Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Makna to build research hospital

KUALA LUMPUR: The National Cancer Council (Makna) plans to build a low-cost hospital.
Besides having research facilities, the hospital will also offer treatment to cancer patients, said Makna president Datuk Mohd Farid Ariffin yesterday at a ceremony during which Makna handed out grants to five researchers.

He stressed the importance of recognising, encouraging and collaborating with researchers in discovering a cure for cancer.

"We hope the seeds sown by the young researchers will come to fruition."

Academy of Sciences Malaysia president Tan Sri Dr Yusof Basiron hoped the fight against cancer through research could be done extensively and aggressively.
The researchers received RM150,000 to fund their researches on the disease.

The grants are disbursed under Makna's cancer research award programme with the cooperation of the Academy of Sciences of Malaysia.

One of the recipients, Inderjeet Singh, who received RM26,000, is doing research on delivery devices for anti-cancer drugs.

"I want to contribute something vital to society, so I applied for this grant," said the 23-year-old who is pursuing his postgraduate studies in pharmacy at the University of Nottingham's Malaysia campus.

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