On 9 April 2018, the National Cancer Council Malaysia (MAKNA) celebrated its 17th year of supporting young oncologists in Malaysia via the MAKNA Cancer Research Award, by awarding close to a total of RM90,000 to this year’s recipients. The ceremony was held at the Academy of Sciences (ASM).

Since 2001, MAKNA had awarded a total of RM1.46 million to 51 recipients.

“The Academy supports MAKNA’s initiative in funding cancer research. It is hoped the Academy’s association with awards such as the MAKNA Cancer Research Award will provide these young scientists great value propositions to making significant scientific breakthroughs,” said Secretary General of ASM, Academician Tan Sri TS Ahmad Zaidee Laidin.

The recipients were selected by a distinguished panel headed by the ASM Fellow Professor Datin Paduka Dr Khatijah Mohd Yusoff. MAKNA received 85 applications for this award in 2017 – the largest number of applications received so far.

“This award has been a part of our research-related endeavours, which include collaborations with universities and research institutes in Malaysia to advance knowledge in the [cancer research] field, in the hopes of helping cancer patients throughout the country and finding a potential curative treatment for cancer,” said MAKNA Founder and President, Dato’ Mohd Farid Ariffin.

The recipients were grateful to be awarded the grant, as it would enable them to continue their research smoothly. Dr Abdullah Al-Hadi added that he was honoured to be the first researcher from UM to receive the award. MIMS

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