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Cambridge medical institute seeks to optimise educational links with Malaysian students
Hailey Chung August 09, 2022 16:25 pm +08
KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 9): The Cambridge Institute of Therapeutic Immunology and Infectious Disease (CITIID), housed within the Jeffrey Cheah Biomedical Centre (JCBC) in Cambridge, the UK, looks to optimise educational connections with Malaysian students.

CITIID director Professor Ken Smith, who is currently visiting Malaysia, said there is an enormous opportunity for bilateral exchanges, particularly for Malaysian students, to contribute solutions on clinical problems.

Highlighting that there were already popular Sunway-Cambridge medical seminars taking place, he said more can be done in "linking connectivity with the services in Malaysia".

He said CITIID's current research is "playing to Cambridge strength with a focus on Malaysian problems". The institute also hopes to collect more input from Malaysian scientists.

"The key thing to do is to identify common problems that are important in Malaysia, where we have the technology and capacity and interest in.

"That will happen around infectious disease in particular and we have strong groups working across the range of viruses," he told The Edge after a media briefing which he shared on CITIID and JCBC's joint fight against Covid-19.

The JCBC which opened in late 2019, weeks before the Covid-19 pandemic started, brought together the CITIID, the Wellcome Trust-MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute and the Milner Therapeutics Institute.

Smith said the CITIID, with many infectious disease scientists and immunologists under one roof, quickly pivoted its research during the period to tackle the Covid-19 virus.

Smith added that he believes the coming together builds synergy and drive, and that the set-up of the JCBC will be able to find answers, not just for current problems but also for future infections.
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