UM Sets Up Malaysia’s First Population Health Centre

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 18 (Bernama) — To improve the health of Malaysians, University of Malaya (UM), in collaboration with the Northern Ireland’s Queen’s University Belfast, today announced the establishment of the Centre for Population Health, the first of its kind in the country.

UM’s Vice-Chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Ghauth Jasmon said the initiative would pave the way for Malaysia to have a modern medical database of its people and provide population health solutions in the future.

“This centre is the future of the Malaysian population’s health and it is an opportunity for us to improve life across the world, especially in the country, through our research,” he told a news conference.

Queen’s University Belfast’s Vice-Chancellor Prof Peter Gregson said the international partnership would bring complementary skills from Queen’s UK National Centre for Excellence in Public Health, into the centre.

“This initiative will see the development of a world-class research centre for population health in the UM for the benefit of the people in Malaysia and worldwide,” he added.

Deputy Higher Education Minister Datuk Idris Haron and Northern Ireland’s Minister for Employment and Learning Sir Reg Empey were present at the event.

Idris said the initiative would bring quality products and services to the public.

“The Ministry of Higher Education has allocated RM1 million for the operation of this centre as it will enhance UM’s educational system,” he added.

The centre would, among other things, carry out study on the people’s diet and disease, conduct research into the relationships between diet, living conditions, environment and health, as well as provide asistance for the national cancer registry and other related research on population health.



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