Uphold principles of research ethics

by Lyna Mohamad, BB 22 July 2010

The Minister of Education yesterday called on Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) to collaborate more with experts from other countries in common research interests.

Speaking at the opening of the 6th Malaysia Indonesia Brunei Medical Science Conference 2010 at the Lecture Theatre of UBD’s Chancellor Hall, Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Awang Abu Bakar Hj Apong highlighted that researchers should not neglect the principles of research ethics.

Noting that incidents of research ethics violations around the world were not uncommon and that these had “repeatedly eroded” the credibility of health research and researchers, the minister encouraged researchers attending the conference to “take all necessary measures to prevent this from happening in our three countries (Malaysia, Indonesia & Brunei)”.

Pehin Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Awang Abu Bakar also urged the university to step up efforts in promoting more research activities on obesity, oncology and ageing, which he understands, have been actively pursued by researchers at the Pengiran Anak Puteri Rashidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah (PAPRSB) Institute of Health Sciences, UBD.

Other common research interests that could be explored and developed further are Islamic medicine, herbal medicine, complementary alternative medicine and nutrition, and other issues prevalent in this region, he added.

According to the minister, in order for researchers’ work to be considered “high quality and acceptable”, their research must be of high standard, both scientifically and ethically.

Carrying the theme “Research For Better Health”, this year’s conference is hosted by PAPRSB Institute of Health Sciences, UBD. It will end on July 23.

The sub-themes for this year’s conference are quality in research, health professional education, obesity-related diseases, cancer, ageing, cardiovascular, herbal medicine and nutrition, infectious diseases, H1N1 and viral infections, alternative medicine and “Perubatan Islam” (Islamic Medication).

Some 350 people signed up for the three-day conference including representatives of government departments and higher learning institutions, as well as researchers and healthcare professionals.

Earlier, the Acting Dean of PAPRSB Institute of Health Sciences, Dk Dr Nurolaini binti Pg Hj Muhd Kifli, said the conference served as an important avenue for exchanging ideas, evidence and information to initiate research publications in the context of Southeast Asia.

“(This conference) has brought together health professionals from the three countries in several research areas that address current health issues which focus on emerging infections (for example) H1N1, the dengue outbreak and chronic diseases such as cancers, cardiovascular diseases and diabetes, which are major causes of morbidity and mortality in this region,” she said.

According to her, the rebounding effect of such research endeavours would lead to an increase in the knowledge base for the basic clinical sciences, medicine and allied health disciplines.

Following the speeches, a keynote lecture on “Quality in Research” was presented by the Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor of UBD, Associate Professor Dr Zohrah Hj Sulaiman.

The minister also presented certificates of appreciation to the keynote speaker and sponsors including Mc Quipp Technisell Marketing Sdn Bhd, Kosi (Brunei) Sdn Bhd, Asterix United (B) Sdn Bhd, L S Kai Care, Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam, Darussalam Holding Sdn Bhd, Kiulap Plaza Hotel, Centrepoint Hotel Brunei, Rizqun International Hotel, LR Asma Hotel, Holiday Lodge, JAC Marketing and Services, Zenith Scientific Sdn Bhd, Syarikat Millilab, Jureca Enterprise, Premier Motor and Amsarra Catering Services.

The Malaysia Indonesia Brunei Medical Sciences Conference is an annual collaboration between PAPRSB Institute of Health Sciences, UBD, Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) and Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Indonesia.

The Deputy Dean of Faculty of Medicine UKM, Professor Rohaizak Mohammad, and Dean of Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Indonesia, Dr Ratna Sitompul, were among those present yesterday.

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