CRM’s Pilot Training Programme: Fundamental of Clinical Research & Practice

The Fundamental of Clinical Research & Practice, it’s CRM’s pilot training programme together with C&R Research Inc. (Korea). This 3 days training are packed with all-you-need-to-know about conducting clinical trials.

In our journey to be the global preferred site for clinical trial, we will need to equip our people with global standard practice in clinical research.

This is one of many trainings that we have in the pipeline and stay tuned for more future programmes conducted by CRM.

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NHAM-CRM Research Track 2018

This is the 2nd NHAM-CRM Research Track organized by Clinical Research Malaysia (CRM) in collaboration with the National Heart Association of Malaysia (NHAM) and Malaysian Society Pharmacology and Physiology.

We are honoured to have with us today, Datuk Dr Shahnaz Murad (Deputy Director-General of Health (Research & Technical Support), Ministry of Health Malaysia) to officiate the NHAM-CRM Research Track at the NHAM 2018 Conference. Welcoming speech was given by Dr. Akhmal Yusof (CEO of CRM) followed by Dr Ng Wai Kiat (NHAM President).

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Canvassing: Recruitment of Patients with Rare Condition in Clinical Trials – Sharing Experience from our Perspective

By Ranita Kirubakaran (Clinical Pharmacist, Hospital Sultan Abdul Halim, Kedah), Vijaya Kumar L. Suppan (Head of Orthopaedic Department & Clinical Research Centre, Hospital Sultan Abdul Halim, Kedah)


Acute hematogenous osteomyelitis (AHO) is an inflammatory disorder of the musculoskeletal system and mainly, a disease of growing bones. It is a common invasive infection in paediatric and the incidence is 8 cases per 100,000 children/year [1, 2]. In children, osteomyelitis (OM) arises from bacteremic seeding of the bone metaphysic [3]. Primary bones affected are femur, tibia, humerus and less frequently, pelvis and vertebra [3]. Staphylococcus aureus is the most common pathogen, causing between 25 – 60% of cases with known etiologies [4, 5, 6].   Other causative bacteria include Streptococcus pyogenes (Group A streptococci), Kingella kingae and Haemophilus influenza type b [4, 5]. Children are treated empirically with intravenous (IV) therapy directed against the likely pathogen and then, guided by culture results with continued IV or oral therapy.

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CRM on Astro Awani’s Smart Money with Ibrahim Sani (VIDEO)

Astro Awani’s Ibrahim Sani interviewed Dr. Akhmal Yusof (CEO of CRM) on his show Smart Money where he shares about the landscape of clinical trials in Malaysia & why participation in a clinical trial is important to the development of new advance medicine or treatments. The show also highlight about Clinical Trials Day recently held at the Institute Kanser Negara (IKN) on 16th May 2017. A must watch interview!

A Day in The Life of A Study Coordinator

By Matron Lim Chooi Eng, CRM, Hospital Pulau Pinang (HPP)


I have always thought being a study coordinator is nothing short of the ordinary. I had done many research papers and had also been involved in many investigator initiated research papers during my nursing days and I was very confident of myself.  I was so confident of myself that I included all the abstracts of the studies that I had previously done in my folio when I went for the interview with Matron Wakia at CRM office.

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Working Abroad in Clinical Research

Ms Shantini Chelliah
Project Manager at Novo Nordisk,
New Jersey, US

Ms Shantini Chelliah shared her experience with CRM in her previous role as a Clinical Operations Manager at Novo Nordisk Malaysia and her current role as Project Manager in Princeton, New Jersey, US.

How did you start off in the clinical research industry?
I started off as a CRA in GlaxoSmithKline and then moved to a Clinical Team Lead role in Quintiles before assuming my position as Clinical Research Manager and then Clinical Operations Manager at Novo Nordisk Malaysia. I am now a Project Manager within Clinical Trial Management in Novo Nordisk Inc. in the US.

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A Day in the Life of a Senior Feasibility Specialist, Clinical Research Malaysia

What is a clinical trial feasibility and why is it important?
I believe that Feasibility Studies are the gateway to bringing more clinical trials to Malaysia. It is not only a tool to assess whether a trial is possible in Malaysia but it is also a method to promote that possibility to International companies which may not yet be familiar with Malaysia’s capabilities. From a Sponsor’s perspective, it is important to conduct feasibility studies before investing on a trial in Malaysia so Sponsors would ultimately decide whether or not to place their trial in Malaysia. Sponsors need to assess a myriad of factors such as timelines, cost effectiveness, challenges foreseen, patient pool and equipment availability before coming to their decision.

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A Day in the Life of the Head of Finance & IT, Clinical Research Malaysia

What are your job functions as the Head of Finance and IT?
My main job functions are to monitor the daily operation of the department to ensure its smooth running and to work with other departments which involves Finance and IT related matters.

What are the services offered by the Finance and IT department of Clinical Research Malaysia (CRM)?
Among the services offered by CRM under this department include management of the clinical trial budget for Principal Investigators (PI), assist sponsors and contract research organizations (CROs) and PIs in budget negotiation and any ad hoc matters involving these stakeholders.

What is CRM’s role in managing a clinical trial budget?
CRM acts as a trustee in managing a clinical trial budget by receiving and executing disbursement of a trial budget. Upon receiving a Payment Instruction Form from a PI, CRM releases payment to the relevant recipients (for purposes of patient reimbursement, lab tests/procedures, outsourcing

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