|Julius Centre University of Malaya (Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evidence Based Medicine)|
The Julius Centre University of Malaya was borne out of the collaboration of the University of Malaya (UM) with the University Medical Centre, Utrecht (UMCU). UMCU together with the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine (CEBM), University of Oxford, the Rumah Sakit Cipto Mangunkusumo (RSCM) Hospital, Jakarta and UM were earlier members of the Asia-Link project an Asia-Europe Clinical Epidemiology and Evidence-Based Medicine project (fondly referred to as Asia-Link within JCUM) Funded by grants form the European Union. Although the project ended in December 2010 to further strengthen the ties between UMCU, CEBM, RSCM and UM, it was decided that the department would set up a centre which would further the collaboration beyond the remit of the Asia-Link project.
The aims of the Julius Centre University of Malaya are:
The strengths of the centre lie in its expertise in epidemiology and research, medical statistics and evidence-based medicine. The other main strength of the centre is its close links to its partners in the Netherlands, Australia, the United Kingdom, Indonesia and the United Arab Emirates. Since its inception, the centre has been active in carrying out activities both under the Asia-Link programme as well as its own activities separately from the Asia-link programme. Among some of the activities of the JCUM so far have been:
In 2012, the Julius Centre University of Malaya successfully organised the 1st Asia Pacific Clinical Epidemiology and Evidence-Based Medicine Conference in the metropolitan city of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The theme for this Conference was “Linking Clinical Epidemiology to Evidence Based Medicine Practice – Issues & Challenges.” This conference, the first of its kind in this region, encouraged sharing of research and clinical practice and promoted networking opportunities for colleagues from around the world. The conference was attended by three hundred delegates from more than 25 countries. More information on the conference is avalable on this link http://apceebm.um.edu.my/
Since its inception JCUM has accumulated a total of 38 research grants and 1 High Impact Research Programme known as STeMM
The STeMM Programme
The STeMM Programme is a 3-package research programme which attempts to develop spatio-temporal models for infectious and cardiovascular-related diseases in Malaysia as well as to perform and provide meta-analysis on infectious diseases and cardiovascular diseases in Malaysia. With data drawn from various sources, including the Meterological Department, national registries, hospitals etc, researchers will attempt to create models using the STEM, Stata, SPSS and other software. It is hoped that this programme will result in a better understanding of the dynamics of infectious disease spread as well as factors related to the changing patterns, dynamics and related factors of cardiovascular-related disease spread in Malaysia. This will enable better preparedness for outbreaks as well as formulation of public health policies in Malaysia and has the potential to result in the modification of Clinical Practice Guidelines, development of new risk scores for cardiovascular-related diseases and disorders, Public Health data sharing with neighbouring countries to fight infectious diseases and the establishment of the first Cochrane Network in Malaysia. So far STeMM has produced 7 Q1 ISI publications, 3 Cochrane Protocols, 2 chapters in books with 8 more publications still under review. The Malaysian Cochrane Network is now being formulated among local universities and will be a part of the Australasian Cochrane Network.
JCUM is now headed by Associate Professor Dr. Noran N Hairi after taking over from Professor Awang Bulgiba in June 2012.