New centre for research on heart disease opens in Malaysia

New centre for research on heart disease opens in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR - The National Heart Institute (IJN) and Universiti Tek­nologi Malaysia (UTM) have jointly set up a centre for research into cardiovascular diseases.

The IJN-UTM Cardiovascular Engineering Centre will see researchers from various fields working together to develop products for diagnostic and clinical use.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said UTM had allocated RM1mil for the setting up of the centre through its research university grant.

"The centre will increase the number of local experts in this field and consequently, more patients will be able to receive early treatment," added Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister.

"The centre will enable (the development) of medical tools that more people can afford.

"The Education Ministry will support the centre to ensure that in 10 years, UTM will produce 150 PhD graduates, publish 500 high impact journals, produce 100 patents and generate at least RM300mil in income," he said when launching the centre here yesterday.

Muhyiddin said international collaborators, such as the RWTH Aachen University in Germany, will help develop local technology.

"The collaboration with international institutions to develop regenerative medicine for cardiovascular diseases will help Malaysians get better and cheaper cardiovascular treatment, using stem cell technology, imitation tissue and medication," he said.

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