Non-communicable Diseases

Non-communicable Diseases



Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) kill 41 million people each year, equivalent to 71% of all deaths globally. In Malaysia, NCDs are the leading cause of death and morbidity among adults. There is an urgent need to work in multi-disciplinary teams to find solutions for the management, prevention and control of NCDs. This priority research area includes these topics:

Cardiovascular diseases and hypertension

Cancer biology and genetics

Development of novel drugs and natural/synthetic products for cancer therapy 

  • Gene therapy, oncolytic virus and peptide vaccine against cancer
  • Anticancer evaluation of metal thiolates/dithiolates and tin organyls
  • Discovery of novel anti-cancer drugs from bio-diversity resources in Malaysia

Immunological disorders

  • Biomarker and treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Genetic risk factors, allergen characterisation and vaccine development for Allergy

Mental health, cognitive function and neurodegenerative diseases

Patient management and health behaviours 

  • Pain research and management
  • Promoters, barrier and behaviours (cancer, diabetes, AIDS, etc)

Infant /children development and parenting research