DENTAL RAPID REVIEW COURSE 2021 – Integrated Clinical Dentistry

The Faculty of Dentistry, AIMST University will be organising ‘DENTAL RAPID REVIEW COURSE 2021 – Integrated Clinical Dentistry’ on 3rd & 4th July 2021. This short online course will enhance knowledge and learning by Case-Based Scenarios and Strategies / Approach in Clinical Dentistry for Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) undergraduates with emphasis on future dental practice.With our team of eminent speakers, we are looking forward to your active participation and knowledge-sharing sessions. Do grab this wonderful opportunity !! Please view the brochure for more details and contact us for any queries.

Cultivate reading habit among kids

Dr. Gokul Shankar Sabesan, Senior Associate Professor and Deputy Dean (Student Affairs) at the Faculty of Medicine, has contributed his views on reading habits among children and the difference in their liking.
With a significant decline in the reading habit among children of the present generation, who are mainly obsessed with electronic gadgets, Dr. Gokul has come up with reasons why children and teenagers should be encouraged to read.
The opinion piece titled ‘Cultivate reading habit among kids’ got featured in the ‘Letters to Editor’ column of NST on 9th June 2021. Click here to read.

Address children’s health issues from school closures

Get to know how the outbreak of Covid-19 has affected school children through school closures across the world. School closures will have a lasting impact on children's cognitive, health, and emotional and social development.In line with these circumstances, Professor Datuk Dr. John Antony Xavier, the Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of AIMST University has come up with an article titled ‘Address children's health issues from school closures’.The article was featured in the columnist section of the News Straits Times (NST) on 5th June 2021. Click here to read.

Six ways to avoid Covid-19-associated black fungus

There is a prefatory siren with the emergence of Covid-19-associated Mucormycosis or CAM. Caused by Mucor, a ubiquitous organism present in the environment, Mucormycosis is popularly termed as "black fungus" which will cause infections ranging from loss of vision to death.
Being timely, Dr. Gokul Shankar, a Senior Associate Professor in Microbiology at AIMST University has come up with six precautions that should be taken to avoid the sickness through an article titled ‘Six ways to avoid Covid-19-associated black fungus’.
The article was published in the ‘Columnists’ section of the News Straits Times (NST) on 1st June 2021. Click here to read.

Remember M.O.U.T.H. C.A.N.C.E.R.

Dr. Vaishnavi Vedam, a senior lecturer at AIMST University’s Faculty of Dentistry has contributed an article on ‘Remember M.O.U.T.H. C.A.N.C.E.R.’ in The Star’s weekly column of StarHealth on 30th May 2021.Fascinatingly, the dental lecturer has outlined 11 keys to fighting mouth cancer, using the name itself as mnemonic- ‘M.O.U.T.H. C.A.N.C.E.R.’ Dr. Vaishnavi Vedam has also contributed some important statistics on oral cancer in Malaysia.

The only thing constant in life is change

Professor Datuk Dr. John Antony Xavier, the Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of AIMST University has come up with a fascinating article on embracing change in our journey of life.
The article titled ‘The only thing constant in life is change’ was featured in the columnists section of the News Straits Times (NST) on 28th May 2021.
Click here to read.

Vaccinating against infodemic

‘Vaccinating against infodemic’ is a write-up by Professor Dr. P.K. Rajesh, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Academic and International Affairs, AIMST University.
Professor Dr. P.K. Rajesh has proposed six measures that the government and public could adopt to control the Covid-19 pandemic and the attendant infodemic. According to him, infodemic happens when a person or a group of people's opinion or belief or understanding is considered as facts, and the false news or misinformation spreads virally.
The article was published in the columnist section of the News Straits Times (NST) on 25th May 2021. Click here to read.

‘E-DENT HORIZON-2021 Virtual Journey to Know the Unknown’

A dental webinar will be held on 22nd & 23rd May 2021 by the Faculty of Dentistry AIMST University. The webinar, ‘E-DENT HORIZON-2021 Virtual Journey to Know the Unknown’ will feature eminent speakers from Malaysia, the USA, and India.The webinar will consist of lectures and case discussions with specialists involving multiple specialties in Dentistry and will apprise dental students and young dental graduates on the pathways in attaining a Master’s degree in dental specialties and international fellowship.E-certificates will be given to all participants while CPD-TBA points will be awarded to eligible participants. Please find more details in the attached poster.For further enquiries please email e_denthorizon2021@aimst.edu.my


Venue: KLCC

Date: 22 & 23 May
Time: 12pm -6pm

Tackling airborne virus transmission

Understand more on tackling airborne virus transmission through an article by Dr. Gokul Shankar Sabesan, who is a Senior Associate Professor and Deputy Dean (Student Affairs) at the Faculty of Medicine.
With reference to scientific findings, Dr. Gokul has elaborated on scientific reasons to believe in airborne transmission of SARS-CoV 2 that causes Covid-19 and called for a review on our SOP to ensure more diligent ways of fighting the pandemic.
The write-up titled ‘Tackling airborne virus transmission’ was published in the ‘Columnists’ section of the News Straits Times (NST) on 12th May 2021. Click here to read.

AIMST Info Day 2021

Join our campus tour, briefing of scholarships, mini-experiments, demonstrations and many more.

3 - 6 May 2021
(Monday to Thursday)
9am - 4pm

Click here to book your slot

The Future of Biotechnology Industry After Covid-19

Health-care professionals, public-health experts, government leaders, investors (and the general public) were looking to the biotech industry to develop a "game-saving" vaccine against the novel coronavirus amid the confusion and fears surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak.The biotech industry has played a critical role in developing and shipping COVID-19 vaccines in record time. Leaders from the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) have said that biotech's role in the pandemic — and the pandemic's role in shaping the industry, the environment, and innovation — will not go away once the vaccines are administered to the public. 

A Shift of Focus to Infectious Disease Research

During the COVID-19 pandemic, a large number of biotechnology companies shifted their focus to infectious disease research. Until 5th Jan 2021, there were 191 COVID-19 vaccine candidates in progress and over 800 clinical trials for various drugs and vaccines, many of which are being developed by companies with no previous experience in the infectious disease sector.Regardless of whether these attempts by small and large biotechnology companies are eventually fruitful, they should be commended. The complexity of COVID-19 disease has allowed a role for many types of drug mechanisms to be effective, according to Dr. Michelle McMurry-Heath, Ph.D., president, and CEO of BIO. In terms of new therapeutics and vaccines, we are only beginning to see the benefits of this new emphasis.As a result of the pandemic, organizations that have shifted their focus to infectious disease research will explore new clinical groups and research areas. McMurry-Heath pointed out that just 20 years ago, the industry was still learning the basics of immunology. Immunology is now understood to be central to all and to apply to all diseases. There is hope for even more ground-breaking solutions in the future if companies are innovative and eager to rethink their research. biotechnology scientists are checking the test tubes 

Long-term Implications

In terms of the biotechnology industry's long-term implications, McMurry-Heath and Dr. Jeremy Levin, Ph.D., CEO of Ovid Therapeutics and chair of BIO's board of directors, both agreed that it is a new age, an opportunity to reset the industry and set standards on how quickly science will respond to societal needs.According to Dr. Levin, now is the time for the biotechnology industry to create bridges with policymakers and agree that the industry is critical to the nation and the world. He believes that for policymakers to cope effectively with the chaos of a pandemic, they must recognize the industry as a critical frontline resource and give it "primacy at the table." 

As We Advance

Some new inventions seem to be more likely than others to have a long-term effect. Here are four to think about.

1. Virtual Trials

Digital trials are likely to become the rule, rather than the exception, in the not-too-distant future, given the concerns about clinical trial interruptions and postponements.Virtual visits, phone interviews, self-administration, and online control are among the FDA's latest recommendations. These modifications were in effect during the phases of quarantine, travel restrictions, and closures, and the new protocols may become permanent over time. FDA logo

2. Friendly FDA

Biotech companies should expect a warm welcome from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). The agency's annual approval rate for new drugs has more than doubled in the last decade, hitting 48 last year. There's no reason to think the pattern would reverse. This is great news for biotech companies and their pipelines. 

3. Scrutiny of Imports

Imported drug goods are being scrutinized more closely at U.S. ports of entry, and it's difficult to see the U.S. abandoning that standard in the future.The FDA warns that it can refuse to allow dangerous goods into the country, perform physical examinations and product samplings, check a company's past enforcement history, and request records ahead of on-site drug inspections. 

4. Restructured Supply Chains

Companies based in China are important parts of foreign supply chains in a variety of industries. One of them is biotechnology. Pricing, subcontracting, and other factors have all led to the structure's development and entrenchment.The disruption generated by COVID-19 has now highlighted the unparalleled country danger that has been created as a result of the procedure. Efforts to regionalize supply chains, create second sources, and build proprietary stockpiles are anticipated. 

Final Thoughts

These new advancements have brought about a positive development for industry players, from graduates with a Bachelor of Biotechnology to those in medical biotechnology and biotechnology engineering and the investors.The future of the biotech industry post-covid-19 is full of great opportunities for everyone involved.