UWE + Malaysia partnerships cemented during recent visit

Issue date: 17 March 2010


A recent visit by a research team from the Institute for Bio Sensing Technology(IBST) at the University of the West of England to Malaysia has lead to further collaborations with universities and industry contacts in the country.

The visit took place in late January and included representatives from UWE and the Bristol Urological Institute at Southmead Hospital at the invitation of the Malaysian Royal High Commission.

Professor Richard Luxton, Director of IBST, said, “We met with representatives at the United Nations University in Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian Bio-Diagnostic Research Unit, the Clinical Research Centre at the Malaysian Minstry of Health, the University of Malaya andUniversity of Kebrangsaan Malaysia.

“The meetings consolidated research collaborations with our colleagues in Malaysia. There are several areas of complimentary research work that we have already established including investigations into the ethnic diversity of prostate cancer in Caucasian and Asian populations; rapid detection models for dengue fever and analysis of kidney stones formation and pathogenesis.

“We have taken our relationships a step further with the signing of a memorandum of understanding with the Clinical Research Centre with the Malaysia Ministry of Health and a commitment to deliver a programme of collaborative research with the University of Malaya. We are very grateful to the support we received from Lee Ching Heong from the the Science and Innovation Network at the British High Commission, for making this visit possible."

Mr David Gillatt, consultant surgeon and specialist in urological cancers, emphasised that “these collaborations revive the tradition of knowledge exchange between the Bristol Urological Institute and the University of Malaya, and we are very pleased to have been able to build on this relationship in Malaysia in partnership with UWE."

Steve West UWE Vice-Chancellor said, “IBST at UWE and the Bristol Urological Institute at Southmead Hospital have an important ongoing research partnership and we are delighted with the outcomes of meetings in Malaysia. We look forward to extending our welcome to Malaysian collaborators and partners as we work together on developing diagnostic tests for cancers and investigations into dengue fever. ”

The UWE delegation to Malaysia included Professor Richard Luxton, Dr Janice Keily and Dr Olena Doran and representatives from the Bristol Urologial Institute included Mr David Gillatt, Ms Adele Long and Dr Jo Worthington.

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