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Written by Andrew Octavian and Farah Ahmad / Photographs by Ms Wong Ying Pei

On the 26th until the 28th of September 2016, posters of undergraduate students from various programmes in the School of Health Sciences were showcased along the hallways of the 4th floor of IMU Bukit Jalil Campus. Organized by a team of lecturers of the School of Health Sciences themselves, this event was aimed to portray and showcase the accomplishments of the School’s undergraduate research projects in terms of the students and supervisors who have put in their best efforts. Various posters were shown belonging to different courses, from Nutrition and Dietetics, Chiropractic, Medical Biotechnology, Biomedical Science, Chinese Medicine, and even Nursing, covering a wide scope of research in the field of health sciences. This showcase was also held in conjunction with IMU’s 25th anniversary in the year of 2017, which is not far from now.

The last day of the exhibition itself has been set by the lecturers to coincide with the Kahoot quiz attended by a number of students gunning for the small tokens of appreciation. The students taking part in the Kahoot quiz itself were ecstatic – as most Kahoot quizzes have that effect on students, mainly because it was a fun mini competition, albeit being short-lived. Students who have attended the Kahoot quiz, alongside the many others reading the poster exhibition, have been shown to the different avenues of researches that they could eventually delve into in their final year projects.

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“As a 3rd semester student myself, I have not really thought about research projects all that much, as opposed to my seniors who are already at the brink of starting their research project,” Farah Ahmad, a semester 3 student majoring in Medical Biotechnology stated. “I personally believe that students who would eventually have to do research should be exposed to the kinds of researches out there, especially in the setting of the institution they are a part of. As we study throughout the years, we would eventually gain a liking towards a subset of what we are studying and we would want to better ourselves in this area. A big part of this process has to do with the lecturers not only teaching us in class but also constantly allowing us to learn what’s happening in the research world itself.”

Several students might have gone home with their prizes from the Kahoot quiz, but all of them took slivers of knowledge from this educational programme, and it was thanks to no other than the tireless staff and lecturers of the School of Health Sciences.

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Written by Aashwany Chandra Mohan Photographs by Andrew Octavian and Azfar Afham

Oral Health Week

Oral Health Week (OHW) is an annual event involving the dental students and its faculty members. It is an ongoing annual event since 2009, aimed to promote oral health awareness among IMU students, faculty members and the public.

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OHW 2016 is themed “Dental wars – The Floss Awakens. According to the American Dental Association, many are misled by myths about flossing such as “flossing creates gap between your teeth”, “flossing is painful” and etc. This, in turn have caused people to forgo the importance of flossing. Hence, OHW 2016 is focused on rebutting the myths and highlight the importance of flossing.

OHW 2016 committee led by Eugene Tan Pheng Chin from DT115 have definitely organised many programs for the two-day event. There were oral health educational booths at the driveway and the atrium to edify everyone about aesthetics, flossing and even teeth whitening. Besides that, they also had students from various courses to do on-stage performances and even the flash-mob.

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Other than the performances, they have also invited the principal deputy director of oral health division from Ministry of Health (MOH) Malaysia, Dr. Yaw Siew Lian to give a speech. Prof Khoo Suan Phaik, also gave a speech on behalf of the president of Malaysian Dental Association (MDA). The associate dean of school of dentistry, Prof Dr Seow Liang Lin, also praised the OHW 2016 team on their effort in conducting this event.

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Eugene, the president of OHW 2016, also added that it took him and the committee almost 4 months to prepare for this event. It was definitely a challenging moment for all of them as they had to manage time for their assignments, revisions and organizing this event. Anderson Wong, president of OHW 2015, definitely guided the team throughout the preparation process.

“I would like to thank my committee sincerely for their effort in making this event a big success. OHW 2016, absolutely met the expectations, however, a bigger crowd for the event would have been ideal,” Eugene said.

The president of OHW 2016 also had a word of advice for the committee of OHW 2017. He added that they should be responsible, disciplined and be able to manage their time.

“May The Floss be with You” – Oral Health Week 2016

Check out more photos of this event on our Facebook page!

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Written by Teo Wei Yun Photographs by Andrew Octavian and Azfar Afham

Green Cultural Week is a student initiated event jointly organised by the IMU Hua Xia Chinese Cultural Society, IMU Malay Cultural Society, IMU Japanese Cultural Society and IMU Eco-Friends Club. This event sees the collaboration of three cultural societies and the Eco-friends society, and was aimed to create awareness about the different cultures to the students and staff of IMU, as well as to raise awareness about the impact of various cultural practises on the environment. The event was three days long (held from 22nd August 2016 to 24th August 2016) at the IMU Atrium, with the Opening and Closing Ceremonies held on the 22nd and 24th of August respectively.

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There were a total of four booths which were set up hand in hand, including a photo booth, and four food booths set up by the Hua Xia Chinese Cultural Society, Malay Cultural Society, Japanese Cultural Society and Eco-Friends Club. The four clubs were harmonious in creating a lively ambience of the atrium of the IMU Bukit Jalil Campus

What’s new about this event was that it included an Eco-friendly fashion show competition segment which required participants to create traditional costumes made up of recycled materials. A recycled materials collection drive was conducted prior to the event and contestants were required to put on the ensemble that they have made and to perform a “run-way style” fashion show to display the costumes. A voting system was put in place as well, and the winning design with the most number of votes collected by the end of the third day would receive a prize.

The 3 Cultural Societies also put up information-cum-quiz booths to provide more information on their respective cultural practises. The quiz questions were based on the informational posters put up by the clubs, and participants who have answered a certain number of correct questions were entitled to small gifts prepared by the clubs as tokens of appreciation.

Through this, we hoped to encourage IMU students and staff to be environmentally friendly in a fun and innovative way by incorporating the concept of “going-green” through recycling in conjunction with promoting cultural awareness. In the end, the event managed to keep the jovial feel of IMU’s social life as well as being generating to the clubs.

Check out more photos of this event on our Facebook page!

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Interview by Aashwany Chandra Mohan / Photography by Andrew Octavian

Hey, Richard! First off, what’s your role in the team?

I am the founder and captain for this IMU Cheer All Star Team. My main role is to take care of the team including coordinating practices, fund raisings, communicate with the coaches, and most administration matters with IMU and the event organizer.

Can you brief about the competition that the team just participated in?

We are participating in the largest cheerleading competition in Malaysia called CHARM Cheerleading Championship (C3) – The Malaysia Open , organized by Cheerleading Association and Registry of Malaysia (CHARM). This participants of this competition came from all around Malaysia, and this year Singapore sent in their teams as well! There are different categories to participate in, and we are participating in Level 5 – University category.

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What made you and your teammates participate in such a competition?

IMU Cheerleading has grown a lot since IMU Cup 2015, we can see the improvement in compare with the previous years, this is the reason I think that we should move towards another achievement. This team is a platform for all Cheerleading lovers in IMU to come together and perform in a larger stage, all our teammates come from different sport house and different cohorts, and we are doing stunts which are way harder than what we are doing in IMU Cup

How did you think you do and how are you planning on going with the team, for example for next year’s competition or other events?

I think I have plenty of aspect need to be improved. Since this is the first team in IMU history, we don’t have much resources and  thanks to other experienced cheerleaders in the team in helping me with managing the team when I’m not available. Personally this competition will be my last competition. I won’t be participating any other cheerleading competitions including IMU Cup. If we managed to form another team next year, I am more than happy to share my experiences and give some suggestions to the new captain.

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What would you say would be the most difficult thing to coordinate in a cheerleading team?

I think the most difficult part is to gather the whole team to practice together. None other medical university than us took part in this competition, we all do understand how busy our students are with their exam and huge workload. Our competition were in end of July, same goes to dental’s and chiro’s end of semester exam. Studies always come first, and I have to le them to focus in their exam. Therefore to be exact, we only have 4 days of full attendance to run our routine before competition.

What are you hopes and expectations for IMU team in the future?

IMU Cheerleading has gone so far for the past 2 years, I do hope that it will continue to grow under the new captain and SRC sports rep. As cheerleading needs a huge contribution of time and effort, I hope that the amount of cheerleading enthusiast won’t reduce, and continue to participate in larger stage other than IMU Cup.

Check out some photos of their practice before the competition!

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Interview by Andrew Octavian

Track and field is a form of sport which combines running, jumping, throwing, and a whole lot of energy. We managed to ask some questions about this sport with one of the captains of the IMU Track and Field team who is actively involved in the field of sports. Check out what Kok How (in green in the picture below) has to say about some questions regarding this sport and how it is around IMU and Malaysia.

Interview: Tracking the Fields with Kok How

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What is Track and Field to you and how do you keep yourself motivated in delving into this field of sports?

Track and field is a test of determination, dedication, will power and courage of individuals. Athletes go through strenuous training which is physically and mentally demanding, not to mention time consuming. I also believe in hard work, and that those who have respected the training and honoured their commitment will cherish the results.

The reason why I run is quite simple really. I enjoy the satisfaction and the achievement I get from it, there’s all there is to say. It can be difficult to just aim to be successful, so I set targets every year and work hard to achieve them. That way, I not only shorten the gap to be successful, I also improve every time.

 

How is the team doing and what are your activities throughout the year?

The MAPCU competition is usually during the middle of the year, and we start training around February. Training is light at first, and it gets progressively tougher as we close in to the competition. Currently we train 4 times a week, resting on a weekday and on weekends. We’ve ran on the track, we’ve tread on numerous road, we’ve even crossed on sandy terrains and conquered many hills. We also alternate our trainings with beach volleyball, workouts with improvised equipment, and sometimes you will see us around IMU doing our core workouts.

IMU MAPCU Track & Field team has always been known to have the strongest team spirit. We go in with our heads held high, and win or lose we come out together stronger than ever. With talented athletes who come on board and the iron-willed dedication of the team, we are among the favourites of winning the competition.

 

What was it like to be a non-professional athlete to make it all the way to the finals of the competition you participated in?

I recently joined this competition called All Comers Meet, taking part in the 400m. The event was something like a state meet, and participants from outstation such as Melaka and Perak have come to show what they have to offer. Despite the tough competition, I managed to enter the finals. I was quite nervous because I was competing with national-level athletes, but I kept telling myself even if they were better, I would still give them a really good fight. I did manage a 6th placing in the end. One thing about these open competitions is you will never know what to expect. While it is a good place for exposure, it can be quite nerve-wrecking.

 

What would you say you would improve on in the long run in terms of this sports?

I guess the most important change needed to improve IMU’s quality in track and field or sports in general is a sports department. Sports is a well-established part of universities as is evidently seen in varsity championships all over the world and it helps to promote the university. Other universities like HELP, Sunway and Taylors have their own sports department which manages and organizes any of the universities sports events.

As for the MAPCU Track and Field team, Coach Keney has gone a long way to help continue the legacy we have in the MAPCU competition, as well as the MIVG competition. He was a national hurdler back in the 1990s, bringing glory to Malaysia during its Golden age in track and field. With his guidance, we have emerged champions in the MIVG since its establishment and minimum 2nd overall in MAPCU (winning in the years 2009 and 2011). The students in IMU change almost yearly, and he is the one who coordinates the students in every shift of athletes.

Interview: Tracking the Fields with Kok How

Any qualms in your term within the team?

Our team has 3 captains; me, Johann Ashaari and Deanna Nicole Lee. From handling attendance to recruiting members to balancing with studies, the life of a captain and student is one hell of a ride. We are many a times faced with situations where exam periods coincide with training. We do our best to work around the busy schedule, balancing training and study time. Together we strive towards our common goal, reminding and encouraging one another that we are all in this together and pour our heart and soul into preparing for the competition. We’ve worked hard, and we intend to do our best in the competition.

 

Any words of advice to track and field enthusiasts in IMU?

The FTAAAKL organises track events from time to time. Contact them to find out when is the next competition. Get together with other people who share the same passion. It’s much easier to train with some buddies rather than alone.

That is the easy bit. The training is the toughest of all. You will have days when you ask yourself why you work so hard, and on those days you must remind yourself how much you want to win. And if you keep at it, you will get there. As Muhammad Ali once said:

 

“I hated every minute of training, but I said, “Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.””

Written by Andrew Octavian

Each and every one of us must have come across at least one medical condition which one might consider ‘cool’. We have prepared 4 medical conditions that we think are the quirkiest of the quirkiest. Recognize any one of these.

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Upon being hurt, humans are designed to heal on its own, with time that is. Some humans however, just take it to the next level, going so far overboard as turning damaged body parts to stone. The extremely rare condition known as Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva (FOP) involves a mutation of the body’s repair mechanism, which causes damaged muscles or ligaments to ossify. Sadly, operations on injuries of people suffering from FOP will only cause additional bone growth. In the most extreme cases, patients may be rendered completely immobile within decades.

No Pain, No Pain

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Never feeling any pain sounds amazing, huh? You might say that it’s the best kind of mutation or disorder there is, but that might not be the case. Congenital analgesia or congenital insensitivity to pain (CIP) is a condition in which an individual cannot and has never felt any pain. Often children that are affected by this disorder acquire terribly debilitating injuries as a result of clawing themselves, biting off their tongue, or walking around on broken bones, resulting in some children with this condition not making it through to adolescence.

The Elderly Children

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Humans have, throughout history, scoured for ways to prolong life or to reverse the effects of aging, but sometimes aging just comes way too quickly. Progeria is a rare genetic disorder in which children present aspects of aging at a very early age. Children with Progeria maintain age-appropriate intelligence, but start to look elderly as early as the age of two, suffer from the same ailments as the elderly including arthritis, and rarely live past the age of thirteen.

HIV Resistance – Protection is Still a Must

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Finally, something positive (insert irony here). The trail that scientists have gone through in curing HIV/AIDS has actually enabled us to just drop that stigma on HIV+ individuals. Luckily, some people with a genetic mutation that enable them to disable their copy of the CCR5 protein are VERY resistant to this detrimental viral infection. HIV uses that protein as a doorway into human cells. So, if a person lacks CCR5, HIV can’t enter their cells, and they’re extremely unlikely to become infected with the disease. Yes, they are resistant, and no, they’re not immune.

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From Japan to India, hummus to lapis legit, spicy to sour, they were showcased in the Food Cultural Day carried out by students of ND115. As a part of their coursework, they have chosen a specific country and showcased the different ranges of ingredients used in the foods which embody their culture. The event took place on 15/6/2016 in the Atrium of IMU Bukit Jalil Campus up until 4:00pm, but by then, people have gotten a taste of the different bits and pieces of culture of various countries. The showcase had successfully presented and displayed the foundation as to why food from different parts of the world are so different and how they have different benefits compared to those of different regions on Earth.

Here are some photos of the showcase. For more photos, check out the album on our FB page!

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Report and Photographs by Andrew Octavian, Eunice Ling Wen Shi, and Azfar Afham

Making our way to Seremban at the break of dawn for the annual Goodwill Games conducted between the Bukit Jalil IMU Campus and IMU Clinical School was especially enthralling. Sleepy eyes quickly turn bright as attendees arrived at the destination, Kompleks Belia & Sukan Paroi. The contenders from Bukit Jalil and Clinical School, donned in red and blue variants of the Goodwill Games T-Shirt respectively started their warm-up sessions.

……..After several last rounds of practices, the participants were ready and various sport categories commenced. Badminton and Table Tennis categories took place within the indoor stadium whilst other categories were carried out on the outdoor fields. This year was also graced with the introduction of two novel sport categories, namely Frisbee and Dodgeball. Several players did get sprained ankles and other minor scrapes and bruises, but thanks to the First Aid-ers involved in the event, no major injuries occurred to any of the players.

……..Everybody was pumped and performed extraordinarily, but there could only be one overall winner between the two opposing teams. It was eventually revealed that the teams from Bukit Jalil Campus snagged the first place in not just most but ALL categories, which was unprecedented. All in all, everybody was thrilled to have competed against each other, and the games ended at a high note, all in good will.

Check out some of the best moments from this event!

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Written by Aashka Murdeshwar (ME2/15) / Photographs by Andrew Octavian (MB1/14)

On the 6th of May, the backcourt of IMU was encapsulated in clouds of pink, blue and green. The vibrations of the loud bass masked the sounds of excited cheers and laughter; it was that time of the year again, it was Holi.

Holi is a Hindu spring festival celebrated in many regions of South East Asia. It traditionally symbolizes the start of a new season, where one can forget the negativity from the past year and embrace a newfound positivity. The Indian and Sri Lankan Cultural Society as well as the Hindu Society aimed to spread this positive message within IMU through the celebration of this festival, along with indirectly promoting diversity within the various cultural groups present in IMU’s campus.

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As eloquently put by the president of IMU’s Hindu society Yuvithra Devi Shanmugan, “Holi is a celebration which brings society together and strengthen the secular fabric of IMU’s community just with colors”. This year’s Holi celebration achieved just that by hosting over a 100 students all from different courses and cultural backgrounds within IMU. “We were glad that a significant number of non Indian students from IMU turned up and celebrated the joyous festival together with full enthusiasm. Overall, we were pleased and more than satisfied with the participation and the welcoming for this event” Yuvithra elaborated. The event provided a fun filled meeting ground for students as well as staff in the IMU community to talk to each other and make new friends, outside their courses and faculties.

“Holi is a celebration which brings society together and strengthen the secular fabric of IMU’s community just with colors.” – Yuvithra, President of IMU’s Hindu Society

There was a range of different colors students could buy as well yummy food items sold at the events such as doughnuts and tarts that kept participants of the festival energized throughout the night.  The event is usually celebrated with not just colors but also a water fight, so balloons filled with water were flung across the basketball court and buckets filled with water were poured all over unassuming victims by their friends. As the event came to a close, staff and students left in a myriad of colors and a smile on their faces demonstrating how wonderful the event had been.

In my own opinion, this event symbolized the very essence of what IMU’s student community believes in: positivity and togetherness. The colour-filled celebration brought together various cultures and communities within IMU, proving that this university is a rainbow; each person colorful and different, but most powerful and beautiful when united as one.

For more photos of this event, check out the Holi album on our Facebook page! Spread the colors! Thank you

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Written by Andrew Octavian

Siesta, or more commonly known as napping, is an art. To master it is to be able to fall asleep anywhere safely and wake up feeling refreshed, which in this era of buzzing society is practically impossible. But hey, why not give it a try? At least if you want to fight your sleepiness, you’ve got to fight it right!

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Know the kinds of naps there are:
  • THE NANO-NAP (10-20 seconds) – Sleep studies have not yet concluded whether there are benefits to these brief intervals. This kind of nap is – for instance – when you nod off on someone’s shoulder on the train.
  • THE MICRO-NAP (2-5 minutes) – Shown to be surprisingly effective at shedding sleepiness.
  • THE MINI-NAP (5-20 minutes) – Scientifically proven to increase alertness, stamina, motor learning, and motor performance.
  • THE ORIGINAL POWER NAP (20 minutes) – Includes the benefits of the micro and the mini counterparts, but additionally improves muscle memory and clears the brain of useless built-up information, which helps with long-term memory.
  • THE LAZY MAN’S NAP (50-90 minutes) – Includes slow-wave plus REM sleep; good for improving perceptual processing; also when the system is flooded with human growth hormone, great for repairing bones and muscles,
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Some pointers that might be helpful in taking good naps:
  • Certain foods and drinks help you fall asleep easier, such as milk, almonds, oatmeal or cherries.
  • If you don’t want to fall into deep sleep, try sleeping at a propped upright position, or since we all have phones, set an alarm.
  • For hoodie lovers out there, wearing hoodies is an amazing way to keep your body warm and to keep yourself off from the sun.
  • If you feel like you need a serious boost, have a swig of coffee before you hit the hay. Researchers found that a cup of coffee followed by an immediate 15-minute nap is a notably more effective method of staying awake and alert for longer than either coffee or a nap alone. This is because the coffee would take approximately the said amount of time to metabolize and give you the kick you need.
  • Einstein Nap Method – If you’re concerned about napping too long, hold a pencil while you’re drifting off. When you fall asleep, the pencil dropping will wake you up.