TALK TITLE: PHARMACOLOGICAL & NON-PHARMACOLOGICAL INTERVENTIONS IN OBESITY: WHAT HAPPEN WHEN WE STOP THE DRUGS?
Professor Dr Aida Hanum Ghulam Rasool
MBBS (Flinders), PhD (USM)
Head of Pharmacology Department, School of Medical Sciences,
Universiti Sains Malaysia, Health Campus,
Professor Dr Aida Hanum Ghulam Rasool is Professor in Cardiovascular Pharmacology & Physiology at Universiti Sains Malaysia. She is currently Head of Pharmacology Department, and co-coordinator of Pharmacology Vascular Laboratory at School of Medical Sciences, USM. Professor Aida graduated with a medical degree (MBBS) from Flinders University of South Australia and was employed by the New South Wales Health Services before coming back to Malaysia and working in USM. She obtained her PhD in Clinical Pharmacology from USM.
One of her early work had, for the first time showed that the different races in Malaysia can respond differently towards the same drug administration. Later, her research work had contributed knowledge on many aspects of in vivo human vascular health assessment which include arterial stiffness and central aortic pressure, micro and macrovascular endothelial function and reactivity, and cardiometabolic markers. As a physician-scientist, many of her research work involve collaborative work among clinicians, surgeons, and basic scientists, combining clinical and basic disciplines to study the effects of diseases, and interventions on the cardiovascular system. Her work had included research on diabetes & gestational diabetes, obesity, pregnant women, rheumatic fever, vitamin E and D, glaucoma, hypertension, and passive smoking. For the past 7 years she has ventured into the area of Vascular Biology involving in vitro studies on the early mechanisms leading to vasculopathy and atherogenesis in vascular tissues of humans and animal models.
Early in her career, Prof Aida had won the Young Investigator Fellowship award from the Asian Pacific Society of Hypertension. Nationally, she had secured the Research Fellowship Award grant from National Heart Foundation of Malaysia. She later assisted at least 6 of her postgraduate students to achieve various Young Investigator Fellowship awards from various cardiovascular related scientific societies. Prof Aida is a manuscript reviewer for numerous international journals, graduated a number of PhDs, Masters in Science and, Masters in Medicine (MMed) post-graduate candidates. She is also dissertation examiner for local and international post-graduate students. She is frequently tasked with assessing research proposals from USM, and other national and international institutions. Prof Aida has written books and articles in both Bahasa Melayu and English languages, for the scientific and layman community. Apart from her wide teaching and research duties, she also provides service to the Universiti Sains Malaysia Hospital by heading the laboratory, and serving as a consultant for urine drugs of abuse testing. She is currently the Chairperson for the USM Institutional Animal Care and Use committee (USM IACUC).