By Noor Eszereen Juferi
Photo By Noor Azreen Awang
KUALA LUMPUR, 4th Sept – A Senior Lecturer from Faculty of Science, University Putra Malaysia (UPM), Dr. Lim Hong Ngee, received the 2014 Merdeka Award Grant for her achievement in inventing a kit to detect breast cancer using nano technology.
The grant recipients were announced by the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Nazrin Muizuddin Shah who is the Royal Patron of the Merdeka Award Trust here today.
In a statement issued by the 2014 Merdeka Awards committee, said the grant creates opportunity for recipients to establish contact and working relationships with other experts in their field.
Dr. Lim was awarded by the Merdeka Award Board of Trustees to receive a short-term grant for the innovation and also qualify her to engage in any collaborative projects or programmes at a selected, internationally-recognized host institutions.
The Merdeka Award Trust, founded by PETRONAS, ExxonMobil, confers on individuals and organizations whose excellent work and achievements make an outstanding impact on the nation and its people.
In the meantime, Dr. Lim Hong Ng Hee, said the research that she conducted was on the on-site-lab strategy to detect cancer in its early stage, which is still immature.
“The research has realized the actual application of the on-site-lab strategy so that people can benefit from this technology. In addition, this also can provide immediate solution in detecting and confirming breast cancer among women in rural areas,” she said.
She also added that the strength in her research is to synthesize the nanocomposites based on grafin for electrode modification to increase the electrochemical signal in detecting the presence of biomarker in the breast. - UPM
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