The “PARTNER” (Participatory Action Research through Negotiation and Empowerment of the  Residents  project is a Flagship project identified by the University of Malaya. The project is led by the  Centre for Population Health (CePH) in conjunction with other centres under the Wellness Research Cluster. The five years project is funded by the Research University Grant from the Ministry of Higher Education. The PARTNER was officially launched by Y.B. Dato’ Raja Nong Chik Dato’ Raja Zainal Abidin, Minister of Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing in a ceremony at PPR Kerinchi in  February 2012.

The goal of the project is to focus on research that may be translated directly in improving the healthcare and wellbeing of the Projek Perumahan Rakyat (PPR) community. The PPR comprises mostly of low income community. About 10% of the residents are elderly and the communities were found to have high prevalence of chronic and non-communicable diseases.

Malaysian health longitudinal research team (My HeART) study
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The National Health & Morbidity Survey (NHMS) IV (2011) observed that the prevalence of obese              children aged less than 18 years in Malaysia is 6.1% compared to 5.4% overweight and obese in NHMS III (2006). This MyHeART (Malaysian Health and Adolescents longitudinal Research Team) study aims to examine risk factors of non-communicable diseases (NCD) among adolescents. The MyHeART study is longitudinal cohort study of 1361 schoolchildren (13-years old) attending 15 public secondary schools from the central (Kuala Lumpur and Selangor) and northern (Perak) regions of Peninsular Malaysia.  The study used a stratified sampling design to select the study participants. Data collected at baseline       included socio-economic, lifestyle (e.g. smoking, physical activity assessment, fitness assessment,          seven-day diet history), and environmental information, anthropometric measurements, blood pressure, handgrip strength and bone mineral density. Blood samples for fasting blood glucose and lipid profiles, full blood count, renal profile, as well as bone profile and serum vitamin D were taken. This study cohort will be followed up again when participants turn 15, 17 and lastly, after a period of ten years (around the age of 27).
Tick-Borne Emerging Infectious Disease (RP013-12HTM)

Tickborne diseases are spread to humans through bites from infected. Ticks the diseases can be caused by bacteria, viruses and parasites. The list of tickborne pathogen is expanding. Emergence of tickborne diseases in new geographical region has been attributed global warming, increased human visits to the forest (deforestation, land development, eco-tourism etc.), animal movement (migratory birds, bats, import of animals etc)

Rationale of study:
(1) lack of comprehensive study of tick, tick borne pathogens and animal hosts
(2) lack of data on prevalence of tickborne diseases

Needs for surveillance and improved diagnosis, and assessment of knowledge, experience of tick bites and health beliefs associated with tick bites preventive behaviours amongst Malaysian.

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Program Leader & Sub-Program 1 Leader: 

Professor Dr. Tay Sun Tee
(Title: Vectors and hosts of tickborne diseases)

Sub-Program 2: Professor Dr. Sazaly Abu Bakar
(Title: Emerging and re-emerging tickborne pathogen discovery)

Sub-Program 3: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Keivan Zandi
(Title: Tickborne pathogen and antibody detection tools)

Sub-Program 4: Dr. Chang Li Yen
(Title: Tick cell biobank and pathogenesis studies)

Sub-Program 5: Professor Dr. Awang Bulgiba Awang Mahmud
(Title:Epidemiology, clinical features and socio-economy impact of tickborne disease)

An Emerging Parasites Infection (RP011-12HTM)

Sarcocystis is an intracellular protozoan parasite that is characterised by its ability to invade muscle tissue and form intramuscular sarcocysts. A muscular sarcocystosis outbreak was reported by travellers returning from Pangkor and Tioman Islands in 2011 - 2012 where Sarcocystis nesbitti was identified as the main cause. The search of S.nesbitti was done by collecting reptile faecal samples from Peninsular Malaysia since S.nesbitti utilises snake as definitive host and various waster sources from the island since water is hypothesised to be the main cause of transmission. The samples were screened for Sarcocystis through PCR amplification of the 18S rRNA gene sequence. A seroprevalence survey of local communities was also conducted in Pangkor and Tioman Islands in this study.

Program Leader & Sub-Program 1 Leader: 

Professor Dr. Rohela Mahmud
(Title: Sarcocystis: An Emerging Parasitic Infection)

Sub-Program 2: Professor Dr. Fong Mun Yik
(Title: Identification of the life cycle of S. nesbitti)

Sub-Program 3: Dr. Lau Yee Ling
(Title: Development of new serology test)

Sub-Program 4: Professor Dr. Jamaiah Ibrahim
(Title: Prevalence of Sarcocystis infection in Malaysia)

Last Update: January 18, 2018