Taylor's University Wins Best Poster Presentation Award at the 24th Intervarsity Biochemistry Seminar

Taylor’s University played host to the 24th Intervarsity Biochemistry Seminar (IBS) for public and private universities at its Lakeside Campus in May this year. The event is an annual activity jointly-organised with the Malaysian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (MSBMB) as a platform for undergraduate students to highlight new and novel discoveries from their final year research projects.

“IBS 2013 brought together 600 participants from 17 higher education institutions all over Malaysia, making it larger than last year’s event,” said Professor Dato’ Dr. Hassan Said, Vice-Chancellor & President, Taylor’s University, during his welcome speech, at the opening ceremony of the event.

The seminar’s theme this year was “Driving Solutions for the Better Future”, which included discussions identifying current and global issues that can be resolved through biochemistry – pertinent in categories such as genetics and environment; health and food; as well as the natural products and bioactivity study.

“As we strive to equip our students not only with discipline-specific knowledge, but also key soft skills, we encourage participants of this seminar to network among themselves and increase their involvement in the learning process,” said Dr Anthony Ho, Dean, Taylor’s University School of Biosciences.

Adding icing to the cake, Soe Hui Jen, a student from the Biomedical Science programme at Taylor’s University, was one of the top 10 winners for the “Best Poster Presentation” Award category. Her chosen topic was “Combinatory Studies of Glabridin, Tamoxifen and Fulvestrant on Human Endometrium Carcinoma Cells” – investigating the function of the combinatory drugs in expressing estrogenic activity. Currently, estrogen replacement therapy in postmenopausal women may increase the risk of contracting endometrial cancer. The study was targeted to create an alternative, with combinations of glabridin, tamoxifen and fulvestrant as well as to reduce the risk of endometrial cancer during treatment in postmenopausal women.

Hui Jen notes, “My experience at this year’s symposium started as a means of gaining experience and to tap into the minds and talents of students from other institutions. But it has become more memorable as I was also one of the b est poster presenters at the event. I have gained valuable skills during this short time and am confident that it will be beneficial to my future career.”