SERDANG, 15 Sept –UPM lecturer and researcher, Assoc. Prof. Dr. M. Iqbal Saripan,32, won The Outstanding Young Malaysian Award in the Medical Innovation category at the recently-held TOYM 2012 .
r. Iqbal, who is the Head of the Department of Computer and Communication Systems Engineering, Faculty of Engineering research focus includes the field of signal processing / digital images, medical imaging, biomedical engineering and audio and video processing.
He has discovered an innovative method which enables early detection of cancer cells using nuclear imaging, known as Wired Network collimator, which can detect cancers cells as small as one millimeter in size, and a modified collimator with no side effects of radiation to the patient.
“Medical innovation not only involves the participation of medical doctors and patients, but also engineers. Most sophisticated diagnostic machines in hospitals are in fact the outcomes of advances in engineering science”, he explained.
"The coexistence of medical information and engineering has resulted in a new field of biomedical engineering. This multidisciplinary field combines expertise from different backgrounds to achieve a common objective, namely the advancement of medical facilities for the benefit of society," said Dr Iqbal in his speech after receiving the award which comes with a certificate and trophy.
He described efforts to detect cancer cells at an early stage as a very crucial area of research in the medical field.
Two other UPM researchers who were also among the 30 finalists for TOYM 2012 were Assoc. Prof. Dr. Alyani Ismail, who is also from the Department of Computer and Communication Systems Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, UPM (Academic Leadership and/or Accomplishment category) and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Cheah Yoke Kqueen from the Department of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, UPM (Scientific and Technological Development category) Each of the. 30 finalists received a certificate and plaque.
Dr. Iqbal emulates the achievement of Prof. Dr. Mohd Adzir Mahdi from the Department of Computer and Communication Systems Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, who won the same award in the Scientific and Technological Development category in 2010.
Other award categories in TOYM 2012 were Business, Economic and/or Entrepreneurial Accomplishment, Political, Legal and/or Government Affairs, Cultural Achievement, Moral and/or Environmental Leadership, Contribution to Children, World Peace and/or Human Rights, Humanitarian and/or Voluntary Leadership and Personal Improvement and/or Accomplishment.
TOYM 2012, which was the 27th in the annual award series, was organised by Junior Chamber International Kuala Lumpur, Mandarin section (JCIM) to recognize the achievements of young Malaysian researchers and innovators aged between 18 and 40 years in their respective fields and their contributions to the general good of the community.