|First Monash PhD student to win Malaysia Toray Science Foundation grant|
30 January 2012
Max explained that the uniqueness of his project entitled "Role of melatonin in the regulation of iron transport in neuronal cell" was that it could add some understanding to the physiological aspects of Parkinson's disease (PD) and may eventually find a preventive measure for it.
“Scientists have been trying to identify the risk factors of PD and its cause is still largely unknown,” said Max’s principal supervisor Dr. Ng Khuen Yen.
“It has been identified that the excessive iron uptake and storage in the brain play an important role in PD. Sleeping disorder is frequently reported in PD patients. The study looks into the relationship between sleep hormone and PD,” added Dr. Ng who is also an advisor of the Malaysian Parkinson’s Disease Association.
Max received the 2012 MTSF Science & Technology Research Grant (STRG) that gave out a total of RM335,000 to 16 recipients.
Max also expressed his gratitude to JCSMHS for providing him with scholarship and various support needed for his project.
“I am thankful that the school provides excellent supervision by the academic staff as well as a comprehensive range of facilities, which are extremely instrumental for my study and research," he added.
“This study is the first in the world to investigate the possible involvement of sleep hormone in the brain iron homeostasis in PD. It is hoped that this study will provide further insight into some aspects of the development of PD,” said the other supervisor of this project Professor Iekhsan Othman, who is JCSMHS’ Deputy Head of School (Research) and Head of Department of Biomedical Sciences.
Max (centre) and Dr Ng Khuen Yen (left) and Prof. Iekhsan Othman.