Norazman (centre) launching the 16th National Conference for Clinical Research.

KUCHING: The Sarawak Research and Development Council, established in 2017, plays a pivotal role in supporting, stimulating, and facilitating research and development initiatives within the state.

Deputy Secretary-General (Finance) of the Ministry of Health, Datuk Seri Norazman Ayob, who presented the speech text on behalf of Health Minister Dr. Zaliha Mustafa, mentioned that one of its notable subsidiaries is the Sarawak Infectious Disease Centre (SIDC). Additionally, the council works to enhance research standards and capabilities while facilitating the commercialization of research outcomes.

“During an event, he announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the National Institutes of Health, Ministry of Health Malaysia, and the Sarawak Infectious Disease Council.

“The SIDC is embarking on an extensive research and development initiative, focusing on disease surveillance, diagnostics, therapeutic discovery, vaccine development, and data analytics and human capital development.”

Speaking at the 16th National Conference for Clinical Research (NCCR) here on today (Sept 21), he mentioned that the event, themed “Quantum Leap in Research Leadership”, aligns with the 20th anniversary of the Clinical Research Centre (CRC), Sarawak General Hospital.

He praised the visionary leadership of Deputy Premier Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian, who founded CRC SGH in 2003.

CRC SGH stands as the sole site among the Institute for Clinical Research’s (ICR) network of 37 CRCs equipped with a sophisticated and ISO-accredited precision laboratory. It is also accredited as the First-in-Human clinical trial ward in Malaysia.

Norazman emphasised the importance of research leadership in providing guidance, fostering innovation, and promoting effective resource management.

He stated that the theme of the conference symbolises a commitment to pushing the boundaries of knowledge and innovation in clinical research.

“The event serves as a platform for the convergence of scientists, emerging researchers, health practitioners, and current leaders in the field of medicine. It brings together healthcare practitioners, researchers, and policymakers, offering a platform for the exchange of ideas and fostering collaborative research initiatives.

“I urge all attendees to fully harness the networking potential offered by this platform, as it presents a powerful mechanism to foster innovative and collaborative research initiatives,” he added.

Taken from the Sarawak Tribune