CRM Trial Connect 2023

Following its first success, Clinical Research Malaysia (CRM) has finally organized its second conference, the CRM Trial Connect, in Kuala Lumpur.

Minister of Health Engages with Malaysian Researchers and Medical Experts in the UK for Clinical Research Collaboration

London, 29 January 2023  – The UK-Malaysia Clinical Research Partnership forum organised by Clinical Research Malaysia, was successfully wrapped up on Sunday. The event took place at Malaysia Hall, London and had over 80 attendees in the field of clinical research participating. Most of the attendees were part of prestigious universities, industry and hospitals who came from areas of Oxford, Cambridge, Manchester, Plymouth as well as Sheffield. The forum was also graced by both Malaysia’s Minister of Health, Dr Zaliha Mustafa and Director General of Health, Tan Sri Dato Seri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

With the theme ‘Making It Happen’, the forum’s objective was to bring Malaysian clinical researchers in the UK together to discuss about the areas of research interest that can be explored together with Ministry of Health Malaysia. “We hope to leverage on the Malaysian diaspora in the UK to form collaborative research with our local researchers and clinicians back home. With more than 1000 active and experienced clinical trialists in Malaysia delivering quality research in their respective institution, I believe that with the right partnerships we could leverage on common research interests and areas between both countries and make these projects happen”, said Dr Zaliha in her opening address.

The forum was moderated by Professor Eric Lim, Consultant Thoracic Surgeon from the Royal Brompton Hospital and panellists include Associate Professor Dr Masliza from University of Oxford, Dr Joseph Cheriyan from University of Cambridge, Dr Azlisham Mohd Nor from University Hospital Plymouth, Dr Nubli Mustafa from AstraZeneca Cambridge and Dr Ezanul Wahab from MAC Clinical Research. The panel members shared their research experiences and insights on the current and future collaboration in their field of expertise.

In closing the forum, Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr Noor Hisham, Director-General of Health also shared his aspiration in hoping these partnerships would enable knowledge transfer between researchers in both nations in addition to further building the research expertise in Malaysia through training and development programs.

Malaysia unlocks a new collaboration with Canada’s Princess Margaret Cancer Centre

Toronto, 7 December 2022 – Clinical Research Malaysia (CRM) achieved a new collaborative milestone today with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre (PMCC). PMCC is one of the top 5 and largest cancer research centres in the world and focuses on all three areas of research: basic, translational and clinical research.

The inking of this MoU spells cooperation in the area of clinical, academic and research opportunities at both organizations. This will also entail education and training opportunities including fellowship attachments, staff and patient education. Other initiatives also aimed at promoting and enabling collaboration, innovation and knowledge exchange to advance cancer care control in both countries.

This collaboration is significant especially in providing fellowship training opportunities for Malaysian oncologists as well as for research nurses and study coordinators to gain the needed experience and exposure in first-in-human and early phase clinical research. The MoU with PMCC is in line with CRM’s Phase 1 Realisation Project to further develop the country’s human capability development in early phase clinical research conduct to enable the country attract more global early phase studies.

The MoU was witnessed by the Director-General of Health Malaysia, Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr. Noor Hisham and signed by Dr Akhmal Yusof, CEO of CRM and Dr Keith Stewart, Vice President, Cancer and Medical Director of the Princess Margaret Cancer Program, UHN who is also the Regional Vice-President, Toronto Central South Regional Cancer Program, Ontario Health.

Prior to the signing ceremony, Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr Noor Hisham gave a Grand Round Presentation that saw the participation of the leadership team of PMCC. “The cementing of this MOU with PMCC is important to build bridges and strengthen our collaboration in training, education and clinical services. We believe by opening one door, there will be multiple other doors and opportunities for us to explore in the future. Clinical research is a key pillar in the MOH. I look forward to see our engagements bridge the gap between both countries, strengthen the resources that we have and make a significant diffe

Global First Recruiter – Hospital Ampang

Congratulations Dr Veena Selvaratnam (Hospital Ampang) on being the 1st Global recruiter in a multinational hematology study.

CRM Observes the Movement Control Order (MCO), Conditional MCO & Recovery MCO

CRM observes the Movement Control Order (MCO), Conditional MCO & Recovery MCO in effect from 13th January 2020 – 26th January 2020.

Congratulations Hospital Pulau Pinang for outstanding recruitment achievement!

Congratulations Dr Fong Chin Heng and team for an outstanding recruitment achievement and being among the top global enrolling sites in this NSCLC study!

CRM Observed Conditional Movement Control (CMCO)

CRM observes the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) implemented in Selangor, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya (effective 14th October) and Sabah (effective 13th October).

Congratulations Sarawak General Hospital Heart Centre for being Global top enrolling site!

Congratulations Dr Martin and team! Malaysia has climbed the rank to being the 2nd topmost country in the enrollment leaderboard for a global Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH) study. Congratulations to Dr Martin Wong & team from Sarawak Heart Center for their excellent effort in this study!

Congratulations HPP, HSB and HUSM for being Global top recruiter!

Congratulations to the study teams at Hospital Pulau Pinang, Hospital Sultanah Bahiyah and Hospital Universiti Sains Malaysia! Malaysia is now the Top enrolling country in a global Paediatric Type 2 Diabetes study.

CRM’s TIPS Training success!

CRM’s Clinical Operations team have completed its TIPS Training (Training to Improve Performance of Study coordinators) for year 2020. Conducted online, this refresher training is also a platform to share experience and best practices amongst our study coordinators.