Young Malaysian academics shine bright

(From left) Nur Hassanah, Falling Walls AIMST 2018 winner Dr Prabhakaran and Lavannia posing with their prizes.

MALAYSIANS took two of the three top spots in the Falling Walls AIMST 2018 event held at AIMST University in Sungai Petani, Kedah.

Lavannia Kasinathan, 24, of AIMST University and Nur Hassanah Mohd Hassan, 23, from Universiti Sains Malaysia’s Institute for Research in Molecular Medicine, took the second and third spots respectively.

Lavannia gave a presentation on Diabetes Mellitus while Nur Hassanah’s topic was on silent killer parasite.

They were beaten by India’s Dr Prabhakaran Guruswamy (AIMST University) with his presentation on cholera.

He will present his findings as a finalist in Berlin on Nov 8 during the Falling Walls Lab Berlin aimed at building inter-disciplinary connections between young academics, entrepreneurs and professionals from all fields.

He will also attend the Falling Walls Conference on Nov 9 and meet the world’s leading thinkers in science and business.

Dr Prabhakaran received a prize money of EUR 600 (RM2,855) to enable his visit to a research institute of his choice located within the 28 member states of the European Union.

A total of 45 academics took part — 37 from various universities in Malaysia, four from India and one each from Iraq, Nigeria, Sudan and Pakistan.

Jury chairman Dr M. Ravichandran, who is also Falling Walls Lab AIMST chairman, launched the event.

The Falling Walls Foundation, initiated on the 20th anniversary of the Berlin Wall’s fall, is a non-profit group that fosters discussion on research and promotes the latest scientific findings.

It organises the Falling Walls Conference, an annual global gathering of forward-thinking individuals from over 75 countries.

Each year on Nov 9, 20 of the world’s top scientists present their breakthrough research.

The Falling Walls Foundation is supported by the German Ministry for Education and Research along with various acclaimed groups.

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