2005.
Professor Goh’s main research interests are in clinical neurophysiology and neuromuscular
diseases. He is currently Executive Board Member of the Asian and Oceanian Myology Centre
(AOMC) and Associate (Section) Editor of Neurology Asia, a regional neurology journal. He is
a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (Glasgow) and Fellow of the Academy of Medicine
Prof Dr Feng Liqing specialize in bioimage informatics and currently a research professor at Artificial Intelligence Research Institute, Zhejiang Lab, Hangzhou, China. He graduated from Zhejiang University, China with a BSc and PhD in biomedical engineering.
Professor Dr. Lim Kheng Seang, a University of Malaya (Malaysia) graduate in 1999 with MRCP (UK), is a Professor of Neurology in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, and a Consultant Neurologist specializing in epilepsy at the University of Malaya Medical Centre and University Malaya Specialist Centre, Malaysia. He has been trained at the University of Malaya for his neurology subspecialty training (2008), followed by fellowship training in Melbourne (2011) and Cleveland (2017) for epilepsy. He completed his junior doctor training in Hospital Alor Setar, Kedah before joining University Malaya Medical Centre in 2005.
He has been involved in many trials of newer treatments (e.g., newer drugs and transcranial magnetic stimulation) in epilepsy. He is also specialized in non-invasive and invasive epilepsy surgery assessment, including long-term video-EEG monitoring, intracranial monitoring with stereo-EEG, subdural and depth electrodes, electrocardiography, and cortical stimulation. Other areas of expertise included vagal nerve stimulation and callosotomy evaluation and monitoring.
He is currently the Associate Editor for Neurology Asia, an Editorial Board member of the Journal of Xiangya Medicine, and on the committee of the recent 7th Asian Oceanian Congress on Clinical Neurophysiology (AOCCN) held in February 2021. He has published ≥ 120 original papers with an H-index of 19, in journals including Neurology (IF:8.055), Epilepsia (IF:5.562), Neuron (14.403), and JAMA Neurology (IF:29.91). His research works focus on the psychosocial aspects of epilepsy, clinical studies especially epilepsy surgery and seizures in brain tumors, genetics in focal and familial epilepsies, pharmacogenomics and pharmacokinetics of antiepileptic drugs, quantitative EEG and quantitative MRI research, and artificial intelligence. He is active in research, being the principal investigator and co-investigator in many local and international research projects, and has a strong collaboration with Southeast Asia, Taiwan and Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand, and United Kingdom. He was recently awarded the Impact Oriented Interdisciplinary Research Grant (IIRG) Programme on epilepsy.
He has held important positions in local and international organizations, including an active member of the Malaysian Epilepsy Council and the past President of the Malaysian Epilepsy Society and Malaysian Society of Neurosciences, and internationally the general secretary of the Asian and Oceanian Commission, International League Against Epilepsy, the chair of the Research Task Force in the commission and ex-chair of the Research Commission in the International Bureau of Epilepsy.
Dr. Lim is a Neurologist and Professor at the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where he runs a very busy clinical practice specializing in Parkinson's and related disorders. Dr. Lim has also published extensively in these areas, in major scientific journals.
He has been an active member of the International Parkinson & Movement Disorder Society (MDS), and is the Chair-Elect of the MDS Asian-Oceanian section. He is the Immediate-Past Chair of the Movement Disorders Council (MDC) Malaysia.
Dr. Meharvan Singh is a Professor of Cell and Molecular Physiology at Loyola University Chicago, and serves as Vice Provost for Research where he oversees the administration of research across Loyola’s three campuses.
Dr Nortina Shahrizaila is Professor of Neurology and Senior Consultant Neurologist at University of Malaya. She has subspecialty clinical interest in the fields of neuromuscular disorders and clinical neurophysiology.
Dr. Shang-Yeong Kwan is a Visiting Staff Member at the Section of Epilepsy, Department of Neurology at Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Taiwan; and Clinical Professor of Neurology at the National Defense Medical College in Taiwan.
Dr Kwan is actively involved with professional bodies dedicated to epilepsy in Taiwan: he had been the secretary general of the Taiwan Epilepsy Society (TES) for 6 years and secretary general of the Children’s Epilepsy Association of Taiwan (CEAT) for 14 years. He served as the President of the TES, from 2013–2015, and President of the CEAT, from 2017–2019. With his expertise in EEG, Dr Kwan played an integral role in the promoting many teachings of EEG and epilepsy not only in Taiwan but also in many Asian countries. For his contribution, he was awarded Asian and Ocean Outstanding Achievements Epilepsy Award by ILAE-AO in 2018. Currently, Dr Kwan is the chairman of ILAE-AO-ASEPA (Asian Epilepsy Academy), consultant of TES and supervisor of CEAT.
Prof Dr Tan Hui Jan is currently the Head of Neurology Unit in National University of Malaysia (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia) where she is actively involved in teaching and research activities. After completing her post graduate training, she pursued her neurology training in St Vincents, Melbourne, Australia. She has a keen interest in epilepsy research and has authored many articles in the related fields of neurology. She has been elected as Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh and is also currently a member of the European Academy of Neurology and fellow of the Academy of Medicine Malaysia. She has been instrumental in the development of the first Seizures and Epilepsy app in Malaysia.
Professor Dr. Vikneswaran is a pharmacy lecturer at the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia. He received his Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons) from the Universiti Sains Malaysia in 1999 and subsequently his PhD from the same university in 2008. A pharmacist by profession, he has working experience in the hospital, pharmaceutical manufacturing industry as well as retail pharmacy before joining the School in 2008. Professor Dr. Vikneswaran currently holds the post of Director of the Centre for Drug Research, Universiti Sains Malaysia. He is a registered pharmacist with the Pharmacy Board of Malaysia and an a member of the Drug Control Authority, Ministry of Health Malaysia. His specialization is in Pharmacology and Phytochemistry. His research interest is in neurohormetic phytochemicals and cholinesterase inhibitors for neurodegenerative and lipid disorders.
Dr. Yukio Yoneda is a Professor Emeritus in Kanazawa University, Japan. He has been serving as an Editor in reputed international journals. His research interests are lying on molecular pharmacological profiling of amino acid signaling in neuronal and non-neuronal cells.