Malaysia's Dr Woo Yin Ling wins global award for cancer research

Prof Dr Woo Yin Ling. Photo courtesy of 11th Annual Symposium on Global Cancer Research official webpage.

KUALA LUMPUR: Dr Woo Yin Ling, who is a professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Universiti Malaya, has won the prestigious 2023 Rachel Pearline Award in recognition of her global contribution to cancer research and practice in low- and middle-income countries.

Rose Foundation, in a statement Wednesday (April 5), said Dr Woo had conceptualised and executed Programme ROSE (Removing Obstacles to cervical ScrEening), an innovative cervical screening programme that incorporates human papillomavirus (HPV) self-sampling.

Commenting on the award, Dr Woo said it was a great honour for Malaysia and that the recognition is a testament that Malaysians can achieve more if they work together.

"Programme ROSE is the culmination of a huge collaborative effort from many Malaysians who believe in the vision of a cervical cancer-free Malaysia,” she said.

Programme ROSE was launched in January 2019 by the then deputy prime minister and women, family and community development minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

The programme is the initiative of the Rose Foundation, whose goal is to make Malaysia one of the first countries in the region to be free of cervical cancer, the second most common cancer locally among women aged below 44 years old.

Every year, the Annual Symposium on Global Cancer Research (ASGCR) steering committee invites nominations for the award and chooses one outstanding professional who embodies virtue and eminence in cancer research, practice, and/or training in a low-and middle-income country (LMIC).

The ASGCR is the flagship meeting of the United States’ National Cancer Institute Center for Global Health.

It brings together people in global oncology to discuss trends in global cancer research and control and map out collaborative efforts to move the field forward. - Bernama

Follow us on our official WhatsApp channel for breaking news alerts and key updates!

Next In Nation

Tampin cops arrest man for repeatedly raping daughter since 2019
Kota Kinabalu Bomba removes tree that fell on lorry and car
Teresa Kok may be named new PAC deputy chairman
Man trying to smuggle 160 star tortoises to Malaysia held at Chennai airport
Selangor speaker tells Mohamed Azmin to retract unsubstantiated claims
King's installation: 14 roads in KL to close temporarily for ceremony
PM's Dept to propose a syariah judicial appointments commission, says Mohd Na'im
US authorities hunt for clues, but motive of man who tried to assassinate Trump remains elusive
Terengganu MACC arrests couple for procurement abuse
Malaysia, Uzbekistan agree to expedite collaboration in various fields, says Anwar

Others Also Read