FOR … Tai (right) with Chong.
WORK in male-dominated field is not simple and challenging endurance of a woman, especially if the demands of work regardless of the time and require the attention of more than 12 hours a day, including weekends.Likewise the woman who lives and breathes group of scientists in the research world that demands long working hours to have to sacrifice time with family, relatives and close friends.
But the spirit of strong women and not give up the fight for something they believe it should be praised because of the arrangement, only three percent of the scientists around the world are women. />
women scientists, Dr Lim Kue Peng, 36, said the research world is of a very busy and took over almost the entire time until there is no time for him to make another matter, especially recreational activities like most people.
He said the family sometimes feels strange to see it worked so hard and his lack of understanding uncertain time to have a voice feelings to him.
“The task of research is not easy and demands a strong commitment to my own as to ignore the other and completely focused on finding treatments for patients.
“In this career, support from my colleagues is very important to give the spirit to continue to find cures to diseases,” he said.
He said the tendency in the world of medical research to germinate because we want to help patients who desperately need the best treatment to heal their sickness.
He said, since 10 years ago, he spent much time in the laboratory to conduct a study on find a cure in the form of vaccine that can prevent and treat cancers of the mouth (oral).
He who works at Cancer Research Initiatives Foundation (Carif), said that oral cancer is common in people of this country, but unfortunately it does not get more exposure.
“With the discovery of these vaccines, it is hoped the patient will have a higher cure rate then their lives could be saved without having to undergo major surgery.
” If surgery performed for remove cancer of the mouth, a face will be involved and it mutilates them until forced to undergo cosmetic surgery to correct facial.
“This is very sad and I do not want it to happen to them,” he said, also recipients of the award UNESCO-National Fellowships from Loreal Loreal Malaysia.
Lim said, the studies conducted for each patient can take up almost a month for each case, he would bersengkang eyes or spend all day in the lab on weekends just want to get results faster.
He said, especially the chronic patients did not have much time and he was concerned that patients could not be treated, making it actively committed to conducting research to help them.
“I always wanted to conduct a study as soon as possible to save their lives. When I see the face of those who are in pain, I feel very sad, “he said.
He said the study is now in the final stages and he is currently in the process of discussing with oncologist at several hospitals for finding clinical trials medical patients to carry on the mouth.
He said the vaccine produced by the research could help ‘train’ the immune cells to detect and identify the cancer cells then eliminate them.
Meanwhile /> , a scientist at the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya (UM), Chong Pan Pan, said the study began in 2007, he was concentrating more easily find solutions to the taking of cord nerve cells to repair damaged body parts.
Chong said, if before this, nerve cells taken from umbilical cord stem infant or by surgery in the spine but from his studies, cells can be obtained from a drop of blood in the finger.
He said, take some blood through small needle puncture in the finger not only painful, but it simplifies and reduces pain to be borne by the patient should undergo an operation on the bone marrow.
“These cells are taken from the patient’s own body, then it processed in the laboratory to increase the number of cells entered the spinal cord before returning to the damage in the patient’s body to the healing process.
“It is safe, simple, non-aggressive and more convenient treatment and accelerate patient rehabilitation period , “he said.
Chong who is also the recipient of the Unesco-Loreal Loreal National Fellowships 2010 from Malaysia, said the Tues. can be used to improve any part of the patient’s body is damaged or injured.
He said the research idea arose after a discussion with the supervisor at UM, since taking cord when nerve cells are very painful and burdensome patients to undergo surgery when the bone marrow. />
Meanwhile, the Director of Public Relations and Corporate Communications Loreal Malaysia, Tai Ai Leen, said the company supports the proliferation of women scientists around the world as providing the funds resulting from sales around the world to help those women scientists who want to carry out any research.
He said Malaysia’s own in the last seven years, Loreal allocate RM60, 000 each to three women scientists each year as financial assistance for them to realize the ideals of scientific research.
“We wants to give opportunities to women scientists achieve their research and encourage the addition of women scientists as this when there are only about three percent of women scientists in the world only.
“In addition to provide financial assistance, we also recognize the collaboration with Unesco their success in the field of scientific research through the ‘For Women in Science’, “he said.
The recognition is the International Special Fellowship ‘… in the footsteps of Marie Curie’, Unesco-Loreal International Fellowships , Loreal-UNESCO Laureates and Unesco-Loreal National Fellowships.
- dr lim kue peng