The School of Health Sciences at USM has a very active research programme which is focused on the concept of health and wellness. The research programmes are as diversified as the expertise that is available and encompasses areas such as molecular biology, neuroscience, sports science, forensic science, environmental and occupational health as well as nursing and health informatics.
They reflect the concept of wellness and generally demonstrate a continuum from basic to translational and to action research.
Universiti Sains Malaysia is currently designated as the only APEX University in Malaysia. In response to this new status, researchers in the School of Health Sciences are focusing research activities into clusters that work around a central theme of WELLNESS: CONNECTING THE MIND, BODY, SPIRIT AND COMMUNITY.
The School of Health Sciences has many active research groups that have a reputation for excellence and a strong and vibrant research culture. Our research groups aim to have an impact and relevance not only to the region and the nation but also the international community. This requires the triad of interdisciplinarity, multidisciplinarity and ultimately transdisciplinarity as being the essential focus of all research activities at The School of Health Sciences.
Research at the School of Health Sciences is carried out with the following goals in mind:
|GOAL I||:||Expand the role of fundamental research in health sciences with a focus on the concept of wellness.|
|GOAL II||:||Support fundamental research that will help in the understanding of basic mechanisms related to health and wellness.|
|GOAL III||:||Build integrated health science research programmes to address the transdisciplinary problems in health and wellness.|
|GOAL IV||:||Improve and expand community-linked research.|
|GOAL V||:||Develop sensitive markers of environmental exposure, early (preclinical) biological response, and genetic susceptibility.|
|GOAL VI||:||Recruit and train the next generation of health scientists.|
|GOAL VII||:||Foster the development of partnerships between the School of Health Sciences and other national and international research agencies, academia, industry, and community organizations to improve health and maintain wellness.|
The School of Health Sciences is aware that graduate students are important contributors to our research sustainability and we provide a supportive environment for all graduate students to achieve excellent research outcomes. Continuity of research programmes depends on the recruitment of new researchers and a strong research culture. Researchers in the School of Health Sciences are given every opportunity to expand their research activities and to have a research-based graduate student programme in each of the research clusters. There are many opportunities for graduate studies at the School of Health Sciences and we welcome graduate students to expand their research capabilities in a wide area of health sciences with an emphasis on the concept of wellness.
MAJOR RESEARCH GROUPS
The School of Health Sciences has a transdisiplinary group of researchers with an active research programme that is conducted via various research clusters. The list below indentifies current established clusters as well as their scope of research.
|RESEARCH GROUPS||SCOPE OF RESEARCH|
|Biodiversity-based Drug Discovery||Searching for new pharmaceutical compounds from plants, animals and micro-organisms. Conducting Phase 1 research for various identified novel compounds|
|Food Technology and Nutrition||Developing innovative products working with the food and medicinal herb industry and community health groups to generate functional foods, enhancing the effectiveness of existing foods and new herbal products, development of commercially effective food products for the promotion of wellbeing.|
|Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences||Understanding the biological effects of exposure to environmental agents in order to understand, and predict, how such exposures affect human health. This includes examining the genetic susceptibility to these environmental agents.|
|Neurocognition and Neuroplasticity||Understand the neurogenetics and the neuroplastic changes related to learning and memory and the relationship to ADHD, autism and dyslexia.|
|Proteomics||Focus on array technologies in relation to regulatory proteins, particularly transcription factors|
|Functional Genomics||Epigenetics, epigenomics & cancer
Predictive, preventive and personalised medicine
Use of advanced technologies: microarray
|Health and Human Performance||To improve normal performance, output and capability of humans to complete tasks and maintain or improve performance levels via a focus on the development of human capacity and sustainability with respect to both physical and cognitive performance.|
|Bioinformatics||Developing an open-source software environment for integrating a set of biological databases into a single physical database management system for data management, mining, and exploration suitable for genomics and proteomics|